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Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Nancy C. Chescheir, MD
Chapel Hill, NC

Associate Editor, Obstetrics
Dwight J. Rouse, MD, MSPH
Providence, RI

Associate Editor, Gynecology​
John O. Schorge, MD
Boston, MA​

Associate Editor, Statistics
Thomas W. Riggs, MD, PhD
Northbrook, IL

Consultant Editor, Web
John R. Fischer, MD
Minneapolis​, MN

Consultant Editor, Journal Club
Nathan S. Fox, MD
New York, NY

Consultant Editor, Journal Club
Rebecca G. Rogers, MD
Albany, NY

Consultant Editor, CME
Roger P. Smith, MD
Parkland, FL

Consultant Editor, Clinical Conundrums
Mark A. Turrentine, MD
Houston, TX

Editors Emeritus
Roy M. Pitkin, MD
2001-present 

James R. Scott, MD
2013-present 

Disclosure Statement

The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors have
disclosed all relevant financial relationships with
any commercial interests. Dr. Schorge disclosed
that he served on the AstraZeneca advisory board
in 2018. The other Editors declare that neither they
nor any business associate nor any member of
their immediate families has financial interest or
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in this publication.

Editorial Board (2019-2020​​​​​)

Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH, Providence, RI
James N. Anasti Jr, MD, Bethlehem, PA
John D. Buek, MD, Washington, DC
Ahizechukwu Eke, MD, MPH, Baltimore, MD
Sherif A. El-Nashar, MBBCh, MSc, MS, PhD, Cleveland, OH
Abimbola O. Famuyide, MBBS, Rochester, MN
Saketh R. Guntupalli, MD, Denver, CO
Wendy F. Hansen, MD, Lexington, KY
Romina Kee, MD, MPH, Chicago, IL
Charles A. Leath III, MD, MSPH, Birmingham, AL
Veronica Lerner, MD, Bronx, NY
Hector Mendez-Figueroa, MD, Houston, TX
Kate Meriwether, MD, Albuquerque, NM
Torri D. Metz, MD, MS, Salt Lake City, UT
Malavika Prabhu, MD, New York, NY
​​Jamie L. Resnik, MD, La Jolla, CA
Holly E. Richter, PhD, MD, Birmingham, AL
Stephanie Ros, MD, MSCI, Tampa, FL
David M. Sherer, MD, New York, NY
David Sheyn, MD, Cleveland, OH
Andrea D. Shields, MD, MSCI, San Antonio, TX
Matthew T. Siedhoff MD, MSCR, Los Angeles, CA
Sabrina Wyatt, MD, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Belinda J. Yauger, MD, Fort Sam Houston, Texas


Editorial Staff

Publisher and Product Officer
Jennifer Walsh

Associate Publisher
Rebecca S. Benner

Senior Manuscript Editor
Denise Shields

Senior Production Editor
Stephanie Casway

​Editorial Administrator
Randi Y. Zung



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Nancy C. Chescheir, MD, is Professor ​of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Chescheir has served on several of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' national committees and the Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Board. She was one of the principal editorial task force members for the fifth edition of the College's Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month for ​patients. She is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and a past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Chescheir has authored more than 75 journal articles and book chapters related to her primary research interests in prenatal diagnosis, maternal-fetal surgery, patient safety and quality, and international health. In 2001–2002, Dr. Chescheir participated in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women. She served as the chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Chescheir spent half of her time as the chief of staff and head of obstetrics and gynecology at Bokamoso Private Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. (Photo courtesy of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2016.)

Dwight J. Rouse, MD, MSPH, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a practicing maternal–fetal medicine specialist at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. The author of many peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Rouse served on the Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Board from 2002 to 2007 and was Editor-in-Chief for Obstetrics, Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey, from 2006 to 2011. He was an Associate Editor of the 22nd edition of Williams Obstetrics, is an author of the 23rd edition, and was a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Practice Bulletin Committee-Obstetrics. For 20 years, Dr. Rouse has been a Principal Investigator in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, in which he led a major trial of magnesium sulfate for the prevention of cerebral palsy in children born preterm and another of 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate for the prevention of preterm birth in women carrying twins.

