Our Providers and Staff

M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH – Professor and Division Director

Kim A. Boggess, MD | Professor
Nancy C. Chescheir, MD | Professor
Karen F. Dorman, RN, MS | Instructor
Sarah K. Dotters-Katz, MD | Fellow
Erin Eaton, MS | Instructor
Ginger Edwardsen, MS | Instructor
William Goodnight, III, MD | Associate Professor
Matt Grace, MD | Fellow
Emily Hardisty, MS, CGC | Instructor
Thomas Ivester, MD | Associate Professor
Jessica McPherson, MD | Fellow
Marcela Smid, MD | Fellow
Dana M. Smith, MD| Fellow
David Stamilio, MD, MSCE | Professor
Robert A. Strauss, MD | Professor
Elizabeth M. Stringer, MD | Fellow
Alison M. Stuebe, MD | Associate Professor
Diane Vargo, RN, MS, CGC| Instructor
Neeta Vora, MD | Assistant Professor
Samantha Wiegand, MD | Fellow

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Boggess_Bio.jpg Dr. Boggess was born in Queens, New York. She received her B.S. in Nutrition at Cornell University in 1986, and obtained her M.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990.  Following her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Washington in 1994, Dr. Boggess completed two Fellowships.  She attended her first Fellowship at The University of Washington in 1994 and her second Fellowship at Duke University in 1997 with a concentration on Infectious Disease and Maternal Fetal Medicine respectively.  She also received her Certificate in Health Disparities Research in at UNC Chapel Hill in 2006.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Boggess is a Professor with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.  She has a special interest in oral disease on pregnancy outcomes, and was the first investigator to report an association between maternal periodontal infection and preeclampsia.

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Dr. Chescheir received her B.S. in Zoology in 1977, M.D. in 1982, completed her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1986, and her Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine in 1988 from UNC Chapel Hill. She has been board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1989 and Maternal Fetal Medicine since 1990.

Dr. Chescheir is a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. Her primary interests are in global women's health, fetal disorders, and high order multiple gestations.  She has served in multiple administrative roles, including the chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, acting chair at UNC School of Medicine, Associate Dean for the Curriculum at UNC, Chief of Staff at Bokamoso Private Hospital in Botswana and Scientific Program Director for the NICHD Randomized Controlled Trial of in utero v standard repair of fetal myelomeningocele.

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Dr. Goodnight received his B.S. in Biology with Honors in 1990 and his M.D. in 1994 at UNC Chapel Hill. He finished his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia in 1998 and his Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine in 2008 at the Medical University of South Carolina.  During his fellowship, he completed his M.S. in clinical research.  Dr. Goodnight has been board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2000.

Dr. Goodnight is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.  His current clinical activities include prenatal diagnosis and management of medical complications of pregnancy. He is the Medical Director for the UNC Rex MFM Consultative practice in which he directs MFM physicians, sonographers, and genetic counselors providing consultative services to community obstetricians. In addition to his clinical activities, Dr Goodnight is active in medical student education as the Assistant OB-GYN Clerkship Director.  He has received research funding centering on maternal health and nutrition and has mentored MFM Fellows in research resulting in multiple presentations.  His current research interests include multiple gestations, prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound, maternal weight gain in pregnancy, and maternal nutrition in pregnancy including vitamin D and Omega-3 metabolism.

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Dr.  Ivester received his B.S. in Zoology at North Carolina State University, and obtained his M.D. from Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. He completed his  Fellowship at Columbia University and Tennessee Health Sciences Center.  Additionally, he obtained his MPH in Leadership Concentration - Quality Improvement at the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Ivester has been Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2004 and Maternal Fetal Medicine since 2007.

Dr. Ivester is an Associate Professor in Maternal-Fetal medicine.  His current work focuses on healthcare quality and safety with an emphasis on maternal and infant survival in the developing world.  Presently, Dr. Ivester has ongoing projects in Malawi and Ghana and recently mentored projects in rural India and Guatemala.  He is also active in improving quality and safety back home at UNC Hospitals, and teaches regularly on these topics at regional and national meetings.  Specific areas of clinical interest are critical care, cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, and intrapartum care.

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Dr. Menard received her B.S. with Honors in Zoology and Psychology from Duke University and her M.D. at New Jersey Medical School. She went on to complete her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Following her Residency, she completed her Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at UNC School of Medicine in 1991. During her Fellowship, Dr. Menard completed her MPH in Epidemiology as well as became a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Menard has been Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1994 and Maternal Fetal Medicine since 1996. In concordance, she has been certified under the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) since 2003.

Dr. Menard serves as an Upjohn Distinguished Professor; Vice Chairman of Obstetrics; Division Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine; and Co-Director, Center for Maternal and Infant Health.

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Dr. Strauss received his B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Music from Franklin and Marshall College in 1986; his M.S. in Biomedical Science from Drexel University in 1987; and went on to obtain his M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his Internship and Residency programs at Saint Barnabus Medical Center in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Strauss attended the University of North Carolina School of medicine to complete his Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine in 1998. He has been Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1999 and  Maternal Fetal Medicine since 2001.

Robert Strauss, MD, is a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and also serves as Medical Director of Labor and Delivery at UNC Hospitals.  In this role, he is responsible for patient safety and satisfaction on labor and delivery.  He serves as leader of the Physicians Service Line with oversight from the hospital’s Chief of Staff and Dean of the Medical School.  He serves on Quality for Women’s Improvement Performance Committee and lead UNC’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina.  These efforts have resulted in improvement of Press-Ganey patient surveys and more efficient and safe patient care in our unit.  Having served as the OB-GYN residency director, his interest in resident education and research has resulted in several teaching awards. He serves as Director for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship in the Department of OB-GYN. He has also received grant funding for research in prevention of preterm birth, as well as having mentored several resident and fellow research projects resulting in publication.

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Dr. Stuebe received her B.S. in Biology from Duke University in 1995. She attended Washington University School of Medicine where she graduated with her M.D. in 2001. She completed her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2005 at Brigham Women’s/Massachusetts's General Hospital and went on to complete her Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine in 2008 at Brigham Women’s Hospital as well. Dr. Stuebe obtained her MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in 2008. She has been American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certified since 2010.

Dr. Stuebe is Assistant Professor for the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her research focuses on modifiable risk factors for metabolic disease in the perinatal period, and she has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on gestational diabetes, pregnancy-associated weight gain, and the maternal health effects of lactation. Current research projects include the effects of postpartum depression on breastfeeding physiology, the role of subclinical infection in breast pain, and the etiology of racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding.  In the clinical arena, she leads an interdisciplinary team of UNC clinicians that is developing new approaches to management of breastfeeding difficulties.  Her areas of interest include Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultation; Gestational Diabetes; and Postpartum Depression.

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