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Fourth Year Residents

Katherine Congelosi, MD


  • Hometown: Montgomery, NY
  • Undergraduate: Cornell University, BS Human Development
  • Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


  • Safety of prolonged laminaria in second trimester pregnancy termination. Locher M, Melcher L, Harrington A, Pilato A, Congelosi K, Meier O, Dye T, Betstadt S. Abstract in Contraception, October 2015 Vol 92, Issue 4, Page 369.
  • A retrospective review of the combination of unfractionated heparin and ketorolac on bleeding complications after Obstetric and Gynecologic procedures.  Vilasagar S, Towner M, Congelosi K, Caveglia S, Kumar D, Bhagavath B. Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Oral presentation at AAGL Global Congress Nov 2015.
  • Current project: Depression and Contraceptive choice in the postpartum period. Congelosi K, Seligman N, Chong K, Harrington A.


  • Administrative Chief Resident, URMC OB/Gyn Residency 2018-2019


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member, 2015 - present
  • Ryan Program Resident Award for Excellence in Family Planning, University of Rochester, 2016
  • Urogynecology Departmental Award, University of Rochester, 2018
  • The Dr. Curtis J. Lund Research Award, Third Place, University of Rochester, 2018

Alecia Fields, DO


  • Hometown: Lexington KY
  • Undergraduate: University of Kentucky, BS Women's Health Advocacy, International Studies, Biology
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg VA


  • Connect the Dots, Underwood J, Fields A, Conway EM, Chescheir NC. November 2017 Obstetrics & Gynecology 2017 Nov;130(5):1155-1156. PMID: 29016502
  • Exploring How Residents Who Partially Participate in Family Planning Training Determine Their Level of Participation, Turk JK, Preskill F, Fields A, Landy U, Steinauer JE. April 2017. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Sep - Oct;27(5):614-619. PMID: 28442189
  • Peri-operative management of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia syndrome in a patient with a suspected gynecologic malignancy, June 2015. Burger BM, Burger A, Cromwell C, Crispens M, Fields A, Smalley ML, Boulay RM, Thomas MB, Martino MA. Semin Oncol. 2015 Jun;42(3):e25-31. PMID: 25965371


University of Rochester OBGYN Grand Rounds: Health Literacy, August 2017​


  • ACOG District II, Section 10 Junior Fellow Chair, 2015 - 2017
  • ACOG Residency Advocacy Program Participant, June 2016 


  • ​G​​old Humanism in Medicine Resident Teaching Award, 2016 & 2017
  • Richard E Fullerton Award, June 2017
  • National Health Service Corps Scholar

Laura Hanks, MD


  • Undergraduate: University of Mary Washington
  • Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


  • Smith, PW, Hanks, LR, Salomone, LJ, and Hanks, JB;  "Thyroid"  in Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, Townsend et al, editors, 20th ed. 2016, p 881-922
  • Jennings AJ, Spencer RJ, Hanks L, Barroilhet L, Kushner D, Rose S, Rice L, Al-Niaimi A. The Feasibility and Safety of Adopting Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery into Gynecologic Oncology Practice. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. 2016 Mar-Apr;23(3):358-63         
  • L. Hanks, C.P. Lin, G. Tefera, N. Seyoum. Abdominal Surgical Emergencies at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital in Ethiopia; A Shifting Paradigm. East and Central African Journal of Surgery 2014; 19(1)90-94
  • Israel JS, Rettammel RJ, Leverson GE, Hanks LR, Cho CS, Winslow ER, Weber SM.  Does Postoperative Drain Amylase Predict Pancreatic Fistula Following Pancreatectomy? Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2014; 218(5):978-87


  • Hanks L, Dye TD, Whale NS. Healthy Motherhood: Addressing Teenage Pregnancy and Reproductive Life Planning In Pohnpei, Micronesia. URMC Resident Research Day. May 2018
  • Hanks L. A Brief History of Eugenics and Sterilization in the 20th Century. Grand Rounds presentation. University of Rochester, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. July 2017
  • Hanks L, NS Whaley, A Sy, PS Albert, J Hadley, L Buenconsejo-Lum, TD Dye. Women’s Health Perspectives in Pohnpei State, Micronesia: A Rapid Qualitative Inquiry. Poster presentation. University of Hawaii Conference for Family Planning and Your Patients: National Perspectives, Local Applications. Honolulu, HI. December 2016
  • Hanks L, Israel J, Rettammel R, Leverson G, Cho C, Winslow E, Weber S. Does postoperative drain amylase predict pancreatic fistula following pancreatectomy? Poster presentation. University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery Research Summit. Madison, WI. January 2014

Olivia Higgins, MD


  • Hometown: Rochester, NY
  • Undergraduate: Alfred University, BA Biology with Chemistry Minor
  • Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 


  • Locher M., Harrington A., Pilato A., Congelosi K., Meier O, Dye T, Betstatdt SJ. “Safety and Efficacy of Prolonged Laminaria Placement in Second Trimester Abortion.” Abstract in Contraception 92 (2015) 359-414
  • Betstadt SJ, Zigler R and Meier O. “Baseline Understanding of Emergency Contraception Among Undergraduate Students.”  Peri-Facts Ob-Gyn Academy. April 2013.
  • Thornburg L., Meier O., Pilato A. “Postpartum Hemorrhage.” Peri-FACTS Ob-Gyn Academy. January 2016.
  • Higgins O., Benjamin A., Greenburg K., Vitek W. “Fertility Preservation for a Transgender Man.” Submitted to: Woodruff TK. Oncofertility research and practice: a multidisciplinary approach. Cham: Springer Nature; 2019.