John O. Schorge, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. He completed OB/GYN residency at the integrated Brigham & Women's Hospital-Mass General program and gynecologic oncology fellowship at 'the Brigham.' Dr. Schorge served on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School-Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for eight years before returning to Mass General in 2008, where he served as Chief of Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. He is an editor of Williams’ Gynecology, has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and is a board examiner in both obstetrics & gynecology and gynecologic oncology.

Thomas W. Riggs, MD, PhD, attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate biology (Phi Beta Kappa), medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha) and post-graduate training in Pediatrics. He completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio followed by board certification in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. During his cardiology fellowship, he completed an M.Sc. in Biometry from Case Western Reserve University, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Riggs was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University. While serving as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, he obtained a Master's degree in biostatistics and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where his doctoral thesis was on non-typeable H. flu colonization among children in day care centers and comparison of three methods of modeling transmission. He also completed post graduate training in computer simulations and non-linear systems at the Center for the Study of Complex Systems in the Department of Physics, University of Michigan and did a postdoctoral fellowship in computational biology in the Department of Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he helped develop a computer model of T-cell motion and cellular interactions within a lymph node, based on in vitro real time studies. Dr. Riggs retired from medical practice in 2011 as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at University of Michigan Medical School. He also worked as a research scientist at the Beaumont Research Institute in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he assisted attending physicians, fellows and residents in clinical study design and data analyses. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Pediatric Research and has authored more than 90 articles in the fields of pediatrics, fetal and neonatal echocardiography, maternal-fetal medicine, immunology, surgery, infectious disease transmission and epidemiology. Dr. Riggs is keenly interested in applying quantitative methods to advance evidence-based medicine.

John R. Fischer, MD, is Division Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Fischer was formerly Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He started his medical career as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force and then completed residency training at Wright State University and Urogynecology Fellowship training at Indiana University. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and is currently an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served as the Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General. He was director of the Female Pelvic Floor and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery fellowship at Walter Reed, and was the residency program director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, MD. His research interests include the effects of pregnancy, labor, and delivery on the pelvic floor and surgical education. He was previously on the Editorial Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and now serves as the Consultant Web Editor for Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Rebecca G. Rogers, MD, ​is Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical Center. She is a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves on the subspecialty Board for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She served as the subspecialty representative to the ACOG Executive Board. Her clinical practice focuses on both the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Rogers has received funding from the NIH to study the effects of pregnancy and delivery on pelvic floor disorders and was funded through NICHD as a member of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Her current research interests focus on patient reported outcomes development and value based care.

Roger P. Smith, MD, is an accreditation field representative for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Prior to his work with ACGME, Dr. Smith was Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Smith has served on or chaired several of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' national committees and served on the Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Board. He holds leadership positions with the Association of Professors of Obstetrics (APGO), the Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and other professional organizations. He has served on the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, chaired the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Education Committee, and has served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is the author of approximately 180 peer-reviewed articles, books and chapters and oversaw the revision and reuse of some of the classic​ Frank Netter texts and illustrations, such as The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System.

Nathan S. Fox, MD, is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also a Vice President of Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates, PLLC, in New York City. Dr. Fox completed medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is actively involved in patient care, including comprehensive Obstetric care as well as a consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine, including maternal care, diagnostic ultrasound and fetal diagnosis. He is also actively involved in research, with a particular focus on multiple gestation, diagnostic ultrasound, and preterm birth, and has authored many peer reviewed publications. Dr. Fox has won several teaching awards for resident and medical student education, and serves as a research mentor and teacher for students in middle school, high school, college, medical school, and residency.

