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 education and support in order 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. Here is a sample of some of the work by our current residents and recent alumni:

Resident Research Presentations and Publications

Resident Research Publications




Alexandra Mills, Mona Saleh, Faruk Erdem Kombak, Matthew Flint, Valentin Kolev

Mixed squamous and clear cell ovarian adenocarcinoma arising from endometriosis in a 71 year old patient

Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2023 Jun 22;48:101225.

PMID: 37415960




Beryl L Manning-Geist, Matthew Flint, Kara Long Roche

Prevention over screening for ovarian cancer in patients with high-risk germline mutations: Misinterpreting the findings of ALDO

Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2023 Mar 2;46:101157.

PMID: 36938343

Deepraj K Pawar, Minhazur Sarker, Aaron B Caughey, Amy M Valent

Influence of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status on Adverse Outcomes in Pregnancy

Matern Child Health J. 2023 Aug;27(8):1401-1406.

PMID: 37273137

Sharonne Holtzman, Jessica Velasquez, Mona Saleh, Samantha Cohen, Monica Prasad-Hayes, Kristen Zeligs, Stephanie V Blank

Missing a chance to prevent: disparities in completion of genetic evaluation in high-risk patients with endometrial cancer

J Gynecol Oncol. 2023 Apr 25.

PMID: 37116955


Lei Alexander Qin, Kimia Menhaji, Yara Sifri, Anne Hardart, Charles J Ascher-Walsh

Gender Equity in Academic Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Departments: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study

Urogynecology (Phila). 2023 Apr 17.

PMID: 37093574

Matthew Flint, Jessica Velasquez, Caitlin Carr, Valentin Kolev, Konstantin Zakashansky

Metastatic ovarian carcinosarcoma in a patient undergoing in-vitro fertilization: A case report

Int J Surg Case Rep. 2023 Mar; 104:107937.

PMID: 36801768


Carson F Woodbury, Arielle C Coughlin, Bethany Dubois, Anna Romanova

Prevention of Postoperative Constipation in Urogynecology Patients: A Systematic Review

Urogynecology (Phila). 2023 Feb 1;29(2):175-182. PMID: 36735431



General Versus Regional Anesthesia in Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Assessment of a National Database

Urogynecology (Phila). 2023 Feb 1;29(2):160-167.

PMID: 36735429

Devora Aharon, Lucky Sekhon, Chloe Getrajdman, Mackenzie Naert, William Hanley, Ahmad Kerr, Atoosa Ghofranian, Carlos Hernandez-Nieto, Joseph A Lee, Alan Copperman, Charles Ascher-Walsh

Association of Myomectomy With Anti-Müllerian Hormone Levels and Ovarian Reserve

Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Dec 1;140(6):1000-1007.

PMID: 36441930

Chelsea A DeBolt, Minhazur Sarker, Fatima Estrada Trejo, Kristina Feldman, Elianna Kaplowitz, Paige Rattner, Keisha Paul, Shobha Jagannatham, Lauren Ferrara, Georgios Doulaveris, Peter S Bernstein, Lois Brustman, Kimberly B Glazer, Joanne Stone, Angela Bianco

Association Between Obesity and Fetal Acidosis at Scheduled Cesarean Delivery

Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Dec 1;140(6):950-957. PMID: 36357997


Sarah Downs, Neggin Mokhtari, Stacey Gold, Atoosa Ghofranian, Tetsuya Kawakita

Maternal and neonatal outcomes of trial of labor compared with elective cesarean delivery according to predicted likelihood of vaginal delivery

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2022 Dec;35(26):10487-10493.

PMID: 36216354

Minhazur Sarker, Chelsea DeBolt, Chloe Getrajdman, Paige Rattner, Daniel Katz, Lauren Ferrara, Joanne Stone, Angela Bianco

Perioperative dexamethasone with neuraxial anesthesia for scheduled cesarean delivery and neonatal hypoglycemia

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2022 Nov;278:109-114.

PMID: 36150314

Minhazur Sarker, Chloe Getrajdman, Leslie Warren, Lauren Ferrara

Severe fat-soluble vitamin deficiency suspected secondary to intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy: A case report

Case Rep Womens Health. 2022 Jul 9; 35:e00430.

