Our Faculty:

Cheng Edith dept webEdith Cheng, MD Professor and Division Chief
Dr. Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics). She is board certified in Genetics Counseling, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Genetics, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She is the Service Chief for Obstetrics for UWMC, the Medical Director for the Perinatal Genetics Program for UW Medicine, and the Medical Director for the Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Treatment Program at Seattle Children's Hospital. Her area of expertise is perinatal genetics and the management of pregnancies in women with complex medical conditions related to genetic disorders. Her research is in the area of molecular mechanisms in chromosome pairing and nondisjunction in human meiosis to explain fetal aneuploidy. She holds the Edith Cheng, MD, Endowed Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Patient Care Philosophy: "Dr. Cheng believes that listening to the patient is essential to the doctor-patient relationship. With certifications in both medical genetics and genetic counseling, she guides patients through their high risk pregnancies."

Read more about Dr. Cheng's clinical interests here, and see her video on Fragile Babies: It Takes a Team on UW TV. 


 

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Catherine Albright, MD Assistant Professor
Dr. Albright is an assistant professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UW. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University, and then continued at Brown University to complete her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Albright earned a master's degree in Clinical and Translational Research at Brown University.

Patient Care Philosophy:
 
"As an obstetrician, I strive to help women through their complex and often emotional pregnancies by ensuring they understand each step of the process and by actively engaging them, their partners, and their families at every visit."

Read more about Dr. Albright's clinical interests here.


 

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Zane Brown, MD Professor
Dr. Brown joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1976 after completing his Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Utah. Dr. Brown is nationally recognized for his work in maternal HSV infection and maternal diabetes and pregnancy. He established the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program which is a large clinical practice providing primary and consultative care to women with complex diabetes. His program has trained almost 40 years of OB/GYN residents, MD and PhD postdoctoral fellows in Endocrinology, and medical students. He is recognized for his creative and adaptive management of complicated diabetes, education, and high-quality of care and good outcomes.

Patient Care Philosophy: "Delivering compassionate care to patients and assist them in controlling their diabetes throughout their pregnancy."

Read more about Dr. Brown's clinical interests here.


 

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Suchitra Chandrasekaran, MD, MSCE Assistant Professor
Dr. Chandrasekaran joined the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2014 after completing both her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and her Master's in Clinical Science and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Scholar and will be evaluating the mechanisms involved in maternal obesity and adverse pregnancy outcomes with specific focus hypertensive disorders and diabetes. She will explore the relationship between biomarkers preferentially expressed in visceral fat (visfatin and resistin), quantity of maternal visceral fat and intrahepatic fat using novel MRI imaging, and maternal hypothalamic markers related to obesity and neural appetite regulation in the 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Her primary mentor is Dr. Ellen Schur in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Patient Care Philosophy: "High risk pregnancies can be emotionally and physically challenging for patients and their families. My goal is to assist and care for patients through these unique pregnancies to optimize outcomes for mom and baby."

Read more about Dr. Chandrasekaran's clinical interests here.


 

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Shani Delaney, MD Assistant Professor
Dr. Delaney completed her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Washington in 2012. She is currently the Associate Program Director of the MFM Fellowship. She develops the fellowship curriculum specific to maternal fetal medicine, supervises the technical training of diagnostic procedures such as CVS, genetic amniocentesis, fetal cordocentesis, and intrauterine transfusion. She is also the Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Consensus Conference for the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Medicine. Her clinical interest and expertise are in prenatal diagnosis, fetal imaging, fetal diagnostic and treatment interventions, and critical care obstetrics.

Patient Care Philosophy: "My goal is to balance the health of both mother and baby, while always keeping parents and family informed of potential issues and management strategies."

Read more about Dr. Delaney's clinical interests here.


