3rd Quarter Report (1/1/2022-3/31/2022)
May 2022 - Vol 2, Issue3
Message from the Chair
May is a month of celebrations and transitions. As we celebrate our graduates, we quickly transition to the new academic year on July 1. As I celebrate the end of 2 years as Chair and transition into the new academic year, I am reflecting on what an incredible journey it has been. We have faced the challenge of doing hard things and as a result, we know we can face new challenges in the future. I continue to be inspired to show up, with purpose, to work with this remarkable group of people.

In the face of considerable challenges that have not gone away (e.g. COVID19 pandemic, strained workforce, social and political violence), the people in our department continue to deliver high quality patient care, state-of-the-art research, and innovative medical education. We deliver exceptional CARE (clinical service, administrative oversight, research, and education) because people – patients, each other, and our communities – are at the center of what we do. This newsletter reminds us, and our communities, what we’ve accomplished as a department, while acknowledging how far we’ve come and signifying where we’re headed.

Please celebrate with us as we highlight accomplishments from our last quarter and announce recent events.

With gratitude.
Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS (she/her/hers)
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair
We recently closed out the academic year, but look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Our 2022 Symposium will take place on
September 22 - 23
Stay tuned for more information!
Clinical Spotlight: The Fetal Care Center offers comprehensive Maternal, Fetal & Pediatric care.
At the Fetal Care Center, our multi-departmental team cares for the most complex cases and diagnoses. We are the region's only center for in utero surgery.

We offer the convenience of one medical campus for comprehensive maternal, fetal and pediatric care.

Click here to read more about what we can offer you and your patients

Click to view the CHEAT SHEET
Click HERE for referral info for each division. If you are interested in referring to any of our physicians at the Barnes-Jewish OBGYN Clinic, please use this form.
Dr. Ali Ahmady joins the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility as Lab Director
January 3, 2022 - We are pleased to announce that after a thorough national search, Dr. Ali Ahmady has been chosen and accepted our offer to be the next WASHU/BJC Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center Lab Director. Read more
We are very excited to welcome the following new additions to our department!
  • Sherry Jackson, MD – MFM- 8/1/22
  • Dan Lebovic, MD – REI - 8/1/22
  • Jennifer Mitchell, MD – Gen OBGYN - 8/1/22
  • Suzanne O’Nan, MD – MFM - Laborist - 8/1/22
  • Makeba Williams, MD – Gen OBGYN - 8/1/22
  • Katherine Bligard, MD, MPH - MFM - 8/1/22
Join us as we wish our colleagues the very best! Departing 6/30/22
  • Katherine Fuh, MD, PhD – Gyn Onc - Starting her new role at UCSF
  • Marta Perez, MD – Laborist – Starting her MFM fellowship
We are excited to announce that we have expanded and returned services to the Shiloh location for MFM and REI! See below for hours!

Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound
Thursday 8 am – 4 pm (Ultrasound & MFM)
Friday 8 am – 4 pm (Ultrasound only)
Call 314.454.8181 or see our cheat sheet to refer an MFM patient.

Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Starting July 1, 2022!
For your patient's connivence we are offering monitoring appointments Monday - Friday at the Shiloh location.
Call 314.286.2400 or check out our fertility website to refer a fertility patient.
Outlook Magazine
Calculating Cancer Risks
Check out Outlook magazine to see Dr. Andrea Hagemann perform surgery to remove this patient’s uterus, cervix, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes upon a BRCA2 gene discovery.

Read More to see how Dr. Hagemann was a part of the team who cared for this incredible patient.
Photo by: Matt Miller.
Congratulations to the following faculty on being named Associate Division Directors for their divisions!
David Eisenberg, MD, MPH
Associate Division Director
Family Planning
Jeannie Kelly, MD, MS
Associate Division Director
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Lindsay Kuroki, MD, MSCI
Associate Division Director
Gynecologic Oncology
We are growing our faculty! If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, please select Obstetrics & Gynecology and explore our open staff and faculty positions.
  • Director - Fetal Care Center - info
  • Faculty - Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine - info
  • Faculty - Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology - info
  • Faculty - Division of Gynecologic Oncology - info
  • Hospitalist/Laborist - Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine - info
Meet Poli Rijos, MSW, LCSW, who starts in June!
Her role as Program Manager for IDEA2 (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advancement & Advocacy) will be responsible for implementing strategies around IDEA activities for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Our amazing staff and coworkers support our faculty, trainees and researchers daily! We are excited to recognize them for their hard work! CHECK IT OUT!

