Theresa S. Falcon-Cullinan
Professor & Head
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
820 S. Wood Street, M/C 808, Chicago, IL 60612
Spring is a busy and exciting time for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We anxiously await the residency match, update the respective curriculum for medical students and residents, and prepare for our Department Conference for October 2017.
We welcome our new subspecialty fellows starting in July 2017:
Tia Jackson-Bey, MD, MPH, Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, completing OB/Gyn Residency at Duke University
Erin Cavanaugh, MD, Fellow in Global Women’s Health, completing OB/Gyn Residency at Temple University
We also welcome our new faculty members:
Quetzal Class, PhD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who joined the Department in November 2016. Dr. Class explores the causes and consequences of preconception, prenatal, and family planning risk factors on offspring and maternal physical and psychological well-being. She is the Co-Director of Resident Research and brings expertise in statistics and epidemiological methodology.
Dr. Frank Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who joined the Department in January 2017. Dr. Gonzalez is recognized internationally for his “bench to bedside” research on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common cause of female infertility. His lab studies the effects of nutrient-induced inflammation in the development of ovarian dysfunction, insulin resistance, cell dysfunction and atherogenesis in PCOS.
Last year’s Annual Conference was a great success, thanks to the outstanding contributions from our distinguished invited and Departmental faculty, along with our dedicated conference organizers and staff. Please visit our News & Events webpage which for a summary of our 2016 Department of OB/Gyn Conference on here.
This year, our Challenges in OB/Gyn: Pearls for Practice Conference will be on October 26-27, 2017; please mark your calendar! More to come soon.
The Department was recently notified of our 2016-2017 Castle Connolly Top Ob/Gyns. Please join me in congratulating the following clinicians for being peer-recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence in patient care!
Gloria Elam, MD, Top Doctors
William Kobak, MD, Top Doctors
Rajul Kothari, MD, Top Doctors, Gynecologic Oncology
Dimitrios Mastrogiannis, MD, PHD, MBA, Top Doctors
Humberto Scoccia, MD, America’s Top Doctors
Mary D. Stephenson, MD, MSc, America’s Top Doctors
Sondra Summers, MD, Top Doctors
Mark Vajaranant, MD, Top Doctors
Several faculty will be go to Ayder Hospital in Mekelle, northern Ethiopia this spring as part of our Department’s MELA Project, which is our Department’s Global Women’s Health Initiative to reduce maternal mortality in Ethiopia. We established a formal partnership with Mekelle University in Ethiopia in 2015 to support and improve the quality of their newly established OB/Gyn Residency Program. Since then, faculty from our Department, as well as other UIC Departments have been providing OB/Gyn educational support and research development. Dr. Gelila Goba, Assistant Professor and Director of the OBGYN Global Women’s Health Fellowship, leads the MELA Project, with support from the IDP Foundation, Chicago IL, and a UIC Chancellor Seed Grant. Funding is crucial to build sustainability for our Global Health initiative, so please consider giving to the Mela Project!
The renovation of the OB/GYN Simulation Center is now complete! Through a generous donation from Dr. Howard Grundy, the Women of Steel Obstetrical Simulation Lab was inaugurated in July 2016. Further funding is needed, so please contact me if you are interested in donating to this educational initiative!
We continue to expand our Department and we are actively recruiting faculty. Please check out the links below:
Open Rank Faculty, Family Planning
Open Rank Faculty, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Our diverse faculty and staff are committed to moving the Department forward through their hard work and passion for excellence in patient care, education and research. Feel free to stop by my office to discuss the exciting changes taking place in our thriving Department.
Mary Stephenson, MD MSc
Theresa S. Falcon-Cullinan Professor & Department Head
University of Illinois at Chicago