 

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Thomas Easterling, MD Professor
Dr. Easterling is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy. He joined the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 1985 after completing his fellowship at the University of Washington. He has extensive experience and a large clinical practice of pregnant women with medical complications such as hypertension, heart disease, renal disease, and solid organ transplantation. He has an extensive history of productive translational research in hypertensive disease and pregnancy. He has been an active member of the NID-NICHD grant study sections since 1995. He currently participates in research with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Patient Care Philosophy: "Dr. Easterling works to provide women with medical complications sufficient information so that they can make personal decisions about their desires to have babies. He works to provide an 'atmosphere of obstetric normalcy' in the context of medical management of complicated pregnancies such that his patients feel safe while aware of possible complications."

Read more about Dr. Swisher's clinical interests here.


 

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Hilary Gammill, MD Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Gammill joined the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in 2007 as a Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Scholar after completing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Pittsburg, Magee-Women's Hospital. The focus of her research is on the impact of maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy and subsequent maternal health and disease. She has been the co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Preeclampsia Foundation's Preeclampsia Registry and Biobank since 2012. She is currently an ad hoc reviewer for the Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section at NIH, an editorial board member for the journal Chimerism, and co-chair of one of two committees of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Washington.

Read more about Dr. Gammill's research interests here.


 

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Michael Gravett, MD Professor and Vice Chair
Dr. Gravett joined the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2006. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health and is the Scientific Director of GAPPS (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth), an initiative of Children's Hospital to address under-researched and under-recognized public health problems. In his current research efforts, Dr. Gravett is the Scientific Director on the Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative grant and a co-investigator on the Maternal Immunization Pharmacovigilance grant.

Patient Care Philosophy: "I believe in actively involving patients in their medical care through education, discussion and accountability. New technologies in the last several years now allow us to treat not only the pregnant patient, but her unborn child as well. This is creating new opportunities to serve both the mother and her unborn child."

Read more about Dr. Gravett's clinical interests here.


 

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Jane Hitti, MD, MPH Professor and Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Hitti joined the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 1998. She completed a fellowship in Infectious Disease in 1994 and in Maternal Fetal Medicine in 1996 at the University of Washington where she also received her Master's in Public Health in 1995. She is currently the Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship, chair of one of two committees of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Washington, and the Director for the Quality and Safety for UW Medicine. She has an active research career with funding from NIH and a clinical practice focused on maternal infectious diseases and specifically HIV for which she is the WWAMI regional expert.

Patient Care Philosophy: "Every woman deserves to have a happy and healthy pregnancy, within the context of her own circumstances. I hope to advocate effectively for the health of women and their infants and to encourage my patients to participate actively in their care."

Read more about Dr. Hitti's clinical interests here.


 

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Joseph Hwang, MD Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Gravett joined the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2006. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health and is the Scientific Director of GAPPS (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth), an initiative of Children's Hospital to address under-researched and under-recognized public health problems. In his current research efforts, Dr. Gravett is the Scientific Director on the Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative grant and a co-investigator on the Maternal Immunization Pharmacovigilance grant.

Patient Care Philosophy: "I would like to provide contemporary and evidence-based medical care to my patients in a compassionate and patient-centered manner. I believe that effective communication is most important in patient care and want to involve patients in their medical decision making."

Read more about Dr. Hwang's clinical interests here.


 

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Kimberly Ma, MD Assistant Professor
Dr. Ma completed her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Washington in 2014. She is currently the Associate Medical Director of the Maternal and Infant Care Center (Outpatient OB clinic) and the Medical Director for Obstetrics for Airlift Northwest. Her areas of interest and evolving clinical expertise are cancer and pregnancy, oncofertility and prenatal diagnosis. She recently co-chaired a Cancer and Pregnancy Retreat, a conference of national scientific leaders in the field to discuss at the needs in cancer and pregnancy and reproductive health at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She collaborates with Dr. Hilary Gammill in research on maternal microchimerism and subsequent development of maternal malignancies.

Patient Care Philosophy: "I believe in actively involving patients in their medical care through education, discussion and accountability. New technologies in the last several years now allow us to treat not only the pregnant patient, but her unborn child as well. This is creating new opportunities to serve both the mother and her unborn child."

