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Third Year

Ponnila Marinscu, MD
Ponnila Marinscu, MD

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021

Residency: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Birthplace: Portland, ME

Anticipated Thesis: Electromyographic Evaluation of Myometrial Electrical Activity in Women with a Short Cervix: A Pilot Study

Erica Nicasio, MD
Erica Nicasio, MD

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021

Residency: UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA

Birthplace: Miami, FL

Anticipated Thesis: First Trimester Fetal Echocardiogram in the Obese Gravida

Second Year

Marika Toscano, MS, MD
Marika Toscano, MS, MD

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022

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

Birthplace: Rochester, NY

Selected Other Research:

  • OB Pharmacology and Contraception in Women with High Risk Pregnancies
  • Perinatal Depression

Aaron Dom, MS, MD
Aaron Dom, MS, MD

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022

Residency: Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

Birthplace: Cumberland, MD

Selected Other Research:

  • Cellular Level Issues Regarding Pre-Term Labor

First Year

Andrew Mather
Andrew Mather, M.D.

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023

Zi-Qi Liew
Zi-Qi Liew, M.D.

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023

Recent Graduates

Stefanie Hollenbach, MD, MS2020

Stefanie Hollenbach, MD, MS

Thesis: Novel Sonographic Technologies for Innovation in Placental Assessment Across Gestation: The NESTING Study (Advisor: Dr. McAleavey)

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

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

Elizabeth Westen, MD2020

Elizabeth Weston, MD

Thesis: Predicting Effect of Pregnancy on Panel-Reactive Antibody (PRA) Status in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease (Advisors: Dr. O'Connor; Dr. Groth; Dr. Thornburg)

First Job After Fellowship: Rochester Regional Health

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: None

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Heather Link, MD, MPH

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

First Job After Fellowship: University of Buffalo at Kaleida Health, Buffalo NY (academic position)

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

Tara Lynch, MD2019

Tara Lynch, MD

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

First Job After Fellowship: Albany Med, Albany NY (academic position)

Advanced Degrees in Fellowship: Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation

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: St. Luke’s Clinic, Boise ID (private practice)

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