Resident Research Projects

Each year, our department gathers for Resident Research Day to hear presentations from residents that have been completed over their years of training. The following is a list of projects completed by residents in recent years: 


Vinita Alexander, MD

Title: Outcomes and Cost Analysis of Surveillance Strategies after Initial Treatment for Women with Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Research Mentors: Alan Gordon, MD; Namita Khanna, MD, MSPH

Elise Bardawil, MD

Title: Multimodal Post-Cesarean Analgesia with Spinal Morphine and Continuous Wound Infiltration of Ropivacaine Using the OnQ Elastomeric Pump: A Dose-Ranging Study Using a High-Volume, Low-Dose Protocol

Research Mentors: Jessica Arluck, MD; James Dolak, MD, PhD

Katherine de Souza, MD

Title: Identifying Barriers: The Impact of Provider Behaviors on Health Care Utilization of Transgender Patients

Research Mentor: Elizabeth Collins, MD, MPH

Erin Duncan, MD, MPH

Title: How Healthy is Grady Healthy Baby? A Pilot Study

Research Mentors: Jane Ellis, MD, PhD; Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH

Steven Gay, MD

Title: Metformin Dose and Duration and Markers of Prothrombotic State in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Patients

Research Mentors: Jessica Arluck, MD; Alexander Duncan, MD, MS

Jana Platz, MD

Title: An Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Obstetrical Care at an Academic Medical Center

Research Mentor: Demetrius Woods, MD, MPH

Toya Pratt, MD

Title: Obesity and Perioperative Complications in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in 2013: Analysis of the National Inpatient Sample 

Research Mentor: Gina Northington, MD, PhD

Shivika Trivedi, MD

Title: Evaluating The Impact of Obstetrics & Gynecology Residencies’ Global Health Training Programs

Research Mentors: Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH; Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH; Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH

Renita White, MD

Title: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Barriers to Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives among Patients Attending an Outpatient Abortion Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia

Research Mentors: Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH


Juliet Bishop, MD

Title: Factors Influencing Aneuploidy Screening and Diagnostic Choices

Research Mentor: Martina Badell, MD

Nikhil Joshi, MD

Title: Racial Disparities in Perinatal Outcomes Among Infants Born with and without Assisted Reproduction in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Florida, 2000-2010

Research Mentor: Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH

Megan Lawley, MD

Title: Use of Contraception Among U.S. Women Reporting Postpartum Depressive Symptoms

Research Mentors: Lisa Haddad, MD, MPH, MS; Sherry Farr, MSPH, PhD

Heather Link, MD, MPH

Title: Practice Patterns Based on Task Force Guidelines for Management of Hypertension in Pregnancy

Research Mentor: Martina Badell, MD

Lisa Rauh, MD

Title: Health Care Provider Attitudes Related to Safety of Intrauterine Devices in the Postpartum Period

Research Mentors: Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH; Naomi Tepper, MD, MPH

Rachel Shulman, MD

Title: Impact of Maternal Knowledge of Recommended Weight Gain in Pregnancy on Gestational Weight Gain

Research Mentors: Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA

Jade Stafford, MD

Title: Health Literacy and Associated Outcomes in the Postpartum Period at Grady Memorial Hospital

Research Mentors: Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH; Lisa Haddad, MD, MPH, MS 

Adrienne Stevenson, MD

Title: Intimate Partner Violence Around the Time of Pregnancy and Postpartum Contraceptive Use

Research Mentor: Naomi Tepper, MD, MPH

Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH

Title: Severe Maternal Morbidity During Delivery Hospitalization: Georgia, United States, 1999-2012

Research Mentor: Jessica Arluck, MD; Anne L. Dunlop, MD, MPH; Dave Goodman, PhD, MPH; Michael R. Kramer, PhD, MS; Roger Rochat, MD


Sally Huber, MD, MS

Title: Reducing Perinatal and Short-Term Postpartum Anal Incontinence Through Early Pelvic Floor Muscle Training: A Prospective Pilot Study

Research Mentor: Deborah Karp, MD

Ujuka Iloabuchi, MD

Title: Concurrent Gestational Diabetes and Preeclampsia Among Delivery Hospitalizations – United States, 2011

Research Mentor: Naomi Tepper, MD, MPH

Navya Nair, MD, MPH

Title: Georgia Primary Care Providers’ Knowledge of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome

