November 2010 - Highlights & Honors

Honors & Awards

Dr. Marc Fritz was elected to a 3-year term on Board of Directors for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

On November 9, 2010 at the annual American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists meeting Drs. Paola Gehrig and John Boggess received the Best Minimally Invasive Oncology Paper award for their paper entitled  "Surgical Staging for Type II Endometrial Cancer: Laparotomy or Minimally Invasive Surgery?".

Jeanette Moore, RN, received the 2010 School of Medicine Nursing Recognition Award for Outpatient Services.

Dr. Emma Rossi was awarded $50,000 by receiving the 2010 UNC Lineberger Cancer Research Award for Clinical/Translational Research for her research entitled "Pelvic and Para-Aortic Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping with Robotically Assisted Nearinfrared Imaging after Cervical and Uterine Indocyanine Green Injection".

Dr. Kevin Schuler was elected to the Administrative Board of the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at our annual meeting in Washington DC.

From Our Blog

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In The News

Home fertility test - are they reliable? UNC's Dr. Anne Steiner talks at national meeting about this

UNC's Dr. Anne Steiner quoted on TIME MAGAZINE website

UNC's GYN Onc authors latest clinical updates for Amer College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

UNC study casts doubt on fertility kits


Bryant, Amy
“Contraception for Medically Complex Adolescents”.
UNC Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, October 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC

Chescheir, Nancy

  • Ellie Pryor Memorial Lectureship at East Tennessee State University (ETSU): "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Medical Educators" and ETSU OB/GYN Grand Rounds: "Women in Academic Medicine: As yet an unfinished story”, October 19-20, 2010 in Johnston City, TN.
  • “Beyond the 'checky box': real OB safety initiatives” for the Perinatal Safety Meeting at Novant Hospital Systems at Presbyterian Hospital on November 13, 2010 in Charlotte NC.
  • “Cesarean section: What does the national data tell us" at Rex Healthcare OB/GYN Grand Rounds on November 3, 2010 in Raleigh, NC.

Grimes, David 
Visiting Professor for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars
University of Pennsylvania on October 20 in Philadelphia, PA.

Matthews, Catherine

  • Course Faculty at Female Pelvic Medicine for the Office Based Practitioner, October 23-24 in Chicago, IL.
  • At the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) Meeting, November 8-11 in  Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Matthews presented:
    • "Implementing Robotics in Benign Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery"
    • "Evaluation of Surgical Time, Complications and Learning Curve for Robotic Sacropexy"
  • "Innovations in Robotic and Gynecologic Surgery:  The Learning Curve First Year Experience"
    Grand Rounds at Carolinas Medical Center, November 3-4 in Charlotte, NC.

Nickel, Susan
"Safety in Pregnancy" at the UNC School of Nursing seminar entitled "What's New in Perinatal Care"
October 29 in Chapel Hill, NC

Stuart, Gretchen
 “A Novel Approach to Post-Partum Contraception"
The V and X: Tracking Transitions in Family Planning, Preconception and Women’s Health, RNDMU Workshop Logistics, September 29, 2010.


 At the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, October 15-19 in Orlando, FL

  • U. Balthazar, M. A. Fritz, T. Bardsley, J. E. Mersereau
    "Fertility Preservation Treatment Options:  What do Patients Actually Understand About their Choices?"
  • U. Balthazar, M. A. Fritz, T. Bardsley, J. E. Mersereau
    "Decision Making Under Duress:  What Predicts Decisional Conflict Among Fertility Preservation Patients?"
  • K. C. Calhoun, A. Z. Steiner
    "Diminished Ovarian Reserve is Not Associated with Increased Risk of Preterm Birth or Low Birth Weight."
  • R. H. Fogle, O. R. Minkhorst, J. P. Toner, A. Z. Steiner.
    "Antimullerian Hormone (AMH) Efficiency Curves:  Predicting a Threshold for Pregnancy in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Cycles".
  • A. Z. Steiner, M. A. Fritz, C. K. Sites, C. Coutifaris, B. R. Carr, K. Barnhart.
    "Resident Experience on Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Rotations Affects Perceived Knowledge".
  • A. Z. Steiner, A. Herring, J. Kesner, J. W. Meadows, S. Hoberman, D. D. Baird
    "Urinary Markers of Ovarian Aging and Predicting Natural Fertility."

Association of Reproductive Health Professional's Meeting on November 6-13, 2010 in Denver, CO

  • Bartz D, Tang J, Maurer R. 
    "Medical student intrauterine contraception knowledge and attitudes: evaluation of Obstetric and Gynecology clerkship training".
  • Bryant, A, Stuart, GS, Grimes, DA.
    "Dilation and evacuation vs. labor induction for fetal indications: a retrospective cohort study". 

At the Mid-Atlantic Gynecologic Oncology Society (MAGOS) meeting, October 28-30.

  • Schuler KM, N Banet, V Bae-Jump, R Lininger PA Gehrig.
    "Predictors of Metastatic Spread in Uterine Papillary Serous Carincoma: A Pilot Study"
  • Hanna, RK and Boggess, JF
    "Robotic Assisted Uretero-neocystotomy".  A surgical video presentation
  • Hanna, RK and Boggess, JF
    "Robotic Assisted Para-Aortic Lymph Node Dissection (PA-LND), preparation and technique".  A surgical video presentation

UNC Center for Functional GI Motility Disorders Annual Research Day in Chapel Hill, NC on November 6.

  • Robinson, Barbara
    "Influence of Stool Consistency, Urgency, and Obstetric History on Fecal Incontinence"
  • Matthews, Catherine 
    "Surgical Innovations for the Management of Fecal Incontinence"


Baker AM, Haeri S, Camargo CA Jr, Espinola JA, Stuebe AM.
A nested case-control study of midgestation vitamin d deficiency and risk of severe preeclampsia.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab
. 2010 Nov;95(11):5105-9.

Cantrell LA, Westin SN, Van Le L.
The use of recombinant erythropoietin for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced anemia in patients with ovarian cancer does not effect progression-free or overall survival.
. 2010 Nov 8

Grimes DA.
Epidemiologic research using administrative databases: garbage in, garbage out.
Obstet Gynecol
. 2010 Nov;116(5):1018-9.

Matthews CA, Reid N, Ramakrishnan V, Hull K, Cohen S.
Evaluation of the introduction of robotic technology on route of hysterectomy and complications in the first year of use.
Am J Obstet Gynecol
. 2010 Nov;203(5):499.e1-5.

Parnell BA, Dunivan GC, Connolly A, Jannelli ML, Wells EC, Geller EJ.
Validation of web-based administration of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Function Questionnaire (PISQ-12).
Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct
. 2010 Oct 23


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