PMID: 35865638

Ayisha Buckley, Stephanie Sestito, Tonia Ogundipe, Jacqueline Roig, Henri Mitchell Rosenberg, Natalie Cohen, Kelly Wang, Guillaume Stoffels, Teresa Janevic, Chelsea DeBolt, Camila Cabrera, Elizabeth Cochrane, Jill Berkin, Angela Bianco, Luciana Vieira


Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Women Undergoing a Trial of Labor After Cesarean Delivery: Performance of the VBAC Calculator with and without Patients' Race/Ethnicity

Reprod Sci. 2022 Jul; 29(7):2030-2038.

PMID: 35534768

Kimia Menhaji, Sharonne Holtzman, Brittany Roser, Anne Hardart, Katherine T Chen

Systematic Review of Pelvic Anatomy iOS and Android Applications for Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2022 Jun 1; 28(6):e179-e194.

PMID: 35536681

Chelsea A DeBolt, Minhazur Sarker, Natalie Cohen, Elianna Kaplowitz, Ayisha Buckley, Joanne Stone, Angela Bianco


Fetal growth restriction with abnormal individual biometric parameters at second trimester ultrasound is associated with small for gestational age neonate at delivery

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2022 May;272:1-5. PMID: 35276444. 

Minhazur Sarker, Chelsea DeBolt, Noel Strong


Intravenous immunoglobulin induced pancytopenia while preventing development of gestational alloimmune liver disease: A case report

Case Rep Womens Health. 2022 May 17;35:e00422. PMID: 35646608

Ayisha Buckley, Ariana Mills, Keisha Paul, Samantha Raymo, Damondara R Mendu, Chelsea DeBolt, Mitchell Rosenberg, Libby Szeto, Elizabeth Cochrane, Luciana Vieira, Jill Berkin, Lauren Ferrera, Joanne Stone, Angela Bianco


SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Response among Women Infected during Pregnancy

Am J Perinatol. 2022 May; 39(7):707-713. PMID: 34768307

Sharonne Holtzman, Jessica Chaoul, Mark Finkelstein, Valentin Kolev, Konstantin Zakashansky


Regional trends of minimally invasive radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer and exploration of perioperative outcomes

Cancer Epidemiol. 2022 Apr; 77:102095. PMID: 35078009

Devora Aharon, Matthew Lederman, Atoosa Ghofranian, Carlos Hernandez-Nieto, Chelsea Canon, William Hanley, Dmitry Gounko, Joseph A Lee, Daniel Stein, Erkan Buyuk, Alan B Copperman

In Vitro Fertilization and Early Pregnancy Outcomes After Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination 

Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Apr 1;139(4):490-497. PMID: 35080199

Anna Romanova, Yara Sifri, Bertille Gaigbe-Togbe, Anne Hardart, Lisa Dabney


Trends in Apical Suspension at the Time of Hysterectomy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Impact of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Recommendations

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2022 Mar 1;28(3): e66-e72. PMID: 35272336

Anna Romanova, Yara Sifri, Bertille Gaigbe-Togbe, Kimia Menhaji, Ann Tran, Anne Hardart, Lisa Dabney


Complications After Vesicovaginal Fistula Repair Based on Surgeon Specialty in the United States: Analysis of a National Database

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2022 Mar 1; 28(3):e120-e126. PMID: 35272345

Patricia Rekawek, Shaelyn Johnson, Catherine A Bigelow, Chloe Getrajdman, Christine Roy-McMahon, Guillaume Stoffels, Marla C Dubinsky, Maria T Mella 


Exposure to biologic therapy and associated maternal and neonatal outcomes in pregnancies complicated by inflammatory bowel disease

Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2022 Jan;4(1):100518. PMID: 3468895

Caroline Gellman, Charlotte Ezratty, Julia Schwarz, Valentin Kolev, Stephanie V Blank


"It was a no-brainer": A qualitative study of factors driving previvors' decision-making when considering risk-reducing salpingectomy with delayed oophorectomy

Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2022 Feb 26;40:100948. PMID: 35265744. 

