UNC OB/GYN Highlights & Honors: November 2009

Honors & Awards

Anne Dunlap, RN won the 2009 School of Medicine Nursing Recognition Award in the category of Advance Practice.

Dr. Marc Fritz  was appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Human Reproduction.

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody and Dr. Alison Stuebe were awarded a Tracs 50K grant, “Neuroendocrine Pathophysiology in Postpartum Depression and Lactation Failure"

Dr. Alison Stube was elected to the Board of Directors of The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Dr. John Thorp appointed to a 3 year term on UNC's Status of Women Committee.  He is the first obstetrician/gynecologist appointed to the committee.

In the News

UNC Midwifery's 10th Anniversary was featured in the October 28, 2009 edition of UNC Connections.

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Sixteen UNC OB/GYN physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America 2009-2010

John F. BoggessKim BoggessWendy BrewsterNancy C. Chescheir
Dan L. Clarke-PearsonWesley C. Fowler Jr.Marc A. FritzPaola A. Gehrig
William H. Goodnight, IIIDavid A. GrimesM. Kathryn MenardJohn T. Soper
Robert StraussJohn M. Thorp, Jr.Linda Van LeHonor M. Wolfe

Only 3 to 5 percent of physicians in each country where Best Doctors is present are included in its database. The Best Doctors database contains the names and professional affiliations of approximately 45,000 doctors in the United States, all chose through an exhaustive peer-review survey that asks: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” The peer review process as well as additional research conducted by Best Doctors determines selections for each list.


The following abstract presentations were presented at the Mid Atlantic Gynecologic Oncology Association Annual Meeting. 2009 in Hot Springs, Virginia on October 8-10, 2009

  • Rossi EC, Boggess JF.
    Increasing BMI is associated with decreasing lymph node counts from robotically assisted lymphadenectomy for endometrial cancer.
  • Rossi EC, Hanna RK, Boggess JF.
    Factors associated with the development of lymphedema after robotically assisted endometrial cancer staging.

Dr. Marc Fritz gave lectures at the 35th Annual OB/GYN Symposium organized by Washington University in St. Louis, MO on October 29, 2009

  • The Infertility Evaluation: Evolution and Revolution
  • Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss

Dr. Alison Stuebe, Berreth M, Goldstein A, Munoz C, Steiner M, Lugo-Somolinos A, Miller M, Terry M, Chetwynd E, Tully MR, Carlough M.
Improving care for women with breast and nipple pain: A multidisciplinary approach.
Presented at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 14th Annual Meeting, November 5-8 2009

Dr. Gretchen Stuart
Contraception Continuation and Initiation by Newly Diagnosed HIV-Infected Women in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Presented at the International Conference on Family Planning; November 15-18, 2009; Kampala, Ugand

Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic  Surgery

The following were presentations at the 2009 American Urogynecologic Society meeting, September 24-26, 2009

Oral Presentations:

  • Dr. Gena Dunivan, Dr. Brent Parnell, Dr. AnnaMarie Connolly, Dr. Mary Jannelli and Dr. Elizabeth Geller.
    Injection of 0.125% bupivacaine during mid-urethral sling placement for pain relief: a randomized control trial.
  • Dr. Gena Dunivan, Dr. Steve Heymen, Dr. O. Palsson, Dr. M., Von Korff, Dr. A. Feld, Dr. R. Levy, Dr. M. Turner, Dr. J Melville, and Dr. William Whitehead.
    Fecal Incontinence in Primary Care: Prevalence, Under-Diagnosis and Healthcare Utilization.
  • Dr. Brent Parnell, Dr. Elizabeth Geller, Dr. W. Whitehead, Dr. Mary Jannelli and Dr. AnnaMarie Connolly.
    Overlapping Anal Sphincteroplasty: Impact of suture selection on bowel symptoms
Poster Presentation:
  • Dr. Gena Dunivan, Dr. Steve Heymen, Dr. O. Palsson, Dr. M., Von Korff, Dr. A. Feld, Dr. R. Levy, Dr. M. Turner, Dr. J Melville, and Dr. William Whitehead.
    Effects of Menopause and Phase of Menstrual Cycle on Bowel Habits in Chronically Constipated Versus Non-Constipated Women.

Course Director:

  • Dr. AnnaMarie Connolly
    Postgraduate Course Offering: Essentials in Education: Effective and Efficient Teaching, Curriculum Development and Educational Scholarship.

Division of Women's Primary Healthcare
The following were presentations at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.  October 5-9, 2009

Oral Presentations:

  • Dr. Amy Bryant
    Strategies for improving intrapartum care: Identification of women who should be targeted for hospital delivery.
  • Dr. David Grimes gave the following lectures
  • Wider use of intrauterine contraception.
  • IUDs in the 21st century.
  • The intrauterine device for emergency contraception. 

Poster Presentations:

  • Bryant AG, Tejani N, Garry D, Mukasa P, Kabakyenga Jerome.
    Strategies for improving intrapartum care: Identification of women who should be targeted for hospital delivery.


Doherty IA, Stuart GS.
Coitus Interruptus Is Not Contraception.
Sex Transm Dis. 2009 Oct 1

Gehrig PA, Bae-Jump VL.
Promising novel therapies for the treatment of endometrial cancer.
Gynecol Oncol. 2009 Nov 8

Goodnight, William, MD, MSCR, Newman, Roger.
Optimal Nutrition for Improved Twin Pregnancy Outcome.
Obstetrics & Gynecology. 114(5):1121-1134, November 2009

Horton AL, Barroilhet L, Wolfe HM.
Perinatal Outcomes in Isolated Single Umbilical Artery.
Am J Perinatol
. 2009 Oct 24

Rossi E, Soper J.
Molar Pregnancies.
BMJ Point-of-Care 2009; www.pointofcare.bmj.com.

Stuart GS.
Fourteen million women with limited options: HIV/AIDS and highly effective reversible contraception in sub-Saharan Africa.
Contraception. 2009 Nov;80(5):412-6. Epub 2009 May 9

Stuebe AM.
Breastfeeding and Maternal Metabolic Disease.
The Female Patient, October 2009. 34: 10,25-29

Verbiest S, Holliday J .
Issue Brief:  Preconception Care: Building the Foundation for Healthy Women, Babies, and Communities
NC Med J September/October 2009, Volume 70, Number 5