In the News

October 30, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Kalinda Woods for obtaining the special Focused Practice Designation in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology conferred by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Woods has dedicated a tremendous amount of focus on an Emory Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics joint initiative with the Aflac program at CHOA for gynecologic care for girls with bleeding disorders. The receipt of this new certification will not only bolster the efficacy of this joint initiative but most importantly aid in the continuation of exemplary care for pediatric patients. Congratulations again, Dr. Woods!

October 29, 2018

The lab of Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics Vice Chair of Research and Associate Professor Alicia Smith, PhD has a new study out this month on gene expression changes over pregnancy. Dr. Smith and her colleagues (graduate student Anna Knight; Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program Associate Research Professor, Anne Dunlop MD, MPH and Associate Professor and Dean for Research Elizabeth J. Corwin PhD, RN, FAAN; Emory Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Senior Research Specialist, Dawayland Cobb, MS and Lead Applications Developer/ Data Analyst, Varun Kilaru, MS, MBA and Emory University Department of Human Genetics Associate Professor, Karen Conneely, Ph.D.) are helping us understand what happens at the gene level as a woman’s body goes through the changes attributed to pregnancy. The study was also shared by New Scientist. You can read the study here >>>

October 23, 2018


Congratulations to Kurt Martinuzzi, MD, Assistant Professor in Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics, who recently completed an advanced Ultrasound Course at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. This training certified him as an expert in Gynecologic Pelvic Ultrasound and First Trimester Obstetrics Ultrasound through the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement (APCA).

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is frequently used in other specialties such as endocrinology, rheumatology, emergency and sports medicine. Imaging performed and interpreted by the physician at the first visit avoids the need for referral to Radiology or for return visits to review findings. In addition to his busy obstetrics practice, Dr. Martinuzzi sees patients with recurrent pregnancy loss, PCOS, infertility and abnormal bleeding, and POCUS has become an important part of his practice. Ultrasound images can be reviewed with the patient in real time, and often a diagnosis and management plan can be established at the very first visit.

Congratulations again to Dr. Martinuzzi for becoming the first member of the Emory Division of General Gynecology and Obstetrics to obtain this certification.

October 22, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Eva Lathrop and Dr. Marisa Young for recently showcasing their research at FIGO in Brazil last week. XXI FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics is the single largest global congress on maternal and infant health, bringing together obstetricians, gynecologists and related health professionals from around the world. Dr. Young presented her work on designing a Quality Index for Antenatal Care using a large data set from Kenya, in which she worked with the CDC and with Dr. Lathrop as one of her mentors. Dr. Lathrop presented her work on postpartum hemorrhage prevention at home births in Haiti and on increasing contraception access in the context of Zika.

October 19, 2018

Congratulations to Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics Martina Badell, MD who was recently welcomed to the editorial advisory board for MdEdge ObGyn News. Dr. Badell serves on a number of committees at Emory for the department of obstetrics and gynecology, including the clinical competency committee and program evaluation committee, as well as similar committees for the maternal-fetal medicine fellowship program. She also is a member of the Emory University Hospital Midtown’s quality enhancement committee. Read the full news release here.

October 16, 2018

Thank you to Junior League of Atlanta for a wonderful evening discussing the importance of reproductive health at every age and stage of life. We at Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics have been thrilled to receive wonderful messages from those who attended last night’s event and their excitement over the important information presented from our faculty Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA; Heather Hipp, MD; Cherie C. Hill, MD and Andrea Joyner, MD, IBCLC. Thank you again!!!

October 15, 2018

Augustine Rajakumar, PhD and his postdoctoral fellow Deepak Venkataraman, PhD attended the ISSHP-2018 (International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy) meeting in Amsterdam, October 6th - 9th. Dr. Rajakumar served as International chair in the ‘Placenta’ session on October 8th. Deepak seen here presenting his work as oral presentation, was selected as one of the top three contestants for the Young Investigator Award and was given a travel award.

October 12, 2018

Emory University School of Medicine #FacultyRecognitionsWeek Hidden Gem Award recognizes faculty members for their outstanding, but often unnoticed or unrecognized, contributions to Emory or beyond. Congratulations to Dr. Britton Chahine,
Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Simulation Program.
Dr. Chahine has been instrumental in rolling out required FLS certification for all residents and has been successful in helping them meet this goal. She is actively focused on education and mentoring - both Departmental learners and new faculty.

October 11, 2018

Emory University School of Medicine #FacultyRecognitionsWeekcontinues. At Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics we pride ourselves on providing outstanding experiences for all of our patients. Congratulations to Dr. Kalinda Woods for being recognized for her high level of patient satisfaction scores on satisfaction surveys.

October 10, 2018

Emory Reproductive Center hosted over 40 attendees at our first ever Emory at American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference. The evening event including current and past Emory medical students, fellows, faculty, and clinical collaborators. Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics also had a wonderful showing at this year's American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo. Congratulations to all! #ASRM2018

October 8, 2018

Congratulations to Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH who is now a full professor within the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Family Planning.

May 23, 2018

Britton Chahine

E. Britton Chahine, MD is among the faculty members who educate, encourage and support our diverse learners across the School of Medicine.  When the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee sent out a call for nominations of educators who go above and beyond, they received more than 90 submissions. The committee reviewed each nominee and selected these faculty educators who best demonstrate the values of the Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Chahine was among those selected for recognition. 

To view the full list of those recognized, and to read the wonderful feedback from Dr. Chahine's colleagues visit here,


April 23, 2018

Colleagues, faculty, residents and friends gathered on April 12 to celebrate the appointment of Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, as the James Robert McCord Chair in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Emory University School of Medicine Dean Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD, ScD, also chief academic officer of Emory Healthcare, offered his sincerest congratulations to Jamieson, referencing her commitment and leadership within the Emory School of Medicine faculty community.

Only the third person to be honored with this appointment, Jamieson has spent 20 years working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was searching for the next iteration of her career commitment to women’s reproductive health.

“I looked all over the country,” Jamieson explained. “The more I interviewed elsewhere, the more I began to realize how deeply I cared about Emory and our Department [of Gynecology and Obstetrics].” Jamieson’s commitment to shaping the future of medicine, and her dedication to Emory as the division director for gynecologic specialties and vice chair of population health, is the foundation of her many years of service.

Read the full article here.

 James Robert McCord Chair Celebration

March 19, 2018

Congratulations to Family Planning Division Director and Grady Family Planning Clinic Medical Director, Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH. On March 19, 2018 Dr. Cwiak was recognized by State Representative Park Cannon and the Georgia House of Representatives for her continued commitment to instituting evidence-based protocols at GradyHealth Family Planning Clinic, as well as, maintaining a leadership role that enables patients to receive excellent clinical care.


January 18, 2018

Eva Lathrop,MD, MPH served as the lead for contraception on the Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force during CDC's Zika virus response efforts. Two other Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics faculty members, Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, and Erin Berry-Bibee, MD, MPH also worked on the Z-CAN program. Read the article.

December 20, 2017

Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics Reproductive Center, recently underwent a space transformation with our patients in mind. Read the article.

December 2017

Maternal Fetal Medicine Division played an important role in one of Emory Medicine Magazine's Top 10 Inspiring Stories of 2017. Read the article.


August 20, 2017

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, spoke to Today’s Dietitian about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of functional hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA).

"Treatment is often recommended in conjunction with a dietitian, psychologist, and reproductive endocrinologist," Kawwass says.

Read the full article.


August 17, 2017

Congratulations to recent residency graduate Shivika Trivedi, MD, who is the first ABOG/CDC Larry Gilstrap MD Fellow! This new fellowship provides ob/gyns with training opportunities in infectious and sexually transmitted disease in women and pregnancy.

"On behalf of ABOG, I'd like to congratulate Dr. Trivedi on being selected for this fellowship. Her list of achievements, including her teaching experience, global health activities, and numerous honors and awards make her an excellent choice for this opportunity. Given her high level of competency and acumen in our specialty, she will no doubt make an impactful contribution to CDC in the area of infectious diseases in women and in pregnancy," said Dr.George Wendel, executive director of ABOG.

Read the full press release.


July 26, 2017

Kurt Martinuzzi, MD, answered some questions about pregnancy for Romper. Read the articles:

•  How is Pregnancy Different If I’ve Had My Ovaries Removed?
•  How Does Gestational Diabetes Affect Your Baby?
•  Is It Safe to Pick Up Your Kids When You’re Pregnant? 
•  How Do You Get Pregnant if You Have an Ovarian Cyst? 


July 10, 2017

We're so proud to announce that five of our faculty members were named to Atlanta Magazine's Top Doctors list: 

Penny Castellano, MD - General Gynecology
Lisa Flowers, MD - Gynecologic Specialties
Ira Horowitz, MD, SM - Gynecologic Oncology
Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH - Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Congratulations to these providers!


July 7, 2017

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, spoke to HealthDay News about a South Korean study that suggests that men who slept where the noise level routinely exceeded that of a suburban neighborhood had worse fertility than men who rested in quieter quarters. 

"It is possible that excessive exposure to high decibels is somehow associated with worsened semen [quality], but the study does not necessarily prove that prolonged noise exposure causes infertility," said Dr. Jennifer Kawwass. 

Read the full article. 


June 3, 2017

Cherie C. Hill, MD, appeared on the podcast Docs to discuss teen pregnancy and contraception.

Listen to/watch the episode. 


