Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology

News & Events


Fifth Annual Helen O. Dickens Commemorative Lecture

The fifth annual Helen O. Dickens Commemorative Lecture was given by Ivy League-educated triplets, Samantha, Sydney and Heather Butts.  To read their story please visit the Penn Medicine news Blog: http://news.pennmedicine.org/blog/2014/05/butts-triplets-take-public-health-care-by-storm.html


The Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health (CRRWH) Annual Retreat and 35th Annual James M. Cuozzo Memorial Lecture

The 2014 CRRWH Annual Retreat took place on May 21st . Blanche Capel, Ph.D. delivered the 35th Annual James M. Cuozzo Memorial Lecture.  For additional information please visit: http://www.med.upenn.edu/crrwh/seminars.shtml


Resident Research Day

The 11th Annual Resident Research Day took place on May 30, 2014. Dr. Steven G. Gabbe delivered the John Rock Lecture entitled: "Burnout in Obstetric and Gynecology: Increasing Stress in this New Era of Health."  Dr. Gabbe is Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.


Penn Medicine Welcomes Mark A. Morgan, MD, Sarah H. Kim, MD, MSCE, Emily M. Ko, MD, MSCR, Robert A. Burger, MD, and Fiona Simpkins, MD

We are pleased to welcome Mark A. Morgan, MD , Sarah H. Kim, MD, MSCE, Robert A. Burger, MD and Fiona Simpkins, MD to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology Program at Penn Medicine. 

Dr. Morgan is the John J. Mikuta, MD Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves as Chief of Gynecologic Oncology.  His area of focus is surgical management of gynecologic malignancies, including ovarian, uterine, vulvar and cervical cancers.  He also specializes in fertility-sparing surgery for early cervical cancer, and complex gynecologic surgery including urinary and rectal fistula repair. Dr. Morgan performs laparoscopic and robotic surgery and also serves as Director of The Center for Advanced Gynecologic Surgery.

Dr. Sarah H. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She specializes in the surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers and complex benign gynecologic conditions.  Dr. Kim performs minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery.

Dr. Emily M. Ko is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She specializes in the surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers and complex benign gynecologic condition and performs minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery.

Dr. Robert A. Burger joins the department as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Deputy Director for Clinical Research of the Ovarian Cancer Research Center and Fellowship Program Director. 

Dr. Burger is nationally recognized in the field of gynecologic oncology for his work on novel therapeutics for ovarian and peritoneal cancers.  He is an expert on the use of antiangiogenic agents such as bevacizumab (Avastin) and lead the phase I and III trials published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the New England Journal of Medicine.  He is an active member of the GOG and currently serves as co-chair of the developmental Therapeutics Committee.

Dr. Fiona Simpkins is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She specializes in the evaluation and management of women with gynecologic malignancies, including ovarian, uterine, vulvar and cervical cancers. Dr. Simpkins primary research goals are to develop novel strategies and new molecular targets for the treatment of gynecologic malignancies and understand the role of cancer stem cells in ovarian cancer.

 


Penn Medicine Welcomes Puneet Masson, MD

We are pleased to welcome Puneet Masson, MD to the Division of Urology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Masson will serve as the Director of the Male Fertility Program for Penn Fertility Care.  Dr. Masson specializes in male-factor infertility, andrology, male sexual dysfunction, and general urology. He provides specialized care for men with fertility problems and performs microsurgical procedures for the treatment of male infertility and vasectomy reversals.


Annual American Gynecologic Club Meeting

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn hosted the Annual American Gynecologic Club Meeting on October  24-26, 2013.  The meeting was well-attended and highlights included scientific sessions, black tie dinner at the Penn Museum's Egyptian Gallery and a lecture and tour of the Barnes Foundation.

 


Awards & Honors

Dr. Anuja Dokras is President-Elect of the Androgen Excess and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Society. 

Dr. Mark A. Morgan was elected to the inaugural class of Academy of Master Clinicians.  This newly established program recognizes Penn Medicine clinicians who exemplify the highest standards of clinical excellence, humanism and professionalism.

Dr. Deborah A. Driscoll was elected President of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology effective June 2014.  The ABOG is an independent, non-profit organization that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States.  Founded in 1927, the ABOG is one of 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Kurt Barnhart was elected 2013-2014 President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.   Dr. Barnhart was also elected to serve athree-year term as Chair of the Section Advisory Council of the Pennsylvania Section of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Daniel J. Powell, Jr. was selected by the Board of Directors from the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy from an exceptional pool of “high achievers” for a 2014 Outstanding New Investigator Award based upon various significant contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy.

Dr. Alyssa Colwill received the inaugural 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.

Dr. Danielle Burkland received the 2014 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. Justin Brandt received the 2014 Fellow Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education.

Dr. Nyia Noel received the 2014 Resident Research Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Laura Cooney received the 2014 Resident Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education.

Dr. Sindhu Srinivas received the 2014 Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Charles Hummel received the 2014 Midwife's Intern Award.

Dr. Mary Ackenbom received the 2014 Golden Mitt Award.

Dr. Mary Ackenbom is the 2014 recipient of The 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.

Drs. Catherine Salva and Mary Ackenbom were both selected by the medical students to receive the 2014 Penn Pearls Award for outstanding teaching.   


New Faculty

Dr. Nathaniel G. DeNicola joined the Penn Ob/Gyn Associates in June 2014.

Dr. Sarita Sonalkar joined the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center in June 2014.

Dr. Uduak Andy will join the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in July 2014.

Dr. Fiona Simpkins joined the Gynecologic Oncology Division in December 2013.

Dr. Robert A. Burger joined the department as Deputy Director for Clinical Research of the Ovarian Cancer Research in December 2013.


Intern Class of 2014-2015

Whitney Burns, MD

University of Virginia

Maryl Goldberg, MD

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Sevelle Holder, MD

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

Angela Koenig, MD, MPH

Tufts University School of Medicine

Katherine O’Flynn O’Brien, MD

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Said Saab, MD, MPhil

New York University

   
 

Jessica Traylor, MD

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

 

2014 Annual End of Year Dinner

On June 13th, 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!