Santi Lab receives funding to further develop non-hormonal female contraceptives

Celia Santi, MD, Ph.D., recently received a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $435,000 award, beginning November 2022, will support her lab’s efforts in screening and characterizing a new class of female-controlled non-hormonal contraceptive agents using in vitro and in vivo assays. Dr. Santi’s research project is titled, “SLO3 inhibitors: a […]

Meet Erin Moore

Erin Moore is a ‘Executive Assistant’ for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She has been with the department for almost 8 years! I enjoy getting to know my co-workers and working with the best Dr’s around. Erin Moore What do you do outside of work? family? hobbies?  I enjoy being outside, going to concerts, and hanging out with […]

Meet Natacha Morton

Natacha Morton is a ‘Fellowship Program Administrator’ for the Education team. She has been with the department for about 3 1/2 months! My favorite part of this job is that I am challenged regularly, I’m learning about new programs, and I enjoy working in an environment where I am surrounded by such highly accomplished, driven […]

Resident DeiA Committee Presents Diversity Book Club

We discussed the New York Times regarding the Relf sisters (characters in the book) and the history of sterilization within the United States.  We believe these articles are something that can help us be closer to our St. Louis community.  We are ecstatic to bring more education to our Ob/Gyn Department to make us stronger […]

Meet Melissa Ramirez

Melissa Ramirez is the Supervisor for the Clinical Office and has been with us for 7 years. Her favorite part about her job is the team at WashU. “I absolutely love the team we have here. Everyone works together so well from clinic staff, provider’s to the scheduling teams and pre-arrival. All working together for […]

Meet Brittany Bullens

Brittany Bullens is a Scheduling and Billing Associate II and has been with us since April 2022. Her favorite part about her job is “selling” something she believes in. “The standard at Wash U is clearly excellent, so I enjoy being able to tell patients about how our physicians are involved in so many different […]

Happy Nurse Practioner Week

It is nurse practitioner week! We are thankful for all of our women’s health nurse practitioners and all they do for their patients.  Kelly Amerson Kelly Ball Katie Drennan Anna Geiger Julie Hake Stacy Selbert Nancy Tecu Danielle Turnbull Yvette Van Hook

Transgender Awareness Week

What is Transgender Awareness Week? Every year, from November 13 – 19, people around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week. This week raises visibility and awareness for the transgender community to address issues these members may endure. During this week, members of the community share stories, advance advocacy on how the public may help, […]

Maternal Morbidity After Double Balloon Catheter Management of Cesarean Scar and Cervical Pregnancies

Abstract from Obstetrics & Gynecology Journal: “We performed a retrospective cohort study of all Type 1 cesarean scar pregnancies (n=18) or cervical pregnancies (n=5) at an academic tertiary center after treatment with a cervical double balloon catheter from 2018 to 2022 to evaluate outcomes and maternal morbidity. Cervical double balloon catheter treatment was associated with […]

Resident Wellness – Pure Barre

A big thanks to the “Feurstein Wellness grant” for sponsoring our October event! Attendance was opened to the first 21 residents (of all different specialties!) to sign up for a private 1-hour barre class followed by 1-hour of social time with snacks provided. “It was a wonderful time!” – Dr. Erika Mauban, PGY-3 resident.

First Residency/Fellow Retreat

“We wanted to send a huge thank you to everyone who attended our resident-fellow mixer last night (significant others, small humans, and furry friends included!)! It was really great to spend some time getting to know all the amazing people we have in our trainee cohort outside the hospital.  Stay tuned for more events, since […]

BMES Annual Meeting – Research Announcements

Research reveals happening! Clinical researchers under the direction of PI Yong Wang, PhD, have poster/oral presentations at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual meeting 10/13-15; OBGYN engineering collaborator Dr. Christine O’Brien also presenting! Women’s Health poster presentations: Thursday, Oct 13, 2022; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM CDT: “Development of Uterine Peristalsis Imaging (UPI) in Normal […]

SLOCA/Families ROC Run makes a big impact

We celebrated our team and supporters, “Shake Your Teal Feathers” on October 9th. Thank you to everyone who came out! We had beautiful weather, a positive team, and the best encouragement we could ask for! Research + clinical care + community + peer support = Amazing!  This is how we make a difference. Dr. Andrea […]

March of Dimes 2022

We are so excited to share our faculty attending March of Dimes 2022 in St. Louis at the Four Seasons!

Bisiayo Fashemi, PhD, awarded NIH Research Supplement

Dr. Bisiayo Fashemi, a Post-doc Research Associate in the Khabele Lab, recently received a Diversity Supplement award from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Through Dr. Khabele’s NIH R01-funded project titled, “Epigenetic Drug Regimens for Homologous Recombination Proficient Ovarian Cancer,” this supplement will bolster research in the area of novel […]

ExCELS Awards & Translational Prize for Santi Lab

Please help us congratulate two members in Associate Professor Celia Santi’s lab (@santi_lab) for their recent awards! Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Juan Ferreira placed first in the ExCELS Awards (Excellence in Communication and English Language Skills Award) competition open for postdocs, with a talk titled: “Winning your first Race. Understanding Sperm physiology”. Graduate Student Max Lyon […]

Ebony B. Carter, MD, MPH, secures NIH R21 award

Dr. Ebony Carter, Associate Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Chief, Division of Clinical Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine, received an R21 award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Carter’s research titled “EleVATE-Clinicians: a tool to […]

National Research Administrators Day

Dear OB/GYN Faculty, Staff, Residents, Fellows, and Students, We’d like to thank and recognize our amazing Research Administration Team in recognition of National Research Administrators Day (9.25).  Our research administrators support our basic, clinical and translational research in multiple ways including assisting our research teams with grant preparation and submission, coordinating research projects, managing grants, overseeing research-related activities, serving as a […]

Pedal the Cause 2022 in the books!