June 21, 2017

The spring issue of Emory Medicine magazine features a write-up of ANCHORstudy, a clincial trial to help determine whether screening and treatment of precancerous areas of the anus can prevent cancer. Lisa Flowers, MD, is Emory's principal investigator for the study. 

"The lesions that can cause anal cancer are found in at least half of HIV infected men and 20% of HIV infected women. These lesions have no symptoms," she says. "We know that for women, treating lesions on the cervix can prevent cancer, so we're hopeful that treating these lesions in the anus will also prevent cancer. But this hasn't been proven yet, so most doctors in the U.S. don't screen for it or treat it."

Read more. 


May 31, 2017

Kalinda Woods, MD, wrote an essay for the Huffington Post on her dual roles as physician and mother. 

Every day with the passage of time I hope to improve in my dual roles: physician and mother; the requirements for each are so very similar. As art imitates life, the art of medicine is linked with our human capacity to love, to bond, and to care for one another. 

Read her essay. 


May 23, 2017

Unfortunately, we're facing another summer with potential Zika cases. The Emory Perinatal Center is a member of Zika Care Connect. In partnership with the March of Dimes, Zika Care Connect helps families affected by Zika find information and specialty healthcare professionals, including maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Learn more:


May 19, 2017

Cynthia Dubin, CNM, partnered with faculty from Duke University’s Physician Assistant program and the Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública de Cuba to co-lead a group of U.S. clinicians in a continuing medical education program entitled “Public Health and Healthcare in Cuba” in Havana, Cuba, April 22 - 30, 2017.

Midwives in Cuba

Pictured: Sydney Spangler, CNMJane Ellis, MD, PhD, and Cynthia Dubin, CNM. Havana, Cuba April 24, 2017.


May 15, 2017

Resident Polina Advolodkina, MD, explores how artists have depicted medicine in her essay for In-House. “Klimt, Modernism, and Art’s Relationship with Medicine” was written for the magazine’s Arts in Medicine issue.

Read the full piece. 


May 9, 2017

John D. Thompson, MD, who served as chair of our department from 1961 to 1986, was posthumously honored with the Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ annual meeting in May.

Read ACOG’s biography of Dr. Thompson. 


May 5, 2017

Mary Dolan, MD, MPH, NCMP, was recognized at the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology's annual meeting for three years of service on the Board of Directors. 

Dolan at SASGOG


May 4, 2017

Gina Northington, MD, PhD, director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery division, is featured in the book “Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine.” The book features photos from more than 100 of the most prominent and historical black women doctors working in the United States. Last month, Dr. Northington appeared at “Changing the Face of STEM” with the book’s author, Crystal R. Emery.

Gina Northington book


April 19, 2017

The first annual ACOG Junior Fellow Wellness Week was held March 27-31. More than 50 residency programs participated, creating more than 1,000 posts on various social media outlets. Each day of the week featured a different wellness theme, and we're pleased that our department was recognized for our spiritual/mindful activity - meditation before didactics!

Read more. 


April 3, 2017

Zika awardEva Lathrop, MD, MPH, was honored with a CDC & ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Frontline Public Health Service. Dr. Lathrop received this award for her work on the Zika response. 


March 30, 2017

In recognition of Doctors’ Day, the Emory University School of Medicine Recognitions Committee sent out a call for nominations of doctors across the School of Medicine who go above and beyond. More than 200 Emory physicians were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their work as clinicians, teachers, and researchers.

Of those nominations, 79 faculty members were chosen to be highlighted by Emory. We are very proud that five of these faculty are from our department:

Jessica Arluck, MD
Martina Badell, MD
Jennifer Goedken, MD
Cherie Hill, MD
Kurt Martinuzzi, MD

These physicians and excerpts from their nominations are featured at

Other physicians nominated from our department were Dr. Penny Castellano, Dr. Jane Ellis, Dr. Andrea Joyner, and Dr. Anita Tamirisa.


March 29, 2017

Alexcis Thomson, MD, first-year fellow in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, was selected as a 2017 Society of Gynecologic Surgery (SGS) Fellow Scholar! She attended the SGS meeting in San Antonio and participated in postgraduate coursework.


March 23, 2017

Cherie Hill, MD, appeared on Streetz 94.5’s morning show to discuss prevention and detection of ovarian and breast cancer.


March 19, 2017

Congratulations to the Emory Perinatal Center, which renewed its ultrasound practice accreditation with the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine! Emory is accredited in obstetric ultrasound, obstetric ultrasound with adjunct detailed fetal anatomic examination, and fetal echocardiography.

This recognition involves meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage, and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs. We were first accredited in 2014.


March 18, 2017

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, is a co-author on a new review, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, entitled “Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives for Adolescents.”
The review examines the safety and benefits of over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives for adolescents. The publication was covered by multiple outlets, including NPR: Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills Would be Safe for Teens, Researchers Say.


March 17, 2017

Our department had another successful Match Day! We are thrilled to introduce our residency class of 2021!

Laura Dickmeyer – Northwestern
Mina Farahzad – Medical College of Wisconsin
Sherry He – University of Pittsburgh
Victoria Jiang – Wake Forest University
Sarah Kellerhals – University of Arizona
Gopika Krishna – Brown University
Danielle Martin – University of North Carolina
Michelle Picon – University of Miami
Lisa Shandley – Emory University


March 6, 2017

First-year resident Kesley Robertson, MD, wrote a blog for in-House on his first year of residency:

"At the end of the day, I have the privilege of taking care of women every day. I get to spend time with them during some of the most important moments in their lives. On top that, I get to learn something new every day, to see and do incredible things all the time." 

Read the full post. 


February 22, 2017

Emory Medicine Magazine features an an ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure performed at Grady. Jane Ellis, MD, PhD, director of the Emory Regional Perinatal Center, was on the team of 30+ physicians and is quoted in the story.

Read the article. 


February 3, 2017

Second-year resident Veronica Alvarez, MD, MSEd, authored an essay for the online magazine in-House on how physicians can work for reproductive justice.

“Don’t give up. Don’t become complacent because there is so much to be done. Keep up the fight; it is worth it in the end.”

Read her essay. 


January 17, 2017

Alicia Smith, PhD, Vice Chair of Research, co-authored a new study that demonstrated that low estrogen levels may make women more susceptible to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some points in their menstrual cycles or lifetimes, while high estrogen levels may be protective. The findings, published in Molecular Psychiatry, could inform the design of preventive treatments aimed at reducing the risk of PTSD after someone is traumatized.

Read more about this research.


January 13, 2017

Mary Dolan, MD, MPH, NCMP, spoke to WABE about menopause and midlife health.

Listen to the interview (Dr. Dolan’s segment begins at 40:22).


January 12, 2017

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of John D. Thompson, MD, on January 11, 2017. Dr. Thompson was Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics for 25 years (1961-1986), and a faculty member for 36 years. Our department is indebted to his vision and hard work during this time.

Read a statement by Penny Castellano, MD, and Ira Horowitz, MD, SM on Dr. Thompson's legacy.


December 16, 2016

“Implementing Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Programs” by Lisa Hofler, MD, MPH, MBA; Sarah Cordes, MPH; Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH; Peggy Goedken, MPH; Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH: and Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, appears in the Green Journal's January 2017 issue. The paper was selected as an Editor's Pick and is discussed in The Green Journal's podcast, which is available at this link: Dr. Hofler completed this research as her Family Planning Fellowship project. 


December 3, 2016

John Horton, MD, was recognized as our department’s “Hidden Gem” at the School of Medicine’s Faculty Excellence Ceremony. Dr. Horton was nominated for demonstrating “outstanding leadership in the overall organization, administration, and expansion of the division faculty in number and practice locations. He has become an authority and contributed to the development of guidelines for hospitals on the care of pregnant women during labor who may be infected with the Ebola virus. Similarly, he is championing communication and guidance for Zika virus and pregnancy."


December 2, 2016

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, was interviewed by about her recent research on embryo donation. Her paper, “Embryo donation: national trends and outcomes, 2000 through 2013,” also authored by Sara Crawford, PhD, Heather Hipp, MD, Sheree Boulet, DrPH, Dmitry Kissin, MD, MPH, and Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, appeared in the December 2016 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Read the interview.


December 1, 2016

Congratulations to Jennifer Goedken, MD! She received scores in the 90th percentile or higher on Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys for the fourth quarter of 2016. Dr. Goedken sees patients at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.


November 14, 2016

Jade Stafford, MD, joined us as a generalist a few months ago, following completion of her residency. She is based at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

"The only time that patients are excited to go to the hospital is when they are expecting to give birth to a baby!" she says. "As obstetricians, we have the best opportunity to share in the momentous occasion with them and that is truly special."

Read more about Dr. Stafford in this interview.


October 31, 2016

Ira Horowitz, MD, SM, has been selected to serve as Interim Director of the Emory Clinic and Physician Group President, Emory Healthcare. As Dr. Horowitz assumes this interim role, he will temporarily suspend his current responsibilities as Chair of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Penny Castellano, MD, will serve as interim Chair of Gynecology and Obstetrics. We welcome Dr. Castellano to this new role!


October 25, 2016

Augustine Rajakumar, PhD, presented an abstract and served as an international chair at the 20th World Congress meeting of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) in Brazil. 

