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Awards Presented at the 61st Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

May 5, 2013

New Orleans, LA -- The following awards were presented today during the 61st Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), held May 4–8, 2013.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Abbott Nutrition Research Fellowship in Nutrition in Pregnancy
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to advance knowledge on issues related to nutrition in pregnancy with a special interest in the areas of obesity, diabetes, and women ages 20–39. This year’s award went to:

Andrea G. Edlow, MD, MSc—Tufts University Medical Center, Boston, MA; “The Consequences of Maternal Diet-Induced Obesity on Fetal Brain Development and Offspring Behavior”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship in Contraceptive Benefit/Risk Communication
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to determine the most effective and efficient means of communicating data released from contraception studies with differing trial methodologies to the general medical and/or patient community. This year’s award went to:

Lynae M. Brayboy, MD—Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI; “Girl Talk: A Smartphone Application for Girls’ Sexual Health Education Background and Significance”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship in Contraceptive Counseling
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to perform research in the area of contraceptive counseling. This year’s award went to:

Lisa M. Masinter, MD, MPH—Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; “Engaging the Community to Assess Contraceptive Behavior in Latina Adolescents and Young Adults”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship in Long-Term Contraception
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to perform research in the area of non-daily contraception. This year’s award went to:

Jennifer A. Robinson, MD, MPH—Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; “Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of the Etonogestrel Implant When Co-Administered with Efavirenz”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Duchesnay USA Research Fellowships in Quality Improvement in Maternity Care
This $10,000 award is given to two Fellows or Junior Fellows of The College to advance knowledge on issues related to quality improvement in maternity care and to develop programs specifically designed to improve maternal and infant health outcomes by linking evidence-based knowledge and clinical practice. This year’s awards went to:

Daniele S.H. Feldman, MD—Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; “The Laborist on Labor and Delivery: What is the Prevalence of Laborists in California and Is This Model of Care Associated with Improved Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes?”

Kathleen M. Sullivan, MD—Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; “Evaluation of the Zero Tolerance Policy at Emory University Hospital Midtown: Elective Delivery at 39 Weeks Gestation and Neonatal and Maternal Outcomes”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. Research Fellowship in Fertility Preservation Options
This $10,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to advance knowledge and clinical research in the field of reproductive health with a special interest in the area of fertility preservation for reproductive-age women. This year’s award went to:

Gihan K. Bareh, MD, PhD—University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX; “Ovarian Reserve Assessment and Reproductive Counseling in Asymptomatic Patients with BRCA Mutations”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. Research Fellowship in Menstrual Bleeding Disorders
This $10,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to advance knowledge through research on issues related to menstrual bleeding disorders. This year’s award went to:

Maryam Guiahi, MD—University of Colorado, Denver, CO; “Does Concomitant Use of Combined Oral Hormonal Steroids Stop Bleeding in Women Using Estonogrestel Implants (Implanon/Nexplanon®)?: A Randomized Controlled Study” 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Hologic Research Fellowship in Cervical Cancer Detection
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to perform research directed toward the development of enhanced methods for the evaluation of human papillomavirus infection in conjunction with cervical disease detection. This year’s award went to:

Lisa Beth Spiryda, MD, PhD—University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC; “Developing a Molecular Profile that Predicts Cervical Dysplasia and Cervical Cancer”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Kenneth Gottesfeld-Charles Hohler Memorial Foundation Research Fellowship in Ultrasound
This $15,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to perform research or advanced training that is ultrasound-specific and dedicated to a practical clinical use in a new or unique approach. This year’s award went to:

Hafsa U. Memon, MD—Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; “Comparison of Forceps-Assisted Vaginal Delivery with Vacuum-Assisted Vaginal Delivery in Terms of Levator Ani Muscle Injury”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Salus Global MOREOB Research Fellowship in Patient Safety in Obstetrics
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to advance knowledge on issues related to patient safety with a special interest in the areas of communication, teamwork, and inter-professional coordination. This year’s award went to: 

Jennifer A. Tessmer-Tuck, MD—Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; “Perinatal Outcomes Following Acquisition of Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Teamwork Skills”

Research Fellowship in Adolescent Health Preventive Services
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to perform research in the area of adolescent health preventive services. This year’s award went to: 

Pooja R. Patel, MD—University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; “Does Peer Support Impact Contraceptive Compliance and Continuation in Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

Research Fellowship in Contraceptive Access within Low-Resource Populations
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to perform research in the area of contraceptive access within populations that experience barriers to obtaining quality health care due to poverty, geography, incarceration status, or other factors that contribute to health care inequities. This year’s award went to:

Julia Geynisman, MD—New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY; “Contraceptive Access and Preference in Sex Trafficked Women in the United States”

Research Fellowship in Immunization
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to advance knowledge on issues related to immunization in ob-gyn, including but not limited to immunization history, frequency of immunization by ob-gyns, incidents of preventable infectious diseases, prohibitive cases, pregnancy and immunization, and patient safety and education. This year’s award went to:

Brett D. Einerson, MD, MPH—Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; “Ob-Gyn Residents as Primary Care Providers of Comprehensive Immunization Services: Changing Culture through Systems Improvements and an Innovative Online Curriculum”

Research Fellowship in Infertility
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College to advance knowledge through research on issues related to infertility. This year’s award went to:

Albert Asante, MD, MPH—Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN; “Optimizing Fertility Treatment in Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Using the Clomiphene Citrate Fast Track Protocol: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial”

Research Fellowship in Reproductive Health Care Needs within a Disabled Population
This $20,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College for research in the area of reproductive health care needs within a disabled population. This year’s award went to:

