Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology

News & Events

OB/GYN's Living Legend

Congratulations to Dr. DaCarla M. Albright who was honored by the City Council of Philadelphia as a 2016 Philadelphia Living Legend for her outstanding contributions to community and society.  Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., who presented the Council resolution, said the award "points out unsung heros that from time to time get overlooked but make huge differences in our society as a whole and in African American communities in particular."

Victoria L. Rich Patient Satisfaction Award Winner

The Baby Friendly Task Force has been awarded the 2016 Victoria L. Rich Patient Satisfaction Award.  This award recognizes nursing units, councils, or committees that plan, implement, and measure systems to improve the patient experience.


Dr. Helen O. Dickens Commemorative Lecture in Medicine

Dr. Angela Diaz, Professor Pediatrics and Preventative Medicine and Director of the Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai, will deliver the7th Annual Dr. Helen O. Dickens Commemorative Lecture in Medicine.  This lecture will take place on March 30, 2016 in the Jordan Medical Education Center, Law Auditorium, 5th Floor of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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

The 2016 CRRWH Annual Retreat will take place on May 4th. Dr. Tracey J. Woodruff will deliver the 37th Annual James M. Cuozzo Memorial Lecture.  For additional information please visit:

13th Annual Resident Research Day

Description: 13th Annual Resident Research Day took place on April 15, 2016. Dr. Michael P. Diamond delivered the John Rock Lecture entitled: "Postoperative Adhesions:  Pathogenesis, Prevalence, and Prevention ." Dr. Diamond is the Brooks Professor and Chair and Associate Dean for Research at the Medical College of Georgia and Senior Vice President for Research at Augusta University.

Awards & Honors

Drs. Alyssa Colwill and Charles Hummel are recipients of a 2016 Penn Pearls Award.  This award honors faculty and residents who excel in teaching on the clinical service and serve as role models and mentors for our students.

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. Dana Gerber joined Penn Fertility Care in October 2015.

Dr. Divya Shah joined Penn Fertility Care in August 2015 and will primarily see patients at our Radnor office.

Dr. Anna Graseck joined Penn Ob/Gyn Associates in August 2015.

Intern Class of 2016-2017

Benjamin Albright, MD, MS

Yale University

Anat Chemerinski, MD

University of Maryland

Sarah Gutman, MD,MSPH

Hofstra North Shore

Denise Johnson, MD

Columbia University

Jessica Peterson, MD

University of Illinois

Elizabeth Rubin, MD

Brown University


Stephanie Sansone, MD

Cornell University


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!