Have someone you want to recognize in the next newsletter? Click HERE to submit your positive comments!
Leadership in National Publications
Anthony Odibo, MD, MSCE (MFM) – Editor-in-Chief, ISUOG
Ebony B Carter, MD, MPH (MFM) - Associate Editor, Equity Green Journal
L. Stewart Massad, MD (Gyn Onc) - Associate Editor, AJOG
Dineo Khabele, MD (Gyn Onc) – Associate Editor, Gynecologic Oncology​
Labor induction with oxytocin in pregnant rats is not associated with oxidative stress in the fetal brain. Giri T, Jiang J, Xu Z, McCarthy R, Halabi CM, Tycksen E, Cahill AG, England SK, Palanisamy A.Sci Rep. 2022 Feb 24;12(1):3143. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-07236-x.PMID: 35210555 
Mullen MM, Lomonosova E, Toboni MD, Oplt A, Cybulla E, Blachut B, Zhao P, Noia H, Wilke D, Rankin EB, Kuroki LM, Hagemann AR, Hagemann IS, McCourt CK, Thaker PH, Mutch DG, Powell MA, Mosammaparast N, Vindigni A, Fuh KC.Mol Cancer Res. 2022 Feb;20(2):265-279. doi: 10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-21-0302. Epub 2021 Oct 20.PMID: 34670865 
Powell MA, Filiaci VL, Hensley ML, Huang HQ, Moore KN, Tewari KS, Copeland LJ, Secord AA, Mutch DG, Santin A, Warshal DP, Spirtos NM, DiSilvestro PA, Ioffe OB, Miller DS.J Clin Oncol. 2022 Mar 20;40(9):968-977. doi: 10.1200/JCO.21.02050. Epub 2022 Jan 10.PMID: 35007153 Clinical Trial. 
Carter EB, Barbier K, Hill PK, Cahill AG, Colditz GA, Macones GA, Tuuli MG, Mazzoni SE.Am J Perinatol. 2022 Jan;39(1):45-53. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1714209. Epub 2020 Jul 16.PMID: 32674202 Clinical Trial. 
Perez MJ, Omurtag K, Aagaard E, Klingensmith M, Bhayani RK.Acad Med. 2022 Feb 15. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004633. Online ahead of print.PMID: 35171121  
  • Dr. Emily Freeman (Clinical Fellow, Complex Family Planning – SFP: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess Satisfaction with Contraceptive Counseling Using Telephone versus Video Telehealth Visits 
  • Dr. Sarah England (Vice Chair, Research) – UCSF/Zuckerberg Chan Foundation: The Human Placenta Cell Atlas in Diverse Ancestry Populations
Latest recipients of the WashU OBGYN Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award!
We’re excited to announce the newest recipients of the WashU OBGYN Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award are Kathy Bligard, MD, MFM Fellow, and Melissa Cantave, MD, PGY-2 Resident!

Dr. Shelby Dickison
Program Director
Dr. Eric Strand
Associate Program Director
Dr. Sharman Russell
Associate Program Director
After planning this transition for the past year, we are excited to formally announce that Dr. Shelby Dickison will assume the role of Residency Program Director starting on June 1, 2022. Dr. Eric Strand will transition to Associate Program Director, and the program will welcome Dr. Sharman Russell as the second Associate Program Director.

Welcome New

Dr. Jayme Trevino
Complex Family Planning
Dr. Amanda Compadre
Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Tyler McKinnish
Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Julie Burd
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Dr. Bridget Huysman
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Dr. Cassandra Trammel
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Dr. Courtney Murphy
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Welcome New
Dr. Alexis Allihien
Dr. McKenzie Barber
Dr. Angelica De Freitas
Dr. Rachel Furuya
Dr. Erin Johnson
Dr. Simran Mittal
Dr. Adriana Nigaglioni Rivera
Dr. Brittani Steinberg
Dr. Sarah Swiezy

We are excited to announce that the OBGYN department will be adding a new fellowship program! Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery will start in the summer of 2023 with their first fellow, current PGY-3 Resident, Alison Kosmacki, MD!

A huge congrats to the MIGS division! We'd also like to give a special shout out to Dr. Elise Bardawil (Program Director) and Dr. Katie de Souza (Associate Program Director), for their to get this established in our department! 
The main goal of the Dr. D. Michael Nelson Alumni Society is to raise money to offset costs of trainee education, such as simulation models. We successfully launched the Society in October 2021 and have been growing ever since. We are currently in the process of contacting alums from residency, fellowships and faculty. We are so excited to offer this new way to connect with your former colleagues as well as raise funds to further trainee education! Click here for more info or Join or Donate today!
Help us spread the word and keep in touch! Know of an alumni we might have missed? Please send them our way obgynalumni@wustl.edu
DEIA Residency Curriculum completes first year!
Our Grassroots Resident DEIA Committee led 9 sessions​ throughout the academic year with the goal of promoting an understanding of the disparities and struggles patients face on a daily basis.​
Congrats to our WashU medical students going into OBGYN specialty!
Thank you to all our advisors, letter writers, and teachers who inspired these students!