Read more about Dr. Ma's clinical interests here.


 

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Alyssa Stephenson-Famy, MD Assistant Professor
Dr. Stephenson-Famy completed her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh-Magee Women's Hospital in 2011 after which she returned to the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to join the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Residency Program and Director of Resident Research. More recently, as part of a new curriculum design and continuing education process in the University of Washington School of Medicine, she was named the co-director of the new Lifecycles and Reproduction curriculum for second year medical students. She is the clinical program faculty for the Prematurity Prevention Program.

Patient Care Philosophy: "Like the Boy Scouts, my approach to high-risk pregnancies is 'always be prepared.' For many women with medical complications or healthy women with pregnancy complications, I believe that preparedness is the best way to optimize outcomes for mom and baby."

Read more about Dr. Stephenson-Famy's clinical interests here.


 

Our ARNPs:

Brown Colleen Dec 2015Colleen Brown, MSN, ARNP, WHNP-BC Teaching Associate
Colleen Brown joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in November of 2015. She received her training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after which she remained as a Level II Clinical Nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. She joined the University of Washington MFM division after a short period in outpatient obstetrics because she missed the medical complexity. In addition to having a low risk obstetrical practice, Colleen partners with MFM providers in the Prenatal Diagnosis Program, Diabetes and Pregnancy Program, and Hypertension and Pregnancy Clinic, and MFM practices with maternal complex conditions.


Patient Care Philosophy: "Colleen believes patients benefit from a team-based interdisciplinary approach to their care. Her aim is to serve as a partner and a crutch for women and families as they move through the antepartum period and potentially face unique personal challenges, as well as maternal or fetal diagnoses. She feels privileged to be able to partner with her colleagues in the obstetrical care of our patients, drawing from her experiences caring for both low and high risk populations."

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Sara Fahey, CNM, ARNP Teaching Associate
Sara Fahey joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in December of 2015. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife with a full-scope practice experience in antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and gynecologic care and procedures. She received her training at Columbia University, Case Western Reserve University and was the Lead Midwife at Group Health Cooperative for 10 years before joining the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has a low risk obstetrics practice and supports the Prenatal Diagnosis Program, the Second Trimester Termination Program, the Prematurity Prevention Program, and MFM practices with maternal complex conditions.

Patient Care Philosophy: "I enjoy providing compassionate and patient-centered care when faced with a high risk pregnancy and helping women to be empowered in their care and cope with challenges they may face."


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Emily Holing, PhD, ARNP Teaching Associate
Emily Holing joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997 and has been the coordinator, patient, resident, and fellows educator, and nurse practitioner for the Diabetes and Pregnancy Program since then. She received all of her post-graduate training at the University of Washington. She received the Diabetes Educator of the Year from the American Diabetes Association in 1990 and the Outstanding Patient Educator from the University of Washington Medical Center in 2006. In addition to her patient care responsibilities, Emily coordinates and participates in the weekly resident pre-clinic lecture series, the annual resident lecture on diabetes and pregnancy, the annual and biannual lecture on Diabetes and Pregnancy to the Perinatal Education Consortium and the UW Nursing School.

Patient Care Philosophy: "It is important for women with diabetes to learn they can have healthy pregnancies with proper planning and good diabetes care. I especially enjoy getting to know my patients and seeing them experience the joy of becoming parents."


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Darcy King, ARNP Teaching Associate
Emily Holing joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997 and has been the coordinator, patient, resident, and fellows educator, and nurse practitioner for the Diabetes and Pregnancy Program since then. She received all of her post-graduate training at the University of Washington. She received the Diabetes Educator of the Year from the American Diabetes Association in 1990 and the Outstanding Patient Educator from the University of Washington Medical Center in 2006. In addition to her patient care responsibilities, Emily coordinates and participates in the weekly resident pre-clinic lecture series, the annual resident lecture on diabetes and pregnancy, the annual and biannual lecture on Diabetes and Pregnancy to the Perinatal Education Consortium and the UW Nursing School.