Sarita Sonalkar, MD—Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA; “Reproductive Health Care Needs in Women with Physical Disabilities: A Qualitative Study of Patients and Providers”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Award for International Service
This $1,000 award is given to a Fellow of The College who is currently or was recently involved in a community program designed to help underserved patient populations outside the geographical confines of The College. This year’s award went to:

Gregory M. Dunham, MD—Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, TX

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Distinguished Service Award
This award is given to outstanding individuals in ob-gyn who have made important contributions within The College and/or the discipline of ob-gyn in government, research, teaching, or direct patient care. This year’s award went to:

Elliot K. Main, MD, FACOG—Medical director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative; co-chair of American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement Workgroup on Obstetric Quality Measures; chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco; clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at University of California, San Francisco; and member of the District IX Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award
This $1,000 award is given to two Junior Fellows of The College for papers presented at a College district meeting in the preceding year. This year’s awards went to:

Vijaya Jyothshna Bayya, MD—Maimonides Medical Center, New York, NY; “Simulation Training Improves Accuracy of Blood Loss Assessment”

J. Brian Szender, MD—University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX; “Sex Steroid Hormones Induce Cervical Cancer Growth”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Honorary Fellowship Award
This award is given to individuals from any country for their outstanding achievement in the field of ob-gyn or an allied discipline. These individuals have attained national and international recognition and have a relationship with activities in the US involving women’s health care. This year’s awards went to:

Gian Carlo DiRenzo, MD, PhD—Chair of the obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Perugia, Italy

Christine M. Kaseba-Sata, MD, FRCOG—First Lady of the Republic of Zambia

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Outstanding District Service Award
This award honors Fellows of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) who have made notable contributions to their ACOG district. This year’s awards went to:

Patrick J. Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhD—District I—Professor of ob-gyn at the Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI

Peter S. Bernstein, MD, MPH—District II—Professor of clinical ob-gyn and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

Ben H. Cheek, MD—District IV—Private practice, Columbus, GA, and clinical assistant professor of ob-gyn at Mercer University School of Medicine

Robert P. Lorenz, MD—District V—Professor of ob-gyn at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, MI

Tamara G. Helfer, MD, MBA—District VI—Group practice, Champaign, IL

Jimmy M. Sparks, MD—District VII—Private practice, Birmingham, AL

Rita Melkonian, MD—District IX—Private practice, San Francisco, CA, chair of education at Marin General Hospital, and adjunct clinical assistant professor of ob-gyn at Stanford University

Ralph J. Anderson, MD—District XI—Chair of ob-gyn at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth

Jay R. Trabin, MD—District XII—Private practice, West Palm Beach, FL, and chief of gynecology at Good Samaritan Hospital, West Palm Beach

Council of District Chairs Service Recognition Award
This $5,000 award is given to an ACOG district or section in recognition of an outstanding activity it has contributed to the field of ob-gyn during the preceding year. This year’s awards went to:

District IV, and Haywood L. Brown, MD, District IV chair—Reviewing and Reporting on District Perinatal Mortality Project

Pennsylvania Section, District III, and Sherry L. Blumenthal, MD, Pennsylvania Section chair—The OBesity Project: An Educational Collaboration of the Pennsylvania Section and District III

The Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper Award
This $2,000 award recognizes the best paper published in Obstetrics & Gynecology from a non-US researcher each year. Articles published in 2012 were selected by the editors, and a panel of former editorial board members chose the winner. This year’s award went to:

Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden—Joachim Lundahl, MD, chair; “Noninvasive Single-Exon Fetal RHD Determination in a Routine Screening Program in Early Pregnancy”

Louis M. Hellman Midwifery Partnership Award
This award recognizes a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College who has been a champion and supporter of midwifery. This year’s award went to: 

Paul H. Kastell, MD, JD, MBA—Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, New York, NY

The Pete and Weesie Hollis Community Service Award
This $1,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College who has performed outstanding community service. This year’s award went to:

Melinda B. Henne, MD, MS—San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX

The Roy M. Pitkin Award
This $5,000 award recognizes outstanding research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Each year, a distinguished panel of former editorial board members from the journal selects the top articles published in the preceding year. This year’s awards went to:

University of New Mexico, Department of Ob-Gyn—William F. Rayburn, MD, MBA, chair; “Effect of Progestin Compared with Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills on Lactation: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Ob-Gyn—William W. Andrews, MD, PhD, chair; “Higher-Dose Oxytocin and Hemorrhage After Vaginal Delivery: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Department of Ob-Gyn—George A. Macones, MD, MSCE, chair; “Preventing Unintended Pregnancies by Providing No-Cost Contraception”

Warren H. Pearse/Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Women’s Health Policy Research Award
This $10,000 award is given to a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College for research in the area of health care policy. The research should address an aspect of policy that either defines, assists, or restricts the ability of physicians to deliver health care to women in general or in a specific area. This year’s award went to:

Megan L. Evans, MD, MPH—Tufts University Medical Center, Boston, MA; “Revolving Loan Fund: A Novel Approach to Increasing Access to LARC Methods”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/William H.J. Haffner American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health Award
This award recognizes a Fellow or Junior Fellow of The College who has made a major contribution to raising the level of health and/or improving American Indian and/or Alaskan Native women’s health care.

Ann Glasheen, WHNP—Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Bethel, AK

ACOG Special Recognition Award
ACOG has a long-standing history of recognizing individuals within the health care arena who have demonstrated their dedication to the advancement of women's health. The ACOG Special Recognition Award is not an annual award—it is only utilized when an individual rises to the level of recognition. This year’s recipient has been identified by ACOG members and leadership as a true champion of women’s health care:

Donald Gubitosa—Merck

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org

 

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