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Brown University Dept of OBGYN

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Women & Infants Hospital is both an elite tertiary care hospital and Rhode Island’s safety net hospital for women and newborns. Our faculty members care for each patient with intense attention and focus, no matter her background or circumstances.

The Leapfrog Group

For the first time, The Leapfrog Group has named Women & Infants Hospital to its annual list of Top Hospitals. An elite distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Hospital award is given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals.

View the 2019 ObGyn Annual Report

About Us

Brown's department consists of both hospital-based full-time faculty, organized by divisions, and community-based faculty physicians in the community.  We are also proud of our residency program and the residents. Interested resident applicants will find pertinent information about the program and the application process on our website. 

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Clinical Services

Physicians at Women & Infants Hospital deliver the vast majority of babies born each year in the region, making the hospital the eleventh largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the United States. In addition to both low risk and high risk obstetrics, we provide a complete range of gynecologic services.

Ambulatory Care

The faculty in the Division of Ambulatory Care is responsible for the administration, teaching and clinical care conducted in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center (OGCC). The OGCC provides comprehensive women’s health services to a diverse population, including a large percentage of patients who are uninsured and/or medically under-served. Clinical services include:

  • Women's primary care
  • Prenatal care
  • Postpartum care
  • Family planning
  • General gynecology
  • Specialty clinics in colposcopy and vulvar disorders
  • Pre-operative consultation
  • Ultrasound and fetal evaluation

The clinic is the primary outpatient teaching site for the third-year medical student clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and for the obstetrics and gynecology residency at Women & Infants.

Breast Health

The Breast Health Center has developed a model program for total breast care, fully integrating clinical, educational, and support needs. A regional and national leader in clinical research and medical education, the Breast Health Center was awarded a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) in 2010. In 2015, the Women & Infants earned a 2015 Women's Choice Award® for its Breast Health Center, making it one of America's best breast centers. This evidence-based designation identifies the country's best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women say they want from a hospital. The Breast Health Center is one of only 32 programs nationwide that offers training in the discipline of breast disease as accredited by the Society for Surgical Oncologists (SSO). To date, 17 physicians have completed training in breast disease at the Center, with 12 of the most recent being SSO accredited fellows. The Center is also responsible for participating in the training of Alpert Medical School’s gynecologic oncology fellows whose four year fellowship includes one year dedicated to breast disease.

Emergency Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Division of Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology is part of a unique, free-standing women's emergency care unit specializing in the care of women across the life spectrum. The patient care team remains at the forefront of establishing treatment guidelines and clinical care protocols related to issues such as:

  • Early pregnancy loss
  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Sexual assault

The division serves as a major resource for local emergency departments, urgent care centers and physician groups, in addition to providing medical training across multiple disciplines including obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine and pediatrics. The division's patient care team is comprised of:

  • 45 staff nurses
  • 10 board-certified/board-eligible obstetrics/gynecology attending physicians
  • 6 certified nurse midwives
  • 4 nurse practitioners
  • Residents
  • Other trainees

Care centers on highlighting the needs of patients and families while maintaining high quality, evidence-based and efficient clinical care.

Gynecologic Oncology
The Division of Gynecologic Oncology and its Breast Health Center, also known as the Program in Women's Oncology, has created a unique environment which provides highly effective and compassionate care for cancer patients and their families. The Program is built around a steadfast philosophy and core values that focus on a multidisciplinary, prospective, and patient-centered care team. A hallmark of the program is the prospective tumor board process. Following the initial visit, cases go before a multidisciplinary panel that provides expert opinions on the most effective course of treatment when planning makes the most difference in the life of the patient – before treatment begins. The Program in Women’s Oncology has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1997, and received a three-year re-accreditation with Gold Standard Commendation as a result of the September 25, 2013 visit.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is a unique team of nine faculty members and three fellows who serve both as consultants and primary obstetric providers for women with a wide range of chronic medical conditions, obstetric complications, and fetal abnormalities. The maternal-fetal medicine specialists not only provide the full range of prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy monitoring services, but they are also dedicated to taking care of vulnerable, high-risk women in the hospital. The division's goal is:

  • To provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based medical, obstetrical, and surgical care
  • To train medical students, residents and fellows
  • To conduct the highest quality research in the specialty

In collaboration with the Division of Obstetric and Consultative Medicine at Women & Infants and the Alpert Medical School, the Division introduced New England’s only fully Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy. Maternal-Fetal Medicine is also an integral part of the multi-disciplinary perinatology team at Women & Infants and the Fetal Treatment Program, a joint venture of Women & Infants, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Brown University.

Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy
Every pregnancy deserves special treatment. But when a normal pregnancy becomes complicated or a woman with medical issues becomes pregnant, she needs highly specialized care. A service of the divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetric and Consultative Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and the Alpert Medical School, the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy brings together the expertise of a wide range of clinical specialists with extensive experience in the care of high-risk pregnancies to help ensure the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies.
Fetal Treatment Program
The Fetal Treatment Program combines the expertise of hundreds of specialists to offer the full spectrum of fetal and maternal care in a seamless experience. The providers specialize in the diagnosis of fetal anomalies, and the management and treatment of the unborn child.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
While Women & Infants is no stranger to excellence in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for gynecologic issues, this program represents new levels of clinical support, programmatic infrastructure and leadership. In cooperation with Women & Infants Surgical Services, the Robotic Surgery Program, and Care New England (CNE), this program will lead the way to the best education, support and guidance for our surgeons, participation in national registries, and the best outcomes for MIS patients. The program has achieved designation as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG Center) through the Surgical Review Corporation, an affiliate of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), for its commitment to offering women the most effective diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in minimally invasive surgery.
Inpatient Obstetrics
Fiscal year 2015 saw 8,803 deliveries at Women & Infants, ranking us the 11th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the nation. Inpatient Obstetrics continued to work toward improved clinical performance and patient satisfaction. All clinical indicators continued to show high levels of performance or improvement. In an effort to sustain and continue that improvement, the department's first Obstetric Dashboard was developed as part of the ongoing effort of Inpatient Obstetrics to lead Care New England-wide initiatives to standardize care. In addition, Inpatient Obstetrics played an integral role in Women & Infants' Best Fed Beginnings initiative, implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as outlined by the World Health Organization. In 2015, Women & Infants earned Baby Friendly USA® designation and continued collaborative work with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island to develop the region's first Maternity Bundle.
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
The mission of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) is to provide the necessary services, coordinate care and walk the journey with patients in building their family, one step at a time. The staff is dedicated to the needs of patients first, while enhancing technological innovations and teaching the future leaders in the field, providing comprehensive care to couples experiencing fertility difficulties, those seeking to preserve their fertility, those seeking to preserve their fertility, those experiencing recurrent pregnancy losses, those who are carriers or affected with genetic disorders, and those suffering from reproductive hormonal dysfunction across the spectrum of their reproductive timeline. The division also plays a pivotal role in medical student, resident and fellow education. Several new educational initiatives were recently launched by faculty that led to the development of a residency curriculum in gynecological ultrasound, as well as pediatric and adolescent gynecology. The division is also home to an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) fellowship in REI, from which four young leaders have graduated to date.
Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

The Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants is a tertiary care center whose faculty is all subspecialty fellowship trained board-certified/board-eligible in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). It is the only group of fellowship trained and FPMRS-certified urogynecologists in Rhode Island. The division's clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders such as:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Defactory dysfunction
  • Interstitial cystitis and fistulas

Its clinical center is one of eight national clinical sites of the NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) and conducts multi-centered trials studying pelvic floor disorders.

Surgical Services
Surgical Services at Women & Infants Hospital has seen great advancements in recent years. 2014 saw the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art operating room equipped with all of the latest technology, signifying Women & Infants' commitment to keeping the surgical care of women at the forefront of technology. During the course of the year, Women & Infants also added Plasma Jet technology to the hospital's armament of techniques available for cytoreduction of metastatic carcinoma.

Medical Education

  • Overview
  • Midwifery
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Simulation Center

Women & Infants is the major affiliated teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for activities unique to women and newborns. Not only are we training the next generation of physicians including medical students, residents and fellows, but we also provide the educational opportunities for our faculty to continually grow and become the standard bearers of clinical excellence, research and teaching in their fields.

