Research Program

Residents are required to complete at least one research project during their training, from the formation of a research question, development of a study, data analysis and interpretation of results, writing of an abstract, and presentation of their final project to the department. The research program provides residents with the education and support needed to achieve success in their scholarly activity.

Our resident didactics program includes research topics such as:

  • How to Read a Journal Article
  • Research Study Design
  • Working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Monthly Journal Club

Research Milestones


  • Online Research Certifications
  • CITI Training Modules
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Financial Disclosures


  • Identify Research Mentor
  • Explore Research Question
  • Meeting with epidemiologist and statistician to develop research question and study design
  • Submit proposal to Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Begin data collection and analyze results


  • Present research progress to faculty panel
  • Complete data collection and analyze results
  • Meet with epidemiologist and statistician to prepare final project
  • Write abstract and present final project at Resident Research Day


  • Present abstract at regional/national conferences
  • Submit manuscript for publication

Our residents present at local, regional and national conferences, and have published several peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed articles. Following is a sample of some of the work by our current residents and recent alumni:

Resident Research Presentations and Publications

2021 Resident Resarch Day Presentations




Natalie Alvarez, MD

Effect of PrEP Training on GYN Providers

Andres Ramirez-Zamudio, MD

Virginia Flatow, MD

MRI Detected Early Stage Endometriosis Implants

Susan Khalil, MD

Sharonne Holtzman, MD

Disparate Cancer Risk Reduction among High Risk Patients at an Urban Hospital Center

Stephanie Blank, MD

Katelynn Hyman, MD

Increased Evidence of Hypoperfusion in Placentas from COVID-19+ Mothers

Angela Bianco, MD

Margeaux Oliva, MD

Clinical Factors Associated with Thaw Survival in a Cohort of 6167 Vitrified-Warmed, Euploid Blastocysts

Lucky Sekhon, MD

Anne Olsen, MD

Investigating Missed Opportunities for History Indicated Cerclages

Lauren Ferrara, MD

Shailly Prasad, MD

Postpartum Contraception and its Association with Postpartum Depression

Britt Lunde, MD

H. Mitchell Rosenberg, MD

Resolved Low Placentation and Risk of Pregnancy Induced Hypertensive Disorders

Angela Bianco, MD

2020 Resident Research Day Presentations




Kelly Bogaert, MD

mHealth for Postpartum Care; Texting in the Fourth Trimester

Omara Afzal, DO, MPH

Adjoa Bucknor, MD


Mifepristone for Miscarriages: Treatment success within the Mount Sinai Health System

Britt Lunde, MD

Krupa Harishankar MD

Pioneering Antepartum Communities (PAC)

Omara Afzal, DO, MPH

Hayley Jones, MD

Composite Neonatal Outcomes in Late Preterm and Early Term Deliveries, A Comparison of Mothers with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy With and Without Diabetes

Lauren Ferrara, MD

Ahmad Kerr, MD

Patient Perspective on Race Associated with Provider Preference and Patient Satisfaction in an Ambulatory OB/GYN Office Practice?

Omara Afzal, DO, MPH &
Farida Nentin, MD

Brittany Roser, MD

Do Disparities Exist in Vaginal Progesterone Provision for Shortened Cervix within a Single Academic Center?

Joanne Stone, MD

Rachel Schoenbrun MD

Rate of Post-Hysterectomy Surgical Site Infection with Use of Pre-Operative Povidone Iodine Compared to Chlorhexidine Vaginal Antisepsis

