About the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

SBMC/Rutgers-NJMS OBGYN Residency

The Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SBMC and Rutgers/NJMS deliver more than 7,000 babies annually. The medical centers are designated as Regional Perinatal Centers and accept transports and provide care for high-risk mothers and critically ill infants in New Jersey’s leading Mother-Infant Care Units.

The gynecological surgical caseload comprises more than 7,500 operative procedures per year consisting of both major and minor cases. There are 97 physicians on staff at both institutions for general Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as all four subspecialties: Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Residents are involved in the care of all Obstetrics and Gynecology patients, from the private doctors, our full-time faculty and the resident clinics. The volume of experience is high and the level of supervision is well defined. The goal is to produce high quality Obstetrics and Gynecology physicians who gain confidence and expertise through defined and monitored training. The case volume of our residents is well above the ACGME minimum requirement in every area, every year.

Dr. Miller is Chair of the Department, overseeing departmental functions and the OBGYN residency program. Dr. Miller, an esteemed perinatologist, has been with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 1995. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Miller completed his fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1991. He spent four years as Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the National Naval Medicine Center and was a member of the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. John Kindzierski is Director of the Residency Program. He graduated from Duke University, Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He has been at SBMC since 1976, and he has been Program Director since September, 2005. He is also the Director of the Resident Ambulatory Clinic and the Pap Smear/Colposcopy Clinic.

Dr. Mark H. Einstein, MD, MS, FACS, FACOG is Professor and Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Einstein is also the Associate Dean of Clinical Research at NJMS and the co-Director for the Rutgers Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA called NJ ACTS https://njacts.rbhs.rutgers.edu/). Dr. Einstein has led many clinical trials for cancer prevention and treatment and is an active leader for management guidelines and translating clinical trial and translational data for such organizations as the World Health Organization (WHO), American Cancer Society (ACS), Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and Society of Lower Genital Tract Disease (ASCCP). He is the current President of the ASCCP, which oversees management guidelines for cervical cancer screening.

Dr. Lisa Pompeo is an Associate Professor, Residency Program Director and Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She received her medical degree with distinction in research from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed her residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School where she has since served on the faculty as an academic generalist. She is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as, an author and reviewer of written exam questions for national exams for residents and medical students (including, ABOG Qualifying Exam, CREOG in-training service exam, etc.). She has served on numerous national committees of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, primarily relating to resident and continuing education (including CREOG Examination Committee and PROLOG Gynecology and Surgery Task Force). She is currently the Chair of the Special Program Review Subcommittee of the Rutgers Health Graduate Medical Education Committee which includes all residency programs in the Rutgers Health RWJ Saint Barnabas System. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and humanism in medicine awards.

  • Gynecologic Oncology – Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

  • Dr. Thad Denehy
  • Dr. Darlene Gibbon
  • Dr. Terri Febbraro
  • Dr. Mark Einstein
  • Dr. Bernadette Cracchiolo
  • Dr. Noah Goldman
  • Dr. Jenna Marcus
  • Dr. Akiva Novetsky

The Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery serve as a regional referral center for gynecologic oncology as well as pelvic reconstructive surgeries, including gender reassignment surgeries. The departments attract patients from New Jersey and the tristate area. The centers have one of the highest volumes in the Northeast.

A comprehensive range of services is provided, including radical pelvic surgery, cytoreduction, bowel and urologic surgery, lymphadenectomies, implantable vascular parts, and the latest in multi-agent chemotherapy. The Divisions manage the full spectrum of gynecologic malignancies of the vulva, vagina, cervix, endometrium, ovary, and gestational trophoblastic neoplasia.

Residents rotate on the GYN Oncology Service in PGY-2, PGY-3, and PGY-4 years at SBMC and run the GYN Oncology Service while on gynecology in the PGY-3 year at Rutgers-NJMS.

There are no fellows at either institution in the division.

  • Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Dr. Leon Smith, Jr.
  • Dr. Ed Wolf
  • Dr. Richard Miller
  • Dr. Wendy Warren
  • Dr. Dom Terrone
  • Dr. Linda Pelaez
  • Dr. Tania Kasdaglis
  • Dr. Margaret Dziadosz
  • Dr. Jonathan O'Brien
  • Dr. Joseph Apuzzio
  • Dr. Lisa Gittens
  • Dr. Shauna Wiliams

The members of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Divisions are extensively trained experts in the field of Perinatal Medicine and the treatment of women who anticipate or are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. The medical team consists of Perinatologists, Perinatal Nurses, Ultrasonographers and Genetic Counselors with extensive training in high-risk pregnancy care. They serve as consultants to physicians in managing a complicated pregnancy, and assist obstetricians in the tristate area in the care of high-risk patients.

