Faculty & Specialties

Academic medicine has three main functions: Education, patient care and research. Our faculty members are chosen to balance these functions, providing residents a robust and rigorous learning experience.

Consultations with our clinical and basic science specialists are readily available to residents. Residents also collaborate in caring for the patients of our full- and part-time faculty members. In addition to our 45 full-time teaching faculty members, part-time faculty are private physicians who contribute to the training program.

Our teaching faculty conduct patient care and research in the following areas; learn more about each area of expertise below.

Family Planning / Ryan Residency

The program trains residents to appreciate the integral role of fertility control in women’s lives and prepares residents to provide expert consultation to other medical specialties regarding family planning and reproductive health issues of women with complicated medical histories.

Family planning faculty:

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Family Planning

Chief, Family Planning
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Director, Family Planning

Division: Family Planning

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Family Planning

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Divisions: Family Planning

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General Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology maintains a strong presence in both clinical practice and education. The division accounted for >10,000 patient visits in 2015, bringing the residents experience caring for a wide variety of obstetrical and gynecologic patients. Faculty routinely staff the resident outpatient clinics and their inpatient gynecologic service.

General ob/gyn faculty:

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Co-director, Labor & Delivery

Division: General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Vice Chair, Education
Clerkship Director

Division: General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Chief, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Program Director, Residency

Division: General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Medical Director, Resident Clinic

Division: General Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Genetics and Ultrasound

The Genetics Division provides genetic counseling services for over 1,400 families per year and is among the largest genetic referral centers in the United States. Prenatal diagnostic services include teratology consultation, genetic amniocentesis, first trimester chorionic villus sampling, maternal serum aneuploidy screening, cell-free fetal DNA testing, and sonographic diagnosis of fetal structural malformations. Residents are exposed to many of these patients during their rotations at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (north and south).

During their first year, residents rotate through the outpatient service learning genetic counseling and ultrasound with the division. The division has its own cytogenetics laboratory which performs 1800 chromosome analyses per year. Active research interests include the development of new techniques for the first trimester diagnosis of genetic disease and mapping of genes to specific chromosomes.

Genetics and ultrasound faculty:

Director, The Fetal Care Center
Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound, Clinical Research

Assistant Professor, Oby/Gyn

Division: Maternal Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Vice Chair, Imaging
Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Chairman, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor and Head, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound, Clinical Research

Vice Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Virginia S. Lang Professor, Ob/Gyn
Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Transport

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound, Clinical Research

Chief, Clinical Research
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Residency Director, General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

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Gynecologic Oncology

The Gynecologic Oncology Division provides care for women requiring extensive surgical procedures for pelvic malignancies as well as treatment of cancer with radiation, with the assistance of the staff in Radiation Oncology.

The oncology division is one of the busiest in the nation with over 750 new gynecologic cancer patients each year. Our colposcopy and chemotherapy clinics provide diagnosis and therapy for gynecologic malignancies. Research in immunology and molecular biology is conducted on both the causation and therapy of cancer.

Gynecologic oncology faculty:

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Basic & Translational Research, Gynecologic Oncology

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

Learn more about Dr. Hagemann

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

Vice Chair, Gynecology
Ira C. and Judith Gall Professor, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Director, Gynecologic Oncology

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

Chief, Gynecologic Oncology
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

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Maternal Fetal Medicine / High Risk Obstetrics

The department has the faculty and facilities for the delivery of health care to women with high risk pregnancies (i.e. women with hypertension, pre-eclampsia, diabetes mellitus, renal disease, etc.). We provide fetal and maternal surveillance throughout pregnancy. The perinatal staff works closely with pediatric neonatologists in research and in the delivery of comprehensive care to the infant and mother at risk before, during, and after birth.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Pediatrics each staff and maintain basic science and clinical laboratories in perinatal biology. Full-time faculty who specialize in OB Anesthesiology assure that the best anesthesia care is provided for both fetus and mother.

Maternal-fetal medicine faculty:

Director, The Fetal Care Center
Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound, Clinical Research

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Clinical Research

Assistant Professor, Oby/Gyn

Division: Maternal Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Vice Chair, Imaging
Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Chairman, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor and Head, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound, Clinical Research

Vice Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Virginia S. Lang Professor, Ob/Gyn
Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Transport

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound, Clinical Research

Chief, Clinical Research
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Residency Director, General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Division: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery is a third year rotation which is an opportunity to improve your laparoscopic skills and learn the appropriate pre-operative evaluation and counseling as well as perioperative management of minimally invasive surgery patients. Your time will be spent operating with the MIS attendings, seeing patients in clinic at the COH and in their private offices, and working the skills lab.

