Happy 2020! 

This month has gone so fast. The Michigan gray days can get tiresome, but fortunately, there are so many great things happening in the department that one does not have time to get down. Our faculty are making big headlines with their discoveries and seminal research. As highlighted below, our Women’s Health, Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine faculty are all over national news!  

Dr. Pearlman received an incredible grant to grow the Cancer Genetics and Breast Health Fellowship and with our resident Versha Pleasant as his next fellow, we know that even more great things are coming! 

I could not be prouder of the excellent work by the entire department working to improve women’s health through education, discovery, and advocacy.


Dee E. Fenner, MD
Dr. Rosen and Co-Authors Cited in the New York Times
When Heavy Periods Disrupt a Teenager's Life

"Someone's menstrual period should not be impairing them from leading a normal life, because we have really good treatments for pain and for heavy bleeding," an expert says. By Adolescents with heavy menstrual periods may find it impossible to...

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Supporting Better Education and Understanding of Cancers Affecting Women
Dr. Pearlman, Dr. Fenner, Jim Ross, Elisa Ross, and Dr. Jeruss.
A remarkable gift from the Genetic Disease Foundation, along with Jim and Elisa Ross, prepares future generations of physicians to become leaders in the field of cancer, genetics, and breast health.
The Genetic Disease Foundation, along with Elisa and Jim Ross, endowed the Michigan Medicine Cancer Genetics and Breast Health (CGBH) Fellowship program with a $100,000 gift, creating the Genetic Disease Foundation Fund for Research, Awareness, and Testing. 

The CGBH Fellowship is a unique, one-year advanced training program designed to provide fellows with the multi-disciplinary experience to train as an expert and consultant in managing most aspects of breast and gynecological cancer genetic mutations, as well as breast health. The fellowship is supervised by Mark Pearlman, M.D., Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and S. Jan Behrman Professor of Reproductive Medicine.

Women with mutations in certain genes, like the BRCA gene, are at a greater risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers at a younger age than the rest of the population. The Michigan Medicine CGBH fellowship emphasizes the importance of testing and screenings for women with higher likelihoods of genetic mutations and predispositions to breast, ovarian, and other cancers. 

“This fellowship is one of the only programs in the country that focuses on a cross-disciplinary approach to include gynecological, breast health, genetics, and surgery,” said Elisa and Jim Ross. “It’s so impactful for these fellows to receive this specialized training and to be able implement this program in other parts of the country.”

Graduates of the CGBH fellowship program have gone on to join other academic health systems across the country, serving both as experts in cancer genetics and educators of other trainees entering this important area of women’s health care. This generous gift from the Ross family and the Genetic Disease Foundation will ensure that future generations of physicians will have the opportunity to receive this specialized training.

“Elisa and Jim Ross’ gift has given me an opportunity to not only care for women with cancer genetic diseases, but has allowed us to train others who can make a big difference, not just in Michigan, but around the country,” Dr. Pearlman said.

Learn more about the Cancer Genetics and Breast Health Fellowship and please consider making a gift to support the program. 
Viewpoint by Dr. Maya Hammoud Featured in JAMA
A paper authored by Dr. Maya Hammoud, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Learning Health Science and the President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), entitled Improving the Residency Application and Selection Process: an Optional Early Result Acceptance Program was published in JAMA Online on January 23.

Dr. Hammoud is the Principal Investigator on the Transforming the UME to GME Transition for Obstetrics and Gynecology “Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One” APGO grant project, funded by the American Medical Association as part of its Reimagining Residency Initiative. She also appeared on the JAMA Network’s Author Interviews podcast where she discussed this concept in greater detail.
Dr. Langen: New Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Langen is a Clinical Associate Professor who has been a member of the Department for 7.5 years.