Through didactic lectures, teaching rounds, and grand round lectures, the Perinatologists educate the department’s residents. All residents attend to private and clinic patients with Perinatologists in a hospital-based practice setting doing ultrasounds, amniocentesis, external versions and daily in-patient rounds.

At SBMC residents rotate on the MFM Service in PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-4 years. At Rutgers-NJMS, the PGY-3 resident on Obstetrics is responsible for the MFM Division.

Fellowship opportunities in MFM exist at Rutgers-NJMS. There are no fellows at SBMC.

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology)

  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Segal
  • Dr. Neha Rana
  • Dr. Rhonda Walsh
  • Dr. Pierre Lespinasse

The Centers for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at SBMC and Rutgers-NJMS specialize in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary stress and urge incontinence, voiding dysfunction, fecal incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, chronic pelvic pain, and other urogynecologic problems. An experienced medical team offers patients both conservative and surgical approaches.

The centers offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment with a variety of therapies including behavioral modification, pelvic floor rehabilitation, biofeedback, bladder re-training, medications, transurethral injections, vaginal inserts, and minimally invasive surgery. At SBMC, second and fourth year residents rotate through the offices to learn the workup of urinary incontinence, the evaluation of pelvic floor defects, and the procedure of urodynamics. They will both assist and perform vaginal, robotic, and abdominal reconstructive surgeries and incontinence procedures.

At Rutgers-NJMS, residents will rotate through the clinic to gain experience in the diagnosis and management of pelvic organ prolapse. Residents will be directly involved in counseling patients on their diagnosis and possible management options. Residents will gain experience in pessary placement and management. They will also have the opportunity to learn about and assist with urodynamics and in-office cystoscopy. In addition, the residents will operate weekly with a surgeon who is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, performing vaginal, laparoscopic and open abdominal hysterectomies, suspension procedures, and incontinence procedures. One of the major highlights of this rotation is the amount of vaginal hysterectomies the residents are able to perform.

There are no fellows at either SBMC or Rutgers-NJMS.

  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

  • Dr. Serena Chen
  • Dr. Margaret Garrisi
  • Dr. Natalie Cekleniak
  • Dr. Debbra Keegan
  • Dr. Stephanie Thompson
  • Dr. Sarah Hessler
  • Dr. Sara S. Morelli
  • Dr. Jacquelyn S. Loughlin
  • Dr. Nataki Douglas

IRMS at SBMC provides patients with state-of-the-art clinical treatments, including IVF, ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection), assisted hatching, fragment removal, embryo co-culture, PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis), blastocyst culture and cryopreservation, cytoplasmic transplantation, single sperm freezing, and egg freezing. Their success in treating both male and female related disorders is evidenced by IRMS’s pregnancy rates, which are among the highest in the country.

At Rutgers-NJMS, residents rotate through University Reproductive Associates in Hasbrouck Heights. There, they interact directly with the attendings and fellows, learning about infertility and reproductive endocrinology. Residents will get daily hands on experience performing transvaginal ultrasound. They will also assist with follow up patients and new consultations. Residents will get to learn about and participate in many procedures such as intrauterine insemination, oocyte retrieval and embryo implantation. During this rotation, the resident will also rotate through the Reproductive Endocrinology fellow clinic once weekly at University Hospital where they will see and counsel patients and have the opportunity to perform transvaginal ultrasound and saline sonograms. Residents will be directly involved with all surgical cases booked through the fellow clinic at University Hospital.

Residents rotate on the REI service at Rutgers-NJMS in years two (2) and three (3). Residents work with the IRMS faculty at SBMC in years three (3) and four (4).

Fellowship opportunities exist at Rutgers-NJMS. There are no fellows at SBMC.

  • Family Planning

As a Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Program, family planning is integrated throughout your four years. Starting from the first year obstetrics rotations, thorough contraceptive counseling is provided for all patients. At University Hospital, postpartum IUDs, Nexplanons, and sterilizations are performed. Both clinics offer long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) placements. The second year GYN rotation at UH is the offical Family Planning rotation where we follow a structured curriculum. We rotate through Contraception Clinic dedicated to contraceptive management including placing/removing LARC and managing patients with complex contraception needs. We also have a well established TOP clinic where residents counsel patients for medical and surgical management of pregnancy terminations. We are an opt out residency program which means that all residents participate in family planning care unless they personally decline. By the end of the rotation, residents will learn how to perform medication abortion, 1st and 2nd trimester surgical abortion, cervical prep using laminaria, digoxin injections as well as feel comfortable providing full-spectrum contraception care.