View The Fall Newsletter

The Midwifery Program at Women & Infants Hospital is one of the first academic midwifery practice models within a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology that is focused on inter-professional education. Utilization of midwifery faculty in medical education at Women & Infants has been a model for other programs nationally. This academic practice model was chosen by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as one of its top eight successful collaborative practice models in 2011. Documentation of this model, “Midwifery and Obstetrics: Twenty Years of Collaborative Academic Practice,” was published in the collaborative practice issue of Ob Gyn Clinics of North America in 2012.

For information on the Midwifery Program, contact Elisabeth Howard, PhD, CNM, interim director, at ehoward@wihri.org or (401) 453-7931.

Women & Infants Hospital is accredited, through the Rhode Island Medical Society, to sponsor Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs for physicians. The Department of Obstetric & Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University offers CME credit for the following programs:

  • Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards (Breast, Gynecologic Oncology)
  • Perinatal Management Conference
  • Multidisciplinary Antenatal Diagnosis & Management Conference
  • Obstetric Medicine Conference

The department also provides a wide variety of topical programs in obstetrics and gynecology including annual conferences in primary care on women's health.

  • Grand Rounds - For information about Grand Rounds, contact Deborah L. Myers, MD, director, at dmyers@wihri.org or (401) 274-1122, ext. 42382 or Judith Gould, at jdgould@wihri.org or (401) 274-1122, ext. 42383.
  • Monthly Conferences – password protected
  • Noon Conferences – password protected

The Women & Infants Simulation Program is Rhode Island's premier in-house facility exclusively dedicated to women and newborns. By allowing learners from all disciplines to explore complex scenarios from evacuation disaster drills to medical procedures, we are able to ensure situational preparedness, practice excellence and patient safety.

More Program Information

  • Division Directors
  • Faculty
  • Resident Graduate Testimonials
  • Life in Rhode Island

Ambulatory Care
Division Director - Renee Eger, MD, reger@wihri.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 42721

Clinical Research in Women’s Health
Interim Division Director - Kristen A. Matteson, MD, MPH, kmatteson@wihri.org,
(401) 274-1122, ext. 48562

Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical Director – Roxanne Vrees, MD, rvrees@wihri.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41882

Gynecologic Oncology
Division Director – Paul DiSilvestro, MD, pdisilvestro@wihri.org
(401) 453-7520

Inpatient Obstetrics
Medical Director - James O’Brien, MD, jobrien@wihri.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41964

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Division Director – Erika Werner, MD, ewerner@wihri.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41937

Medical Education
Director, Residency Program – Gary Frishman, MD, gfrishman@wihri.org,
(401) 274-1122, ext. 48461

Director, Medical Student Clerkship – B. Star Hampton, MD, bhampton@wihri.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 48763

Midwifery
Division Director – Elisabeth Howard, PhD, CNM, ehoward@wihri.org
(401) 453-7932

Minimally-Invasive Surgery
Director – Charles Rardin, MD, crardin@wihri.org
(401) 453-7560

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Division Director –Ruben Alvero, MD, ralvero@wihri.org
(401) 453-7500

Surgical Services
Medical Director – Gary Wharton, MD, gwharton@wihri.org,
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41797

Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Division Director – Deborah Myers, MD, dmyers@wihri.org
(401) 453-7560

Women & Infants provides care throughout the region with our outstanding obstetricians and gynecologists, subspecialists, midwives, and other allied health professionals that are both community - and hospital-based.

Women & Infants Access Center - Round-the-clock access to a team of experienced nurses and care managers who will work with you to facilitate the safe and efficient transfer of your patients from around the region, giving you easy access to our specialty services.

