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Graduate Medical Education

Research and Publications

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Involvement in research is an important educational opportunity for our residents. Every incoming resident is expected to take on and complete at least one scholarly research project. In order to foster an environment of inquiry, we have created a biennial Research Education Curriculum with monthly lectures from our research experienced faculty. The lectures are part of the residents education time and are open to both fellows and attendings to further their comfort and involvement in departmental research. The concepts of study design and data analysis gives one a better critical understanding of the current literature. We have found that involvement in research makes for better evidence-based clinicians and competitive fellowship candidates.

The Research Institute at St Luke’s University Health Network was founded to help residents and faculty with all of their research needs. We have a full time biostatistician to help with complex data analysis and presentation.

Over the years, our mentoring physicians from gyn onc, MFM, REI, and urogynecology have mentored our residents and allowed them to complete projects leading to national and international presentations and publications in top-ranking medical journals. Listed below are recent national presentations and publications from our residents:

Presentations
Paredes I, Herrera Gonzalez A, Anasti J. Decreasing Short Interval Pregnancies. Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2017. San Diego, CA.

Quinn S, Lennon J, Herrera Gonzalez A, Dierking E, Anasti J. The Effect of Amniotomy on Urine Protein:Creatinine Ratio. Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2017. San Diego, CA.

Chu Lam M, Hunt J, Anasti J. Increase in Neutrophil:Lymphocyte Ratio in the Preterm Delivery. Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2017. San Diego, CA

Palvia V, Herrera A, Vigh R, Anasti J: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Laparoscopic Lens Defogging: Efficacy of Techniques Employing a Novel Simulation Model. AAGL Global Conference. 2017. Washington, D.C.

Thaker PH, Kuroki L, Hu W, Zighelboim I, Ramondetta L, Hagemann AR, Massad LS, Powell MA, Mutch DG, Sood AK. Overcoming stress effects: A prospective feasibility trial of beta-blockers with upfront ovarian cancer therapy. 2015 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. National Harbor, MD. March 12-15, 2017.

Herrera A, Stough A, Palacio D, Palvia V, Anasti J. The effect of oral anticoagulation agents on hemoglobin levels in reproductive age women. Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2018. Austin, TX.

Palvia V, Herrera A, Vigh R, Anasti J. Development of a simulated intra-abdominal model and visual analog scale to assess visual clarity of laparoscopes. Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2018. Austin, TX.

Palvia V, Taylor N, Smith A, Zighelboim I. Genetic counseling services in oncology: recognizing the underutilization of referrals in at-risk cancer patients. Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2018. Austin, TX.

Thiyagarajan T, O’Shea C, Mondheim M, Anasti J. Risk factors for postpartum medroxyprogesterone problematic bleeding. Annual Clinical Meeting of the Americas College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2019. Nashville, TN.

Ton J, Zabo J, Lucente V. The prevalence of adverse events among patients participating in mesh litigation: a single-institution review. AUGS/IUGA Joint Scientific Meeting. September 2019. Nashville, TN.

Nappe T, Vigh R, Zabo J, Bowen G, Anasti J. Paradichlorobenzene toxicity secondary to chronic mothball ingestion in pregnancy, a case report. North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology.

Birsner M, Lum S, Layoun V, Bell JG, Pfeiffer T, Zighelboim I, Tolosa JE. A multidisciplinary team as an intervention to improve maternal and perinatal outcomes in placenta accreta spectrum (PAS). 29th World Congress, International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG). October 2019. Berlin, Germany.

Shenoy S, Sosa-Stanley J, Fan T, Lucente V. A novel method of vaginal extraperitoneal colpopexy by sacrospinous ligament fixation using biologic grafts in the post mesh era. Video presentation. 2020 Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Conference. Virtual conference.

Shenoy S, Sosa-Stanley J, Fan T, Lucente V. A novel, meshless method of vaginal colpopexy by sacrospinous ligament fixation using the Enplace System to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Video presentation. 2020 Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Conference. Virtual conference.

Richard M Burwick, Anuja Java, Kathryn J. Gray, Monica Rincon, Victoria Roberts, Jorge E. Tolosa. HELLP Syndrome is Characterized by a Unique Pattern of Complement Protein Biomarkers. Poster Session. SMFM 2022.

Publications
Palvia V., Kim S., Warholic H., Anasti J. Severe Pubic Symphysis Diastasis Managed Conservatively: A Case Report and Review. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine. Vol.6 No.4, April 2017.

Chu Lam M, Dierking E. Intensive care unit issues in eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science. 2017; 7:136-141.

Chu Lam M, Herrera A, Hunt J, Gonzalez Rios A, Anasti J. Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio and red blood cell width levels in preterm versus term births. J Mol Gen Med 2018, 12:317-320.

Hornis CM, Vigh RS, Zabo JF, Dierking ED. Transfusion error in the gynecology patient: a case review with analysis. In: Vignettes in Patient Safety - Volume 3. London: Intech Open; 125-139. Ed. Stawicki S. 2018.

Palvia V, Herrera A, Vigh R, Anasti J. A randomized controlled trial of laparoscopic lens defogging: efficacy of techniques employing a novel simulation model. J Gynecol Minimal Surg 2018, 7(4): 156-160.

Herrera Gonzalez A, Quinn S, Lennon J, Zabo J, Dierking E, Anasti J. The effect of amniotomy on urine protein creatinine ratio test accuracy. International Journal of Women’s Health. 2019; 11: 371-375.

Boulden N, Bell J, Rojas JA, Tolosa JE. Amniotic fluid embolism. In: “Clinical Management of Shock - The Science and Art of Physiological Restoration.” InTech Open; Ed. Stawicki S. 2019.

SMOKING IN PREGNANCY Jorge E. Tolosa,Niyazi Kilic, and David M. Stamilio. Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Evidence-based Guidelines. Fourth edition, edited by Vincenzo Berghella. Informa Healthcare Telephone House, 69-77 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4LQ, UK, 2021.

Alan T. Tita, M.D., Ph.D., Jeff M. Szychowski, Ph.D., Kim Boggess, M.D., Lorraine Dugoff, M.D., Baha Sibai, M.D., Kirsten Lawrence, M.D., Brenna L. Hughes, M.D., Joseph Bell, M.D., et al. Treatment for Mild Chronic Hypertension during Pregnancy. N Engl J Med 2022; 386:1781-1792.

Pregnancy Outcomes Associated With Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Layoun, Vanessa; Ohnona, Ashley; Tolosa, Jorge E. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. 65(2):376-387, June 2022.