Awards 2013

Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics held its annual awards banquet on June 1, 2013. Photos from the event are on our Facebook page

Outstanding Fellow and Resident Research Proposals

These award recipients’ proposals were chosen based on innovation, significance, feasibility, and impact.

Dr. Carrie Bedient (REI fellow) for her proposal “The Role of the Macrophage in Patients with Endometriosis: A Tissue Engineering Approach.”

Dr. Marissa Platner (PGY2) for her project “An Evaluation of Maternal Mortality in Rural Compared to Urban Settings in Georgia.”

Dr. Austin Schirmer (PGY2) for his project “Hysterectomy at the Time of Prophylactic Oophorectomy in the United States: Trends and In-Hospital Complications, 1998-2008.”

Dr. Jessica Tarleton (PGY2) for her project “A Pilot Study of Genital Immune Cell Populations Isolated from Hysterectomy Tissues of HIV-Negative and –Positive Women: Effects of Pre-surgical Hormonal Exposure.”

Dr. Ujuka Obi-Eyisi (PGY2) for her project  “Delivery Hospitalizations Complicated by Gestational Diabetes and Preeclampsia – United States, 2010.”

Awards for Completed Research Projects 

Each trainee has identified key knowledge gaps, and developed and tested hypotheses. Their findings have added new information to our understanding of key issues with respect to reproductive and overall health.

Outstanding Research by a Fellow

Dr. Anna Buchsbaum for her fellowship thesis project “Partner Notification and Treatment of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in African American Adolescent Women.”

Outstanding Research Conducted by a Resident

Dr. Melissa Counihan (PGY4) for her project “Health Literacy among Menorrhagia Patients at Grady Memorial Hospital and Development of Appropriate Patient Literature.”

Excellence in Research Investigation

Dr. Alisa Kachikas (PGY4) for her project “Congenital Syphilis in Georgia: 2000-2009.”

Dr. Catherine Kress (PGY4) for her project, “Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Regarding Cervical Cancer and Screening among Ethiopian Healthcare Workers.”


Awards for Excellence in Teaching 

The recipients were selected by the residents for their promotion of the highest standards of residency education. Consideration was given to their interest in teaching, ability to teach surgical techniques, approachability, receptiveness to questions, and commitment to the educational program, clinical knowledge, and overall value to our residency program during this year.

Family Planning - Dr. Eva Lathrop

Gynecologic Surgery at Grady– Dr. Cyril Spann

Gynecologic Surgery at Emory - Dr. Steve Weiss

Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Dr. Michael Lindsay

Obstetrics at Grady – Dr. John White

Continuity Clinic – Dr. Vickie Green

Obstetrics at Emory - Dr. Kurt Martinuzzi

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility - Dr. Jessica Spencer

Research - Dr. Lisa Haddad

The residents also selected a member of our community faculty for the promotion of the highest standards in resident education.The 2012-2013 Outstanding Community Faculty Award was awarded to Dr. Janice Johnston.

2012-2013 Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Excellence in Teaching Award – Dr. Nicholas Fogelson

2012-2013 Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Excellence in Teaching Award - Dr. John Horton

2012-2013 Outstanding Staff Award – Melanie Schmidt

Dr. Angel Temponi is the PGY3 recipient and Dr. Abed Sinno is the PGY4 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching awards.

Dr. Martina Badell (MFM) is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award for a fellow for the second year in a row.

Resident Clinical and Professional Service Awards

Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon, from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons:  Dr. Kate Sullivan was selected by the faculty for this award for consistently demonstrating excellence in the surgical theater. In addition to her certificate, Dr. Sullivan will receive a one-year subscription to the society’s clinical journal. 

Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures, from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). This award is selected by the faculty for a PGY4 resident who consistently demonstrated excellence in endoscopic procedures. The faculty chose Dr. Catherine Hudson to receive this honor.

Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, from the American Urogynecology Society (AUGS). This award is selected by the faculty who consistently demonstrated excellence in endoscopic procedures. The faculty chose Dr. Allison Lange to receive this honor.

Faculty were asked to consider all clinical practice areas and to choose a 1st, 2nd or 3rd year resident who consistently demonstrated Excellence in each of these 6 clinical domains during the past year.  The recipients of the Outstanding Clinical Service Awards are:

Family Planning – Dr. Sally Huber

Continuity Clinic – Dr. Katie Shields

Gynecologic Oncology – Dr. Katie Shields

Gynecologic Surgery – Dr. Kate Sullivan

Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Dr. Melissa Platner

Obstetrics at Emory- Dr. Beau Park

Obstetrics at Grady – Dr. Jessica Tarleton

Office Gynecology – Dr. Jade Jackson

Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery – Dr. Saira Mir

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility- Dr. Allison Lange


The Esprit de Corps Award is voted on by all the residents and is awarded to the resident who best exemplified teamwork, spirit, and pride in the Emory residency program this academic year. By overwhelming vote, Dr. Catherine Hudson is this year’s recipient of the Esprit de Corps Award.

The Dr. Robert Hatcher Award was created to honor his dedication to Emory’s residency program and to his commitment to educating health providers about contraceptive choices. Members of the Family Planning Division voted to select the resident who has consistently demonstrated excellence in family planning services and a commitment to improving women’s reproductive health through education. Dr. Navya Nair is this years’ recipient of the Dr. Robert Hatcher Award.

The Dr. Luella Klein Award was created to honor Dr. Klein for the many significant contributions she has made as a leader in the specialty of women’s health and the example she has set for the importance of professional responsibility. She joined the Department in 1967 as the Director of the Maternal and Infant Care Project at Grady, a program she continues to lead more than 50 years later.  Every resident and MFM fellow to graduate from Emory has benefited from her wise counsel and vast clinical experience.

The Department leadership thus sought to develop an award in Dr. Klein’s honor to recognize a PYG 1, 2, or 3 resident who has consistently demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership and professional responsibility and to encourage them to continue the amazing tradition established by Dr. Klein in taking initiative to set examples of professionalism and seeking leadership roles to benefit women’s health. 

Dr. Kate Sullivan was chosen by her colleagues and the faculty to receive the Dr. Luella Klein Award.

Residents and faculty members were asked to select the senior resident who continually exemplifies professionalism and humanismexcelled in clinical service, and was an outstanding teacher and role model for junior residents and students.

Congratulations to Dr. Angela Martin for being chosen as the Most Outstanding Senior Resident.