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Awards 2015

Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics held its annual awards banquet on June 13, 2015.

Faculty and Staff Awards

Excellence in Teaching: The recipients of these awards 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 – Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH

Gynecologic Surgery at Grady – Lisa Fusco, MD

Gynecologic Surgery at Emory – Kristie Greene, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine – Martina Badell, MD

Obstetrics at Grady – John White, MD

Obstetrics at Emory – Kurt Martinuzzi, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility – Meaghan Bowling, MD

Research – Lisa Haddad, MD, MPH, MS

Overall Support and Mentorship – Kurt Martinuzzi, MD

2014-2015 Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Excellence in Teaching Award – Martina Badell, MD

2014-2015 Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Excellence in Teaching Award – Lisa Flowers, MD

The residents also selected a member of our community faculty for the promotion of the highest standards in resident education. The 2014-2015 Outstanding Community Faculty Award was awarded to Joseph Tate, MD.

Outstanding Employee Awards: Our faculty members were asked to select an employee from each of our major practice locations who was most supportive of their role as a faculty member at that clinical site.

Emory Main Campus – Nichole Ciers

Emory University Hospital Midtown, 8th floor – Shelly Davis

Emory Reproductive Center – Kim Lewis

Grady – Peggy Goedken, MPH

VA Medical Center – Jana Payna

Resident & Fellow Awards

Teaching Awards

First and second year residents are asked to select senior residents who demonstrated excellence and consideration in teaching the junior residents during this academic year. Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, is the PGY3 recipient and Austin Schirmer, MD, is the PGY4 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching awards for residents.

All residents were asked to select a fellow who demonstrated excellence and consideration in teaching the residents during this academic year. For the second year in a row, Angela Martin, MD, is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award for a fellow.

Golden Apple Teaching Awards are given to the resident in each class with the highest score for teaching, as voted on by the medical students: Leilah Zahedi, MD (PGY1); Vinita Alexander, MD (PGY2); Jewels Bishop, MD (PGY3); Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH (PGY4)

Silver Apple Teaching Awards are given to all residents who received a score of 4.7 or higher (on a 5.0 scale) from the medical students:

PGY1 PGY2 PGY3 PGY4
Polina Advolodkina, MD Erin Duncan, MD, MPH Nikhil Joshi, MD Sally Huber, MD, MS
Cristina Elstad, MD Steven Gay, MD Meg Lawley, MD Ujuka Iloabuchi, MD
Chisom Ezenekwe, MD Toya Pratt, MD Jade Stafford, MD Beau Park, MD, MPH
Nikki Jodry, MD Shivika Trivedi, MD Adrienne Stevenson, MD Marissa Platner, MD
Libby Patberg, MD Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH Jessie Rubin, MD
Jon Pennycuff, MD, MS Austin Schirmer, MD
Charity Pires, MD
Bradley Sipe, MD

Academic Awards

Awards were given to a member of each class with the best CREOG score:

Class of 2015 – Nicole Pasteur, MD

Class of 2016 – Rachel Shulman, MD

Class of 2017 – Elise Bardawil, MD

Class of 2018 – Bradley Sipe, MD

Resident Clinical and Professional Service Awards

Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon, from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons: Lisa Rauh, MD, was selected by the faculty for this award for consistently demonstrating excellence in the surgical theater. 

Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology, from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL): Sally Huber, MD, MS, was selected by the faculty for consistently demonstrating excellence in endoscopic procedures. 

Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, from the American Urogynecology Society (AUGS): Jade Stafford, MD, was selected by the faculty for commitment to the care of women with pelvic floor disorders and to incorporating quality of life improvement into her clinical care of patients.

Excellence in Obstetrics, from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: The faculty chose Rachel Shulman, MD, to receive this honor, for best exemplifying the qualities of the vision of the Society to improve pregnancy and perinatal outcomes.

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

Gynecology – Lisa Rauh, MD

Gynecologic Oncology – Adrienne Stevenson, MD

Obstetrics – Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility – Nikhil Joshi, MD

Residents and faculty members were asked to select the senior resident who continually exemplifies professionalism and humanism, excelled in clinical service, and was an outstanding teacher and role model for junior residents and students. Navya Nair, MD, was selected as Most Outstanding Senior Resident.

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. The award recognizes a PYG 1, 2, or 3 resident who has consistently demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership and professional responsibility and encourages 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. Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, was chosen by the faculty to receive the Dr. Luella Klein Award.

The Dr. Robert Hatcher Award pays tribute to the contributions of one our most esteemed faculty members. Dr. Hatcher dedicated his career to advancing women’s reproductive autonomy through improving access to family planning services, and that is due in large part to his commitment and passion for teaching. 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. Jessica Tarleton, MD, was chosen to receive the Dr. Robert Hatcher Award.

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. Cristina Elstad, MD, is this year’s recipient of the Esprit de Corps Award.

Research Awards

Awards for Research Proposals 

These award recipients’ proposals were chosen based on innovation, significance, feasibility, and impact. Their awards are sponsored by the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the Emory Grady Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians.

Outstanding Research Proposal by a Fellow: Bassam Rimawi, MD, for his project "Pharmacokinectivs and Placental Transfer of Elvitegravir in Pregnancy.” Research mentors: Rana Chakraborty, MD, PHD; Martina Badell, MD. Co-investigators: Augustine Rajakumar, PhD; Erica Johnson, PhD

Outstanding Research Proposal by a Resident: Renita Woolford, MD, for her project "Barriers to Contraception Uptake Among Patients Attending an Outpatient Abortion Clinic in Atlanta, GA." Research mentors: Lisa Haddad, MD, MPH, MS; Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH

Excellence in Resident Research: Vinita Alexander, MD, for her project "Outcomes of Surveillance Strategies after Initial Treatment for Women with Recurrent Ovarian Cancer.” Research mentors: Alan Gordon, MD; Namita Khanna, MD, MSPH

Excellence in Resident Research: Elise Bardawil, MD, for her project "Multimodal Post-Cesarean Analgesia with Spinal Morphone and Continuous Wound Infiltration of Ropivocaine Using the OnQ Elastomeric Pump.” Research mentors: Jessica Arluck, MD; James Dolak, MD, PhD

Excellence in Resident Research: Toya Pratt, MD, for her project "Impact of a Closed Facebook Group on Knowledge and Patient Experience in Group Obstetrical Care in an Urban Environment.” Research mentor: Nicholas Fogelson, MD

Awards for Completed Research Projects 

These awards recognize exemplary research. These awardees' findings have added new information to our understanding of key issues affecting women's health.

Outstanding Research by a Fellow: Iris Krishna, MD, MPH, for her project "Perinatal Outcomes in Pregnancies with a Low Fetal Fraction on Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Results.” Research Mentors: Martina Badell, MD; Amber Samuel, MD; Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH

Outstanding Research Conducted by a Resident: Jessica Tarleton, MD, for her project "Viral Load Suppression and Neonatal and Obstetric Outcomes of Antiretroviral Therapy-Experienced and Naïve HIV-Positive Pregnant Patients of Grady Memorial Hospital.” Research mentors: Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Anandi Sheth, MD

Excellence in Resident Research: Marissa Platner, MD, for her project "A Comparison of the Incidence and Causes of Maternal Deaths in Urban versus Rural Georgia.” Research mentors: Jane Ellis, MD, PhD; Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH; Cynthia Berga, MD; David Goodman, PhD, MPH

Excellence in Resident Research: Nicole Pasteur, MD, for her project "Obstetrician Opinions of a Georgia Law Limiting Late Second Trimester Abortions.” Research mentors: Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH; Roger Rochat, MD