1st Quarter Report (7/1/21-9/30/21)
December 2021 - Vol 2, Issue1
Message from the Chair
As we close the calendar year and prepare for the holidays, we are bracing for another year of the COVID pandemic. We are exhausted and traumatized by the collective grief of more than 800,000 deaths from COVID. Yet, people need care. We continue to show up to care for patients, conduct research, and educate students and trainees. We continue to make adjustments – remote work, telehealth/telemedicine, virtual conferences. We show up by modeling how to slow the spread by our own uptake in vaccination, boosters, masking, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. We show up by taking care of ourselves and by advocating for our communities and ourselves. Let us not let up our care for each other, with compassion, curiosity, and competence, as COVID persists.
Our mission to help is noble. We are the helpers. We make a difference. And that is why we do what we do.

I am excited to share 1) my Chair’s Annual Report (fiscal year 2021) and 2) our departmental newsletter for a snapshot of the 2022 fiscal year’s first quarter. Thank you Marcy Livingston, Manager of Marketing Services, for leading the team that made these publications happen.
Wishing everyone some rest over the holidays as we embark a new year.
Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS (she/her/hers)
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair
Chair's Annual Report 2021
Grand Rounds (Virtual)
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Welcome New Faculty & Providers!
Maggie Mullen, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Katherine de Souza, MD
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Megan Lawlor, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Katie Drennan, WHNP-BC
General OBGYN
Julie Hake, DNP, APRN-C, WHNP-BC
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Jennifer Reeves,
Family Planning
Anna Geiger, WHNP-BC
Fertility & Reproductive Medicine
Amanda Zofkie, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Latest ACOG Recommendations
COVID-19 Vaccinations are recommended for everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding individuals.

Latest CDC Recommendations
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

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.
View the CHEAT SHEET *Please note: Referrals to Genetic Counseling have changed. Please use: AMB Referral to OB GENETIC COUNSELING
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 faculty positions.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support scientist’s research on noninvasive imaging of uterine contractions

Offering onsite COVID-19 vaccination to high-risk obstetrical patients: initial findings. Hirshberg JS, Huysman BC, Oakes MC, Cater EB, Odibo AO, Raghuraman N, Kelly JC.Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2021 Nov;3(6):100478. doi: 10.1016/j.ajogmf.2021.100478. Epub 2021 Sep 2.PMID: 34481996 Free PMC article. 

Naturally Occurring Genetic Variants in the Oxytocin Receptor Alter Receptor Signaling Profiles. Malik M, Ward MD, Fang Y, Porter JR, Zimmerman MI, Koelblen T, Roh M, Frolova AI, Burris TP, Bowman GR, Imoukhuede PI, England SK.ACS Pharmacol Transl Sci. 2021 Sep 8;4(5):1543-1555. doi: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00095. eCollection 2021 Oct 8.PMID: 34661073 Free article. 

Can Standardized Dates for Interview Offers Mitigate Excessive Interviewing? Santos-Parker KS, Morgan HK, Katz NT, Marzano DA, Strand EA, Winkel AF, Hammoud MM.J Surg Educ. 2021 Jul-Aug;78(4):1091-1096. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2020.10.009. Epub 2020 Nov 2.PMID: 33153934  

Differences in Financial and Social Burdens Experienced by Patients Traveling for Abortion Care. Addante AN, Paul R, Dorsey M, McNicholas C, Madden T.Womens Health Issues. 2021 Sep-Oct;31(5):426-431. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2021.06.002. Epub 2021 Jul 12.PMID: 34266708 

Phase 1b study of AVB-500 in combination with paclitaxel or pegylated liposomal doxorubicin platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer. Fuh KC, Bookman MA, Liu JF, Coleman RL, Herzog TJ, Thaker PH, Monk BJ, Anderson R, McIntyre G, Rangwala R, Moore KN.Gynecol Oncol. 2021 Nov;163(2):254-261. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2021.08.020. Epub 2021 Aug 30.PMID: 34474927 Free article. 

The L.A.B. Award
Internal Departmental Funding Program
Over 4 award cycles (January 2020-September 2021), we have received 15 applications and funded 7 (46.7%) of them. Applicants represent 6 divisions and many career stages.
To date, the L.A.B. award internal funding mechanism, the Department’s $35,000 investment has resulted in the following returns:
  • Findings from Dr. Oakes’s NT-proBNP project (Spring 2020 Cycle) will be an oral presentation for the Society in Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting in January 2022
  •  $50,000 institutional award from the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences
  • $5.1 million dollars in extramural NIH funding
  • Dr. Kommagani – ACS: Role of the SF3B1 Splicing Factor in Endometrial Cancer 
  • Dr. Mullen – RSDP (U of Missouri): Utilizing DNA Damage to Identify and Target Chemoresistance in Ovarian Cancer
  • Dr. Mullen – Dean’s Scholar Award
  • Dr. Ross – SGS: Impact of Robotic Surgery on Muscle Strain and Fatigue
  • Dr. Kelly – BJHF: The Mamas CARE Project
  • Dr. Wang – BWF: Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative (FY21 Q4)
  • Dr. Wang – NIH: The 3-D Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Human Uterine Contraction Using EMMI
  • Dr. Carter – NIH (Sub fr UAB): Pregnancy as a Window to the Future
Stay tuned for news on our transition to the new Gateway Curriculum!

Good luck to all during the residency recruitment season!

We are excited to announce that all of our fellowships that participated in recruitment this year matched successfully! Our team is currently working on onboarding efforts for our incoming fellows for 2022!