Alumni Activity

Dr. Monique Spillman named Chair of American Medical Association Council on Ethical & Judical Affairs

Dr. Monique Spillman (residency class of 2003) has been elected chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) for 2020-2021.  As chair, she will guide the committee on its mission to shape ethical guidance on contempoary medical issues ofr hte AMA and be guardian to its Code of Medical Ethics. 

Dr. Jan Shifren named Vincent Trustees Professor

Dr. Jan Shifren (Class of 1992) is the inaugural recipient of the Vincent Trustees Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital.  The new title honors the work Dr. Shifren does with reproductive endocrinology.  You can read more here.

2019 Bits to Bytes Awards

Dr. Kevin Elias (Class of 2012) was chosen as one of the 2019 Bits ot Bytes Awardess by the Baker-Polito Administration and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.  Bits to Bytes is designed to provide funds for data-driven, cross-sector capital projects that support life science innovation in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting the generation and analysis of large datasets to answer pressing life science questions and to attract/train data scientists in the Commonwealth.  Dr. Elias' project is Serum miRNA Neural Networks for Early Diagnosis of Cancers in Women.

2019 Harvard Daniel D. Federman Teaching Awards

Dr. Michael Muto (Class of 1987) received the Bernard Lown Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is given annually to a member of the Harvard faculty at Brigham and Women's Hospital for achievement of outstanding clinical teaching of HMS medical students, housestaff and/or fellows; special emphasis is placed on contributions to medical student teaching as measured by annual surveys of HMS students.  Awardees are selected in celebration of teaching excellence, innovation, patient-centered teaching or their ability to inspire. 

BWH/MGH OB/Gyn Alumni on HMS Alumni Council


Dr. Tamara Callahan (Class of 2001) and Dr. Elizabeth Garner (Class of 1999) are now members of the Harvard Medical School Alumni Council.  Dr. Garner is serving as the Councilor-At-Large.  Dr. Callhan is serving as the Vice President.  You can read their bios here


2019 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Meeting

Lots of attendance at the 2019 SGO meeting in Honolulu.  In this picture, we have Dr. Growden enjoying a tropical beverage.  Click here to see more pictures of alumni and faculty at SGO.  If you have more pictures you'd like posted, please send them to

2019 Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Meeting

Lots of attendance at the 2019 SMFM meeting in Las Vegas.  In this picture, Drs. Berhie, Bryant and Riley.  Click here to see more pictures of alumni and faculty at SMFM.  If you have more pictures you'd like posted, please send them to

Dr. Jen Jaggi, Chair at Gallup Indian Health Services

Dr. Jen Jaggi (Class of 2013) is now Chair of OB/Gyn at Gallup Indian Health Service. Picture of Dr. Jaggi (third from the left in the bottom row).  Dr. Nicole Smith (Class of 2006) is in the top right and Roshni Dorothy Henry, one of our high-risk sonographers is in the bottom right.

Residency alumni gave grand rounds

Pictured is Dr. Alison Weidner (Class of 1996), who came to both BWH and MGH to deliver grand rounds on "Urogynecology" in January 2019. 

Dr. Alison Stuebe (Class of 2005) was at MGH in January 2019 giving a talk titled "Establishing the 4th Trimester".

Dr. Rebekah Gee (Class of 2006) was at both BWH and MGH in October 2018 to give grand rounds titled "A Presciption for Advocacy: Louisana's approach to eliminating Hep C"

Dr. Cecile (Unger) Ferrando (Class of 2012) went to MGH in September 2018 for a grand rounds titled "Vaginoplasty for Transgender Women'.

Dr. Adeline Boatin receives MGH 2018 Clinician-Teacher Development Award

Dr. Adeline Boatin (Class of 2013), Global Health Director at MGH Ob/Gyn received the 2018 Clinician-Teacher Development Award sponsored by the Mass General Physicians Organization.  Dr. Boatin was recognized for her project, 'A Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study of Wireless Physiologic Monitoring Among Postpartum Women in Uganda.'

Passing of Dr. Jonathan Niloff

Dr. Jonathan Niloff passed away in September 2018 at the age of 64.  He attended medical school at McGill University.  After medical school, he trained at BWH for residency and gynecologic oncology fellowship.  He was part of the team that discovered the CA-125 protocol, which allows for enhanced detection and treatment of ovarian cancer.  He fell in love with Boston and never left, and in three decades to follow at the Brigham, Deaconess and Beth Israel Medical Centers.  Dr. Niloff published dozens of influential papers and trained a generation of surgeons.  You can read his full obituary here

Passing of Dr. Paul Winig

Dr. Paul Winig passed away in September 2018 at the age of 77.  He attended Harvard Medical School.  He had private practices in Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Harvard Student Health Services. He was on the staff at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Paul was also on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School where he was instrumental in developing the next generation of doctors.  You can read his full obituary here

Dr. Laurie Zephryin is the First National Director for Reproductive Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Laurie Zephryin (Class of 2003), was hired as the very first National Director for Reproductive Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Some of the efforts she will undertake include making sure women with abnormal mammograms receive prompt follow-up attention; closely following cervical cancer trends among women veterans; educating providers and staff on various maternity issues; tracking birth outcomes for women veterans; and developing training for emergency room providers to effectively triage/treat urgent prolems in women.  You can read her bio here.  In May 2018, Dr. Zephryin also spoke at the World Health Care Congress annual meeting and you can read about her remarks here.