Hospital-based Faculty
Ambulatory Care
  • Rebecca Allen, MD
  • Rebecca Crichton, MD
  • Renee Eger, MD, Director
Breast Health Center
  • David Edmonson, MD
  • Jennifer Gass, MD
  • Emily Hill, MD (fellow)
  • Robert Legare, MD, Director
  • Tina Rizack, MD
  • Bachir Sakr, MD
  • Ashley Stuckey, MD
Clinical Research in Women’s Health
  • Melissa Clark, PhD
  • Kristen Matteson, MD, MPH, Interim Director
  • Maureen Phipps, MD, MPH
Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Kenneth Barron, MD
  • Christine Brousseau, MD
  • Tara Capuano, NP
  • Chelsey Caren, MD
  • Constance Chang, NP
  • Beth Cronin, MD
  • Amy Snyder, MD
  • Roxanne Vrees, MD, Director
Gynecologic Oncology
  • Paul DiSilvestro, MD
  • C.O. Skip Granai, MD, Director
  • Robert Legare, MD
  • Cara Mathews, MD
  • Richard Moore, MD
  • Elizabeth Ricci, NP
  • Tina Rizack, MD
  • Katina Robison, MD
  • Bachir Sakr, MD
  • Ashley Stuckey, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Stephen Carr, MD
  • Donald Coustan, MD
  • Tanya Dailey, MD
  • Matthew Esposito, MD
  • Brenna (Anderson) Hughes, MD
  • Dwight Rouse, MD
  • Erika Werner, MD
  • Katharine Wenstrom, MD, Director
Medical Education
  • Rebecca Allen, MD
  • Gary Frishman, MD
  • B. Star Hampton, MD
  • Roxanne Vrees, MD
Midwifery
  • Elisabeth Howard, PhD, CNM, FACNM, Interim Director
  • Linda Hunter, EdD, CNM, FACNM
  • Edie McConaughey, MSN, CNM
  • Janet Singer, MSN, CNM
  • Linda Steinhardt, MS, FNP-C, CNM
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Ruben Alvero, MD
  • Andrew Blazar, MD
  • John Buster, MD
  • Gary Frishman, MD
  • Carol Wheeler, MD
Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
  • Cassandra Carberry, MD
  • B. Star Hampton, MD
  • Deborah Myers, MD, Director
  • Charles Rardin, MD
  • Vivian Sung, MD
  • Kyle Wohlrah, MD

"Throughout my residency, I was very conscious that Women & Infants was a special place, and that I was very fortunate to be training at such an excellent institution. We are fortunate to train under faculty who are experts in their fields, many responsible for the very guidelines we use to care for patients. The mentorship and day-to-day hands-on experience was invaluable."

"I believe that what sets Brown further apart from other programs is the way in which the residency has cultured a sense of community, collaboration, and pride, in taking excellent care of patients which permeates the institution as a whole. There is a “pay-it-forward” spirit among the residents which creates a truly supportive atmosphere. This can be difficult to find in such a traditionally demanding field, but seems to come naturally to those at Brown."

"Brown fosters early and progressive autonomy in its residents, and I believe this creates more confident leaders and caregivers after training. This method of training combined with the sheer volume of patient care experiences I encountered during residency has more than prepared me for any situation I’ve faced in practice. Evidence-based guidelines seem matter-of-fact to me because the midwives and attending physicians consistently reinforced them with me throughout training. Only when attending a boards review course did I come to realize that this is not the norm for many other obstetrician/gynecologists."

"Now that I am a practicing, board certified, general obstetrician-gynecologist, I am grateful on a daily basis for the experience, training and continued support I received at Women & Infants. I graduated feeling very competent in my abilities to care for women, but was perhaps a bit naïve about just how excellent my training was. The practice of evidence-based obstetrics and gynecology seems automatic to me, but in the community setting it becomes clear that this is not necessarily the norm. The breadth of surgical and obstetric experience has allowed me to transition to new institution and quickly earn the trust of colleagues, staff, and patients there."

"Perhaps the best testament to the program is that now, when I come across a clinical conundrum, I still make a phone call to triage or page the on-call attending to review the case. It seems I will always have a home at Women & Infants."

"My training at Women and Infants taught me how to be the doctor I always wanted to be. Not only did I learn obstetrical and surgical skills, but saw first hand how to communicate with patients and provide compassionate care. I was fortunate to learn from national leaders in all subspecialties in OB/GYN. I had incredibly supportive colleagues and was part of a community with a common goal of providing excellent care to women. I will be forever thankful for my time at Women & Infants."