Patient Care Philosophy: "I am deeply committed to helping empower women to make their own health care decisions by providing them the opportunity to make informed choices. The mysteries of pregnancy and childbirth never cease to amaze me. Nor does the capacity of a woman to care for and manage her pregnancy when she becomes high-risk. My goal is to act as a guide to help normalize every woman's experience no matter the situation."


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Our Faculty:

Chiang Seine Dept webSeine Chaing, MD Professor and Division Chief
Dr. Chiang is a Professor and also serves as Associate Medical Director for the UW Roosevelt Women's Healthcare Clinic, Director of the Ob/Gyn Residency Training Program, Director of the UWMC Dysplasia Clinic, and is also a member of the UWMC Robotic Steering Committee. Dr. Chiang is recognized nationally, serving on the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Council as the elected representative for Ob/Gyn program directors in Region 5, USMLE Step 2 Interdisciplinary Review Committee (IRC), American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ABOG) as an oral board examiner, and Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Electronic Task Force Committee member.

Dr. Chiang stays on the forefront of medical therapies and surgical innovation in gynecology, offering full range of surgical options (vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic) and clinical expertise on abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, pelvic masses including ovarian cysts, and genital dysplasia including abnormal pap smears.

 

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Kristina Adams Waldorf, MD Professor
Dr. Adams Waldorf is a physician-scientist who is actively pursuing the causes of preterm birth, effects upon the fetus and therapies to prevent preterm birth and fetal injury. This work includes investigation of the microbial, inflammatory and mechanical etiologies of preterm birth in a unique nonhuman primate model that allows determination of temporal sequences of biological events occurring in normally inaccessible compartments (amniotic fluid, fetal blood). Her nonhuman primate model (Macaca nemestrina; pigtail macaque) is directly relevant to human pregnancy and represents the best animal model for investigation of preterm birth and pre-clinical trials of promising therapeutics.

Dr. Adams Waldorf is affiliated with the following professional organizations: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, fellow; Society for Gynecologic Investigation, member; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, consortium member; and International Federation of Placenta Associations. Her research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the March of Dimes. As a clinician- scientist, she provides the full range of comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services at UWMC Roosevelt Women's Health Care Clinic.

 

Karen Bar-Joseph

Karen Bar-Joseph, MD Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Bar-Joseph attended Brown University for undergraduate work and the University of Washington for medical school. She then stayed and did her residency training at the University of Washington in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She joined UW faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2012 and provides the full range of comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services at the Ravenna and Shoreline Neighborhood Clinics.





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Kate Debiec, MD Assistant Professor
Dr. Debiec attended the University of Washington Medical School after graduating from Vassar College. She completed the remainder of her training at the University of Washington, including residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a clinician educator and the Assistant Clerkship Director for the Medical Students. She provides clinical care for pregnant teens and adults, as well as gynecologic care for teens at the UWMC Roosevelt Women's Health Care Clinic. She teaches and sees girls and teens with medical and surgical gynecologic concerns at Seattle Children's Hospital and Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic.



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David Eschenbach, MD Professor and Chair
Dr. Eschenbach is Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed both a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington before joining the faculty. He has received the University of Washington Residents Teaching Award three times (1979, 1987, 1996) and the Award for Fostering of Research from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2001.

Dr. Eschenbach is known for his innovative, comprehensive, and quality research on virtually all major sites of infection within Obstetrics and Gynecology. His research currently concentrates on two themes: understanding the role of bacterial vaginosis in cervical immunity and decreasing maternal mortality. Dr. Eschenbach received the Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2002 in recognition of the innovative work he has contributed to the field. He has served on many national committees and is a member of multiple organizations, including serving as the President of the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1994-1996. Dr. Eschenbach is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. His clinical interests are gynecology, including infectious disease and vulvovaginal disorders.