  • Meier O. Reproductive Health Summer Externship. 2012. University of Rochester School of Medicine summer scholarship symposium. Rochester, NY.
  • Kang SH, Nadtochiy S, Meier O, Porter GA, Beutner G, Bentley K, Brookes PS, Dirksen RT, Hamilton SL, Gaum WE, Sheu SS. Functional role of mitochondrial ryanodine receptor type 1 in the heart. 2010. Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Meier O, Porter GA, Sheu SS. Mutation of ryanodine receptor type 1 causes fetal heart failure and demise.  2009. Strong Children’s Research Center Summer Scholars. Rochester, NY.
  • Kang SH, Nadtochiy SM, Meier O, Porter GA, Beutner G, Bentley K, Brookes PS, Dirksen RT, Hamilton SL, Gaum WE, Sheu SS.  Functional role of mitochondrial ryanodine receptor type 1 in the heart. 2009. Upstate New York Cardiac Electrophysiology Society Annual Meeting, Ithaca, NY.

Alexis Pilato, MD


  • Hometown: Rochester, NY
  • Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh, Neuroscience
  • Medical School: University of Rochester


“Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to environmental chemical exposure among women seeking fertility care”. American Society for Reproductive Medicine Conference. October 2016. Salt Lake City, UT.  

“Phthalate exposure, reproductive hormones, and lifestyle behaviors in women seeking fertility care”. American Society for Reproductive Medicine Conference. October 2017. San Antonio, TX.


Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Rotation, University of Rochester, 2017.

Rachelle St. Onge, MD


  • Hometown: Morrisville NY
  • Undergraduate: University of Vermont, VT, BS in Biology
  • Medical School: SUNY Upstate, MD, MPH (partnership program with SU)


  • 2018 - ADAPT: A novel on-line simulation game that promotes knowledge of maternal and fetal physiology among medical students


  • 2014 - St. Onge, R, Ventre, S, Alao, A. Malingering versus ‘cry for help’ in patients with sickle cell disease. Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2014 - Ventre, S, St. Onge, R, Alao, A. Citalopram-Induced Seizure in an Adolescent.  American Psychiatric Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2012 - St. Onge, R, Ventre, S, Haley, S, Titone, L. Medical Student Volunteerism at a Refugee Domestic Health Assessment. North America Refugee Healthcare Conference, Rochester, NY.


  • 2010 - St.Onge, R. Peace Corps Manual: THE CARE GROUP APPROACH: Health Promotion and Behavior Change Through A Sustainable Community Based Strategy


  • The Dr. Curtis J. Lund Award - First Place for Resident Research - University of Rochester 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society Gamma Chapter - SUNY Upstate 2014
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society - SUNY Upstate 2014

The Swift Family Legacy Grant - SUNY Upstate 2014

  • Susan and Jack Yoffa MD ’69 in Memory of Elaine Yoffa Horning Scholarship - SUNY Upstate 2014
  • Susan B. Stearns, PhD Scholarship for International Travel - SUNY Upstate 2013
  • International Student Leadership Award - SUNY Upstate 2013

Marika Toscano, MD, MS


  • Hometown: Rochester, NY
  • Undergraduate: Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • Masters: Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), Clinical Chemistry with concentration in Clinical Trial Design
  • Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY)


  • Evaluating the use of handheld point-of-care ultrasound (POC-US) testing for gynecologic pathology in low resource settings.
  • Antepartum contraceptive counseling in women with preterm birth
  • ZIP Code Matters: An Ecological Study of Preterm Birth in Rochester, New York


  • University of Rochester OBGYN Grand Rounds: Social determinants of preterm birth in Rochester, NY (2017)
  • University of Rochester Resident Research Day Presentation: Use of handheld point-of-care ultrasound (POC-US) for gynecologic pathology in low resource settings (2018)​
  • Toscano, M. Olson-Chen, C. ZIP Code Matters: An Ecological Study of Preterm Birth in Rochester, New York. ACOG National Meeting, Austin, TX, April 28, 2018. 
  • Toscano, M. Olson-Chen, C. Pekman, L. Li, D. Dye, T. Women with preterm birth are less likely to receive antenatal contraceptive counseling. Society for Reproductive Investigation Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 9, 2018.


  • William Clay Award (2016)
  • CREOG award (2018)
  • SMFM/perinatology award (2018)

Quality Improvement

  • UR pursuing excellence: Better Teams Better Care resident member of 31400 team
  • improving psychiatric care for obstetric patients at Women's Health Practice


  • Cooking and eating delicious foods with friends, summer BBQs, cross country and downhill skiing, my cat Paulina

Phoebe WhalenPhoebe Whalen, MD

  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Undergraduate: Portland State University, 2009
  • Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University, 2015


University of Rochester Residency Research Day. "Outcomes after direct abdominal trauma in pregnancy." May 2018.


  • University of Rochester Strong Star. 2016. 
  • University of Rochester Strong Star. 2017.


Family planning, reproductive justice. Camping, hiking, and travel.