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Heather A. Anaya, DO

Director, Medical Student Clerkship
Associate Director, Residency Program

Soo Kwon, MD

Director, Section of Urogynecology

Joseph M. Maurice, MD

Director, Section of Gynecology
Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Assistant Director, Residency Program 

Xavier F. Pombar, DO

Director, Residency Program
Director, General Obstetrics

Ewa Radwanska, MD, PhD

Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Jacob Rotmensch, MD

Professor and Director, Gynecological Oncology

Carrie Smith, MD

Director, Ambulatory Women's Health

Howard T. Strassner, Jr., MD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Co-Director, Rush Perinatal Center 


General Gynecology

The Section of General Gynecology stresses the need for a balance of the surgical and non-surgical aspects of gynecology. Residents rotate through the gynecology service each year, providing increased responsibility in preoperative evaluation, surgery, and post-operative care of patients.

Ambulatory Women's Health

The Section of Ambulatory Women's Health provides comprehensive preventive and medical care pertaining to the health of women, both obstetrics and gynecologic patients. Services include antepartum care for normal and high-risk pregnancies. Pregnant women are able to obtain services not only for their pregnancy but for their general health as well. Services include gynecologic care, as well as prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, screening for thyroid disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Complete services are provided for the reproductive and menopausal age group women. 

General Obstetrics

The Section of General Obstetrics is responsible for providing care to the pregnant patient. The care of the laboring patient is individualized to help provide patients with their ideal experience. Residents on the obstetrical service learn to interpret fetal heart rate monitoring, manage both normal and abnormal labor, and perform normal vaginal and operative deliveries. The general obstetrics program is designed to provide a pleasant, safe atmosphere for delivery of babies.

Gynecological Oncology

The Section of Gynecological Oncology provides multidisciplinary long-term care for women with gynecologic malignancies. The clinical mission of the section includes prevention, diagnosis and follow-up care of these patients.

There is a long-standing commitment to the multidisciplinary efforts of the section of gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, gynecologic pathology, nursing oncology, clinical psychology, and clinical nutrition. Residents will collaborate with faculty in these areas. Residents are offered experiences in diagnosis and management of gynecologic malignancies, gynecologic surgery, endoscopy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

The Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine focuses on the care of the high-risk mother and fetus. The section is also responsible for antepartum admissions to the high risk service as well as medical, surgical and other obstetrical complications of pregnancies. Nearly 40 percent of the section deliveries at Rush are high risk and residents are involved in virtually all cases. The program benefits from the active maternal transport and referral system of the Rush Perinatal Network, which has a base of nearly 30,000 deliveries. While on the service, residents rotate to high-risk obstetric clinic and diabetes clinics. They participate actively in prenatal ultrasound and other state of the art prenatal diagnostic techniques.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

The Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility provides up-to-date, comprehensive clinical and scientific evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide range of reproductive endocrine disorders, such as dysfunctional bleeding, hirsutism, endometriosis, and post-menopausal symptoms.

Residents receive training in all aspects of infertility, including assisted reproductive procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), tubal embryo transfer (TET), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Rush Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Center

At the Rush Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Program, patient care is based on teamwork. Physicians at Rush, nurses with advanced training, social workers and other professionals meet as a group with parents prior to delivery, review patient cases, pool their knowledge, exchange opinions and share observations based on their experience and expertise. Residents participate in the monthly multidisciplinary meetings where each case is discussed. Fetal ultrasounds, MRIs and other findings are reviewed. In addition the MFM residents care for many of the patients within the programs.


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