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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
Care centers on highlighting the needs of patients and families while maintaining high quality, evidence-based and efficient clinical care.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The department also provides a wide variety of topical programs in obstetrics and gynecology including annual conferences in primary care on women's health.
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.
Division Director - Renee Eger, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 42721
Clinical Research in Women’s Health
Interim Division Director - Kristen A. Matteson, MD, MPH, email@example.com,
(401) 274-1122, ext. 48562
Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical Director – Roxanne Vrees, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41882
Division Director – Paul DiSilvestro, MD, email@example.com
Medical Director - James O’Brien, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41964
Division Director – Erika Werner, MD, email@example.com
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41937
Director, Residency Program – Gary Frishman, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(401) 274-1122, ext. 48461
Director, Medical Student Clerkship – B. Star Hampton, MD, email@example.com
(401) 274-1122, ext. 48763
Division Director – Elisabeth Howard, PhD, CNM, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director – Charles Rardin, MD, email@example.com
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Division Director –Ruben Alvero, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Director – Gary Wharton, MD, email@example.com,
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41797
Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Division Director – Deborah Myers, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
"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."
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Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Residency Program
Director, Medical Student Core Clerkship
Associate Director, Residency Program
Associate Director, Medical Student Core Clerkship