Charles Ascher-Walsh, MD &
Stephanie Blank MD

G. Alex Trivette, MD

Operative Vaginal Delivery Skills for Residents Using Simulation Training

Frederick Friedman, MD &
Ceyda Oner, MD

Resident Research Publications

Margeaux OlivaTaraneh G NazemJoseph A LeeAlan B Copperman Evaluating in vitro fertilization outcomes of patients with low body mass index following frozen-thawed embryo transfer Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2021 Oct; 155(1):132-137.PMID: 33368250
Kelly B ZafmanEric P BerghNatalie CohenElizabeth OdomNathan S Fox The effect of microbiome exposure at birth on pediatric outcomes using a twin cohort discordant for microbiome exposure at birth J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2021 Oct; 34(20):3355-3361.
PMID: 31739712
Chelsea A DeBoltAngela BiancoMeghana A LimayeJenna SilversteinChristina A PenfieldAshley S RomanHenri M RosenbergLauren FerraraCalvin LambertRasha KhouryPeter S BernsteinJulia BurdVincenzo BerghellaElianna KaplowitzJessica R OverbeyJoanne Stone Pregnant women with severe or critical coronavirus disease 2019 have increased composite morbidity compared with nonpregnant matched controls Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021 May; 224(5):510.e1-510.e12.PMID: 33221292
Sharonne HoltzmanMary Louise KiernanJaimie HuntlyValentin KolevKonstatin Zakashansky  Cesarean Section Scar Ectopic Pregnancy in the Second Trimester: An Underrecognized Complication of Cesarean Deliveries Case Rep Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Feb 9; 2021:8888019.PMID: 33628549
Sheela Maru, Uday Patil, Rachel Carroll-Bennett, Aaron Baum, Tracy Bohn-Hemmerdinger, Andrew Ditchik, Michael L ScanlonParvathy KrishnanKelly BogaertCarson WoodburyDuncan MaruLawrence Noble, Randi Wasserman, Barry BrownRachel VreemanJoseph Masci Universal screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection among pregnant women at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens, New York PLOS One. 2020 Dec 10; 15(12):e0238409.PMID: 33301498
Kelly BogaertKyrstin ChristensenMatthew CagliostroLauren Ferrara Contained aortic rupture in a term pregnant patient during the COVID-19 pandemic BMJ Case Rep. 2020 Sep 15; 13(9):e238370.PMID: 32933917
Lilly Y Liu, Kelly B Zafman, Nathan S Fox Weight gain and pregnancy outcomes in underweight women with twin gestations J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2020 Sep; 33(17):2877-288.PMID: 30572807
Margeaux Oliva, Karen Hsu, Sarah Alsamarai, Vincent de Chavez, Lauren Ferrara Clinical improvement of severe COVID-19 pneumonia in a pregnant patient after caesarean delivery BMJ Case Rep. 2020 Jul 16; 13(7):e236290.PMID: 32675129
Sean Hickey, Marti Soffer, David Cherkas, Andrew Ditchik , Brenda Beloosesky Crashing eclamptic patient and a resulting peri-mortem C-section Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Jun; 38(6):1297.e5-1297.e7.PMID: 32007338
Marti D Soffer, Zoe M Adams, Yiting S Chen, Nathan S Fox Risk factors for positive postpartum depression screen in women with private health insurance and access to care J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Dec; 32(24):4154-4158.PMID: 29852802
Shannon L Wallace, Shailja Mehta, Sara Farag, Robert S Kelley, Katherine T Chen In Search of Mobile Applications for Urogynecology Providers Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. Nov/Dec 2019;25(6):439-442.PMID: 29649079
Patricia Rekawek, Lilly Y Liu, Chloe Getrajdman, Casey Brooks, Stephanie Pan, Jessica Overbey, Brian Wagner Large-for-gestational age diagnosed during second-trimester anatomy ultrasound and association with gestational diabetes and large-for-gestational age at birth Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Nov 25.PMID: 31763722
Marti D Soffer, Katherine T Chen In Search of Accurate Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring Mobile Applications Telemed J E Health. 2019 Sep; 25(9):870-877.PMID: 30358492
Lilly Y Liu, Kelly B Zafman, Nathan S Fox Weight gain and pregnancy outcomes in overweight or obese women with twin gestations J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Aug 4;1-6.PMID: 31379228
Katherine A Connolly, Luciana Vieira, Elizabeth M Yoselevsky, Stephanie Pan, Joanne L Stone Variation in Cervical Length over Time during a Single Transvaginal Ultrasound Examination Am J Perinatol. 2019 Jul;36(8):781-784.PMID: 30577059
Anna Palatnik, Lilly Y Liu, Andy Lee, Lynn M Yee Predictors of early-onset neonatal sepsis or death among newborns born at <32 weeks of gestation J Perinatol. 2019 Jul;39(7):949-955.PMID: 31089257
Emily S Miller, Allie Sakowicz, Archana Roy, Lilly Y Liu, Lynn M Yee The association between 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate use and postpartum hemorrhage Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2019 May;1(2):144-147.PMID: 32914089
Molly Lieber, Omara Afzal, Kathryn Shaia, Adrienne Mandelberger, Christine Du Preez, Ann Marie Beddoe Cervical Cancer Screening in HIV-Positive Farmers in South Africa: Mixed-Method Assessment Ann Glob Healt. 2019 Apr 15;85(1):58.PMID: 30993957
Erica Monrose, Andres Ramirez Zamudio, Alaina Aristide, Reema Navalurkar, Rashi Bedekar, Lauren Ferrara, Tatyana Kushner  Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) is associated with higher prevalence of NAFLD: A case-control study.  Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 3(S1), 148-148. 26 March 2019
Lilly Y Liu, Lynn M Yee Delayed cord clamping in preterm dichorionic twin gestations J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Mar 26;1-5.PMID: 30856360
Krupa Harishankar, Milagros Wong, Olga Saldana, Janeth Santa Cruz, Leonid Lecca, Maribel Munoz, Adrianne Katrina Nelson, Arachu Castro, Sonya Shin Dynamics of Treatment Supporters and Patients Starting HIV Therapy in Lima, Peru J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. Jan-Dec 2019; 18:2325958218824310. 6 February 2019.PMID: 30798674
Amrin Khander, Erica Stern, Rachel S Gerber, Nathan S Fox The association between obstetrical history and preterm birth in women with uterine anomalies J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2018 Oct; 31(19):2550-2554.PMID: 28651449
Marti D Soffer, Mariam Naqvi, Stephanie Melka, Aren Gottlieb, Julie Romero, Nathan S Fox  The association between maternal race and adverse outcomes in twin pregnancies with similar healthcare access J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2018 Sep; 31(18):2424-2428.PMID: 28629273
Amrin Khander, Sara Farag, Katherine T Chen Identification and Evaluation of Medical Translator Mobile Applications Using an Adapted APPLICATIONS Scoring System Telemed J E Health. 2018 Aug; 24(8):594-603.PMID: 29271702
Shannon L Wallace, Robert S Kelley, Shailja Mehta, Giannina Descalzi, John A Fantl, Charles Ascher-Walsh Transdermal light neuromodulation: Optogenetics in the murine urinary tract Neurourol Urodyn. 2018 Apr;37(4):1281-1285.PMID: 29168214
Nola Herlihy, Elizabeth Odom, Natalie Cohen, Annemarie Stroustrup, Andrei Rebarber, Nathan S Fox Long-Term Outcomes of Small for Gestational Age Twins Born at 34 Weeks or Later Am J Perinatol. 2018 Feb;35(3):254-261.PMID: 28931180