January 2015 Newsletter

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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics newsletter. I am proud of our department’s many academic and clinical accomplishments, and I hope that you will enjoy learning about our activities through this monthly newsletter.

2014 was a wonderful year for the department. On the academic side, our residency program continues to attract the best and brightest students – we received more than 800 applications for the program and interviewed 104 candidates for nine spots. I’m extremely pleased that six current residents and two former residents matched to prestigious fellowship programs for the coming year. The past 12 months were also productive for research in our department.

Clinical accomplishments included the Emory Perinatal Center receiving ultrasound practice accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Emory Reproductive Center achieving another year of pregnancy success rates that exceeded the national average, and our obstetricians gaining attention for their work on high-risk deliveries, to name just a few.

We are excited for the year ahead and look forward to sharing our work and strengthening our partnership with you.

Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM
John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Kawwass Published in JAMA

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, Assistant Professor, published her first-authored research, “Safety of Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States, 2000-2011,” in the Jan. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). More than 200 online media outlets reported on the results.

The study found that in the United States, from 2000 to 2011, assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), were associated with low risk of complication. The most frequently reported complication was ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

“The study affirms the safety of ART nationally,” said Dr. Kawwass. “At the Emory Reproductive Center, we take pride in our commitment to patient safety and monitor patients very closely to minimize risk of any adverse events, particularly OHSS.”

This paper is Dr. Kawwass’s second publication in JAMA; in 2013, as a third-year fellow with the department, she published another first-authored study on trends in donor egg IVF cycles. Dr. Kawwass joined the faculty in 2014 and maintains her clinical practice at the Emory Reproductive Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Dr. Kawwass is a guest researcher at the CDC and a member of the National ART Surveillance System Group. Co-authors of the research published on Jan. 6 include Donna R. Session, MD, Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Dmitry M. Kissin, MD, MPH; Aniket D. Kulkarni, MBBS, MPH; Andreea A. Creanga, MD, PhD; William M. Callaghan, MD, MPH; and Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH of the CDC.

“I am particularly interested in clinical research that is directly applicable to optimizing patient care,” said Dr. Kawwass. “Working with the team at the CDC has been a phenomenal opportunity for collaboration and development of projects that help to answer clinical ART questions on a population level.”

Selected Media Coverage:New York Times | Health Day | Huffington Post

For more information: Emory Reproductive Center | Jennifer Kawwass faculty bio

Rajakumar Joins Faculty

Our department is pleased to welcome Augustine Rajakumar, PhD, to our faculty. Dr. Rajakumar will serve as an assistant professor in the research division. He is focused on pathophysiology of the placenta. See Dr. Rajakumar's faculty bio.

Dolan Achieves New Credential

Congratulations to Mary Dolan, MD, MPH, who has been named a Certified Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). With this new credential, Dr. Dolan becomes one of only eight NAMS-certified providers in the state of Georgia. Read more.

Tarleton's Ethiopia Experience

Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH, PGY4, is the most recent resident to participate in the Global Health Residency Scholars Program. This international elective is a four-week rotation in Ethiopia. Read some of Dr. Tarleton’s reflections.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Shelly Davis

Shelly Davis, one of our nurses at Emory University Hospital Midtown, recently became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and is preparing to work more closely with pregnant and breastfeeding patients. Learn more about these new initiatives and meet Shelly.

Upcoming Events

Grand Rounds - OB Gyn Simulation
Presented by E. Britton Chahine, MD, The Center for Innovative Gyn Care, Bethesda, MD
Wednesday, January 28, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Grand Rounds - Preterm Birth and Its Long-term Consequences: Insight from Epigenetic Studies
Presented by Alicia K. Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, February 4, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Emory Reproductive Center - Fertility and IVF Seminar
Saturday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Registration: http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/reproductive-center/patient-resources/fertility-ivf-seminar.html

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