Mark A. Turrentine, MD, is a Professor and Director of Research for the Division of Gynecologic and Obstetric Specialists in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is actively involved in patient care in both obstetrics and gynecology. He is a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of and currently Chair of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists’ Committee on Practice Bulletins – Obstetrics. Dr. Turrentine’s research interest include clinical obstetrics and infectious disease.​

2019–2020 Editorial Board

Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Science (Section of Medical Education) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has been at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI since 2007 in the Division of Ambulatory Care. She completed her medical training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Integrated Residency Program. She stayed at Harvard Medical School to pursue a Fellowship in Family Planning. She is Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program in family planning for the OB/GYN residency at Brown and of Family Planning services for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center at Women and Infants Hospital. She is also co-director of the scholarly concentration in Women’s Reproductive Health for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is co-Editor of a textbook on contraception for women with medical problems and has contributed to national guidelines for the Society of Family Planning and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Allen has also served on ACOG’s Committee on Practice Bulletins-Gynecology and the Patient Education Editorial Board.

James N. Anasti Jr, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Student Activities at Temple/St Luke’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He received his medical degree from Temple University and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. From there he served four years in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) practicing as a generalist in rural Ohio. Remaining in the USPHS, he transferred to the Research Officer Group, where he was trained in Reproductive Endocrinology at the combined federal fellowship program at the National Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Developmental Endocrinology Branch of the National Institutes of Child Health and Development. Dr Anasti remained at the Developmental Endocrinology Branch as a Senior Clinical Scientist where his translational laboratory studied molecular aspects of the FSH receptor, pathophysiology of premature ovarian failure and pubertal disorders. Before his current position, he served as Obstetrics and Gynecology program director for over 20 years at St Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Along with teaching reproductive medicine in the preclinical and clinical years, he mentors medical students and residents in clinical investigation research in many areas of obstetrics and gynecology.

John D. Buek, MD, is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He received his medical training at Temple University School of Medicine (AOA) and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Hawaii. After graduation he served four years active duty and 16 years in the Air Force Reserves at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews AFB. Dr. Buek started his civilian career in academic medicine at Georgetown University in 2001. He has spent the past 12 years as Residency Program Director at Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. He has received multiple teaching awards including the National CREOG Award for Excellence in Resident Education and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Buek has served on the CREOG exam committee, ACOG Simulation Working Group and is an ABOG oral board examiner. Areas of interest include educational research and minimally invasive surgery.

Ahizechukwu Eke, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Calabar School of Medicine (UCTH), Nigeria, and completed 2 residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University College of Medicine, Nigeria (in 2010) and Michigan State University (in 2016) respectively. He continued his training at Harvard University to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy & Management. Dr. Eke completed a dual Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2019, and is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Investigation/Clinical Pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He has served the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in numerous ways, including ACOG Michigan Junior Fellow Vice Chair  2013-2014), ACOG Michigan Junior Fellow Chair (2014-2015), ACOG District V Junior Fellow Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2016), ACOG Resident/Fellow Representative to the American Medical Association (AMA, 2015-2016), ACOG District IV Junior Fellow Vice Chair (2016-2017), ACOG District IV Junior Fellow Chair (2017-2018), and ACOG District IV Junior Fellow Past Chair (2018-2019). He also served on the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Health Policy Committee (2016-2018), and currently serves on the ACOG Genetics and Clinical Guidelines Committees. He serves on several other national and international OBGYN committees, including the FDA’s Advisory Council for 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (Makena) and the Cochrane Collaboration. Dr. Eke has over 70 PubMed cited peer-reviewed research publications, and has won several teaching and research awards. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society in 2015.

Sherif A. El-Nashar, MBBCh, MSc, MS, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and is an attending physician at the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MacDonald Women’s Hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland Ohio. Dr. El-Nashar is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. As a clinician, he serves women with pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic pain and other pelvic floor dysfunctions. Dr. El-Nashar graduated with honors from Assiut University School of Medicine, Egypt where he also completed a residency and obtained a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. El-Nashar completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. El-Nashar also holds a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical and Translational Research from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. As of April 20, 2017, Dr. El-Nashar has over 140 publications including 60 peer-reviewed publications (H-index of 17). Dr. El-Nashar research interest includes: pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, gynecologic surgery, pelvic pain, urinary tract infections, abnormal uterine bleeding, research methodology and evidence based medicine.