Prior to the meeting, his abstract was scored as the best abstract submitted to the meeting. Titled "sFlt1 production in human endometrial stromal cells is reversibly regulated during hormone stimulation and withdrawal: Placenta and decidua," the co-authors include Hanh Cottrell, MD, and Neil Sidell, PhD


October 17, 2016

The new Emory Medicine magazine introduces the department’s new Midlife and Menopause Center. Mary Dolan, MD, MPH, NCMP, director of the center, is featured in the article:

“Dolan calls the years around menopause ‘a good time for women to pause, focus on themselves—sometimes for the first time in years—and take stock of what they need to do to maximize their health and well-being. Our job is to help them do that.'”

Dr. Dolan, Dr. Taniqua Miller, Dr. Penny Castellano, and Dr. Victoria Green are all Certified Menopause Practitioners through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Read the full article. 


October 14, 2016

Alicia Smith, PhD, Vice Chair for Research, along with Karen Conneely, PhD, of the Genetics and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, led a study in which researchers developed a method for estimating developmental maturity of newborns. It is based on tracking DNA methylation, a structural modification of DNA, whose patterns change as development progresses before birth.

The new method could help doctors assess developmental maturity in preterm newborns and make decisions about their care, or estimate the time since conception for a woman who does not receive prenatal care during pregnancy. As a research tool, the method could help scientists study connections between the prenatal environment and health in early childhood and adulthood.

Read more about this study.


September 20, 2016

Congratulations to Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH, who received a Synergy Award from the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC). Synergy Awards support collaborative projects among faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and all other units in the WHSC. 

Dr. Haddad received this award with Kristin Wall, PhD (Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health) and Victoria Phillips, PhD (Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health), for their project “Evaluation of an Intervention to Increase Post-Abortion LARC Uptake: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Educational and Financial Counseling Prior to Clinical Presentation.”


September 13, 2016

John Horton, MD, spoke to Your Care Everywhere about headaches during pregnancy: 

“Pregnancy can be wonderful and very hard, too, when it comes to headaches,” said John P. Horton, MD, division director of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. “All forms of headaches can change." 

Read the full article. 


September 12, 2016

We are proud to announce that three of our faculty members have been named Mom-Approved Doctors by the readers of Atlanta Parent magazine! Here's what readers said about our providers: 

Meaghan Bowling, MD“Really takes the time to explain the IVF process and results. Shows compassion, and if there is an issue, Dr. Bowling is determined to find the problem and treat it as soon as possible. We attended a seminar the clinic offered prior to starting treatment, and Dr. Bowling gave the presentation. Others felt like a business, but she presented ERC as wanting to help couples achieve pregnancy, and eventually have a baby in their arms.”

Mark Lachiewicz, MD“He is very easy to talk with and knowledgeable. His office is very responsive. I love that I can get in and out quickly.  Results are often available the same day, and his staff contacts me within hours of leaving for referrals and follow-up procedures. I fell in love after my first new patient appointment.”

Kurt Martinuzzi, MD“Dr. Martinuzzi goes above and beyond what I would expect from a physician. He was available 24/7 via email during my pregnancy to address any concerns. I never had to wait for a response. His overall demeanor makes it easy for a first time mom to relax about pregnancy and childbirth. I felt very comfortable and confident that he had my best interest in mind. I plan on seeing Dr. Martinuzzi for future pregnancies because I was very impressed with his prenatal care, as well as my childbirth experience.” 


September 6, 2016

Our department is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia K. Smith, PhD, to the position of Vice Chair of Research! Smith joins the department following eight years in Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Her research interests include the genetic and epigenetic correlates of human behavior and psychopathology, particularly related to the role of prenatal and early life exposures on the development of stress-related disorders throughout the lifespan. 

Read more about Dr. Smith and her new position. 


September 1, 2016

Congratulations to our newly promoted faculty!

Jane Ellis, MD, PhD, of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division, was promoted to Associate Professor, and Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, of the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility division, was promoted to Associate Professor. 

Dr. Ellis's biography | Dr. Spencer's biography


August 26, 2016

Robert Kelley, DO, MBA, is one of the new professors profiled in the Emory Report: 

"My interests lie in developing a novel way to diagnose and treat overactive bladder (OAB) by adapting the approach of the cardiologist."

Read the full article. 


August 22, 2016

Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH, spoke to Kaiser Health News about maternal mortality rates in the state of Georgia: 

“It’s a public health crisis, and the first step is in making everyone aware,” said Dr. Michael Lindsay, who chairs the state’s Maternal Mortality and Review Committee created by the Georgia legislature. “We want to make sure that childbirth is safe for every woman in the state.”

Read the full article. 


August 18, 2016

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, wrote "The role ob/gyns can play in prevening Zika virus" for Ob.Gyn. News. 

Whether a woman is planning a pregnancy, trying to avoid one, or is unsure of what she wants, having a conversation with her ob.gyn. may help her feel informed and supported in making the best decision for her right now.

Read the full article. 


August 8, 2016

The department is happy to announce that Heather Hipp, MD, has joined our faculty. She will be an assistant professor in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division and will see patients at the Emory Reproductive Center. Dr. Hipp is a familiar face in the department, having completed her residency and fellowship with us.

Learn more about her: 5 Questions with Dr. Heather Hipp. 


August 2, 2016

We are pleased to welcome Robert Kelley, DO, MBA, to our faculty, as an assistant professor in the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery division. He will see patients at the Emory Women's Center on Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital campus and at Emory University campus. 

Learn more about our newest faculty member: 5 Questions with Dr. Robert Kelley.


July 11, 2016

Jade Stafford, MD, participated in Emory's Global Health Residency Scholars Program, an international elective that offers senior residents a four-week rotation in Ethiopia.

"The chance to participate in the Global Health Residency Scholars program (GHRSP) was a unique and unforgettable opportunity. I personally experienced a breadth of activities while in Ethiopia including participating in medical student education and testing, observing unique and specialized surgical procedures, and participating in daily team rounds with the residents and attendings of Addis Ababa University." 

Read more of Dr. Stafford's reflections on her experience.

Dr. Stafford will join our faculty as a general ob/gyn in September. 


June 28, 2016

We're so proud to announce that five of our faculty members were named to Atlanta Magazine's Top Doctors list: 

Penny Castellano, MD - General Gynecology
Lisa Flowers, MD - Gynecologic Specialties
Ira Horowitz, MD, SM - Gynecologic Oncology
Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH - Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Congratulations to these providers!


June 22, 2016

Congratulations to Taniqua Miller, MD, who has been named a Certified Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS)! 

"The impact of menopausal symptoms can completely alter a woman’s quality of life, and I want to be able to fully treat my patients to preserve well-being through this transition and beyond," says Dr. Miller. "By attaining this certification, I hope that patients can recognize me as a provider aptly trained to partner with them for their midlife care needs. I am greatly excited to be able to offer this skill set to my patients."


June 20, 2016

This month, we say goodbye to the fellows and residents who have completed our training programs. We wish them the best in their next steps. This year's class is headed for private practice, fellowships, and academic appointments. 

Read more about the Class of 2016 and their next steps. 


June 15, 2016

Congratulations to Denise McLaughlin, CNM, MPH, who received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives! This award is in recognition of McLaughlin's more than 40 years of service as a practicing midwife, a practice director, a preceptor, and a mentor to countless midwives.

“I have been fortunate to be the fifth director of this prestigious group [Emory’s Nurse-Midwifery Education Program] that has mentored nurse-midwifery and medical students and worked collegially with Emory GYN-OB residents for 46 years,” McLaughlin says. “My awards are a direct result of the opportunities Emory has given me.”

McLaughlin led our department's Nurse Midwifery Program at Grady until her retirement in May, 2016, and we are so grateful for all of her work with our patients and trainees!

Read more about the award. 


June 8, 2016

Bassam Rimawi, MD, and Augustine Rajakumar, PhD, contributed to "Zika Virus Infects Human Placental Macrophages," published in Cell Host & Microbe. The publication garnered media attention for its finding that Zika virus can infect and replicate in immune cells from the palcenta without killing them, which may explain how the virus can pass through the placenta of a pregnant woman, on its way to infect developing brain cells in her fetus.

Read more about this paper:
Emory News Center
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


May 18, 2016

Jane Ellis, MD, PhD, spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about concerns that pregnant patients have about Zika: 

They say, 'I’m going to the Dominican Republic on my honeymoon and what if I get pregnant,' ” Ellis said. “We’ll have a talk about good common sense precaution.”

Read the full article. 


May 17, 2016

Congratulations to residents Shabnam Gupta, MD, Megan Lawley, MD, and Jade Stafford, MD, on a job well-done at the ACOG Meeting! They represented us well with their projects: 

3D Spheroid Model of Fibroid Growth: Quantifying the Effect of Mechanical Environment Stiffness on Development - Shabnam Gupta, MD

Use of Postpartum Contraception Among U.S. Women Reporting Postpartum Depressive Symptoms - Megan Lawley, MD

Health Literacy and Associated Outcomes in the Postpartum Period at Grady Memorial Hospital - Jade Stafford, MD


May 9, 2016

Our department is offering online scheduling for three providers: Suzanne Griffith, MD; Mark Lachiewicz, MD; and Alan Gordon, MD. 

If you'd like to see a different provider, or need an appointment time other than the ones offered online, our scheduling agents are standing by at 404-778-3401. 


May 5, 2016

John Horton, MD, spoke to WABE about Zika and pregnancy. 

"This summer, do I need a full body net? That is everyone's question," says Dr. Horton. 

Hear the clip and read the story at WABE. 


