Awards & Recognition

Latest recipients of the WashU OBGYN Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award!

We’re excited to announce the newest recipients of the WashU OBGYN Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award!

The award is named in honor of three enslaved women whose bodies were used by Dr. J. Marion Sims for painful experimental attempts to repair vesico-vaginal fistulas.   This award calls us to remember Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey, their untold stories, and that each of us has the potential to cause harm.  We are held to a higher standard so that we do not perpetuate injustice through our research.

The Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey Awards are selected by a transdisciplinary team, including patients, to supports OB/GYN trainee and junior faculty research.  Funds can be used to access a wealth of resources and infrastructure available through our Division of Clinical Research, such as research assistants/coordinators, data analysts, study supplies, and participant incentives.

The recipients for this cycle are:

Kathy Bligard, MD, MFM Fellow
“Simultaneous mifepristone and misoprostol versus misoprostol alone for induction of labor of nonviable second trimester pregnancy (MIST): a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial”
Mentor: Jeannie Kelly, MD, MS, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Melissa Cantave, MD, PGY-2 Resident
“Investigating Barriers and Facilitators to Pregnant Patient Participation in Research Trials on Labor & Delivery”
Mentor: Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MS, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Past recipients


Christine Chu, MD, FPMRS Faculty
Zichao Wen, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Megan Oakes, MD, MFM Fellow


Rebecca Rimsza, MD, MFM Fellow
Kelsey Anderson, MD, REI Fellow
Michael Toboni, MD, MPH, Gyn Onc Fellow