Abimbola (Ola) Famuyide, MBBS, is Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota and a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon. He holds appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic, and has examining privileges in Clinical and Translational Science at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London, United Kingdom. Dr. Famuyide is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Associate Editor-in-Chief of Pearls of Exxcellence, and serves as a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, letters and non-peer reviewed articles in journals including the Harvard Business Review. His areas of interest include outcomes research in abnormal uterine bleeding and obstetric safety.

Saketh R. Guntupalli, MD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at Denver. He formerly served as Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs/Quality in the Department of OB-GYN and director of the fellowship program in gynecologic oncology. He received his undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston. After a 4-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Guntupalli completed an additional 3-year surgical fellowship in gynecologic oncology and advanced pelvic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Guntupalli is a leading national and international expert in women’s cancer and has lectured all over the world on surgical expertise and molecular mechanisms of cancer. He has authored over 60 clinical papers and has led multiple collaborative research studies focused on improving post-operative surgical outcomes as well as identifying novel therapies for the treatment of ovarian and uterine cancer. With over $3,000,000 in independent research funding, Dr. Guntupalli has led the NRG collaborative research consortium at the University of Colorado Cancer Center for nearly 4 years. Dr. Guntupalli has additional expertise in sexual dysfunction broadly in cancer patients and has authored a New York Times–reviewed book and multiple editorials in Forbes. He serves on multiple national committees including the Chair of Legislative Affairs for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and as well as serving on the executive committee of the Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists. He is a member of the editorial board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In his spare time, Dr. Guntupalli is a close follower of national politics, hiker, and basketball fan.

Wendy F. Hansen, MD, is Professor and John W. Greene, Jr., MD Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky. She is a Michigan native, attending the University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and Northwestern University for Medical School, graduating AOA. Internship, residency, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship were all completed at the University of North Carolina. She has worked as a faculty member both at the University of North Carolina and the University of Iowa before joining the University of Kentucky in 2004 as Associate Professor and Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In 2010, she became John W. Greene, Jr., MD Chair of the Department. In July 2012, she became Professor while continuing as Chair. Research interests include preterm labor, substance abuse, and breastfeeding. Major accomplishments and honors include: APGO Scholar and Leaders (2003), APGO Excellence in Teaching (1996, 2006), CREOG Excellence in Teaching (2009), Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Board of Directors (2006–2009), authored the MFM Fellowship application and led its accreditation at the University of Kentucky starting in 2008, MFM Fellowship Director (2008–2010), University of Kentucky Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director (2008–2012), ELAM (Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for women, Drexel University College of Medicine; class of 2011–2012), and Co-Chair of the Search Committee for Executive Vice President for Health Affairs for the University of Kentucky (2017).

Romina Kee MD, MPH, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who has worked in the Collaborative Research Unit (CRU) with the Department of Medicine of the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems for over 17 years. Before joining the CRU, Dr. Kee was the Medical Director of the STD/HIV Program for the Chicago Department of Public Health. In that position, she came to better understand the practice of public medicine and the capacity to integrate clinical research in that setting. Dr. Kee also completed a fellowship in research methodology while obtaining a Master's in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology. During that fellowship, she was introduced to the principles of epidemiology clinical research in public health. In her current position as senior attending physician investigator, she has helped to design, implement, and evaluate several studies including clinical trials and longitudinal studies. One of these was a randomized trial that enrolled over 2,700 women into one of 3 methods of screening for intimate partner violence. An audio-computer-assisted-self-interview (ACASI) was developed and administered by the research team. One-year follow-up interviews were completed in 87% of the participants. As a voting member and Vice-Chair of the Cook County Health and Hospital System's Institutional Review Board (IRB), Dr. Kee has an in-depth understanding of research involving human subjects and of research ethics in general. Her gynecologic clinical service areas include cervical dysplasia management, STD prevention/screening and treatment, and HIV primary care.