April 28, 2016

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, spoke to HealthDay about a new report revealing that the number of births with three or more babies is decreasing in the United States. Dr. Kawwass explained how advances in IVF have affected these rates. 

"Hopefully, this trend will continue...Reproductive endocrinologists are making a conscious effort to continue improving."

See the full story at CBS News. 


April 19, 2016

Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, has been promoted to a new position in the Emory University School of Medicine. He will serve as the Executive Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. 

”I hope to establish a synergy across all components of Emory Medicine that will translate to increased opportunity for professional growth and development for the faculty,” says Ira.  “My goal will be to build upon the foundation of my predecessors.”

Dr. Horowitz is the John D. Thompson Professor and Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics as well as the Associate Director of  Emory Clinic.


March 30, 2016

Happy Doctors' Day! We are so grateful for all of our physicians and their hard work. 

In recognition of Doctors' Day, the Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee sent out a call for nominations for doctors across the School of Medicine who go above and beyond. More than 180 Emory physicians were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their dedication to improving the health and well-being of our patients and community through the care they provide, the research they conduct, and their efforts to teach and inspire young doctors. The committee reviewed each nomination and selected those who exemplify the outstanding faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine. We are pleased to announce that Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor, was selected as a featured faculty member for her work with the Grady Teen Clinic and her championship of the postpartum LARC program in Georgia. Dr. Kottke was also recognized for being "an amazing teacher, mentor, and research mentor to students, residents, and fellows." Congratulations, Dr. Kottke!

March 28, 2016

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, Assistant Professor, spoke to SELF about egg freezing: “The burst of media attention aside, egg freezing simply expands the options for women who want to delay childbearing."

Read the full article.


March 25, 2016

Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, one of our adjunct faculty members, spoke to the New York Times about the risk of Zika in pregnancy.

“We’re learning more every day, and evidence of a link between Zika and a spectrum of birth outcomes is becoming stronger and stronger,” said Dr. Jamieson, one of the leaders of the pregnancy and birth defects team, which is part of the C.D.C.’s Zika virus response team.

Read the full article. 


March 21, 2016

In February, 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.


March 18, 2016

Once again, our department had a fantastic Match Day! We are so pleased to introduce our incoming group of residents: 

Kalie Deutsch –  Medical College of Georgia
Shabnam Gupta – Emory University
Cantey Hattink – Emory University
Ying Liu – University of Central Florida
Michael Neblett – East Tennessee State
Amy Ottensmeyer – Emory University
Dale Robertson – Emory University
Leah Rondon – Tufts University
Mallory Youngstrom – University of Alabama


February 23, 2016

WSBTV interviewed Lisa Flowers, MD, about a recent study that shows that HPV infection rates are dropping thanks to vaccination. Dr. Flowers compared the vaccine to an insurance policy against cancer in the future and encouraged parents to seek the vaccine for their children.

“The biggest thing I try to tell parents is, ‘you don’t want your child to have to see me,’” said Flowers, who specializes in precancerous conditions and HPV.

Watch the clip.


February 19, 2016

Elizabeth Sharp, a national midwifery icon and Georgia public health leader, died on Feb. 10 at the age of 82. Sharp founded and directed the nurse-midwifery program at Grady Memorial Hospital and was a faculty member in our department.

Read the remembrance from the Nell Hodson Woodruff School of Nursing.


February 11, 2016

The Emory Matters @ Grady newsletter covered the use of the groundbreaking Ex Utero Intra-partum Treatment (EXIT) procedure at the hospital. Our maternal-fetal medicine team was involved in this multidisciplinary endeavor:

“This is one of those procedures that takes a village,” said Dr. Jane Ellis, who helped with both of the recent procedures. “At least 30 people were involved, including the equipment representatives, nursing staff members, ultrasonographers, operat- ing room staff members and more.”

Babies born using this EXIT procedure are partially delivered through cesarean section. The head and torso of the baby are delivered but the rest of the baby stays inside the uterus so that he/she continues to receive oxygen through the placenta. This allows pediatric otolaryngologists and surgeons to repair and/or unblock the baby’s airway.

The full story is on page two of Emory Matters @ Grady (pdf).


February 8, 2016

Medscape Medical News covered research conducted by Family Planning Fellow Lisa Hofler, MD, MPH. Dr. Hofler’s work, “Comparison of Women in Department Leadership in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Those in Other Specialties,” was published in the March 2016 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

See the Medscape article.


February 3, 2016

Emory University Hospital Midtown has been recognized by the March of Dimes for giving babies a healthier start to life by reducing the number of elective inductions and deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy. A "39+ weeks" recognition banner now hangs in the hospital to show off the good work.

"Emory University Hospital Midtown was an early adopter of this program in January 2010, responding to medical evidence that complications, such as low birth weight and respiratory distress, could be significantly decreased if elective delivery before 39 weeks was avoided," says Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine and physician lead of this program at Emory University Hospital Midtown. "The program has continued to be successful at this hospital because the administrators, physicians and nurses have worked as a team to assure that no deliveries, whether inductions of labor or cesarean sections, are performed before 39 weeks for purely elective reasons."

Read the full story.


February 2, 2016

Our residents were a powerful force at the annual meeting of the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (SAAOG)! Five residents presented their research.

Oral presentations: 
•  Vinita Alexander, MD, oral presentation: "Outcomes and Cost Effectiveness of Surveillance Strategies After Initial Treatment for Women with Recurrent Ovarian Cancer"
•  Elise Bardawil, MD, oral presentation: "Septic Pericardial Effusion of Unknown Etiology in First Trimester Pregnancy in a Patient with Class B Diabetes"
•  Rachel Shulman, MD, oral presentation: "Maternal Knowledge of Weight Gain Recommendation in Pregnancy"

Poster presentations:

•  Katherine de Souza, MD, poster presentation: "Spontaneous Uterine Rupture at Twenty One Weeks Gestation in a Patient with a History of Complicated HELLP Syndrome"
•  Megan Lawley, MD, poster presentation: "Type 1 Hypersensitivity and Preterm Labor: A Case Report in Xanthoma Disseminatum in Pregnancy"

poster presentations

Congratulations to our residents!


January 15, 2016

Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, and Penny Castellano, MD, were named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of 100 influential health care leaders in metro Atlanta. Dr. Horowitz is the John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics as well as Chief Medical Officer of Emory University Hospital. Dr. Castellano is a professor in our department as well as the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer for Emory Clinic and Emory Specialty Associates. 


December 15, 2015

Medscape Medical News covered research conducted by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Angela Martin, MD. Dr. Martin’s work, “Trends in Severe Maternal Morbidity After Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States, 2008-2012,” was published in the January 2016 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

See the Medscape article. 


December 9, 2015

Fourth-year resident Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, spoke to the Augusta Chronicle regarding her work investigating Georgia's shortage of obstetricians and the consequences of a lack of providers. 

Read the article. 


December 3, 2015

Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, spoke to CNN about genetic screening prior to in vitro fertilization. She also commented on the possibility of parents selecting for "designer children."

"There are always going to be rogue practitioners who will take it upon themselves to do things that the rest of the community does not agree with. But I personally feel other clinics will be reliable and will follow our professional guidelines."

Read the article. 


December 1, 2015

We are pleased to welcome Andrea Joyner, MD, IBCLC, to our faculty! Dr. Joyner joins the general ob/gyn group at Grady following several years of practice in Connecticut. She recently became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Welcome, Dr. Joyner. 

See Dr. Joyner's bio.


November 30, 2015

We are proud to announce our department's expansion to Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital! In this new location, we will lead the creation of the Emory Women's Center, featuring providers from gynecology & obstetrics, cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. 

"We are excited to expand our practice to Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and lead the creation of Emory Women's Center," said Ira Horowitz, MD, SM, John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. "We look forward to enhancing access to our outstanding patient care, and we're especially delighted to join with our colleagues from other departments to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to our patients."

Read more. 


November 19, 2015

Congratulations to third-year resident Vinita Alexander, MD! At last week's AMA Research Symposium, she won Best Overall Poster Presentation by a resident/fellow. According to the AMA Wire, this year's event was "one of the most competitive in the event's 13-year history. More from the AMA Wire. 


November 11, 2015

At November's North American Forum on Family Planning, the 2014-2015 Daniel R. Mishell, Jr., MD, Outstanding Article Award will be presented. The award honors the most outstanding articles published in "Contraception" over the preceding academic year. 

We're very pleased that two of the three award winners have co-authors from our department! Congratulations to Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, and Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH, whose papers will be recognized: 


October 28, 2015

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, spoke to Wired about Glow, an app that claims that its users were more likely to conceive than non-users. Dr. Kawwass noted some issues with Glow's study: 

"The study does not suggest causation...The app itself may not be the reason women who use it more are more likely to conceive."

Read the article.


October 22, 2015

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, spoke to Georgia Health News about Georgia’s infant mortality rate. The state has attempted to reduce infant mortality by providing contraception for new mothers, which would allow for better child spacing. Having births located close together is linked to prematurity and low birth weight.

“In 2014, Georgia joined South Carolina, New Mexico, Colorado and Iowa as early adopters of this innovative and important practice…I look forward to seeing Georgia’s trend continue and outcomes improve for our mothers and infants.”

Read the entire article. 