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Justin Junn, MD Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Junn attended the University of Michigan Medical School after graduating from Vanderbilt University, simultaneously earning his MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He then completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Michigan in 2014. Following residency, Dr. Junn joined the University of Washington and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, providing the full range of comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services at UWMC Roosevelt Women's Health Care Clinic. He practices at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 2 days per week, providing consultative gynecologic care for patients with cancer and bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Junn is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.


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Vicki Mendiratta, MD Associate Professor
Dr. Mendiratta earned her Medical Doctorate from the Ohio State University, where she previously graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics. She then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ohio State University. Dr. Mendiratta joined the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an Acting Instructor. She has been a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Women's Health Division since 1998. She is an Associate Professor, the Clerkship Program Director, and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She provides the full range of comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services at UWMC Roosevelt Women's Health Care Clinic.



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Sue Lee Moreni, MD Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Moreni attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she earned her Medical Doctorate, after graduating from Yale University. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington in 2009, where she then joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Moreni is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She provides the full range of comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services at UWMC Roosevelt Women's Health Care Clinic and the Neighborhood Clinic in Ravenna.




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Anne-Marie Amies Oelschlager, MD Associate Professor
Dr. Amies Oelschlager graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001. After joining the faculty, she developed, implemented, and continues to direct the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) service for the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. In addition, Dr. Amies Oelschlager is a core member of the Seattle Children's Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) team which has been named a center of excellence by the NIH. Finally, she is a founding team member of the Seattle Children's Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine multidisciplinary team which cares for patients with complex congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract. She currently serves as chief of the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology service at UWMC and Seattle Children's Hospital.


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Kristin Riley, MD Acting Assistant Professor
Pennsylvania. She graduated from medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From there, she went on to residency training in obstetrics & gynecology at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Penn State, specializing in laparoscopic and robotic gynecologic surgery. She joined the UW faculty in 2015 as an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She provides the full range of comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services at UWMC Roosevelt Women's Health Care Clinic.




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Anna Shope, MD Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Shope attended the University of Washington Medical School, where she earned her Medical Doctorate after graduating from the University of Oregon, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Philosophy and General Science. Following medical school, Dr. Shope completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington, and joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2011. She joined the faculty as a member of the Division of Women's Health and providing the full range of comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services at UWMC Roosevelt Women's Health Care Clinic and the UW Neighborhood Shoreline Clinic.

Our Faculty:

Lentz Gretchen Dept webGretchen Lentz, MD, FACOG Professor and Division Chief
Dr. Lentz was born and raised in Seattle and is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Adjunct Professor of Urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Division Director of Urogynecology and widely recognized as the lead author of the best-selling textbook Comprehensive Gynecology, 6th Edition, 2012. She is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She earned her medical degree at the University of Washington with top honors and trained for residency at the University of Washington before moving to London, England, to complete her fellowship training in urogynecology. She is a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been listed in America's Top Doctors in 2007 to present. Dr. Lentz is known for her treatment of women with both simple and complex pelvic floor disorders and minimally invasive surgical techniques with robotics.

Her clinical interests include treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, and pelvic floor complications after childbirth and mesh complications. Dr. Lentz is a nationally recognized leader in surgical education, writing clinical reviews for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a frequent national lecturer and holds leadership positions in several national organizations. She has had a research interest in surgical simulation. Dr. Lentz's patient care philosophy is to develop a partnership, with her patients taking an active role in their health and health care. She enjoys seeing patients from diverse backgrounds and working with them to meet their personal needs.

 

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Michael Fialkow, MD, MPH Associate Professor
Dr. Fialkow was born and raised in Seattle and completed medical school, a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, at the University of Washington. He then joined the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2001 as a Women's Reproductive Health Scholar, during which he completed a Master's in Public Health, studying risks following pelvic reconstructive surgery. He is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Fialkow is very involved in the teaching of medical students and residents and directs the simulation training program for the Ob/Gyn residency program. In working with a patient, Dr. Fialkow's goal is to develop a collaborative plan of care in an effort to significantly improve their quality of life.