Charles A. Leath, III, MD, MSPH, is the Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair in Gynecologic Oncology and Tenured Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Leath is a 1994 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and a 1998 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. Following completion of medical school, Dr. Leath completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After fellowship, Dr. Leath served in the United States Air Force until 2012 and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas at Brooke Army Medical Center. Currently Dr. Leath is the Chair of the NRG Oncology Cervical & Vulvar Cancer Committee and a member of the Safety Committee. He is the National Principal Investigator for NRG clinical trial GY006 evaluating the addition of triapine to standard chemoradiation for locally advanced cervical cancer. Dr. Leath is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Gynecologic Oncology and holds a Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from the University of Alabama School of Public Health. Dr. Leath is a fellow of both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. He serves as the institutional principal investigator for the Lead Academic Participating Site (LAPS) grant as part of the National Cancer Institutes’ National Clinical Trial Network. Moreover, Dr. Leath is actively involved in clinical research in the management of cervical and ovarian cancers, as well as clinical trials for all aspects of gynecologic cancer, and is an author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Veronica T. Lerner, MD, is an Associate Professor the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lerner completed medical school at University of Colorado, did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and her pelvic surgical fellowship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. As a clinician, she performs minimally invasive and urogynecologic surgery. As an educator, she’s the director of the simulation program in her department. Dr. Lerner has won several teaching awards for resident and medical student education, and mentors students, residents and fellows. Her interests include simulation and its relationship with quality improvement, and advancement of minimally invasive surgery and quality of surgical care. Dr. Lerner is serving on ACOG’s Simulation Consortium Working Group and is a chair of OBGYN Special Interest Group at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Hector Mendez-Figueroa, MD, is an Associate Professor at the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston, Texas. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is actively involved in resident and fellow training and has received several teaching and research awards throughout his career including the National CREOG Award for Excellence in Resident Education. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Mendez-Figueroa’s research interest include gestational diabetes, labor management and abnormal fetal growth.

Kate Meriwether, MD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and is an attending physician at the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Meriwether is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Meriwether graduated with commendation from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.  She completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and is currently an attending physician at the University of New Mexico, where she serves women with urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic and bladder pain, and other pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Meriwether has led national and international research teams in systematic reviews and defining terminology for pelvic organ prolapse surgery.  She is co-editor of the case-based textbook “Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls; Obstetrics and Gynecology” from Elsevier Publications.  Dr. Meriwether’s research interests include: pelvic organ prolapse, uterine preservation, chronic pelvic pain, bladder pain, health beliefs, surgical learner training, systematic reviews, and evidence-based medicine.

Torri Metz, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at University of Utah Health.  Dr. Metz completed both her medical school and residency training at the University of Colorado. She then went on to complete her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship and Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at the University of Utah in 2012. Dr. Metz currently chairs the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Affairs Committee and is a member of the ACOG Committee on Practice Bulletins-Obstetrics. She has received numerous teaching awards including the ACOG District VIII Mentor of the Year Award, and the National CREOG Award for Excellence in Resident Education. Her research interests include marijuana use in pregnancy, maternal congenital heart disease, and factors influencing mode of delivery.​

Malavika Prabhu, MD, is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. She completed her Ob/Gyn residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She currently serves as the associate director of Labor & Delivery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Her clinical interests include peripartum pain management, severe maternal mortality and morbidity, and infectious diseases in obstetrics.

Jamie L. Resnik, MD, is currently a Clinical Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. She received her undergraduate degree at Yale University, and the received her medical degree at UCSD. She completed her residency training at UCSD, as well, and has been on the faculty there ever since. She has been involved with medical education both at the medical student and resident level in the field of simulation. She has also been active with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, having served on the Committees for Obstetrical Practice and Gynecological Practice, as well as serving on the Editorial Board for Clinical Updates in Women’s Health.