October 19, 2015

Members of our Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility division made a strong showing at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine's Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Heather Hipp, MD, third-year fellow, presented an oral abstract: "First Trimester Pregnancy Loss Following Fresh and Frozen In Vitro Fertilization Cycles." Jennifer Kawwass, MD, displayed a poster: "Severe Diminished Ovarian Reserve: National ART Outcomes by Age, 2004-2012."

Dr. Kawwass also began her tenure as a CREST Scholar at the annual meeting. CREST is a clinical research and reproductive scientist training program offered by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Duke University, and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Congratulations, Dr. Kawwass! 


October 16, 2015

Martina Badell, MD, was recognized as our department's "Hidden Gem" at the School of Medicine's Faculty Excellence Ceremony! Dr. Badell was honored for "her dedication and unwavering attention to building a top clinical and teaching program at the Emory Perinatal Center...She stepped up and continued to provide exemplary service to patients, earned her subspecialty board certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and worked to engage in new research and clinical collaborations."


October 15, 2015

Congratulations to our residents who matched to fellowship programs! Six of nine residents from the Class of 2016 will be pursuing a fellowship. 

Juliet Bishop, MD – Maternal-Fetal Medicine/Genetics, Johns Hopkins

Sally Huber, MD, MSc – Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Mt. Sinai/Morristown Memorial Hospital

Nikhil Joshi, MD – Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, UCLA

Megan Lawley, MD – Family Planning, Emory

Heather Link, MD, MPH – Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Rochester

Lisa Rauh, MD – Gynecologic Oncology, University of Virginia

Rachel Shulman, MD – Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UCSF


October 13, 2015

We’re so proud of our residents serving in leadership roles in the ACOG Georgia Section:

Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, steps up as Junior Fellow Chair after serving as Junior Fellow Vice Chair and Legislative Chair.

Leilah Zahedi, MD, was elected as Junior Fellow Vice Chair.

Brad Sipe, MD, was appointed to Junior Fellow Legislative Chair


October 7, 2015

Congratulations to our providers on excellent Press Ganey scores! The following physicians received patient satisfaction scores at or above the 90th percentile between June and August 2015:

Mary Dolan, MD, MPH
Cherie Hill, MD
John Horton, MD
Jennifer Kawwass, MD
Kurt Martinuzzi, MD
Sara Rizk, MD
Anita Tamirisa, DO
Kalinda Woods, MD
Jennifer Wrenn, MD

These physicians’ patient satisfaction scores placed them in the top 10 percent of their specialty across the entire Press Ganey database. 

Two of our providers maintained scores at or above the 90th percentile for the entire 2015 fiscal year. Congratulations to Kurt Martinuzzi, MD, and Kalinda Woods, MD, for maintaining these exceptional scores for a year!


September 17, 2015

Emory Reproductive Center is pleased to the be the presenting sponsor for the PCOS Awareness Symposium in Atlanta, to be held at Emory University Hospital Midtown on September 19. Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, will present "Fertility Treatment Options for Women with PCOS." 

The event was covered by more than 200 media outlets, including CNBC:

Prior to the event, Dr. Spencer appeared in two videos, explaining the importance of raising awareness for PCOS through events such as the symposium:
Video for Patients with PCOS
Video for Health Care Professionals


September 10, 2015

¡Felicitaciones! Lisa Flowers, MD, was named one of Atlanta's Top Latino Physicians by Mundo Hispánico newspaper. 

Profile of Dr. Flowers:

Link to full list of physicians honored, as well as a video featuring Dr. Flowers:


September 8, 2015

Congratulations to Cherie Hill, MD, and Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH, who were named Mom-Approved Doctors by the readers of Atlanta Parent magazine.

Here are some words from patients who nominated our providers:

“Dr. Eva Lathrop has been practical, up-front, non-judgmental, and balanced with her recommendations. She treats my daughter with dignity.”

“Dr. Cherie Hill is the best ob/gyn ever! I refuse to move from Georgia because of her. I am so grateful I found her.”

See the full issue of Atlanta Parent.


September 1, 2015

Congratulations to our newly promoted faculty! Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, of our Family Planning division was promoted to Associate Professor; Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH, of our Family Planning division was promoted to Associate Professor; and Gina Northington, MD, PhD, of our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery division was promoted to Associate Professor. 

Dr. Kottke's biography | Dr. Lathrop's biography | Dr. Northington's biography


August 27, 2015

Emory University School of Medicine's Department Medicine profiled Luella Klein, MD, as part of their series celebrating the 100th anniversary of Emory's partnership with Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Klein was a faculty member with our department from 1965 to 2013 and served as department chair from 1986 to 1993. 

Read the profile. 


August 19, 2015

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. 

Read the full article. 


August 17, 2015

Lisa Flowers, MD, appeared on WSB-TV to discuss the importance of receiving the HPV vaccine. 

"If there was a vaccine against breast cancer, we would have a line from here all the way down to California. There would be no question about it," Flowers said. 

Watch the clip. 


August 7, 2015

Heather Hipp, MD, was featured in "Making Rounds,"  Emory University School of Medicine's newsletter. Dr. Hipp, who is currently a fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility in our department, also completed her ob/gyn residency at Emory. As a resident, her research on anti-mullerian hormone was supported by Emory's Adopt-a-Resident program. 

See the newsletter. 


July 24, 2015

Congratulations to our providers on excellent Press Ganey scores! The following physicians received patient satisfaction scores at or above the 90th percentile between March and May 2015:

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
Kalinda Woods, MD

These physicians’ patient satisfaction scores placed them in the top 10 percent of their specialty across the entire Press Ganey database. 


July 21, 2015

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.


July 17, 2015

Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, was featured in ACOG's Government Affairs newsletter as she began her work as the Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellow in Washington, DC. The fellowship offers a senior ob/gyn resident the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the policy and political factors that affect gynecology and obstetrics, as well as a chance to develop advocacy skills that will strengthen the specialty. 


July 14, 2015

Georgia Health News spotlighted the work of Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH, who serves as the chair of the Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee.

“Our goal is to make the information widely available,” [Lindsay] said. “We need to recognize…[maternal mortality] as a problem. It’s a matter of educating health care providers and the lay public that this is a public health problem.”

Read the full article from Georgia Health News.


July 13, 2015

Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, provided a blog for JScreen, the public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases headquartered at Emory University School of Medicine. Learn more about family-building options available for genetic disease carriers.


July 8, 2015

More than half of the physicians recognized in 2015's "Top Doctors" issue of Atlanta magazine are Emory Healthcare doctors, Emory Healthcare Network doctors, or Emory University School of Medicine faculty.

Three of those physicians are from our department:
Penny Castellano, MD
Ira Horowitz, MD, SM
Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH

Read more about Emory's Top Doctors.


June 22, 2015

Lisa Flowers, MD, is featured in the newest Winship magazine. In the article, "No Patient Left Behind: Confronting Health Disparities," Dr. Flowers discusses how knowledge gaps and misconceptions affect cervical cancer diagnosis in the Latina and African American community. 

Read the article. 


June 18, 2015

At the end of June, we bid farewell to the fellows and residents graduating from our training programs. We wish them the best in their next steps, which include everything from private practice to academic appointments.

Click here to find out where the Class of 2015 is headed. 


June 16, 2015

Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH, spoke to Women's eNews about the rate of maternal mortality in Georgia. Dr. Lindsay is chair of the Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee, which presented its findings to state health authorities on June 9. 

"It's one thing just to state, we're the worst in the country," said Lindsay..."It's another thing to immediately start taking small steps to turn this around."

Read the article. 


June 15, 2015
On June 13, our department held its annual awards ceremony. Faculty, staff, residents, and fellows were honored for exceptional achievement in the previous year.

Full list of winners


May 26, 2015

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


May 11, 2015

Our department is proud to announce the opening of the Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic, a new and unique subspecialty clinic for postpartum women with pelvic floor concerns located at Emory University Hospital Midtown. To make an appointment, please call 404-778-3401.

Read the news release.


May 6, 2015

Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, spoke to WABE 90.1 FM, Atlanta’s NPR Station, about the medical histories of sperm donors, following a case in which a Canadian couple sued a sperm bank.

Listen to the story.


May 4, 2015

Jade Stafford, MD, PGY3, was selected as a Resident Reporter for the Society of Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG) Annual Meeting, held May 2, 2015 to May 6, 2015. The 2015 meeting is the first year for SASGOG's Resident Reporter Program; Dr. Stafford was one of five winners selected from across the country.


April 29, 2015

Congratulations to Austin Schirmer, MD, PGY4, who was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Following graduation from residency, he will begin his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility with our department.

Dr. Schirmer is pictured with Jessica Arluck, MD, and Lisa Flowers, MD.


April 23, 2015

As part of National Infertility Awareness Week, the Emory Reproductive Center contributed an entry to Emory Healthcare's Advancing Your Health blog. An excerpt: 

Infertility is extremely isolating – it can be difficult to share fertility struggles with friends who seem to conceive easily, or to face family members who continually ask about plans for a baby.

That’s why we’re happy that the theme “You Are Not Alone” has been chosen for this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week. Since infertility is rarely discussed, many people don’t realize just how common the issue is – in fact, infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age. What’s more, people who are unaware of how common infertility is may not realize just how many options we have to treat it.

Read the full entry.


April 15, 2015

Navya Nair, MD, MPH, PGY4, recently participated in Emory's Global Health Residency Scholars Program. This international elective offers senior residents a four-week rotation in Ethiopia, where they participate in clinical and educational activities. 