Pedal the Cause 2022 in the books! Grateful for amazing teammates, great weather, and the ability to bike. One more way to celebrate Dr. Andrea Hagemann

Learning With National Leaders Gynecologic Cancers and Fertility Preservation Event

“Learning with National Leaders gynecological and fertility preservation event. KMOX’s Carol Daniel will moderate a panel with our Washington University Physicians, Surgical Oncologist Lindsay Kuroki, Radiation Oncologist Stephanie MarKovina, Nurse Practitioner Anna Geiger, and Geneticist Rachita Nikam.” via

A HISTORY OF RESEARCH: 1906 Pure Food & Drug Act—The Birth of the FDA

In 1906, an American novelist and journalist by the name of Upton Sinclair wrote his polarizing novel The Jungle. The book showcased the harsh realities of Chicago and industrialized cities, including the living conditions and exploitation of immigrants. Part of his novel explored the meat industry, and he hoped by showing how horrible the work […]

Oyen and team receive funding to study placental function (Links to an external site)

Wellcome Leap has awarded Michelle Oyen, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, a multi-year contract to advance methods to assess placental function. Oyen will join Wellcome Leap’s In Utero program, which aims to create the scalable capacity to measure, model and predict gestational development with […]

Congratulations to Dr. Eisenberg on his election to the WashU Executive Committee of the Faculty Council (ECFC) as Vice Chair-elect! 

The ECFC at Washington University School of Medicine is the active liaison between the Faculty Council and the Executive Faculty. The ECFC solicits concerns, disseminates information, advocates for faculty, and provides an open forum for addressing issues relevant to the School of Medicine faculty. In his role as Vice Chair-elect, Dr. Eisenberg will serve as voting member on […]

Refugee Experience in St. Louis with local refugees and Dr. Christopher Prater

The DEIA committee hosted a supper club event with Dr. Prater and some local refugees to discuss the refugee experience in St. Louis. The event was catered by the Welcome Neighbor STL Supper Club. All proceeds from the event went to refugees preparing the meal at “Welcome Neighbor STL Supper Club” Thank you to everyone […]

Personnel Spotlight – Lindsey Kent, PhD

Our latest Personnel Spotlight features Dr. Lindsey Kent, Senior Scientist in the England Lab. She is a CRepHS researcher with a self-proclaimed enthusiasm for basic research and the reproductive field. Lindsey grew up in Missouri and attended Truman State University in Kirksville,Mo., for her B.S. in Biology. After college, she moved to Kansas City and […]


Two new trainees recently began their fellowships through the Department of Ob/Gyn’s T32 training grant titled, “Clinical Outcomes Research Training in Female Lower Urinary Tract Disorders,” led by Co-Principal Investigators Jerry Lowder, MD, MSc, and Siobhan Sutcliffe, PhD, and funded through the NIH NIDDK. Dr. Victoria Leigh Brown received her PhD in Anthropology from Binghamton […]

Dr. Ebony Carter and Dr. Melissa Tepe, in EleVATE, a maternal and infant health program

Dr. Ebony Carter and Dr. Melissa Tepe, in EleVATE, a maternal and infant health program. Here, they are improving maternal health—especially for Black mothers and birthing people. “When you spend so much time with patients, you can’t help but feel the burden of the things they’re experiencing in their lives” Dr. Ebony Carter, Washington University […]

DEIA Committee hosted “CWE Gay Liberation Walking Tour”

Last week, our DEIA Committee hosted a #SeeSTL Gay Liberation in the Gateway City walking tours at the @mohistorymuseum. Are you interested in learning about how the CWE was a hub of LGBTQIA+ community life and political activism? Join one of the museum’s next public tours! Check out the museum’s website here for all of the events and […]

New DEIA curriculum at ACOG/CREOG Advocacy Conference

Resident Dr. Halley Staples presented the new DEIA curriculum at ACOG/CREOG Advocacy Conference entitled “For Residents, By Residents: A Structured Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Inclusion Curriculum.“ #obgynlife #obgynresidentlife #obgyn #obgynresidency #obgyndoctor #obstetricsandgynecology #obstetrics #obstetrician #gynecologist #gynecology #residentlife #residency #residencylife @acog_org #creog2022

2022 WashU OBGYN Residency Virtual Open House Registration

Registration closes at NOON on August 11th. A calendar invite with Zoom login information will be sent to you by 2:00 pm on the 11th. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Kevyana Battle, Residency Program Coordinator, at 314.273.6284 or –

Rothman Research Day Awards 2022

Our Rothman Research Symposium is comprised of 2 half days where our residents, fellows, and basic science trainees present their OBGYN related research projects which they have diligently worked for a long time. These presentations are evaluated by a distinguished panel of our own select faculty and guest speaker. We will be presenting the 1st […]

New MIGS Fellowship Announced

We are excited to announce that the OBGYN department will be adding a new fellowship program! Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery will start in the summer of 2023 with their first fellow, current PGY-3 Resident, Alison Kosmacki, MD! A huge congrats to the MIGS division! We’d also like to give a special shout out to Dr. Elise Bardawil (Program Director) and Dr. Katie […]

Advocacy Podcast Review

Considering the recently leaked Politico/Supreme Court article foreshadowing the repeal of Roe, participants had an open discussion about the current state of reproductive rights in the United States. Other pre-work included the recent CREOGs Over Coffee about current reproductive rights.