Holly E. Richter, PhD, MD, is the J Marion Sims Endowed Chair and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology & Geriatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is Research Director of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Director of the Urogynecology Care and Genitorectal Disorders Clinics and Ambulatory Clinics. She is past President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and currently serves as the SGS Liaison to the ACOG Gynecology Practice Comm​ittee, of which she served as a member from 2006-2009. She currently serves as an Editor of International Urogynecology Journal and is the North American representative to the International Urogynecology Association Advisory Board. She was the Principal Investigator of the NIDDK-sponsored Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network and, currently PI of the NICHD-sponsored Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. She oversees other NIH and industry sponsored research. She was also the recipient of a 10-year mid-career award (K24-NIDDK) in patient oriented pelvic floor research and mentors many investigators. Dr Richter has received numerous awards and is involved in didactic and research initiatives with residents, medical students, and fellows. She has authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers. Dr Richter has a strong interest in treating vesicovaginal fistulas and has visited Africa regularly over the past 12 years, and serves on the Board of Directors of the World Wide Fistula Fund. In 2010, the National Association for Continence acknowledged the UAB as the first Center of Excellence in the United States, which was renewed in 2014.

Stephanie Ros, MD, MSCI, is an Assistant Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where she is part of a busy academic practice overseeing fellows, residents, and medical students. She is also the Associate Program Director for the Ob-Gyn residency program, and has won several awards for teaching. She currently serves on the ACOG Committee on Genetics. Her clinical interests include genetics, recurrent pregnancy loss, the impact of Zika infection in pregnancy, and general clinical obstetrics.

David M. Sherer, MD, graduated from the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine (1980), residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hadassah Hebrew University School of Medicine (1985) and Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, NY (1990). He is currently a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1999) with tenure, and directs the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Health Sciences University. His main areas of interest/clinical activities include; prenatal ultrasound (fetal anomalies, fetal growth), multiple gestations, fetal testing, intrapartum management, overall management of patients at increased risk for adverse perinatal outcome, and teaching (medical students, residents, fellows and sonographers).

David Sheyn, MD, is Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and is an attending physician at the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Sheyn completed a 4-year Ob-Gyn residence at MacDonald Women’s Hospital in Cleveland and remained at University Hospitals for completion of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Fellowship through the Department of Urology. Dr. Sheyn is currently a participant in the NIH/NICHD funded AUGS/Duke Urogynecology Clinical Research Education Scientist Training (UrogynCREST) Program. Dr. Sheyn’s research interested include applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning methods to individualize treatments for pelvic floor disorders, surgical outcomes, neuropathophysiological causes of voiding dysfunction, and healthcare economics. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and is currently involved in several prospective multi-institutional clinical trials. He is also an active member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group and Pelvic Anatomy Group. Dr. Sheyn’s clinical interests include voiding dysfunction, fecal incontinence, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome and surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse.

Andrea D. Shields, MD, MSCI, is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Baylor College of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. She received her medical training at University of Minnesota Medical School (AOA). She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wright Patterson Air Force, and her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center. After spending 15 years in the U.S. Air Force, she pursued an academic career at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a surveyor for ACOG’s Levels of Maternal Care Designation program. She is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Maternal Fetal Medicine and holds a Master of Science in Clinical Investigations and Translational Research (MS-CITR) degree from the University of Texas Health. Dr. Shields is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She serves as the institutional co-investigator for an R18 grant to create Obstetric Life Support, a multimodal simulation-based curriculum to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pregnancy to first responders and in-hospital personnel. Dr. Shields is actively involved in clinical research, and her interests include gestational diabetes, simulation and maternal critical care.