Research Mentors: Dana Meaney-Delman, MD; Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH

Beau Park, MD, MPH

Title: Post Operative Recovery from Gynecologic Surgeries: A Comparison of Various Techniques

Research Mentor: Nicholas Fogelson, MD

Nicole Pasteur, MD

Title: Obstetrician Opinions of a Georgia Law Limiting Late 2nd Trimester Abortions

Research Mentors: Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH; Roger Rochat, MD

Marissa Platner, MD

Title: A Comparison of the Incidence and Causes of Maternal Deaths in Urban versus Rural Georgia

Research Mentors: Jane Ellis, MD, PhD; Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH; Cynthia Berga, MD; David Goodman, PhD, MPH

Jessica Rubin, MD

Title: Provider Survey: Fertility Preservation and Menopause Counseling for Reproductive Age Women Prior to Receiving Gonadotoxic Agents

Research Mentors: Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, Dana Meaney-Delman, MD, MPH, Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH, Helen Chin, PhD

Austin Schirmer, MD

Title: Elective Hysterectomy at the Time of Prophylactic Oophorectomy in the United States: Trends and In-Hospital Complications, 1998-2008

Research Mentor: Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH


Juan Alvarez, MD

Title: Increased Oocyte Maturity After Combined Urinary and Recombinant Chorionic Gonadotropin in In Vitro Fertilization

Research Mentors: Donna Session, MD; Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH

Allison Lange, MD

Title: Use of Cell Saver in Gynecologic Surgery

Research Mentors: Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Nicholas Fogelson, MD

Saira Mir, MD

Title: Investigating HPV-16 Methylation as Biomarker for High-Grade Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia

Research Mentor: Kevin Ault, MD

Kristin Paccione, MD, MS

Title: Tdap Vaccination in Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Incidence and Outcome

Research Mentors: Jessica Arluck, MD; Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH

Rachel Paccione, MD, MS

Title: Adherence to Cervical Screening Guidelines and the Effects on Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening in Privately Insured Young Women in the United States

Research Mentors: Karen Hoover, MD, MPH; Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH

Katie Shields, MD, MPH

Title: Cost Analysis of Providing Immediate Postpartum IUD Insertion

Research Mentor: Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH

Kathleen Sullivan, MD

Title: Evaluation of the Zero Tolerance Policy at Emory University Hospital Midtown: Elective Delivery at 39 Weeks Gestation and Neonatal and Maternal Outcomes

Research Mentors: Penny Castellano, MD; Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH

Angel Temponi, MD

Title: Diabetic Ketoacidosis During Pregnancy: Etiology, Incidence, Maternal and Fetal Outcomes

Research Mentors: Guillermo Umpierrez, MD; Michael Lindsay, MD, MPH


Melissa Counihan, MD

Title: Health Literacy among Menorrhagia Patients at Grady Memorial Hospital and Development of Appropriate Patient Literature

Research Mentors:  Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH; Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Aimee Moynihan, MSED, CHES

Heather Hipp, MD

Title: Anti-mullerian Hormone Levels in Peritoneal Fluid and Serum in Patients with Endometriosis

Research Mentors: Donna Session, MD; Neil Sidell, PhD

Catherine Hudson, MD

Title: A Systematic Review of Robotic-Assisted Sacrocolpopexy for Apical Prolapse

Research Mentors: Deborah Karp, MD; Gina Northington, MD, PhD

Alisa Kachikis, MD

Title: Congenital Syphilis in Georgia 2000-2010

Research Mentors: Jessica Arluck, MD

Catherine Kress, MD

Title: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Regarding Cervical Cancer and Screening among Ethiopian Healthcare Workers

Research Mentors: Jennifer Goedken, MD; Dr. Dawit Desalegn, Addis Ababa University

Angela Martin, MD

Title: Respiratory Illness Hospitalizations Among Pregnant Women During Influenza Season, 1998-2008

Research Mentors: Naomi Tepper, MD; Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH

Erica Robinson, MD

Title: Sequential Combined Chemotherapy with Radiotherapy as Treatment for Type 2 Endometrial Cancer

Research Mentors:  Namita Khanna, MD, MPH; Joseph Shelton, MD; Leda Gattoc, MD

Abdulrahman Sinno, MD

Title: Human Papilloma Virus Genotype Prevalence in Invasive Vaginal Cancers from a Registry Based United States Population

Research Mentor: Kevin Ault, MD