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Third Year

Heather Link, MD, MPH
Heather Link, MD, MPH

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

Residency: Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Birthplace: Buffalo, NY

Thesis: Utilizing MHealth to Improve Diabetes in an Obstetric Population (Advisor: Dr. Gray)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: None (already has an MPH)

Away Electives: World Health Organization (6 months)

Selected Other Research:

  • Trauma and pregnancy outcomes (with World Health Organization)
  • Knowledge and attitudes survey of providers regarding buprenorphine use in pregnancy (Dr. Seligman)

Tara Lynch, MD
Tara Lynch, MD

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

Residency: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

Birthplace: Seoul, Republic of Korea

Thesis: Correlating Placental villitis and HPV infection in pregnancy with risk for spontaneous preterm delivery (Advisors: Dr. Katzman; Dr. Thornburg)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation

Away Electives: None

Selected Other Research:

  • Latency and gestational age optimization at delivery for PPROM (multicenter; Dr. Malshe)
  • Uterocervical angle and preterm birth (Dr. Seligman)
  • Biometric parameters for successful intubation in the periviable period (Dr. Drennan)

Second Year

Elizabeth Fountaine, MD
Elizabeth Fountaine, MD

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020

Residency: University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY

Birthplace: Fairfax, VA

Thesis: Upside MoMs - Weight retention in the post-partum period and cardiometabolic risk (Advisors: Dr. O'Connor; Dr. Groth; Dr. Thornburg)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: TBD

Away Electives: None

Selected Other Research:

  • Obesity and NT measurements (Dr. Thornburg; Dr. McIntosh (Medical College of Wisconsin) for Perinatal Quality Foundation)

Stefanie Hollenbach, MD, MS
Stefanie Hollenbach, MD, MS

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020

Residency: University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY

Birthplace: Dayton, OH

Thesis: Ultrasound thesis with Biomedical engineering department as part of PhD program (Advisor: Dr. McAleavey)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: PhD (already has a masters)

Away Electives: None

Selected Other Research:

  • EQUATE: evaluating qualities of transplacental antenatal cell exchange (Dr. Harrington)
  • Paid parental act: leave impact on maternal/fetal outcomes (Dr. Thornburg)

First Year

Ponnila Marinscu, MD
Ponnila Marinscu, MD

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021

Residency: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Birthplace: Portland, ME

Erica Nicasio, MD
Erica Nicasio, MD

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021

Residency: UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA

Birthplace: Miami, FL

Recent Graduates

Lauren Miller, MD, MPH2018

Lauren Miller, MD, MPH

Thesis: The effects of pre-conception exposure to chelated gadolinium on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes and identification of gadolinium in the human placenta (Advisor: Dr. RK Miller)

First Job After Fellowship: N/A

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: None (already has an MPH)

Courtney Olson-Chen, MD2017

Courtney Olson-Chen, MD

Thesis: Gestational age differences in susceptibility of the human placenta to viral infection (Advisor: Shawn Murphy, PhD)

First Job After Fellowship: University of Rochester faculty (academic position)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, anticipated completion Spring 2018

Stephen Bacak, DO, MPH2016

Stephen Bacak, DO, MPH

Thesis: Impact of prepregnancy body mass index and gestational weight gain on maternal iron status in twin gestations (Advisors: Eva Pressman, MD; Kimberly O'Brien, PhD (Cornell))

First Job After Fellowship: Akron General Hospital, OH (academic position)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: None (already had an MPH)

Lisa Gray, MD2015

Lisa Gray, MD

Thesis: Antibody responses to influenza and tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccination in pregnancy (Advisors: Tim Mosman, PhD; Salley Quatert, PhD; Loralei Thornburg, MD; Tim van der Dye, PhD; Richard Miller, PhD)

First Job After Fellowship: University of Rochester faculty (academic position)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: None

Paula Zozzaro-Smith, DO2014

Paula Zozzaro-Smith, DO

Thesis: Imaging of the placental architecture in normotensive versus pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia (Advisors: Meghan Bushway, PhD; Scott Gerber, PhD; Eva Pressman, MD; Richard Miller, PhD; Edith Lord, PhD; Shawn Murphy, PhD)

First Job After Fellowship: University of Rochester faculty (academic position), transition year for husband to complete fellowship; Scott & White, Waco, TX (academic position)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: None