Dear Colleagues,

It is hard to believe June is nearly over, graduation has passed, and we have welcomed a new class of residents and fellows. As we transition to fiscal year 2020, I hope you take the time this summer to renew your spirit and connect with friends and family at home and at work. Putting our patients first and at the core of all we do, while caring for each other, is the key to our success and happiness. 

Enjoy your summer,

Dee Fenner
OBGYN at 2019 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
The department of OBGYN was well represented at this year's Academy Health Annual Research Meeting – a key meeting for health services and policy researchers. Our department had four posters , two oral presentations and one major award!

Congratulations to Michelle Moniz & team for winning Best Abstract in Women's Health!
Drs. Alex Peahl and Lindsay Admon in Health Affairs
New Health Affairs piece by Alex Friedman Peahl Katy B. Kozhimannil , and Lindsay K. Admon outline the key elements of four democratic candidates’ proposals on maternal health, highlighting what the 2020 candidates and voters will need to consider to promote effective maternity care policy.

Dr. Peahl & Team in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
In their recent commentary in AJOG , Alex Peahl and coauthors Roger Smith , Tim Johnson , Daniel Morgan and Mark Pearlman , explain why obstetrician-gynecologists should implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for patients undergoing cesarean delivery. ERAS is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary protocol designed to help patients recover faster by better preparing patients for surgery and reducing interventions/medications that slow recovery, to help patients take better take care of themselves and their newborn.

The University of Michigan launched its first ERAS for Cesarean protocol in October 2017, and the results have been impressive: inpatient opioid use has been cut in half while maintaining patient satisfaction scores.

A new version of the protocol will be launched on July 8, 2019, to make the patient experience at the time of delivery even better through improved patient education resources, including chewing gum to improve post-operative gut function, and including shared decision making about opioid prescribing at the time of discharge.
The University of Michigan is a leader in the delivery of post-cesarean care and is one of few hospitals nationwide using ERAS to speed up patient recovery. We are excited to continue to be the example of high-quality, patient-focused maternity care.
Reducing Opioid Prescriptions After C-Sections

Nearly a third of birthing moms now deliver babies via cesarean section - and many of them go home with powerful opioid painkillers. But there's a better way to take care of patients after C-sections to help them heal faster and manage pain...

Read more
Coming Soon: Updates To Your Physician Profiles!
One of the Department of OBGYN's goals for the upcoming year is to enhance our online presence,  both to increase the visibility of our faculty and their innovative work , and  to increase functionality for our patients

Our first step is to create more robust, standardized faculty profiles across the department.

Don't worry - our team has created a form to make this process as painless as possible! This faculty profile update form will allow our team to quickly collect new content and make updates to your profile page located within

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this form and improve our web presence. To fill out the form, click the yellow button below:

To see your current faculty profile, search for your name at " Find a Doctor. "
Congratulations, Dr. Giuliani!
Emma Giuliani, MD, a second year fellow with the department’s REI division, was selected to participate in the 2019 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Clinician Scientist Investigator Meeting.

The meeting will take place August 27-29 at The Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland.

Congratulations to Drs. Hammoud, Li, Shikanov, and Marsh!
Sue Hammoud, PhD , Jun Z. Li, PhD ,  Ariella Shikanov, PhD , and Erica Marsh, MD, MSCI , were awarded funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to support the development of the Human Cell Atlas , an international effort to map all of the cells in the human body.
Their team is one of 38 collaborative, interdisciplinary science teams that comprise the CZI’s three-year Seed Network. Each team in the Network was selected to focus on mapping specific tissues. Their team will concentrate on mapping the female reproductive system with a focus on the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus. Ultimately, CZI intends for the Human Cell Atlas to serve as a powerful resource to support future health care innovations and treatments.

New OBGYN Staff Members:

  • Sarah Potoski - Administrative Assistant

Save the Date!: 2019 Department Picnic
Mark your calendars for this year's department picnic!

Date: August 10, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: Gallup Park

More details to follow.
25th Anniversary of the UM Reproductive Sciences Program and OBGYN Research Forum
Mark your calendars for the 25 th Anniversary of the UM Reproductive Sciences Program and OBGYN Research Forum!

Date: October 4, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Join us for a day celebrating innovative reproductive science research. The Research Forum will feature a research showcase, poster presentations, & the annual Anita Payne & John Randolph lectures.

Stay tuned for more details!
Jane Juckno's Retirement Party:
Celebrating 42 Years with the University of Michigan!
Research Staff Meeting
With our ever expanding research portfolio, OBGYN Research staff meet on a quarterly basis not only get to know one another, but share projects they are working on, lessons learned along the way, as well as other knowledge and resources of interest to the group. 

Any OBGYN faculty and staff are welcome to attend, especially if relevant to their area of research or interest. If you would like to attend future meetings, contact Julie Tumbarello, Research Administrative Manager, to be added to future invitations.

Congratulations Dr. Mahany, Dr. Kempner & Lindsay Whitchurch!
Dr. Erica Mahany , Dr. Samantha Kempner , and Lindsay Whitchurch all completed the 2019 Run the River Half Marathon on June 2nd.

This half marathon runs from Dexter all the way to downtown Ann Arbor.

Congratulations to our OBGYN team members on this accomplishment!
Dr. Erica Mahany and her family celebrate at the end of the race 
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