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Release Date: 05/19/2015

Several specialists from 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, recently shared their expertise with colleagues earlier this month at the Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

The theme for this year’s meeting was “Teaming Up for Women’s Health” and focused on obstetric emergencies, operative gynecology, contraception, menopause, and patient safety. 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 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, is also a member of ACOG’s Committee on Scientific Program, which organized this program.

Participating in the event from Women & Infants Hospital were:

  • C.O. “Skip” Granai III, MD, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, who delivered the Jim and Midge Breeden Lecture, “The Good Fight.”
  • Kristen Matteson, MD, MPH, interim director of the Division of Clinical Research in Women’s Health, who presented “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Wading Through the Evidence on Treatment Effectiveness.”
  • Charles Rardin, MD, director of Minimally-Invasive and Robotic Surgical Services, who presented “MIS and Robotics Programs: Setting Up for Success.”
  • Katharine Wenstrom, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Glenn E. Palomaki, PhD, associate director of the Division of Medical Screening and Special Testing in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; and Jacqueline Halliday, MS, senior genetic counselor in the Prenatal Diagnosis Center, who were part of a team that presented “Update on Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT: Indications, Benefits, Limitations and the Future).
  • John E. Buster, MD, of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, who participated in the Sterling B. Williams, MD, PhD, Memorial Lecture Series, speaking on “Postmenopausal Estrogens: Pills, Patches, Pellets, and Gels.”
  • Vivian Sung, MD, of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, who gave an overview for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
  • Alex Friedman, MD, an ob/gyn resident at Women & Infants, who gave a poster presentation entitled “Reciprocal Peer Support for Postpartum Patients with Diabetes: A Needs Assessment for the Diabetes Buddy Program.”
  • Roxanne Vrees, MD, medical director of Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology, who was part of a team that presented a poster entitled “The Effect of Topical Lidocaine on Pain During Manual Vacuum Aspiration for Nonviable Pregnancies.”

    Also in attendance at the meeting was Deborah Myers, MD, director of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, who is an ACOG board member.

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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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