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Release Date: 06/29/2016

Kristin Jacobs, MD, a fellow in the Department of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been elected to serve as president of the Steering Committee for the Fellow’s Pelvic Research Network® of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS).

The Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) sponsored the creation of the first fellows multi-center research network, the Fellows’ Pelvic Research Network (FPRN), to promote research training and expose fellows to multi-center studies. The idea for this research network was suggested by a fellow in 2007. SGS considers the FPRN® an important initiative within the context of its mission statement to promote education and research in gynecologic surgery.

The purpose of the FPRN® is to enable fellows to work together cooperatively and conduct multi-center research projects. The FPRN® and its research projects are operating under the mentorship and supervision of a Senior Advisory Board which includes established researchers in gynecology from across the country.

As president of the Steering Committee, Dr. Jacobs is responsible for overseeing the administrative logistics of national, multi-site research being conducted within the FPRN® by gynecology fellows from more than 20 participating medical centers in the U.S.

A graduate of North Central College in Illinois, Dr. Jacobs earned her medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola University Medical Center. Her current research focuses on painful bladder syndrome, female urinary microbiome, and patients’ knowledge and preferences regarding hysterectomy procedures.

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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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