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Release Date: 03/20/2018

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, has been ranked 11th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Medical Schools specialty rankings.

The specialty rankings are based on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the list of 177 schools surveyed. Survey respondents were asked to identify up to 10 schools offering the best programs in each specialty area. This is the first year that obstetrics and gynecology was included in the rankings.

“This is a tremendous honor, and a true testament to the commitment of our faculty and the strength of the partnership between the Warren Alpert Medical School and Women & Infants Hospital. We created this remarkable program together, and the support from both the hospital and the medical school has been terrific,” said Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research in Women’s Health at the Warren Alpert Medical School, professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and Care New England Health System. “Our talented and dedicated team of hospital-based and community-based faculty are steadfastly focused on improving the lives of the patients and families we serve through patient care, research, education, innovation, and leadership. It is an honor to know that others recognize our commitment and look to us for leadership and guidance as we work collectively to positively impact the health of our patients and our community, to find new breakthroughs, and to train the next generation of women’s health providers.”

“Being ranked among the best programs in the nation is a true testament to the stature and reputation of our faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – those who teach our students and residents, hold leadership positions locally, nationally, and internationally, and conduct groundbreaking research to improve the lives of women across the globe,” said Jack A. Elias, MD, senior vice president for health affairs, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, and professor of medicine at Brown University. “I am incredibly proud of this department’s achievements and the level of care they provide to women in Rhode Island.”

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is comprised of the Program in Women’s Oncology that includes Gynecologic Oncology and Breast Health, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Midwifery, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology including Ambulatory Care and Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Research in Women’s Health, Medical Education, and Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery.

The Brown/Women & Infants residency program maintains its position as a highly respected program, ranked in the top 10 Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Programs by U.S. News & World Report/Doximity every year since they have published these results. Each year, the program attracts the best and brightest students from around the country with more than 550 applications from U.S. medical students for eight residency spots. Last year, the residency program continued its record of a 100% match rate for residents applying for subspecialty fellowships, including one in gynecologic oncology, three in maternal-fetal medicine, and one in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.


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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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