"I am extremely happy about my decision to train at Women & Infants for my Ob/Gyn residency. The program has trained me well to be a confident and competent physician. No matter what path one chooses after their time at Women & Infants, he or she will be well prepared. The presence of subspecialty fellowships greatly adds to the education of the residents. We had exposure to a high volume of MFM, Urogynecology, Gyn-Oncology and REI patients, and I never felt that the presence of the fellows took anything away from my experience. It is not uncommon to start residency with one plan and change once or twice before graduation. I started interested in REI, then thought I would be a generalist, and ultimately decided on minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. One of the great things about my residency is that I was well trained and had the support to pursue whatever I decided."

"There is a drive to make the residency better every year. I found the curriculum to be very well organized and thought-out, with the aim to maximize the learning experiences of the residents, while maintaining our mental and emotional well-being. The schedules were designed to expose us to the breadth of Ob/Gyn early on, and was fine-tuned every year with the help of suggestions from the residents. The didactic curriculum was robust and organized, with multiple hands-on workshops every year, and a lecture series covering the topics that would appear on the CREOG exams. We also had the ability to attend at least one conference per year of our choosing. The mentorship is extraordinary. Not only is there a culture of teaching and mentorship among all of the faculty, but we are also paired with multiple formal mentors, including a senior resident, an academic midwife, and private and academic attendings. These relationships still mean so much to me."

" One of the most unique and important things about the Women & Infants residency and hospital is the way that we interact with each other and the nurses and staff that we work so closely with. We all share the common goal of taking the best care possible of the women of Rhode Island, and we do so by maintaining positive attitudes and an environment of comradery. We know that we all have something to learn from one another and have mutual respect for one another. We laugh together and form lasting friendships. We spend time together outside of work. It truly is a family, and it makes it a lot easier to go to work when you know that you will be with such wonderful people."

"While there is very little that I would change about the residency, I know that it continues to get better and better every year. The residents are actively encouraged to come up with suggestions to improve the residency, and Dr. Frishman does everything in his power to act on these suggestions. I saw this first-hand as an administrative chief, so I know how hard he works to make sure Women & Infants is the best program it can be. I knew that there was something special about it when I was there, and I still do. I miss the people at Women & Infants and I am so grateful for the education and the memories."

Dear Drs. Frishman and Vrees

"Life is great. The clinical work with patients and resident teaching is very rewarding. The research has been overwhelming in a good and exciting way. The training has been both motivating and inspiring. Most of all, I love this community. As part of my job, I take OB calls with the residents. This experience, while super fun, has given me a profound appreciation for how strong our training was at Brown."

"As a resident, my comfort level with clinical and evidence-based decision making was very different than what I am seeing here. This was both because of the graduated autonomy fostered by our program as well as the evidence-based training provided by our midwives and faculty. I can even say the craziness of triage was critical to learning how to multitask and juggle patients of varying levels of acuity (I reflected on this as I had a junior resident panic when a whopping three patients walked into triage here at the same time)."

"Our volume both OB and surgery-wise was also fantastic compared to what these residents are struggling to obtain. Brown second years do better C-sections than some of the chiefs here. Residents rotate through other sites to obtain enough surgical volume and the home GYN team often goes days without a major. Brown was also a much more supportive and much less judgmental environment in the way that our resident culture was to help each other succeed."

"Anyway, I don't write any of this to disparage my current location - I am truly loving my experience. I am just very, very thankful I completed residency training at Brown. In my end-of-residency fatigue, I don't think I realized how lucky I was, so just wanted to forward my appreciation now. So thank you."

"I can't even BEGIN to tell you how thankful I am for the quality of training I received "back home" at W&I. My scope of practice is so broad here and challenging, but I had enough of everything to be able to do it all confidently (or know how to learn how). Yes, I'm even thankful for all that triage work. I had been worried about a few things before I graduated ... like if I was going to be able to do OB ultrasound proficiently or handle pelvic prolapse adequately enough. But as it turned out ... I was far ahead of the game compared to some of my colleagues. Thank you everyone at Women & Infants! There are quite a few Navajo women here whose lives (and babies) are much better because of the training I received."

"Residents who took the Oral Boards, I'm sure you have heard, but I did want to let you know that I passed my oral boards in December. Although very challenging, I think it would have been much worse had I not had such excellent training at W&I. There were so many things to prepare us that we weren't even aware of, from presenting at rounds every morning to team chiefs, to reading Compendium articles on OB and GYN (my co-fellow was bemoaning the fact that she never read all of the Compendium practice bulletins in her very well regarded residency program, and I thought to myself, wow, I read and discussed each one multiple times). Just really wanted to thank you very much for everything."