"During my time in Addis Ababa, I had the opportunity to broaden my horizons and put my practice of medicine into a global context," says Nair. "I learned a lot from my experience in Ethiopia and will use what I have learned in my future practice."

Read more of her reflections.


April 6, 2015

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, of the Emory Reproductive Center, was interviewed by Wired for an article entitled “The Weird Ways Science is Trying to Improve Fertility.”

Read the article.


April 1, 2015

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics will host the 49th Annual John D. Thompson Resident & Fellow Research Day. The event will be held in Glenn Auditorium at Emory University Hospital Midtown, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Throughout the day, graduating residents and fellows will present the findings from their research projects, and we will welcome two distinguished guests for our annual lectures:
26th John D. Thompson Lecture - 10:00 a.m.
"The Indigenous Vaginal Microbiome"
Sebastian Faro, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine 

32nd W. Newton Long Lecture - 2:30 p.m.
"Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy"
Jennifer Niebyl, MD, Chair Emeritus, Professor and Vice-Chair Obstetrics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 

All are welcome to attend the 49th Annual John D. Thompson Resident & Fellow Research Day; no RSVP is required. See the full schedule for April 22. 


March 30, 2015

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, spoke to Science about a new infertility treatment – mitochondria transfer. “We don’t know the degree to which fixing [mitochondria] improves anything,” she commented.

Read the article. 


March 27, 2015

Lisa Hofler, MD, MPH, participated in Medstro’s NEJM CareerCenter Conversations: Women Physicians in Leadership Roles. Dr. Hofler was selected for the conversation following The Green Journal’s publication of her first-authored article “Subspecialty and Gender of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty in Department-Based Leadership Roles.”

See the CareerCenter Conversation.


March 26, 2015

Alan Gordon, MD, and Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH, have been recognized by the School of Medicine for accomplishments in research. Dr. Gordon was welcomed into Emory's MilliPub Club, while Dr. Haddad received Emory's 1% award. Read more about these awards. 


March 23, 2015

March 20, 2015, was Match Day - the day when the National Resident Matching Program announces its results and medical students across the country find out where they will conduct their training. We are pleased to introduce the Resident Class of 2019! 

Meet our incoming residents.


February 27, 2015

Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, third-year resident, is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Warren H. Pearse Women’s Health Policy Research Award, presented by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The award provides $10,000 to support research related to health care policy that affects physicians’ ability to treat women.

Zertuche’s project is entitled “Severe maternal morbidity during delivery hospitalization at birthing facilities with varying levels of maternal and neonatal care: Georgia, United States, 1999-2012.” Read more about this research.


February 25, 2015

Betsy Collins, MD, MPH, appeared on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought Radio for a discussion on racial disparities in breastfeeding. She discussed how Emory University Hospital Midtown’s new Baby-Friendly designation helps more women breastfeed. 

Listen to the clip. 


January 30, 2015

Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) has been officially designated a Baby-Friendly Hospital. To achieve this designation, the hospital had to meet criteria for exceptional breastfeeding support for both mother and infant in the maternity setting. EUHM is only one of two hospitals in the state of Georgia to achieve this designation. 

Our physicians, residents, and staff worked with private practice physicians on the journey to achieving Baby-Friendly status. Together, the team ensured that patients received information about the benefits of breastfeeding early and often. 

"Collaboration and constant communication between both Emory and private practice OBGYNs at Emory University Hospital Midtown have helped propel this journey forward to better assist new mothers and their babies," said Betsy Collins, MD, physician lead on the project. 

Read more.


January 20, 2015

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, is a co-author on “Trends in Use of and Reproductive Outcomes Associated with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection,” published January 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The JAMA Report video series covered this research in a clip recorded at Emory Reproductive Center.  It features authors Sheree Boulet, DrPH, MPH, from the CDC and Akanksha Mehta, MD, from the Department of Urology. It also includes an interview from a former Emory Reproductive Center patient and cameos by Dr. Kawwass and Meaghan Bowling, MD.

Watch the clip. 


January 13, 2015

Congratulations to Stephen Weiss, MD, MPH! At the School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program graduation in December, Dr. Weiss received the award for Community Preceptor of the Year!

Photo courtesy Emory University School of Medicine


January 12, 2015

Lisa Flowers, MD, spoke to WSB-TV about her passion for educating the community about the HPV vaccine.

“Over 8 million women in the United States have yet to be screened with a pap smear for cervical cancer in the last five years. We really have to do a better job with that, when we know that that’s a test that can really prevent and capture these precancerous changes early, before it turns into cancer.”

Watch the clip.


January 9, 2015

Our physicians are awesome – and our patients think so too! The following physicians received patient satisfaction scores at or above the 90th percentile between September and November 2014:

Cherie Hill, MD
John Horton, MD
Kurt Martinuzzi, MD
Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc
Anita Tamirisa, DO
Kalinda Woods, MD

These physicians’ patient satisfaction scores placed them in the top 10 percent of their specialty across the entire Press Ganey database. 


January 7, 2015

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, published her first-authored research, “Safety of Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States, 2000-2011” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). More than 200 news outlets worldwide have covered the results.   

A sampling of the coverage:

Reuters | Associated Press | Medical Daily | Health Day


Dec. 19, 2014

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:


Dec. 18, 2014

Lisa Flowers, MD, appears in the first issue of the Physician Edition of Inside Grady. She discusses the role she plays at Grady, her biggest challenges for the coming year, and her experience working at Grady.



Dec. 9, 2014

Congratulations to Lisa Haddad, MD, MPH, MS, and Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, who were accepted into two of Emory’s faculty development programs. Dr. Haddad was chosen to participate in the 2015 School of Medicine Junior Faculty Development Course. Dr. Spencer was selected for EM-ProLEAD: Emory Medicine Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development Program.


Dec. 5, 2014

Congratulations to Lisa Flowers, MD! She was one of five finalists for the 2014 Woman in Healthcare Leadership Award from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Atlanta Chapter. Dr. Flowers was honored, along with the other finalists, at a ceremony on December 4.


Dec. 4, 2014

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.

“I pursued this certification because I am interested in menopause and the care of older women,” said Dr. Dolan. “Women may live 30 to 40 percent of their lives after menopause, and there are preventive measures to optimize their health." 

Read more.


Dec. 1, 2014

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.


Nov. 25, 2014

Betsy Collins, MD, MPH, spoke to CNN en Español’s Marisa Azaret about what women need to know before they become pregnant. 

Watch the clip.

Nov. 21, 2014

Congratulations to Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, who received an Alumni Award from Medical Students for Choice (MSFC). The award recognized Dr. Cwiak’s contributions to MSFC and the reproductive health community.

The award was given at the Conference of Family Planning, hosted by MSFC. The conference, held in Atlanta, had nearly 300 medical students from across the world in attendance. Fourteen Emory medical students were in attendance, with Yoon-Jin Kim (M3) currently serving the first of a two-year term on MSFC’s Board of Directors. Family Planning faculty members, including Dr. Cwiak, Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, and Elizabeth Deans, MD, served as panelists for several sessions. To learn more about MSFC, visit


Nov. 19, 2014

Jenna Schreier and Rachel McCandliss, students at Emory University School of Medicine and coordinators of the Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic, attended Grand Rounds on November 19 to recognize faculty members who had volunteered at the clinic in the past year. At the weekly evening clinic, faculty work with medical students and provide care for the homeless and uninsured. 

Faculty recognized: Elizabeth Collins, MD, MPH; Agena Davenport-Nicholson, MD; Elizabeth Deans, MD; Lisa Flowers, MD; Heather Hipp, MD; Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA; Kurt Martinuzzi, MD; Stephen Weiss, MD, MPH; Demetrius Woods, MD, MPH

Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic Faculty Recognition


Nov. 14, 2014

One of our department's nurse midwives, Abby Britt, CNM, MSN, was interviewed by WSB-TV for a feature on the Centering pregnancy groups that meet at Grady. The Emory Nurse-Midwifery Service provides facilitation for these groups. 

Watch the clip.


Nov. 12, 2014

John Horton, MD, and Cherie Hill, MD, are featured in the latest issue of Emory Medicine Magazine. The article details three complex births and Emory’s team approach to managing care for these high-risk patients. 

"It's all a collaborative effort between the physicians, the nurses, the anesthesiologists, the NICU, and the blood bank," Hill says. "Our team approach is innovative," she adds, "but I hope someday it will become the standard of care everywhere."

Read the story.


Nov. 5, 2014

Egg freezing is all over the news these days - but what does it really entail? Jennifer Kawwass, MD, of the Emory Reproductive Center, explains the process on Emory Healthcare's Advancing Your Health blog. 

Read the blog entry.


Nov. 3, 2014

Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, director of the family planning division, was interviewed by Yahoo! Health why women should look beyond the birth control pill to find the right contraceptive method.

“When you look at the methods that are used most often — the Pill, the condom — it’s only what’s popular,” said Dr. Carrie Cwiak, director of family planning at Emory University School of Medicine. “It has nothing to do with what’s most effective.” 

Read the full article.


Oct. 30, 2014

Our Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery division is hosting “Break Free from PFDs,” an event where women can learn more about pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), on November 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Glenn Auditorium at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory’s event is part of a nationwide series of “Break Free from PFDs” events held during Bladder Health Week (November 10-14). PFDs include bladder control problems, bowel control problems, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. 

Learn more.


October 9, 2014

We’re so proud to announce that eight of our residents have matched to a fellowship program for next year! Congratulations to these residents on this wonderful accomplishment!