She is thrilled to take on the new role of Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director for the Michigan Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

She is looking forward to increasing engagement of faculty and fellows to help train the next generation of MFM leaders.
Dr. Moniz & Team Find That Having a Baby May Cost Some Families $4,500 Out-Of-Pocket
Dr. Moniz and team have already been interviewed by over 50 major news outlets, including the New York Times, BBC, The Atlantic, USA Today, and Huffington Post.
New Invited Commentary by Drs. Admon and Villavicencio in JAMA
OBGYN at Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Conference 2020
Approximately 20 Michigan Medicine faculty members and residents will share their research posters and speak at various courses or forums at SMFM 2020.
Dr. Maben-Feaster Quoted in MCMCH Press Release on Governor's State of the State Address
“Providers and hospitals are working hard to address immediate causes of loss such as preeclampsia, obstetric hemorrhage, cardiomyopathy and other cardiovascular disease,” said Rosalyn Maben-Feaster, MD , Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology with Michigan Medicine and member of MCMCH’s Executive Board.

“It’s time for us to also implement policies that prevent losses in the ‘fourth trimester’ when we know women are at risk of pregnancy-related complications and behavioral health conditions, including suicide and overdose.”
Dr. Pitts Recognized by Society for Reproductive Investigation
Congratulations to Dr. D'Angela Pitts on her award from the Society for Reproductive Investigation. Her abstract titled “Fetal Heart Rate Decelerations in Women with Sleep-Disordered Breathing” has been selected for the SRI President’s Plenary Award.

Dr. Pitts will be presented her award at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Vancouver, Canada, March 10 – 14, 2020. The President’s Plenary Awards recognize the four highest ranked abstracts chosen for presentation at the President’s New Investigator Plenary Session.

Dr. Katie Zurales, MD, MBA, Leading Through Education
Tomorrow’s best physicians will be those who continually learn, adjust, and innovate as new information and best practices evolve, reflecting adaptive expertise in response to practice challenges.

Dr. Zurales, a first year resident at Michigan Medicine, co-authors a chapter on Leadership Development for physicians "How Can The Master Adaptive Learner Model Advance Leadership Development.”  Dr. Maya Hammoud is the lead author of the chapter and editor of the book, the Master Adaptive Learner, which was released in 2019 as the first volume in the American Medical Association’s MedEd Innovation Series. 

The book is an instructor-focused guide covering models for how to train and teach tomorrow’s best physicians to develop adaptive skills and utilize them throughout their careers.
Welcome Alex Kamer!
Alex Kamer will join the Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Development team as Assistant Director, Women’s Health

Alex has worked with the Mott and Von Voigtlander team for the past two years in her role Development Officer, Leadership Annual Giving. She is eager to be an advocate and storyteller for women’s health in the community and to continue to collaborate across the Michigan Medicine Development community.  
Pelvic Floor Research Group (PFRG) Day
Join the Pelvic Floor Research Group for their annual PFRG Day! This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Charles W. Nager, MD, University of California, San Diego Health.

Date: Wednesday February 5th
Time: 8:20am - 4pm (Breakfast at 7:30am)
Location: Rackham Amphitheatre, Rackham Building

Questions?: Contact Julie Tumbarello
Women in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Hear our own Dr. Caren Stalburg present at the upcoming symposium, Women in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation: Caring for the Female Athlete.

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: University of Michigan Golf Course

Save the Date!: 2020 Miller Society Meeting
Please mark your calendars for this year's annual Miller Society Meeting!

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Towsley Center

More details to come.
Support our Staff: Consider Donating a Pair of Glasses
In October, Marlene Woodward had the privilege of traveling to Zacapa, Guatemala on her first Missions trip. The goal of the trip was to test vision and pass out reading and sunglasses to those who didn’t have access to them. Her team went into remote villages and passed out glasses to approximately 375 people. 

After a life changing trip, Marlene has decided to return in the Fall of 2020, but she needs our help! Please consider donating reading or sun glasses for her next trip. Please place them in the box on the 4th floor outside the mailroom.
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