 

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Anna Kirby, MD, MAS Acting Assistant Professor
Dr. Kirby went to medical school at the University of Washington, completing her medical education at the University of California, San Diego, with a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, followed by a subspecialty fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery before returning to the University of Washington in 2014. Dr. Kirby is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an active candidate for subspecialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Born and raised in Seattle, she enjoys being outside and being active. She chose to become a urogynecologist because she believes that being a woman should not have to result in health problems that keep us from living our best lives. She treats women's birth injuries, vaginal prolapse symptoms, and urinary and fecal incontinence to get them back to the activities they enjoy.

Dr. Kirby's clinical interests include treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, pelvic floor complications after childbirth, mesh complications, and minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery. Dr. Kirby partners with her patients to provide individualized patient care to meet women's personal goals. Her research interests include risks factors for prolapse and incontinence surgery, childbirth injuries and subsequent pelvic floor disorders, sacral neuromodulation, treatment for overactive bladder symptoms, and the urinary microbiome.

Our Faculty:

Reed Susan Dept webSusan Reed, MD, MPH, MS Professor and Division Chief
Dr. Reed is clinician scientist and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Epidemiology (Adjunct), Division Chief at Harborview Medical Center, and Program Director for the NIHfunded Women's Reproductive Health Research program at the University of Washington. Dr. Reed joined the faculty in 1997. She has appointments at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Group Health Research Institute. Her undergraduate and medical degrees are from Stanford, and her Masters degrees are from Sarah Lawrence College and University of Washington. Her residency training was at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Reed is internationally renowned for her research in midlife women's health and is recognized nationally for her interest in health disparities among women. She has been principal investigator or co-investigator on over 20 projects, the majority sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She is currently a principle investigator for the NIH funded network, MsFLASH, performing clinical trials on the treatment of menopausal symptoms, including mood disorders. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles.

 

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Alson K Burke, MD Assistant Professor
Dr. Burke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, joining the UW faculty in 2012. She went to medical school at the University of Washington and did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Burke has an appointment as a Clinician-Educator and is one of the Department's Associate Directors for WWAMI Regional and Community Education. She is the Medical Director for Obstetrics at Columbia Community Clinic, and leads the Pregnancy Centering Program at that site. She is the department's resident continuity clinic curriculum lead, and the liaison for our division with the Harborview Emergency Department. She is on the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is active in other ACOG roles, both regionally and nationally.

 

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Linda Eckert, MD Professor
Dr. Eckert is a Clinician-Scientist and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health, and is co-Director of Harborview Sexual Assault Center. She joined the faculty in 1992. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, completed her residency at the University of Texas, and did a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington. Dr. Eckert is known internationally for her work in sexual assault. Clinically, her vaginitis specialty clinic draws patients from around the region and is an integral experience for resident education. Following a 2009 sabbatical at the World Health Organization, Dr. Eckert remains a WHO consultant and works with other global health organizations on vaccine policy development and clinical care guidelines. Her primary area of research is vaccine development and adherence. She holds national and international leadership positions in ACOG, IDSOG, PCOGs, and the National Vaccine Advisory Council.


Tracy Irwin

Tracy E Irwin, MD, MPH Associate Professor
Dr. Irwin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, joining the UW faculty in 2014. She is Gynecology Medical Director at our Sea Mar site. She received both her MD and Master of Public Health degrees from Northwestern University and did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee-Women's Hospital. Dr. Irwin is an oral board examiner for American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Irwin is HMC gynecology resident team curriculum lead and co-directs the global health curriculum in global health with Dr. Unger. In collaboration with the Department of Global Health CEPI program she oversees the OB/GYN elective rotation and partnership in Naivasha, Kenya. Dr. Irwin's research focus is on sustainable capacity building, education and implementation of clinical services in global settings. She co-leads the HMC QI program for the division with Dr. Jennie Mao.


