Districts V & VII Annual Meeting

September 21 — 23, 2018

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

Thank you to the attendees, speakers, and sponsors who joined us in Kansas City, Missouri for The Heart and Art of Health Care! The 2018 Districts V & VII Annual Meeting brought medical students, Junior Fellows, Young Physicians, and Fellows together for three days of learning and fun.

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CME Evaluations

To review sessions and collect your CME credits, please follow the instructions below.  It will take up to two weeks for the information to be reflected in your transcript on ACOG's website.

  1. Visit https://engagefully.org/Events/Details/11969
  2. Enter the email address you used to register for the meeting and your password. If you have not created an account in the app yet, you will be able to create one
  3. After logging in, click the “Schedule” link in the sidebar. Select the session you would like to evaluate, and click “Evaluate this Session”
  4. After completing your evaluations you can print your certificate by clicking the “CME Information” link in the sidebar

Schedule is subject to change. Full details are available in the Preliminary Program.

Friday, September 21
7:00 AM       Maternal Mortality Workgroup Breakfast
8:00 AM       Welcome Remarks
8:15 AM       Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
8:45 AM       Sex
9:15 AM       Hollis Lecture: Fibroids
10:30 AM     Uribe Lecture: ABCs of Viral Hepatitis
11:00 AM     ACOG Presidential Address
11:30 AM     Keynote Address
12:15 PM     Young Physician Meeting/Lunch Buffet
1:15 PM       Fetal Surgery
1:45 PM       Postpartum Care of the Medically Complicated Patient
2:15 PM       Environmental Obstetrics
3:30 PM       Debate: Routine IOL at 39 Weeks
4:00 PM       Debate: Cosmetic Gynecology
5:30 PM       Welcome Reception and Poster Presentations

Saturday, September 22
8:00 AM       Opening Remarks
8:15 AM       Hereditary Cancers
8:45 AM       Dan Thornton Lecture: Physician Burnout
9:15 AM       Common Disorders of Puberty
10:30 AM     Contraceptive Update
11:00 AM     Physical Therapy in Women's Health
12:15 PM     Program Directors Meeting/Lunch Buffet
1:15 PM       Resident Research Presentations
                     Medical Student Program
3:30 PM       Mentorship Mingle
6:00 PM       Film Festival at the WWI Memorial Auditorium

Sunday, September 23
7:00 AM      Junior Fellow Course
8:00 AM      Opening Remarks
8:15 AM      What I Want My "Specialist" to Know - Gynecology
8:45 AM      What I Want My "Specialist" to Know - MFM
9:15 AM      What I Want My "Specialist" to Know - REI
10:15 AM    Stump the Professors
11:15 AM    Junior Fellow Oral Presentations
11:45 AM    Closing Remarks

ACCME Accreditation
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

College Cognate Credit(s)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 Category 1 College Cognate Credits.  The College has a reciprocity agreement with the AMA that allows AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM to be equivalent to College Cognate Credits.


Kevin A. Ault, MD
Professor and Division Director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Kevin Ault is a Professor and Division Director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  Dr. Ault grew up in Indiana and is a graduate of Butler University and Indiana University School of Medicine, both in Indianapolis IN.  He was resident at Ohio State University.  His clinical and research interests are infectious diseases and women’s health.  He currently represents ACOG as a liaison member of the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and he is a member of ACOG’s Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Work Group.   ACOG District VII selected Dr. Ault as a participant in the 2018 Cefalo Leadership Course.

Joseph Biggio, Jr., MD, MS
Associate System Chair of Women's Service Line and System Chair for Maternal Fetal Medicine
Ochsner Health System

Dr. Joseph Biggio, Jr. joined Ochsner in March, 2017 as the Associate System Chair of Women's Service Line and System Chair for Maternal Fetal Medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Obstetrics andGynecology as well as a combined fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics, both at UAB. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, and clinical genetics. He has also earned a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety from the UAB School of Health Professions. Prior to joining Ochsner, he served as Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Vice-Chair for Research and Quality in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2015, he received the March of Dimes Award for Best Research in Prematurity from the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and received an Award for Research Excellence from SMFM in 2009 and 2010.


Linda D. Bradley, MD
Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Linda Bradley is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Vice Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.  She is Director of Hysteroscopic Education for the Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.  She is an internationally recognized gynecologic surgeon known for her expertise in diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy, saline infusion sonography, endometrial ablation, alternatives to hysterectomy, hysteroscopic sterilization and the evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding. Dr. Bradley specializes in the evaluation, diagnostic testing, and surgery for uterine fibroids and menstrual disorders.  Her expertise in endometrial ablation technology makes her an innovative leader in the field of hysterectomy alternatives. She recently was involved in several multi-center clinical trials involving endometrial ablation, uterine fibroid embolization compared to abdominal myomectomy, and hysteroscopic sterilization procedure.



Thomas H. Burwinkel, MD, MBA
Private Practice - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Institute of Reproductive Health

Dr. Thomas Burwinkel earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati and completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Tennessee Memphis.

