Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology

News & Events

Dr. Ronny Drapkin attended reception honoring President Bill Clinton with the Tina's Wish Global Women's Health Award

Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD, Director of Gynecological Research at The Basser Center for BRCA and Director of the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center, recently attended an event in New York City honoring President Bill Clinton with the inaugural Tina's Wish Global Women's Health Award. Tina’s Wish is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research for the early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer. Penn is one of only five sites funded by the foundation and Dr. Drapkin is the foundation awardee at Penn.  His laboratory works on methods to identify novel biomarkers for the early detection of ovarian cancer.  During the event to honor President Clinton, the scientists from the five funded sites got to meet with the President and discuss the importance of research efforts and adequate funding.

The Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health (CRRWH) Annual Retreat and 36th Annual James M. Cuozzo Memorial Lecture

The 2015 CRRWH Annual Retreat took place on May 13th. Diana W. Bianchi, M.D. delivered the 36th Annual James M. Cuozzo Memorial Lecture.  For additional information please visit:

12th Annual Resident Research Day

The 12th Annual Resident Research Day took place on May 29, 2015. Dr. Dee Fenner delivered the John Rock Lecture entitled: "Predicting and Preventing Post-partum Pelvic Floor Disorders." Dr. Fenner is the Furlong Professor of Women's Health and the Director of the Division of Gynecology at the University of Michigan.

Penn Medicine Welcomes Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD

We are pleased to welcome Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Penn Medicine. 

Dr. Drapkin recently joined the department as the Director of the Ovarian Cancer Research Center.  He also holds a joint appointment on the leadership team of The Basser Research Center for BRCA as Director of Gynecological Research.

Dr. Drapkin is nationally recognized in the field of ovarian cancer research.  Research in his lab is aimed at understanding the pathogenesis of genetic alterations involved in women's cancers, with a specific interest in ovarian cancer.   The major goal of his research is to translate important biological principles discovered in the laboratory into clinical useful diagnostic and therapeutic tools. 

Awards & Honors

Dr. Stephanie Purisch was selected by the medical students to receive the 2015 Penn Pearls Award for outstanding teaching. 

Dr. Joy Cooper received the 2015 Sharon Youcha Compassionate Patient Care Award for excellent patient care with compassion, empathy and respect, and listens and treats the patient as a whole person.

Elizabeth A. Lynn, MSN, WHPN-BC received the 2015 John J. Mikuta Award for Professionalism in Women's Health.  This award recognizes an individual in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology who exemplifies a commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the practice of medicine, embraces the core values of integrity and respect for others, and is committed to the welfare of their patients and the health care needs of women.

Dr. Ashley Haggerty received the 2015 Fellow Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education.

Dr. Lori Cory received the 2015 Resident Research Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Charles Hummelreceived the 2015 Resident Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education.

Dr. Steve Sondheimer received the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr.Caroline Kelly received the 2015 Golden Mitt Award.

Dr. Whitney Burns received the 2015 Midwife's Intern Award.

Dr. Caroline Kelly received the 2015 Robert R. Rascoe, MD Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Patient Care.  This award recognizes a chief resident who has demonstrated compassionate care and concern for our patients.  The recipient was selected by the attendings and nursing staff in the Helen O. Dickens Center for Women's Health. 

New Faculty


Dr. Kirstin Leitner joined Penn Ob/Gyn Associates in July 2015.

Dr. Ashley Haggerty joined the Gynecologic Oncology Division in July 2015.

Dr. Kari Whitley joined the Maternal Fetal Medicine practice at Pennsyvlania Hospital and in Voorhees in July 2015.

In February 2015, Dr. Ronald I. Drapkin joined the department as Director of Penn Medicine's Ovarian Cancer Research Center.  He is also the Director of Gynecologic Cancer Research in the Basser Center for BRCA.

Intern Class of 2015-2016

Mary DeAgostino-Kelly, MD

Vanderbilt University

Neha Deshpande, M.D

Harvard University

Alex Mastroyannis, M.D

George Washington University School of Medicine

Jennifer McCoy, M.D.

University of Chicago

Carolyn Miller, M.D.

Perelman SOM - UPENN

Anne Nichols, M.D.

George Washington University School of Medicine


Liberty Reforma, M.D.

University of California – San Francisco


2015 Annual End of Year Dinner

On June 18th, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology held its annual end of year dinner honoring our senior fellows and chief residents. It was a great success and we wish all of our graduates the very best!