Update March 2014

ACOG District II eNewsletter
 March 2014 | Volume 29 No. 2


From the Chair
Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS

“Going Red” With Chelsea Clinton

HEM, HTN, VTE Safety Bundles

New LARC Project

Save the Date - October 17-19 - Annual District II Meeting


Fun Facts About:

Ronald Uva, MD, FACOG - Vice Chair, District II

Nicholas Kulbida, MD, FACOG - Treasurer, District II

Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG - Secretary, District II


From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
As you look forward to spring weather, you can also look forward to no increase in District II dues for 2015. It is important for District II to keep costs down for you - while continuing to provide the very best in membership value. I encourage you to visit our new Membership Webpage - where you can explore all our district has to offer.

March has proven to be very busy. Early this month I was in Washington attending ACOG’s 32nd Annual Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC). The theme this year was Spotlight on the Center: Every Woman, Every Time. Participants enjoyed two days of speakers on topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion program to how to effectively communicate with lawmakers - followed by a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill on issues that impact our specialty and our patients. I was joined in Washington by several District II members: Esther Dorzin, DM, Keisha French, MD, David Gandell, MD, Leah Kaufman, MD, Ellen Landsberger, MD, Renee Mestad, MD, MaryAnn Millar, MD, Mary Rosser, MD, Laura Spector, DO, and Kimberley Thornton, MD. Together we spoke with legislators and policy leaders about the importance of supporting the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act - which would eliminate Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula. We also expressed ACOG’s support for the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act - which would provide physicians subjected to a med mal lawsuit the option of a “safe harbor” based on adherence to clinical practice guidelines. Additionally, we voiced support for the Gestational Diabetes Act - which seeks to lower the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus and prevent women with the disease from getting type-2 diabetes. Participating in the CLC was an exhilarating - and educational experience.

On March 29th, I will chair our next Advisory Council meeting, to be held at the District II office in Albany. This is always a wonderful opportunity to catch up with section officers while staying informed about what’s happening in their communities. I’m sure we will also discuss the numerous activities of the District II office - ranging from our Safe Motherhood Initiative to this podcast we developed from last year’s Practice Redesign Strategies conference - (now available on the District II website).

Best wishes to you as we welcome spring to District II!

“Going Red” With Chelsea Clinton
District II was seeing (and wearing) red in New York City earlier this month at the 2014 Go Red for Women Luncheon. The event celebrated women joining together to raise awareness and funds to support education and research programs specifically targeted to address heart disease and stroke in women—their No. 1 and No. 3 killers. The featured speaker was Chelsea Clinton, who spoke about the Clinton Global Initiative’s efforts to support cardiac health through education on childhood obesity.

Section 8 Vice Chair Mary Rosser, MD, PhD, FACOG was honored at the luncheon for being one of the 2014 Luminaries of Heart. Dr. Rosser, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health Montefiore Medical Center, has served on the Medical Leadership Team of the Go Red For Women movement since 2009. Dr. Rosser has done a tremendous amount to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and women - including presenting Women’s Heart Health: The Crucial Role of the Ob-Gyn at the 2012 Annual District II Meeting. Most recently, Dr. Rosser presented A Major Opportunity for Ob/Gyns: Improving Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease Among Women at the at the American Heart Association's Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves as a National ACOG Representative on the Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee of the American College of Cardiology. Congratulations to Dr. Rosser!

HEM, HTN, and VTE Safety Bundles
The Safe Motherhood Initiative workgroups are placing the final touches on a series of maternal safety bundles set to roll out at all obstetric hospitals in the state on obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy, and venous thromboembolism beginning this June.

Your hospital will be receiving a letter outlining the scope of the project and hospital commitment details, including the designation of SMI teams who will be responsible for ensuring that the roll out is achieved. All participating hospitals have the ability to receive up to $5,000 over the course of two years to help offset staffing and data collection costs.

Robert Silverman, MD, FACOG, Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at SUNY Upstate Medical University, will be hosting the next meeting on April 4th in Syracuse. If you are interested in attending, please register here. If you and your hospital would like further information in advance of the June roll out, please contact Kristin Zielinski, ACOG District II Medical Education Director, at 518-436-3461 or at Please also feel free to visit the SMI website by clicking here.

New LARC Project
District II has recently secured grant funding to provide clinical education on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) in the immediate postpartum period. This education will be targeted and tailored to the hospital setting. While the use of IUDs and contraceptive implants has increased over the past decade, it is still not a preferred method for postpartum patients when rapid repeat pregnancy is common, particularly among adolescents.

Education will consist of a clinical education video for providers, similar to District II’s preterm birth videos, as well as other web-based resources, and will be available in winter 2015.

If you would like to join the LARC Task Force, please contact Kristin Zielinski, ACOG District II Medical Education Director, at 518-436-3461 or at

Save the Date - Oct. 17-19 - Annual District Meeting
Planning is underway and another slate of exceptional faculty is in place for this year’s Annual District II Meeting. The meeting, once again being held at the beautiful Grand Hyatt in New York City, will feature lectures on robotics, sexual dysfunction, obesity and genome sequencing to name a few. In addition to our outstanding educational program, this year you are invited to join us for new networking events and product demonstrations designed to enhance your meeting experience. Mark your calendars now and look for more information this Spring!

Fun Facts About:

Ronald Uva, MD, FACOG - Vice Chair, District II 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Oswego Hospital
Favorite quotations: The only thing that matters is what you do for others
Hobbies & interests: Tennis, writing, racquetball
Favorite sports team: NY Mets
Favorite vacation destination: US Virgin Island (St. Croix)
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Titanic, Gone with the Wind
Favorite food(s): Roast lamb, spaghetti carbonara
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Delivering a baby is very gratifying

Nicholas Kulbida, MD, FACOG - Treasurer, District II 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Bellevue Woman’s Center - Ellis Medicine, Schenectady, NY
Favorite quotation: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do” - Goethe
Hobbies & interests: Cooking, wine making, home renovation (everything except plumbing)
Favorite sports team: New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills
Pets: Dog - “Duke” - Golden Mix
Favorite vacation destination: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Favorite movie(s) of all time: The Godfather, Star Wars, The Hunt for Red October
Favorite food(s): Homemade pizza, Top Chef potluck
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? A “happy” specialty in general - OB. I chose this specialty because of a strong desire to empower and support women in their healthcare decisions

Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG - Secretary, District II
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Montefiore/Einstein - Bronx
Favorite quotation: Live and learn
Hobbies & interests: Knitting, jewelry making and quilting
Pets: Cat named Ingwe
Favorite vacation destination: Hawaii
Favorite food(s): Sushi and lollipops
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Committed to women’s health care

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