"I would like to share with you my recent experience with the Oral Boards and in turn, my appreciation for the Women & Infants faculty. I cannot express to you how very proud I am to have trained and to now be practicing at such a special hospital. From the moment I began collecting cases for the Oral Boards, everyone was so supportive. Whether it be reviewing my case list or offering tips on how to prepare for the test, everyone rallied behind me."

"At the review course, I verged on gloating at how many of the guidelines and protocols that we take for granted as standard of care were developed by our very own faculty. When the Boards neared, several faculty members took time out of their busy schedules to help me practice with mock oral exams and independently spent time with me reviewing my case list, set up mock oral exams, organized a simulated mock oral for a group of us and spent just as much time giving us feedback on our performances. Our faculty not only supports those of us that have trained here, but these resources were made available to all of the junior faculty taking the Boards."

"I honestly do not think that I could have received better training, at a better hospital, or by better physicians. The Oral Boards is indeed a rite of passage and I feel honored to have made the journey surrounded by such wonderful people."

Living in the Ocean State

Rhode Island, also known as the Ocean State, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting. Less than 50 miles wide, but graced with a 400-mile shoreline, Rhode Island finds its heart in beautiful Narragansett Bay. A rich saltwater heritage makes Rhode Island one of the sailing capitals of the world. Freshwater and saltwater fishing, swimming at more than 100 beaches, camping, music festivals, picnicking, surfing, sky diving, and old-fashioned clambakes make Rhode Island an outdoor paradise.

Northern Rhode Island, which includes the bustling capital of Providence, is an area of wide expanses of quiet woodland and lake country.

Southern Rhode Island boasts some of the country's finest beaches, saltwater fishing, boating, resorts, art colonies, shoreline campgrounds and extensive woodland recreation areas.

For more on all that Rhode Island has to offer, visit https://www.visitrhodeisland.com/

The City of Newport, founded in 1639, became world famous early as a commercial seaport. Numerous colonial landmarks remain standing and preserved. The city by the sea is home to international sailboat races, and is the site of the palatial "summer cottages" of the country's leading socialites from the turn of the century.

In the East Bay region, sailing, and shipbuilding have played an important role in life along the eastern shores of Narragansett Bay since the 17th century. The famous Herreshoff Boatyard, where the seven America's Cup defenders were built, shares the coastline with old fishing villages and centuries-old homes.

Forests, meadow land, and suburban residential development characterize the West Bay region. Sailing, clam digging, antique hunting, shopping in the commercial areas of Cranston and Warwick, and visiting the historic homesteads of General Nathanael Greene and James Mitchell Varnum are rewarding activities.

RI Fun Facts
  • Rhode Island offers more access to great beaches than anywhere else in the U.S. With 400 miles of coastline the number and range of types of beach experiences are unmatched. We have countless great restaurants and bars (did you know Rhode Island refused to ratify the 18th Amendment on Prohibition)?
  • We started the Industrial Revolution with the development and construction in 1790 of Samuel Slater's water-powered cotton mill.
  • The first African-American regiment to fight for America made their stand against the British in the Battle of Rhode Island.
  • In Newport, the Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in North America. Built in 1763, the synagogue also houses the oldest Torah in North America. If you are in Newport visit the White Horse Tavern. Built in 1673 it is the oldest operating tavern in the United States.
  • You may have known that Newport is home to the Newport Jazz and Newport Folk Festivals considered among the best in the country. But did you know that they take place in Fort Adams, a national historic landmark started in 1740 which is the largest coastal fortress in North America?
  • Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland is the oldest known monument to veterans in the United States. It was erected in memory of the colonists killed in Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676.
  • Portsmouth is home to the oldest schoolhouse in the United States. The school was built in 1716.

Department Leadership

Maureen G. Phipps, MD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital

Deborah L. Myers, MD, FACOG

Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gary N. Frishman, MD

Director, Residency Program

B. Star Hampton, MD, FACOG

Director, Medical Student Core Clerkship

Roxanne A. Vrees, MD

Associate Director, Residency Program

Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH, FACOG

 Associate Director, Medical Student Core Clerkship