Dr. Isaac Schiff Named to Order of Canada

Dr. Isaac Schiff (Class of 1973), Chief Emeritus of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service was awarded membership in the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian awards.  The award was established 50 years ago by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.  Dr. Schiff was honored for his lifetime of contributions to women's health, which include initiating the MGH's first obstetric program and his efforts internationally to advance research on infertility and menopause.

Rebekah Gee, MD Elected to National Academy of Science

Dr. Rebekah Gee (Class of 2006 ) was elected to the National Academy of Science.  Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

2017 Safon Lectureship Speaker

Dr. Kathy Chen (Class of 1998) was the speaker at the 2017 Leonard Safon Lectureshipi. She spoke on 'Smartphones, Tables, Phablets: Delivering Apps to OB/Gyns.'

2017 Resident Research Day Speaker

Dr. Zsakeba Henderson (Class of 2004) was the 2017 Resident Research Day speaker on April 28, 2017. She spoke on 'Turning Data into Action: The Value of Mentorship and Partnership'.

2017 Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Meeting

The BWH/MGH alumni were well represented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine meeting


2017 Beatrice Pitcher Lectureship Speaker

Dr. Ouida Vincent (Class of 1994) was the 2017 Beatrice Pitcher Lectureship speaker on May 2, 2017. She spoke on 'Perspectives in Rural Healthcare.'

Alumni Grand Rounds at BWH and MGH

Dr. Titilope Oduyebo (Class of 2013) was a grand rounds speaker at both BWH and MGH.  She spoke on Zika.

Dr. Neel Shah (Class of 2013) also presented grand rounds at BWH.  His talk was titled 'System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine.'

Dr. Errol Norwitz (Class of 1996) gave grand rounds at BWH in February 2017.  His session was titled 'Optimal Time of Birth: Should it be 39 weeks and out?'

2017 Ravnikar Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth Stewart (Class of 1989) was the Veronica A. Ravnikar speaker. She spoke on Alternatives to Hysterectomy: Past, Present and Future.

2016 American Urogynecologic Society meeting

The BWH/MGH alumni were well represented at the American Urogynecologic Society meeting held during the last week of September in Denver, CO:

Aparna Diwan Shah (Class of 2004), Drew Hundley (Class of 2002) and Jennifer Wu (Class of 2003)

Alison Weidner (Class of 1996), Aparna Diwan Shah (Class of 2004), Jennifer Wu (Class of 2003), Cecile Unger (Class of 2012) and Mandy Pulliam (Class of 2003)

Alexcis Thomson (Class of 2016), Shilpa Iyer (Class of 2014) and Sarah Napoe (Class of 2016)

Scholar’s Dinner at SRI

The Scholar’s Dinner at SRI (Society for Reproductive Investigation, formerly the SGI) in Montreal had it’s share of BWH/MGH alumni. Congratulation to these individuals, all of whom have been part of the prestigious Reproductive-Scientist-Development-Program. From left: Kevin Elias (Class of 2012, Gyn Onc Fellow Class of 2016 currently at BWH Gyn Onc), Aleks Stanic-Kostic (Class of 2010, and MGH REI fellow, 2014 currently at Wisconsin REI), Andrea Goldberg Edlow (Class of 2011, currently at Tufts MFM), (Shruthi Mahalingaiah Class of 2008, BWH REI Fellow Class of 2011 currently at Boston University REI), Wendy Kuohung (BWH REI Fellow Class of 2004, currently at Boston University REI), Danny Schust (BWH REI Fellow Class of 1995, currently at the University of Missouri-Columbia REI), and Errol Norwitz (Class of 1996, BWH MFM Fellow Class of 1998,currently at Tufts - Chair of Department).

Class of 1992

The Class of 1992 sent in a ‘throwback’ photo of themselves during the 1992 CWN construction.

Top Row (L-R):
Jim Greenberg and Russell Presley

Middle Row (L-R):
Lenore Soodak, Mari-Kim Bunnell, Elaine Brown and Jan Shifren

Bottom Row (L-R):
Jeffrey Ecker and Kathryn Olson