Matthew T. Siedhoff, MD, MSCR, completed his medical degree at Stanford University and OB/GYN residency training at New York University.  He then went on to complete an AAGL fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a master’s degree in clinical research from UNC’s Gillings School of Public Health during fellowship.  As faculty at UNC, he served as MIGS fellowship and division director. He joined Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles at the end of 2015. The MIGS practice has rapidly grown to include three providers, and Dr. Siedhoff now serves as the Vice Chair for Gynecology for the department.  He performs advanced laparoscopic surgery for a range of gynecologic conditions, with special interest and expertise in large fibroids and complicated endometriosis.  His research interests focus on surgical outcomes and he has published important trials on topics such as bowel preparation and opportunistic salpingectomy, as well as decision analysis research on uterine tissue extraction.  He is very involved with AAGL Elevating Gynecologic Surgery, serving as course faculty in the United States and internationally.  He has served as President for its fellowship board and on the editorial board for its journal, the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, as well as its video platform, SurgeryU.  He is currently a site reviewer for the fellowship. He has helped organize and lead local simulation sessions on suturing, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and tissue extraction at Cedars-Sinai and similar work in national and international courses.  He has served as the course chair for the past five years of the Fellowship in MIGS boot camp, which includes cadaveric instruction, low- and high-fidelity simulation, and simulated skills training such as managing hemorrhage and providing patients with difficult news.

Sabrina N. Wyatt, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Section of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she currently serves as Clinic Medical Director and Director of Ultrasound. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received her residency training at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has worked in both community and academic settings with previous positions at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Arizona and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Wyatt serves as Course Director for Focus Forward Oklahoma® Provider Trainings, a state-wide educational program aimed at improving access to highly effective contraception. She is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Clinical and Translational Science, and her research interests include implementation and dissemination science being used to support obstetric and gynecologic care in rural, underserved areas.

Belinda J. Yauger, MD, is Deputy Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She obtained a B. S. in Zoology from the University of Florida and her M. D. at Washington University School of Medicine. She completed Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, MD and then continued to a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Yauger is board certified in both REI and OBGYN. Dr. Yauger currently is a certifying examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chair of the Subcommittee for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for ACOG. She serves on several other national committees to include the Quality Assurance Committee for the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) as well as the Access to Care Task Force for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Yauger has published in several leading peer-reviewed journals as well as presented at multiple international meetings. She is active in ongoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and endometriosis research protocols. In addition, COL Yauger proudly serves in the U. S. Army and has completed a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She currently serves as the Army OBGYN Consultant to the Office of the Surgeon General providing leadership in Women’s Health and mentorship to the Army OBGYN community.

Editorial Staff

Jennifer Walsh is the Publisher and Product Officer for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is responsible for overseeing strategy and operations for ACOG's publishing and digital product efforts including the development of journals, books, audio and video ancillaries, websites and reference databases, mobile apps, clinical decision support tools, professional and patient education resources, and licensing and permissions for ACOG's clinical and consumer content. Jennifer has worked for the College since April 2017.

Rebecca S. Benner is the Associate Publisher and Senior Publisher, Journals and Editorial Operations. She is responsible for directing the strategy and operations for ACOG's journals program, and leading editorial and production support services for ACOG clinical guidance and professional publications. Rebecca has worked for the College since November 2000.

Denise Shields is the Senior Manuscript Editor for Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is responsible for reviewing manuscripts and interacting with authors, editors, and other staff for content review, scheduling articles for publication, and the Table of Contents. Denise has worked for the College since March 2006. 

Stephanie Casway is the Senior Production Editor for Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is responsible for tracking all material in production, ensuring the quality of art and videos published in the journal, checking manuscripts for plagiarism, and assisting with maintenance of the journal’s web site. Stephanie has worked for the College since August 2008. 

Randi Y. Zung is the Editorial Administrator for Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is responsible for coordinating administrative activities in the editorial office and on behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, overseeing the peer review of manuscripts submitted to Obstetrics & Gynecology, and managing the logistics of the journal's annual Editorial Board meeting. Randi has worked for the College since April 2012. 


Last updated on July 1, 2020.