Dr. Burwinkel is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology where he has served as Ohio Section Chair and Vice Chair and the District V Secretary. He currently is the District V Vice Chair.

As an expert in pelvic reconstructive surgery and in vitro fertilization, Dr. Burwinkel works in private practice at the Institute for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati, Ohio


Rachel Martin Butler, DPT
Physical Therapist
Cahaba Physical Therapy

Dr. Rachel Butler has provided 10+ years of pelvic floor physical therapy.  As an active multi-sport athlete and the daughter of an OB/GYN and a marriage and family therapist, she combined her natural interests in health, psychology, and exercise to make a career as a physical therapist. After earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UAB in 2006, she pursued a position treating women’s chronic pelvic pain patients and developed a strong referral base and relationship with OB/GYN’s in her community. She moved to Birmingham in 2011 for a staff position in a one-on-one specialty physical therapy practice with the opportunity for eventual ownership. Dr. Butler opened her private practice in January 2016, which focuses entirely on providing quality patient care. She has had great success with treating patients with a variety of diagnoses, most notably those who suffer from chronic pelvic pain and pregnancy-related and postpartum osteopathic dysfunction. In September 2018, her monograph on physical therapy for the obstetric-gynecologic patient will be published by ACOG.


Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Dr. Nathaniel DeNicola is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. DeNicola received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his residency at Tulane University. He previously worked as an assistant medical director in Southern California and served on The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Louisiana Legislative Committee.



Nirupama DeSilva MD|
Private Practice - Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
The Women's Health Group

Dr. Rupa DeSilva went to medical school at Albany Medical College in New York, and did her OB/GYN residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.  She then went on to do a fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor University in Houston, Texas.  She now practices in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she has an active pediatric and adolescent gynecology practice, and is also an Associate clinical professor at University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and the medical student clerkship director.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has received recognition from the “Best Doctors in Tulsa” as well as from “America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists” for the last 5 years.  Dr. DeSilva has received multiple grants to create websites to help teenage girls decrease risk-taking behaviors.  Located at www.girlsmarts.org, this site is geared towards helping adolescent girls decrease risk-taking behaviors through awareness and knowledge.  She is also one of the original authors, and now the editor of pagwebed.org, a site that is now part of the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology's educational armamentarium and meant to educate resident physicians within Pediatrics and OBGYN on the intricacies of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. 


Melissa J. Hague, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director-Clinical
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita

Dr. Melissa Hague is an employee of the Heartland Women’s Group, in Wichita, Kansas.  She practices full scope obstetrics and gynecology, rendering care to patients that see her in her office, as well as supervising care of ob-gyn resident clinic patients.  She is in a group of physicians that receives patients transported to Wesley Medical Center for specialized care.  These transported patients are often in a high-risk obstetrical situation, but may also be the victims of trauma or have an acute gynecologic emergency.  In addition to her regular ob-gyn clinic, Dr. Hague has a subspecialty clinic that is held 3-4 times per month.  In 2015, after pursuing specialized training in female sexual function, she started the Women’s Sexual Wellness Clinic to help women who are experiencing pain, decreased libido, or anorgasmia.  This clinic serves women from Kansas and surrounding states in search of a sexual health expert.


Christen L. Walters Haygood, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
St. Dominic Hospital

Dr. Christy Haygood is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist.  She is a native of Mississippi and alumni of Mississippi College.  Dr. Haygood graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical School in 2009 then completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She earned board certification in obstetrics and gynecology in 2016 and board certification for gynecologic oncology in 2018.  She returned to Mississippi after training to practice at St Dominic’s Gynecologic Oncology.  Dr. Haygood has authored 10 publications and continues to be involved with clinical trials as a principal investigator at St. Dominic’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Haygood is passionate about improving patient’s quality of life and has recently secured funding to establish a mentorship program for gynecologic cancer patients in Mississippi.  She was instrumental in the development of a gynecologic cancer support group for survivors and current patients.

Edgar L. LeClaire, MD
Assistant Professor of Urogynecology
University of Oklahoma Medical Center

Dr. Edgar LeClaire is assistant professor of urogynecology at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. He is board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. He has several publications within his research interest domains which include 3-dimensional sonographic imaging of the pelvic floor, perioperative pain management, and surgical performance assessment design and validation. He also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Design and Translational Science.


Charisse Loder, MD, MSc
Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Dr. Charisse Loder is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine. She completed fellowship training in Family Planning in 2017 and has interests in complex contraception and medical education research. She heads the RJ MedEd project, collaborating with reproductive justice advocates and leaders to develop a physician reproductive justice curriculum.

Robert P. Lorenz, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Dr. Robert Lorenz practices Maternal Fetal Medicine at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan and is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He has held leadership positions in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Green Journal, and the Michigan Maternal Mortality Review Committee. He is proud to have contributed to the development of two sons, six grandchildren, and over 200 resident physicians in obstetrics and gynecology. His family hails from nearby St. Joseph, Missouri, a metropolis most widely known as the starting point for the westbound Pony Express which began on April 3, 1860. 