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Constance Mao, MD Associate Professor
Dr. Constance Mao is a Clinician-Scientist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has been on the UW faculty since 1997. She went to medical school at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. Dr. Connie Mao is internationally known for her research in HPV and cervical dysplasia and has authored seminal papers in Journal of American Medical Association and New England Journal of Medicine with her research collaborators. She is the director of the Dysplasia Clinic at Harborview and provides a critical role in the resident training in this area.



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Jennie Mao, MD Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Jennie Mao is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is the HMC Women's Clinic Medical Director. Dr. Mao joined the UW faculty in 2008. She attended medical school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Jennie Mao co-leads the HMC generalist division efforts in Quality Improvement with Dr. Irwin. She recently completed the UW Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Certificate Program. Dr. Mao was in private practice from 1995-2008 and was Medical Director for PacMed Women's Specialty Services. She brings unique and valuable clinical and administrative experience to the practice.



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Jennifer Unger, MD, MPH Assistant Professor
Dr. Unger is a clinician-scientist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been on the UW faculty since 2011 following completion of the National Health Service in rural Eastern Washington. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Global Health and is the departmental Ob/Gyn Liaison with Global Health. She earned both her MPH in Health Law and Medical Ethics and her MD degree at the University of Connecticut, and did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University. Dr. Unger's research focus is in global maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH), and specifically the utilization of novel technologies and behavioral health to improve MNCH outcomes in resource-limited settings. She is an international expert on mobile phone technologies and patient outcomes. Dr. Unger designed a suite of mHealth platforms called Mobile WACh used in 3 NIH-funded studies, and is currently the PI on a Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) USAID grant to examine the scalability of these technologies in Kenya. She leads departmental teaching efforts in global health with Dr. Irwin.

Our Faculty:

Neal-Perry GenevieveGenevieve Neal-Perry, MD, PhD Associate Professor and Division Chief
Dr. Neal-Perry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division. Dr. Neal-Perry is an Endocrine Society Council Member at Large, and a division member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division. Dr. Neal-Perry is a standing member of the Reproduction, Andrology and Gynecology as well as the Integrative Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction NIH study sections. She has expertise in minimally invasive surgery, the management of menopause, and the comprehensive care of patients diagnosed with endocrinopathies, cancer and autoimmune disorders that disrupt the reproductive axis. She is the recipient of multiple accolades including the American Foundation for Aging Research, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Development Award, AMA Women Physician Section Mentor Award and The Endocrine Society Mentor Award. Her research on female reproductive age on neuroendocrine function and maternal nutrition on reproductive health of female offspring has been recognized by the Faculty of 1000 as important scientific contributions in the field of Endocrinology and Reproduction. Dr. Neal-Perry is currently funded by NIH and industry grants.

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Diane Woodford, MD, MSc Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Woodford is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as, reproductive endocrinology. She specializes in all aspects of reproductive endocrinology, including infertility, ovulation disorders, premature ovarian failure, recurrent pregnancy loss and the full spectrum of reproductive endocrine disorders. Dr. Woodford is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

 

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Bo Yu, MD, MS Assistant Professor
Dr. Bo Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her MD degree from the University of Michigan with honors, and completed her OBGYN residency training at Columbia University Medical Center, and her REI fellowship training at NIH. Before joining UW, she was an assistant professor in OBGYN at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the impact of ovarian aging, assisted reproduction, and chemotherapy on the epigenome. She has received research grants from NIH, ASRM, and Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. She has expertise in oncofertility and assisted reproduction.


Emalee Danforth

Emalee Danforth, CNM, MSN Teaching Associate
Dr. Bo Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her MD degree from University of Michigan with honors, and completed her OBGYN residency training at Columbia University Medical Center, and her REI fellowship training at NIH. Before joining UW, she was an assistant professor in OBGYN at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the impact of ovarian aging, assisted reproduction, and chemotherapy on the epigenome. She has received research grants from NIH, ASRM, and Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. She has expertise in oncofertility and assisted reproduction.