Margeaux Oliva, Christine Briton-Jones, Dmitry Gounko, Joseph A Lee, Alan B Copperman, Lucky Sekhon


Factors associated with vitrification-warming survival in 6167 euploid blastocysts

J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Oct;38(10):2671-2678. PMID: 34309745

Margeaux Oliva, Taraneh G Nazem, Joseph A Lee, Alan 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 Zafman, Eric P Bergh, Natalie Cohen, Elizabeth Odom, Nathan 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

Gabrielle Frid, Kelly Bogaert, Katherine Chen


Mobile Health Apps for Pregnant Women: Systematic Search, Evaluation, and Analysis of Features

J Med Internet Res. 2021 Sep 14;23(10):e25667. PMID: 34524100

Chelsea A DeBolt, Angela Bianco, Meghana A Limaye, Jenna Silverstein, Christina A Penfield, Ashley S Roman, Henri M Rosenberg, Lauren Ferrara, Calvin Lambert, Rasha Khoury, Peter S Bernstein, Julia Burd, Vincenzo Berghella, Elianna Kaplowitz, Jessica R Overbey, Joanne 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 Huntly, Valentin Kolev, Konstatin 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

Shannon Tomita, Meenakshi Mehrotra, Jessica Chaoul, Jane Houldsworth, Valentin Kolev, Tamara Kalir


A 24 year-old patient with no prior history of endometriosis diagnosed with bilateral ovarian endometrioid adenocarcinoma arising in endometriosis

Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2021 Feb 2;36:100718. PMID: 33598524

Sheela Maru, Uday Patil, Rachel Carroll-Bennett, Aaron Baum, Tracy Bohn-HemmerdingerAndrew Ditchik, Michael L Scanlon, Parvathy Krishnan, Kelly BogaertCarson Woodbury, Duncan Maru, Lawrence Noble, Randi Wasserman, Barry Brown, Rachel Vreeman, Joseph 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 Christensen. Matthew Cagliostro, Lauren 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 OlivaKaren 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

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


2023 Resident Research Day Presentations




Lillian Chen, MD

Cervical Preparation for Dilation and Evacuation at 13 to 16 Weeks Gestation

Monica Dragoman, MD

Matthew Flint, MD

Unique Concerns for Patients Under 40 with Invasive Cervical Cancer: A Retrospective Analysis

Stephanie Blank, MD

Katharine Frost, MD

Pregnancy Behind BARS: Barriers & Access Retrospective Study

Krupa Harishankar, MD

Emile Gleeson, MD

In Search of Mobile Applications for Medication Abortion After the Dobbs Decision

Katherine Chen, MD

Monica Dragoman, MD

Lei Alexander Qin, MD

Gender Equity in Academic Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Departments: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study

Charles Ascher-Walsh, MD

Yara Sifri, MD

An Analysis of Trends in Hysterectomy for Prolapse During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Anne Hardart, MD

Susan Khalil, MD

Jessica Velazquez, MD

Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Academic Gynecologic Oncology Leadership

Stephanie Blank, MD

Leslie Warren, MD

Evaluation of Growth Patters in Dichorionic-diamniotic twins: association of interval growth velocity with adverse pregnancy outcomes

Chelsea DeBolt, MD


2022 Resident Research Day Presentations




Jessica Chaoul, MD

The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Access to Hysterectomy within One Hospital System

Susan Khalil, MD

Kyrstin Christensen, MD

Knowledge of Pelvic Floor Disorders in Population of Women Presenting To Gynecologic and Gynecologic Oncology Clinic

Anne Hardart, MD

Natalie Cohen, MD

Incidence and Risk Factors for 30-Day Reoperation in Benign Hysterectomy: a NSQIP Study

Charles Ascher-Walsh, MD

Atoosa Ghofranian, MD

Transgender Experience with Assisted Reproductive Technology

Alan Copperman, MD & Devora Aharon, MD

Jessica Kempner, MD

Oxygen Administration in Labor and Neonatal Cord Gas

Angela Bianco, MD & Nathan Fox, MD

Minhazur Sarker, MD

Beyond Stillbirth: Association of IHCP Severity and Other Adverse Outcomes

Lauren Ferrara, MD

Libby Szeto, MD

Genetic Counseling Practices Among Outpatient Obstetric Providers

Noel Strong, MD

Carson Woodbury, MD

Rate of Colporrhaphy at Time of Sacrocolpopexy and Impact on Perioperative Morbidity: A National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Study

Ann Tran, MD


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