Minimally invasive gynecology faculty:

Chief, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

The Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) clinical rotation is an opportunity for the first-year resident to interact with children and teens and their families in a clinical outpatient setting. Typical issues include disorders of puberty, menses, vulvar complaints, and congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract. Prevention of STIs and unplanned pregnancy counseling is emphasized along with supporting self-esteem for young women. Senior residents provide consultation for the inpatients and emergency department at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and cover the surgical procedures for these young patients (ovarian torsion, laparoscopic cystectomies, genital trauma, and surgery for obstructive anomalies).

Pediatric and adolescent gynecology faculty:

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Division: Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

Learn more about Dr. Hoefgen

Dr. Hoefgen is an assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine and an attending physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Hoefgen received her medical degree in 2008 from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, where she also completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. She completed her clinical fellowship specializing in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO in 2014.

In addition to providing general and specialty gynecologic care to girls and young women, Dr. Hoefgen is the co-founder and co-director of the Integrated Care & Fertility Preservation Program at Washington University, focusing on fertility preservation in patients with medical illness or treatments that threaten the function of their ovaries. She assists with the long-term gynecologic needs of cancer survivors.

AWARDS
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Annual Faculty Awards, Clinical Team Award (Comprehensive Fertility Care & Preservation Program), 2017

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, ORGANIZATIONS, & COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), 2006– present, Fellow 2/2016 – present
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), 2016-present
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG), 2013 – present
International Fertility Preservation Guidelines Working Group
Oncofertility Consortium Pediatric Initiative Network

To make an appointment with Dr. Hoefgen, call 314-362-4211

Chief, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
Professor, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Director, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

Division: Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

Learn more about Dr. Merritt

Dr. Merritt is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and has been an attending physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for four decades. She is the recipient of a numerous awards and consistently ranked as a Best Doctor in America and America’s Top Doctor. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and served as chair of the Committee on Adolescent Health Care. She was a founding member of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and served on the board and as president. She is currently the chief of the Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and is a fellowship director in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Washington University. Dr. Merritt is a consultant for the Beautiful You MRKH Foundation and has expertise in the care of women born with congenital absence (atresia) of the uterus and vagina (MRKH). She has expertise in the management of menstrual suppression and cycle control for patients with developmental disabilities and underlying medical disorders. She is also an expert in the management of congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract as well as genital injuries and repair.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Distinguished Faculty Award, Distinguished Service Teaching Award, the Humanism in Medicine Award, Alumni Achievement Award,

Best Doctor in America 1996-2017
America’s Top Doctor 2000-2017

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, ORGANIZATIONS
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), Fellow 1985 – present
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), 1986 – present
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 1984 – present
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG), 1987 – present
Alpha Omega Alpha

To make an appointment with Dr. Merritt, call 314-362-4211

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Reproductive Biology (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology)

The Reproductive Biology group investigates the relationships between morphology and function in tissues of the female reproductive tract. The effects of infection, hormones and contraceptives on cervical and endometrial cells are studied by light and electron microscopic techniques and also by cytochemical and radioautographic methods. Investigators involved in uterine physiology study tubal transport, the electrophysiology of myometrial contraction, and the rise of progesterone and prostaglandins in the initiation of labor. Many are involved in NIH project grants to study hormonal regulation of the reproductive tract.

Basic science research faculty:

Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Program Director, Prematurity Research Center

Division: Basic & Translational Research

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Basic & Translational Research, Gynecologic Oncology

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Basic & Translational Research

Vice Chair, Basic & Translational Research
Director, Reproductive Scientist Development Program
James P. Crane Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Basic & Translational Research, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Professor, Ob/Gyn
Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Associate Director, Center for Reproductive Health Sciences

Division: Basic & Translational Research

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Basic & Translational Research

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Basic & Translational Research

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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

The clinical group in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, together with the laboratory of Reproductive Biochemistry, provide medical and surgical management of infertility, including artificial insemination, endoscopic surgery, and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The division conducts research on both basic and clinical problems in reproductive physiology. Hormone assays are performed by the laboratory group to assist in the diagnosis and management of gynecologic endocrinopathies.

Reproductive endocrinology and infertility faculty:

Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Director, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Division: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Vice Chair, Basic & Translational Research
Director, Reproductive Scientist Development Program
James P. Crane Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Basic & Translational Research, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Dean, Medical Student Admissions

Division: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
Director, IVF Laboratory

Division: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

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Urogynecology / Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

The Urogynecology / Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) rotation is a dedicated six-week block during the third year. The clinical rotation includes experiences on the inpatient and outpatient urogynecology services and pelvic floor physical therapy. Both surgical and non-surgical approaches to treatment are emphasized, and residents participate in the various surgical procedures including abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic/robotic approaches to treating pelvic floor disorders.

Urogynecology faculty:

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Division: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Chief, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn

Division: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

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Research

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a long history for outstanding contributions to the field of reproductive health, and research training is incorporated throughout the residency. Our residents are exposed to highly talented research and clinical faculty in a superior integrative environment.

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Application process

Medical school graduates can enter the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program immediately after graduation, applying through ERAS or ECFMG.

How to apply