Summer 2015 Newsletter

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Emory Clinic Gynecology and Obstetrics Becomes First SCOPE-Certified Practice in Georgia

Emory Clinic’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics has been awarded Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for Women’s Health by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

In achieving this certification, Emory Clinic’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics becomes the first practice in Georgia to be SCOPE-certified; Emory is also the first academic medical center faculty practice in the nation to achieve SCOPE certification. Only 55 other ob/gyn practices across the country have received certification.

“I am immensely proud that our department has pursued and achieved this elite certification,” said Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. “The certification recognizes our commitment to patient safety, as well as the work that our physicians and staff perform daily to ensure that each patient receives optimal, quality health care.”

SCOPE is a voluntary comprehensive patient safety review program available to medical practices in which obstetrics and/or gynecology services are provided; it is the first and only women's health-focused safety certification program for medical care delivered in an office setting.

“Patient safety is essential to providing optimal health care for women,” said Penny Castellano, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Operations and Chief Quality Officer of the Emory Clinic. “Pursuing and achieving certification through the SCOPE program allowed our department to better understand our strengths and enhance our already robust patient safety practices.”

The program assesses the implementation and use of patient safety concepts and techniques in the office setting, including an evaluation of office management and administration, documentation and reporting, medication safety, office-based surgical procedures, equipment, and quality improvement and measurement.

The SCOPE program requires that each clinic site apply and achieve certification separately. As the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics provides multispecialty care at three different locations, the process included three separate applications, site visits, and certifications.

The department’s SCOPE-certified locations are:

  • Emory Clinic, Building A, 4th Floor, 1365 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322; Site Director: Stephen Weiss, MD, MPH
  • Emory Clinic and Emory Perinatal Center, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Medical Office Tower, 8th Floor, 550 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; Site Director: John P. Horton, MD
  • Emory Reproductive Center, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Medical Office Tower, 18th Floor, 550 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; Site Director: Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc

With these location-specific certifications, Emory becomes the first practice to have a SCOPE-certified perinatal center and a SCOPE-certified reproductive center.

The certification is valid for three years.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Emory Gyn/Ob 26th!

Emory Clinic Gynecology & Obstetrics is ranked 26th in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016 Hospitals guide. Gynecology is one of 12 adult specialty areas at Emory that ranked nationally. Additionally, Emory University Hospital was ranked the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta, and Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked 11th in Georgia in a two-way tie and 5th in metro Atlanta in a two-way tie. Read more about this year’s rankings.

Three Named 'Top Docs'

Congratulations to Penny Castellano, MD; Ira Horowitz, MD, SM; and Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH, who were named “Top Doctors” by Atlanta magazine. These three physicians have all appeared on the Top Doctors list for the past seven consecutive years. In 2015, more than half of the physicians recognized by the magazine were associated with Emory. Read Emory's news release.

Providers Recognized for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction

We’re proud to announce that once again, our providers are receiving exceptional Press Ganey scores. Between March and May 2015, nine providers received scores that that placed them at or above the 90th percentile in their benchmarking group; providers had to receive at least 30 completed surveys to be eligible for recognition. Congratulations to Betsy Collins, MD, MPH; Agena Davenport-Nicholson, MD; John Horton, MD; Deborah Karp, MD; Kurt Martinuzzi, MD; Taniqua Miller, MD; Sara Rizk, MD; Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc; and Kalinda Woods, MD.

Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

Our department is pleased to welcome four new faculty members to our ranks: Britton Chahine, MD (General Ob/Gyn at Grady); Stacia Crochet, MD (General Ob/Gyn at Emory); Iris Krishna, MD, MPH (Maternal-Fetal Medicine); and Mark Lachiewicz, MD (General Ob/Gyn at Emory). To learn more about these providers’ backgrounds and clinic locations, please visit this article on our website.

Ivanhoe Spotlights Reproductive Research

Ivanhoe Broadcast News, the country’s largest television news-gathering organization covering medical breakthroughs, visited the Emory Reproductive Center to cover the research of Jennifer Kawwass, MD. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in January, found that assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures were associated with low risk of complication. The video, which was made available to television stations across the country, features a patient’s experience with ART. Watch the video | Read the full interview with Dr. Kawwass

The Truth about Mesh

Since 2011, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an advisory on the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, there has been significant media attention and confusion about the issue. Amos Adelowo, MD, MPH, of our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery division, contributed an entry to Emory Healthcare’s Advancing Your Health blog to help patients and providers understand the nuances of mesh and pelvic floor disorders. Read his blog entry.

Department Presents Diplomas and Awards

On June 13, 2015, the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics held its annual awards banquet and graduation. Awards were presented to faculty, staff, fellows, and residents for excellence in teaching, research, and clinical performance (full list of winners). We also provided diplomas to six fellows and nine residents – we are immensely proud of the Class of 2015! Learn more about where are graduates are headed next.

Meet Our New Fellows and Residents

On July 1, 2015, we welcomed seven new fellows and nine new residents! These trainees were selected via a competitive application and interview process. Learn more about our new fellows and residents.

Staff Spotlight: Daphne Blow

Daphne Blow is the administrative assistant for Department Chair Ira Horowitz, Department Administrator Georgia Brogdon, and three of the department’s divisions -- Gynecologic Oncology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Gynecologic Specialties. Find out what this entails: Meet Daphne.

Upcoming Events

Grand Rounds - Inter-Partner Domestic Violence
Presented by Katherine de Souza, MD, PGY3, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, August 26, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Grand Rounds
Presented by Lisa Haddad, MD, MPH, MS, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, September 2, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Grand Rounds
Presented by Giuseppe Del Priore, MD, MPH, National Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Wednesday, September 2, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Emory Reproductive Center - Fertility and IVF Seminar
Saturday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown
To register, please call 404-778-7777

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