Navya Nair - Gynecologic Oncology - Mt Sinai
Beau Park - Minimally Invasive Surgery - Mayo Clinic in Phoenix
Marissa Platner -Maternal Fetal Medicine - Yale
Jessie Rubin - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility - Baylor
Austin Schirmer - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility - Emory
Jessica Tarleton - Reproductive Infectious Disease & Family Planning - University of Pittsburgh

Resident Alumni

Alisa Kachikis - Maternal-Fetal Medicine - University of Washington
Allison Lange - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility – Massachusetts General Hospital


Sept. 30, 2014

Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, appeared on several radio and television programs to speak about the importance of the genetic testing program JScreen. JScreen is a nonprofit public health initiative based at Emory University School of Medicine. Watch the clip (Dr. Spencer appears about 3 ½ minutes after the clip starts).


Sept. 19, 2014

Congratulations to Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, on the publication of Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient. Dr. Cwiak is the co-editor of this book, which offers advice on how to meet the contraceptive needs of women with chronic medical problems. 


September 16, 2014

Penny Castellano, MD, sat down with Sanjay Gupta, MD, to debunk some of the myths of menopause. 

"One of the scariest myths is that once you begin the menopause transition that you are thereafter infertile. When you look at the age groups with the highest rates of unplanned pregnancies, teenagers are first and peri-menopausal women are second."

Watch the clip. 


September 2, 2014

Congratulations to our newly promoted faculty! Lisa Flowers, MD [bio], was promoted to Professor; Jennifer Goedken, MD [bio], was promoted to Associate Professor; and Weirong Shang, PhD [bio], was promoted to Associate Professor. 


August 22, 2014

Department Chair and Emory University Hospital Chief Medical Officer Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, spoke to WSB-TV about the care of Ebola patients at Emory.

“It sends a message to the world about these patients, that just having the diagnosis of Ebola doesn't mean it's the end,” Dr. Ira Horowitz said. See the clip.


August 19, 2014

Congratulations to third-year resident Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, who is the new ACOG Junior Fellow Vice Chair for the State of Georgia!


August 11, 2014

We’re pleased to welcome Jennifer Kawwass, MD, and Sara Rizk, MD, to our department’s faculty. Dr. Kawwass is our newest reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, and she will be seeing patients at the Emory Reproductive Center, on the 18th floor of Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Rizk joins the general ob/gyn division and will see patients on the 8th floor of Emory University Hospital Midtown. Appointments with these physicians can be made by calling 404-778-3401


July 15, 2014

U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory University Hospital (EUH) as the #1 hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta for the third year in a row. EUH’s Gynecology program was ranked #42 nationally. Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) was ranked as the #4 hospital in Georgia and the #3 hospital in metro Atlanta. EUHM was noted as “high-performing” in 11 specialty areas, including gynecology!

2014 US News rankings

Read more.


July 7, 2014

On July 1, our department welcomed six new fellows to our training programs in Family Planning, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Pelvic Surgery, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Meet the new fellows.


June 30, 2014

Cherie Hill, MD, appeared on CNN's AccentHealth to talk about what essential items new parents need ahead of bringing their baby home. 

Watch the clip.


June 26, 2014

Five physicians from our department made the list of Top Doctors in Atlanta Magazine’s July 2014 issue. Congratulations to Ira R. Horowitz, MDMichael K. Lindsay, MD, MPHPenny Castellano, MDCarla Roberts, MD, PhD; and Donna Session, MD.

Full story


June 24, 2014

At the end of June, we bid farewell to the fellows and residents graduating from our training programs. We wish them much success and happiness in their next steps. Read more to learn where the Class of 2014 is headed.


June 11, 2014

Alan N. Gordon, MD, was interviewed by WSB-TV Channel 2 and 11 Alive about his work removing a very large tumor from a Georgia woman. 

From WSB-TV:

“As this thing had grown, it had displaced her internal organs up and to the left,” Dr. Alan Gordon said about the tumor. 
Gordon said the cystic tumor had attached to Lewis' stomach wall and eventually her small intestine and other organs, making surgery extremely delicate. The growth was filled with so much fluid it ruptured during the procedure.  
“A total of about 12 to 13 liters, so that would be about 27 to 28 pounds of fluid,” Gordon said. 

Read more:
11 Alive


May 19, 2014

Lisa B. Haddad, MD, MS, MPH, has received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Haddad’s project, “Impact of Progestin Contraception on Risk of HIV Acquisition and Transmission” will explore the mechanisms underlying the risk of HIV acquisition associated with hormonal contraception. 

Read more.


May 12, 2014

John P. Horton, MD, was interviewed by Fox 5 Atlanta about his role in the delivery of a woman with an emergency heart issue.

Omar Lattouf, MD, PhD, the cardiac surgeon on the case, says their teamwork had to be perfect, "With everyone knowing what needs to be done. And to do it. And to do it right. The first time. There are no missteps with this one, absolutely no missteps."

Watch the video. 


April 15, 2014

AIUMEmory Perinatal Center has been awarded ultrasound practice accreditation by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. This recognition was achieved by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession.

Emory Perinatal Center is the only practice at an Emory-affiliated hospital with AIUM accreditation, and the only practice in the state of Georgia with AIUM accreditation in fetal echocardiography. 

Read more.


April 3, 2014

RRD speakersThe 48th Annual Clinical Topics in Gynecology and Obstetrics, featuring presentations from residents and fellows, will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Resident Research Day is a venue where the Department’s trainees and their mentors can share interests and accomplishments in translational research, clinical investigation, scholarship, and discovery. The April 23 event will also feature two lectures, delivered by William T. Creasman, MD, and George R. Saade, MD. Read more.


March 31, 2014

The AJC published an op-ed on Georgia’s declining teen birth rate written by Jane Fonda, Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, and Kim M. Nolte, MPH, CHES. Fonda is founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), Kottke is director of the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University, and Nolte is vice president of programs and training at GCAPP. Read the op-ed.


March 20, 2014

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) invited Mary Dolan, MD, MPH, to participate in the SWHR Interdisciplinary Network: The Link Between Domestic Violence and Chronic Disease in Women, funded by the Verizon Foundation.

The network will conduct an in-depth examination of the chronic health consequences of domestic violence and how technology can be used to address this issue. Network members will review existing technology solutions and programmatic efforts, explore how to improve them, and identify best practices.


February 25, 2014

Kalinda Woods, MD, shared “Five Things to Do Before Visiting Your Gynecologist” with The Medical Blog. Read her list. 


February 20, 2014

Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, second-year resident, is the recipient of the Junior Fellow Rising Star in Advocacy Award, presented by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Zertuche is the first recipient of this award, which supports advocacy projects developed and implemented by Junior Fellows. The award will be presented at ACOG’s 2014 Congressional Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in March.

Full story.


January 14, 2014

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, writes about the teen birth rate in the December issue of "OBGyn News," the newsletter from the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Read her article. 

Melissa Kottke in ObGynNews


December 5, 2013

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, spoke to CNN and Medscape Medical News about a new study showing that fertility drugs – and not IVF procedures, as previously assumed – were responsible for the increase of multiple births in recent years. 

"The contribution of non-IVF medical conceptions to multiples… suggests that there is room to improve the number of multiples that are resulting from procedures other than IVF," Dr. Kawwass explained.


October 21, 2013

Alan N. Gordon, MD, is joining Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics as director of the division of Gynecologic Oncology. He will serve as a professor in the School of Medicine and have a clinical practice at Emory University Hospital Midtown, effective Nov. 1, 2013. Full story.


October 18, 2013

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, third-year fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, is the first author on a paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The results were published early on JAMA’s site on October 17, 2013 to coincide with the presentation of the research at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Boston.

The study found that the number of donor egg in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles has increased over a 10-year period of time in the U.S., and outcomes of births from the donor eggs have improved.

Media coverage of the study was extensive: Associated Press | ABC News | CBS News | NBC News | Fox News | USA Today | Washington Post | Time | HealthDay | Emory News Center

Read more about the study.


October 11, 2013

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine is holding its annual meeting in Boston October 12-17, and the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division of Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics will be well represented at this gathering of reproductive medicine professionals. Our residents, fellows, and faculty are responsible for five posters and one oral abstract that will be presented at the meeting. See the list. 


October 4, 2013

The Society of Family Planning (SFP) will honor Robert Hatcher, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, with a namesake mentorship award at their annual meeting in October. SFP created the Robert A. Hatcher Family Planning Mentor Award in 2013 in recognition of Dr. Hatcher’s commitment to educating family planning providers. Read more.


September 20, 2013

Weirong Shang, PhD, HCLD, was named Embryologist of the Month by the American College of Embryology. The award recognizes excellence in the practice of reproductive embryology. Dr. Shang is Director of the Andrology and Embryology Laboratory at Emory Reproductive Center. 


September 16, 2013

Gina Northington, MD, PhD, recently received board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery through the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Dr. Northington is a member of the inaugural group of physicians to receive certification in this new subspecialty. Read more.


August 20, 2013

Amber Samuel, MDspoke to Reuters about a new study on smoking during pregnancy. Researchers in Denmark found that women who quit smoking early in pregnancy gave birth to babies of similar birth weights as nonsmokers. From the article:

“The big thing to get out of this study is that quitting early in pregnancy is as helpful in respect to the birth weight of your baby as never having smoked while you were pregnant,” Dr. Amber Samuel, a maternal-fetal medicine expert at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said.

