March 2016 Newsletter

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The 50th Annual
John D. Thompson Resident and Fellow Research Day Celebration

On Saturday, May 27th, 1967, the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics held its first Resident Research Day in the Grady Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Hosting an event to focus on resident research was the idea of Dr. John D. Thompson, Chairman from 1961 to 1986, and we believe it to be the first such Resident Research Day in the country.

Fifty years later, Resident Research Day, or RRD, remains a vital tradition for the department, and while alumni of our residency and fellowships have pursued many different career paths, they are united by the completion of RRD projects.

On Friday, April 15, the graduating residents will present their research findings, and the department will present the 27th John D. Thompson Lecture and the 33rd W. Newton Long Lecture. This year, as a nod to the historic occasion, former residents will deliver these lectures; Ritu Salani, MD, MBA, Residency Class of 2005, will present the Thompson Lecture and Methodius Tuuli, MD, MPH, Residency Class of 2008, will present the Long Lecture.

On Saturday, April 16, the department invites alumni, faculty, fellows and residents to celebrate our department’s commitment to research and the legacy of John D. Thompson. In order to keep costs low, the department has created a weekend conference that may be considered a business expense. Details on all of the events and the discounts available at local hotels may be found on our website:

To register for the weekend’s events, please visit We have extended the registration deadline to Tuesday, April 11.

The weekend’s events promise to be a special time to remember the department’s history and toast to its future. We hope to see you in April.

Meet the Resident Class of 2020

As we prepare to celebrate the research accomplishments of residents past and present, it is especially exciting to announce our newest class of resident trainees. On Match Day, March 18, the department learned the identities of the nine people who will make up the class of 2020. As in past years, the competition was extremely competitive; we received 845 applications and interviewed 104 candidates. Meet the new interns.

Kottke Receives Special Doctors’ Day Recognition

Doctors’ Day – March 30 – is a special day to recognize all the hard work that our physicians perform. This year, the Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee sent out a call for nominations of doctors who go above and beyond. Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor, was chosen from our department for her work with the Grady Teen Clinic, her championship of Grady’s postpartum LARC program, and for being “an amazing teacher, mentor, and research mentor to students, residents, and fellows.” Congratulations, Dr. Kottke! See all of the physicians honored by the School of Medicine.

Horowitz Interviewed about Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder

Last month, a jury awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer; the women had used talcum powders for more than 35 years. The lawsuit revived questions of the link between talc and ovarian cancer, and Fox 5 Atlanta sought out Ira Horowitz, MD, SM, John D. Thompson Professor and Chair and a member of the Winship Cancer Institute, for answers. Watch the news story.

Upcoming Events

Emory Reproductive Center - Fertility and IVF Seminar
Saturday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown
To register, please call 404-778-7777

Grand Rounds - The Estrogen Window: How the Timing of Hormone Therapy Influences Risks and Benefits
Presented by Machelle Seibel, MD, U Mass Memorial Healthcare
Wednesday, April 6, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Resident and Fellow Research Day: Proposals by PGY2 Residents and First-Year Fellows
Wednesday, April 13, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

50th Annual John D. Thompson Resident and Fellow Research Day: Presentations by Graduating Residents and Fellows
Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

50th Anniversary Resident and Fellow Research Day Celebration Gala
Saturday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

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