Peter Marcus, MD
Ob Gyn Residency Program Director
St. Vincent Hospital

Dr. Peter Marcus is currently the Ob Gyn Residency Program Director for St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis.  A graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his training at the University of Chicago.  He then spent over 15 years as an academic generalist at Indiana University.  Following a short stint on the east coast, he returned to Indiana in 2015.  Dr. Marcus also has an abiding interest in the History of Medicine.


James Nello Martin, Jr. MD, FRCOG
Retired Professor & Vice Chair Emeritus of OBGYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Winfred L Wiser Women's Hospital of the University of Mississippi Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Jim Martin is Professor & Vice Chair Emeritus of OBGYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Winfred L Wiser Women’s Hospital of the University of Mississippi Hospitals and Clinics in Jackson, Mississippi where he worked from 1981 through the end of 2014.  Dr. Martin holds a BS degree from Wake Forest University and an MD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After undertaking a residency in OBGYN at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC and two postgraduate fellowships, one in Stockholm, Sweden for the World Health Organization in reproductive physiology and the other in Dallas for maternal-fetal medicine at Parkland Hospital, Dr. Martin became a  maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist clinician, educator, administrator and investigator at the Universities of Michigan (1979-1981) and Mississippi (1981-2014) with a primary focus of interest for hematologic and hypertensive complications of pregnancy.  Dr. Martin is a past president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine or SMFM (2001-2002) and the American College of OBGYN (ACOG 2011-2012).  Now retired from active clinical practice, Dr. Martin continues an active professional life consulting, researching, writing, teaching and working with several professional organizations including ACOG, SMFM, the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO), the March of Dimes, the Preeclampsia Foundation, the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and UMMC where he teaches OBGYN residents and MFM fellows part-time.


Jennifer Rose V. Molano, MD
Associate Professor
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Jennifer Molano is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she has been on faculty since 2010. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she completed both medical school and neurology residency training at West Virginia University. She further received training in behavioral neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and in sleep medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her career has been enriched by numerous activities in the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), including the Member Engagement Committee, Meeting Management Committee, and the Wellness Task Force.  She serves on the editorial boards for New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch Neurology and the Brain and Life magazine.  Dr. Molano also has interest in promoting physician wellness, serving as the chair of AAN’s Live Well, Lead Well leadership program nationally, as well as the chair of the Faculty Wellness Advisory Group and the Resident Wellness and Wellbeing Committee at the UC College of Medicine. 





Ora H. Pescovitz, MD
Oakland University

Dr. Ora Pescovitz is currently President of Oakland University. She earned her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern University. Much of her work has focused on the physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty, and the development of novel therapies for these conditions. During her 21-year career at Indiana University, she served as Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine, President and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children, and interim Vice President for IU’s Research Administration. From 2009-2014, she was the University of Michigan’s first female Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health System CEO. In this role, she led a system that included three hospitals, more than 120 health centers and clinics, and the University of Michigan Medical School. From 2014-2017, Dr. Pescovitz was Eli Lilly and Company’s Senior Vice President and U.S. Medical Leader for Lilly Biomedicines. Dr. Pescovitz served on the University of Florida Health System Strategic Cabinet, the Anthem-Lilly Joint Research Governance Council, and the Advancement Council of the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. She has served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research, president of the Lawson Wilkins (North American) Pediatric Endocrine Society, and chair of the March of Dimes Grants Review Committee. She also previously served on the boards of the Hormone Foundation, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Board for Clinical Research and the Board of Life Technology, prior to its sale to Thermo Fisher.

Christina M. Scifres, MD
Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
University of Indiana School of Medicine

Dr. Christina Scifres is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal medicine at the University of Indiana School of Medicine. Her clinical and research efforts center on improving outcomes in pregnancies complicated by diabetes and obesity. She is an investigator in an NIH funded study Comparing Two Screening Strategies for Gestational Diabetes, in a Randomized Controlled Clinical Pilot Trial of Intensive Management of Gestational Diabetes, and a number of other studies related to obesity and diabetes in pregnancy.


Emanuel J. Vlastos, MD
Director of Fetal Therapy
Children's Mercy Hospital

Dr. Emanual Vlastos attended medical school at Creighton University.  He completed residency training in the Family Practice Program at University of Wyoming in Casper, Wyoming and in obstetrics and gynecology at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He completed a Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Vlastos served as Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at St. Louis University School of Medicine from 2008 – 2017 and Director at St. Louis Fetal Care Institute from 2009 – 2017.  He is currently the Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri and Director of Fetal Therapy at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Fetal Health Center.




Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

Take advantage of the Sheraton's well-placed downtown location to explore nearby points of interest, including Arrowhead Stadium, SeaLife Aquarium, Kauffman Stadium and the Kansas City Zoo.  The Sheraton also offers hotel guests a complimentary shuttle service to the neighboring Power & Light District's many attractions and local businesses.

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