Read more.


August 14, 2013

Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, spoke to the Associated Press about a new CDC study that suggests that the percentage of married couples having trouble conceiving has dropped slightly in recent years. “I don’t think people wait as long” as they did decades ago to get help if they’re having trouble conceiving, she is quoted as saying. Read more


July 25, 2013

Kristin Paccione, MD, fourth-year resident in Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has been selected as the recipient of the Gellhaus Resident Fellowship. The fellowship offers a senior ob/gyn resident the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the policy and political factors that affect gynecology and obstetrics, as well as a chance to develop advocacy skills that will strengthen the specialty. The fellowship is awarded by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and consists of a month working in Washington, DC with ACOG’s Department of Government Affairs. Read more.


July 8, 2013

If it’s summer, then it’s time for Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics to welcome a new class of residents. Training the next generation of leaders in gynecology and obstetrics is a responsibility the department takes seriously, and we’re proud to offer a top-notch training program that provides opportunities to serve diverse patient populations, protected time for didactics, research opportunities and extensive hands-on experience. Meet the new residents.


July 1, 2013

Six physicians from Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics made the list of Top Doctors in Atlanta Magazine’s July 2013 issue. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. compiles the list annually, using nominations from licensed physicians. Congratulations to Ira R. Horowitz, MD; Cyril O. Spann, MD; Michael K. Lindsay, MD, MPH; Penny Castellano, MDCarla Roberts, MD, PhD; and Donna Session, MD.

Read the full story. 


June 18, 2013

At the end of June, we say goodbye to our graduating fellows and residents. We are honored these doctors chose us as their training destination, and we’re grateful for the contributions they made to our department and to our patients. Find out where they’re headed for the next phase of their careers.


June 7, 2013

Kevin Ault, MD, talked to Fox 5 Atlanta about the use of vinegar for cervical cancer screenings in India. The low-tech, inexpensive test is ideal for developing countries where women lack access to medical care. From the segment:

"Well, there are half billion women in India, they have a high rate of cervical cancer, and they're not doing any screening, right now.  The key to saving women's lives in India, or in the United States, is to catch [cervical cancer] in its precancerous stages, and be able to treat it," said Dr. Kevin Ault.

Watch Dr. Ault on Fox 5.


May 17, 2013

On May 14, actress Angelina Jolie revealed her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother died from ovarian cancer. 

“Patients approach this decision from a variety of angles,” says Ira Horowitz, MD, John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology.

“Some women with this knowledge choose not to have risk-reducing surgery. Some women choose to have their ovaries removed because of the difficulty of screening for ovarian cancer compared to breast cancer,” he says. 

Already, analysts wonder if more women will opt for such surgeries following Jolie’s announcement. 

“It’s important to discuss the options and risks with your physician,” says Horowitz. “There are many factors to consider, including age, desire for future fertility, family history, and self-image."

Watch: Dr. Horowitz on ovarian cancer


May 3, 2013

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, spoke to Fox 5 News about Plan B, following the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that the drug would be available for 15-year-olds without a prescription. Kottke explained how Plan B works and its safety. She also urged parents to use this news story as a way to start a conversation with their kids:

“Take this conversation and say, have you heard about that? What do you think about that? Do you know how it can be used? What’s happening in your relationships? What’s happening in your friendship circles? There should be no missed opportunities for parents and young people to have these conversations.”

Watch Dr. Kottke’s appearance.


April 16, 2013

Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH is the 2013 recipient of the Medical Innovation and Leadership Award, given at the Feminist Women’s Health Center’s Stand Up for Reproductive Justice Annual Awards Gala. Dr. Cwiak is director of the Family Planning Division and the Family Planning Fellowship at Emory and medical director of the Grady Health System Family Planning Clinic. For more information about the event, see the Feminist Women’s Health Center site.


April 12, 2013

The Emory Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics now offers one of 37 ACGME approved fellowships in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. We are the only program in the state of Georgia with ACGME approval. This new fellowship is a multidisciplinary program that offers diverse clinical, research, and teaching opportunities in female urology, urogynecology, colorectal surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. Read more about the fellowship.


March 21, 2013

Gina Northington, MD, PhD, was honored at the Women First! celebration, which is part of the Annual Women’s History Month program honoring the accomplishments of School of Medicine-associated women who are/were the first in their field/program/area of study. Dr. Northington is Director, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) and is one of the first ABOG-approved female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeons in Atlanta. Under her leadership, Emory Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics has the first ACGME accredited FPMRS Fellowship program in the Atlanta area. Dr. Northington currently researches the age-related effects of estrogen on neuroinflammation and overactive bladder symptoms. Link to the flier.


March 20, 2013

Patients who deliver their babies at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) will now be given the opportunity to publically bank their umbilical cord blood, at no cost, in an altruistic means of helping others who are sick. Cord blood, which is normally discarded by most following delivery, can be used to save lives by effectively treating certain blood diseases and disorders, including leukemia.  

"We are excited to participate in the public cord blood banking program with the Cleveland Cord Blood Center," says Carla Roberts, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine and chief of the OB/GYN service at Emory University Hospital Midtown. "Blood cells remaining in the placenta and umbilical cord after the baby is born can be useful for transplant patients because the cells are capable of developing into new bone marrow. Bone marrow replacement can be a life-saving procedure for patients with various diseases, such as leukemia, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders." 

Read the full story from Emory News Center.


February 14, 2013

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, provided advice about talking to teens about dating to Atlanta’s Fox 5.

"What do we all want? We want our teens to be happy and we want our teens to be safe. So there's a good opportunity to help young people understand and build healthy dating relationships that can actually help us accomplish both," said Kottke.


January 29, 2013

In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Emory News Center spoke to Lisa Flowers, MD, and Kevin Ault, MD. They had one simple message: “Routine screenings save lives!”

"No woman has to die from cervical cancer," says Ault, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory.  "It’s almost entirely preventable with recommended Pap guidelines. If everyone got a regular Pap test and the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine we could reduce the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer by more than 75 percent."


December 20, 2012

Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH, received her doctorate of public health in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2012. Her dissertation is entitled, "Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Middle Aged Women with a History of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." Dr. Loucks currently seves as Director, Research Programs in the department.


December 4, 2012

Emory University School of Medicine's Jane Fonda Center will partner with the Rollins School of Public Health and Grady Health System's Teen Services Clinic to design, implement and evaluate a clinic-based intervention to improve the use of "dual protection" in young African American females. The five-year, $3.2 million grant is a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

"Dual protection means taking steps to prevent both unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV," says Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, assistant professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory and principal investigator for this award. "This is a skill that all people need, but we know that teens and young adults carry a disproportionate burden of both unintended pregnancy and STDs and this is amplified for racial and ethnic minorities." 

Read the full story from Emory News Center.


October 25, 2012

Lisa Flowers, MD, received the 2012 Latino Health Excellence Award from the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia (HHCGA) for her leadership and innovative programs leading to improved outcomes for women around human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical cancer. “Dr. Flowers’ resolve and commitment should serve as an inspiration to all of us who are working to improve health disparities for Hispanics,” said Heidy Guzmán, HHCGA Executive Director. “With this award, we honor Dr. Flowers for her accomplishments and recognize her contributions to improving access to care for women and girls worldwide.”


October 11, 2012

Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, was welcomed into Emory's MilliPub Club, which honors and recognizes Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1000 citations. Such a paper is commonly considered a “citation classic” and represents high impact scholarship. Dr. Spencer was a co-author of the article, "Largescale identification, mapping, and genotyping of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the human genome."



August 17, 2012

Department Chair Appointed
Dr. Thomas Lawley, Dean, Emory University School of Medicine, and Mr. John Fox, President and CEO, Emory Healthcare, announced that  Ira Horowitz, MD, SM has been appointed as Professor and John D. Thompson Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. We are indeed pleased to welcome him as the Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the School of Medicine and Chief of Service for Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory Healthcare.


Spring 2012

Emory Medicine highlights the work of Jennifer Goedken, MD, in Ethiopia. Goedken worked with Henry Blumberg, an Emory infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist, to make making magnesium sulfate available to pregnant women for the treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. 

 Goedken, Blumberg, and their team developed a standardized protocol for the drug’s use and created teaching materials in the form of posters and pocket cards. The original plan called for introducing magnesium sulfate use in Addis Ababa University’s three teaching hospitals (Black Lion, St. Paul’s, and Gandhi), but the AAU-Emory team also arranged partnerships with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and UNICEF. The influence of that partnership resulted in magnesium sulfate use being implemented in 107 public hospitals throughout the country.

 The article also highlights the department's commitment to advancing women's health around the world:

The Gyn/OB department, for example, met with their counterparts at AAU and discovered that while there is a residency program, there are no fellowships, particularly in the much-needed specialty area of gynecologic oncology. So in addition to Emory Gyn/OB faculty and residents giving lectures and  doing teaching rounds, they are developing a curriculum for a gyn-oncology fellowship at AAU.

“Cervical cancer is a very big issue here because they don’t have Pap smears to detect precancerous stages, and they don’t have the resources to treat advanced stages of the disease,” says Goedken. “But beyond that obvious need, postgraduate training in a subspecialty such as gynecologic oncology can be a powerful tool in retaining faculty at Ethiopian medical schools. It gives them a path for advancement that they might not have had before.”

Full article: