Vermont Medicine Magazine
DEPARTMENT OF Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences ~ 2012 Annual Report
- Cheung Wong, M.D., director of Gynecologic Oncology, and Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, served as the Continuing Medical Education representative to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District I Advisory Council. Ira Bernstein, M.D., served on the ACOG Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy.
- New faculty include Kelley McLean, M.D., who joins the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division having just completed her fellowship at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and Zaher Mehri, M.D., who joins the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division after relocating from New York City. Dr. Kevin Marques, M.D., joins the Generalist Division as a hospital specialist.
- Ira Bernstein, M.D., Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., George Osol, Ph.D., and Natalia Gokina, Ph.D. held National Institutes of Health grants.
Ira Bernstein, M.D. '82, John Van Sicklen Maeck, M.D. '39 Chair*
The department has had a year of transition with several changes in leadership. After over 10 years as department chair, Mark Phillippe, M.D., MHCM, has stepped down to return to a faculty role. Ira Bernstein, M.D.’82, has replaced him as the John Van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair. Dr. Bernstein has retained his role as Senior Associate Dean for Research at the College of Medicine. Elisabeth Wegner, M.D., from the department’s Generalist Division, replaces Christine Murray, M.D., as the residency program director. Elise Everett, M.D., a new member of the department’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is now the medical student clerkship director, replacing the retiring Robert Hayward, M.D.
The department remains one of seven National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported sites conducting collaborative clinical research into problems associated with infertility and reproductive endocrinology. This research is under the direction of Peter Casson, M.D., who is the UVM site principal investigator. The department also hosts one of 17 National Institutes of Health-supported Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) training grants. This grant supports the training of young obstetrician gynecologists in the conduct of both laboratory and clinical science. George Osol, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., lead this effort. We have three WRHR scholars, Brian Nielsen, M.D., Renju Raj, M.D., and Stephanie Mann, M.D. Invited international scientific presentations were given by Drs. Bonney and Osol.
The division of Gynecologic Oncology
has been a major user and educator in robotic
assisted surgery at Fletcher Allen Health Care,
with over 197 robotic assisted laparoscopic
cases completed this past year. Multiple
department members have served on study
sections for the NIH and other research funding
organizations including the Gates Foundation:
Global Alliance for Preventing Preterm Birth and
Stillbirth. These include Drs. Casson, Bonney,
Osol, Bernstein and Stephen Brown, M.D.
*Mark Phillippe, M.D., held the Maeck Chair through June 30, 2012.
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