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Faculty

San Francisco Residency Program Leadership

Gavin Jacobson, MD

Gavin Jacobson, MD
Residency Program Director

Erica Weiss, MD

Erica Weiss, MD
Associate Program Director

Stephanie Terry, MD

Stephanie Terry, MD
Associate Program Director

Erin Niemasik, MD
Associate Program Director

Sarah Morocco, MD
Associate Program Director

Sandra Torrente, MD
Director Graduate Medical Education

Kathryn Houston, MD
UCSF Medical Student Clerkship Site Director

Monica Kendrick, MD
Chief, Department of Ob/Gyn

Aida Shirazi, PhD
GME Research Project Manager

Trisha Jue
Ob/Gyn Residency Program Manager

Our program has a full-time faculty of more than 50 Obstetrician/Gynecologists Specialists and Sub-specialists, composed of dedicated and accomplished physician educators. The following are just a few highlights of our major Divisions:

Exceptional Leadership

Our residency training program is administered by highly qualified faculty, each bringing unique expertise and experience.

Program Director

Dr. Gavin Jacobson has been an ABOG Oral examiner for over 15 years. He is past president of the San Francisco Gynecologic Society and active in the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Jacobson has been Program Director since 2008 and is starting his fourth year on the ACGME ObGyn Residency Review Committee, supporting the accreditation process for all ObGyn, MFM, REI, FPMRS, and Gyn-Onc training programs.

Associate Program Directors

Dr. Erica Weiss directs our comprehensive surgical skills curriculum. She co-directs the Gender Pathways Clinic, collaborating with Internal Medicine, Mental Health, and Plastic Surgery to provide sensitive multi-disciplinary care for transgender patients. Dr. Weiss is the Northern California OB/GYN lead for Transgender Health and is a resource for healthcare providers across our national organization. She is developing our Transgender Rotation.

Dr. Stephanie Terry coordinates our didactic curriculum and leads our training in Patient Safety, Clinical Quality Improvement, and Critical Event Team Training. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and is Assistant fellowship director for Kaiser’s Patient Safety fellowship. Dr. Terry has attended the IHI patient safety executive development program, has Team STEPPS Master Training certification, and is a Communication Consultant for our Medical Center, leading workshops and providing one-on-one counseling sessions.

Dr. Erin Niemasik coordinates and oversees our residency training program’s ambulatory training experiences. She is a new board member for the San Francisco Gynecologic Society. Dr. Niemasik is also our cervical cancer screening and lower genital tract lead and operates with the residents on premalignant lesions of the cervix, vagina and vulva.

Dr. Sarah Morocco leads our Continued Medical Education series, coordinating speakers for Grand Rounds and overseeing the residents in weekly Morbidity and Mortality conferences. She has a special interest in family planning and is a member of our group of abortion providers. She also plays a critical role in helping develop individual learning plans for residents. Dr. Morocco recently developed and co-directs our residents’ Emergency Medicine rotation and is developing our Advocacy Rotation and curriculum.

Specialty and Sub-specialty Divisions

We have all the major Sub-specialists in our field as well as some unique sub-specialties to provide the broadest and most in-depth training possible. The following are just a few highlights of these major Divisions:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM)

Led by Dr. Anne Regenstein, the MFM group includes Drs. Justin Collingham, Danny Wu and Kirsten Salmeen. The MFM group provides care for complex obstetric patients. Because of our center’s cardiology expertise, the MFM group manages many pregnant patients with congenital heart disease. They cover a busy inpatient antepartum teaching service and ambulatory clinics. They also staff the Prenatal Diagnostic Center, performing ultrasounds, invasive testing and fetal reduction. The MFM Division is very active in supporting resident research projects. Dr. Regenstein is the Chair of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California MFM group.

Gynecologic Oncology

Led by Dr. Bethan Powell, the Gyn-Onc Division includes Drs. Ramey Little and Christine Garcia. Dr. Powell is Medical Director for the San Francisco Women’s Hereditary Cancer Risk Clinic. She is nationally recognized researcher in hereditary cancer risk and risk management, regional lead for Kaiser Northern California robotic surgery and SGO Ambassador to US Senate and House. Dr. Littell is member of NRG Oncology, one of five major arms of the NCI National Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Powell is PI for NRG and GOG Foundation cooperative group clinical trials in KPNC. The Division includes Dr. Michael Bookman, a renowned gyn medical oncologist.

Dr. Bethan Powell is one of a select group of physicians honored with the Sidney R. Garfield Exceptional Contribution Award for her work in developing Women’s Hereditary Cancer Centers.
This award recognizes innovative physicians who have developed systems and programs that have a significant impact on patients, colleagues, and the broader community.

Dr. Powell has dedicated her career to researching and helping women mitigate hereditary cancer risk, founding the multidisciplinary Hereditary Cancer Center at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, and then collaborating with physician colleagues across KP Northern California to create a network of five additional centers. At each location, teams of specialists identify patients with any of the approximately 30 known cancer-related mutations via genetic screening, and then offer risk-reducing medical and surgical options and personalized cancer-screening schedules. Patients also receive consultation on targeted treatment, clinical trials, and novel therapies, and are closely tracked to ensure consistent follow-up. Dr. Powell has published more than 80 studies on hereditary cancer and gynecologic oncology in medical journals and is considered a national expert in the field.

https://tpmgawards.kaiserpermanente.org/garfield-contribution/2019/bethan-powell-md/

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

At the Center for Reproductive Health and Fertility at Kaiser San Francisco, our Board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology physicians (Drs. Irene Moy, Robert Nachtigall, and Preston Nelson) work hand-in-hand with our highly skilled Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Coordinators, and Women’s Behavioral Health Psychologist to deliver the most comprehensive and coordinated individualized care available. The medical services we provide include advanced laboratory and ultrasound evaluation as well as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) services. They work closely with our world-class minimally invasive surgeons and reproductive urologists to provide a comprehensive approach for the unique needs of infertile patients. Dr. Irene Moy is Division Chief and is directing the expansion of our highly successful IVF program with a new state-of-the-art IVF facility in San Francisco set to open in 2020.

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Led by Dr. Michelle Morrill, the FPMRS Division includes Dr. Diane Sklar and they have recruited Dr. Carrie Jung who will be joining us in the fall of 2019. The FPMRS Division provides comprehensive care for common pelvic floor disorders like incontinence and vaginal prolapse as well as complex urogynecologic disorders such as bladder pain syndrome and repair of vaginal fistulae. Dr. Morrill additionally is a leader in the hospital Highly Reliable Surgical Teams committee working on quality improvement in the OR. Dr. Sklar is our facility lead for volunteerism and one of our most active international volunteers. Dr. Morrill is dedicating increasing time and efforts in transgender surgery as well as supporting the Kaiser FPMRS Fellowship in the East Bay.

Chronic Pelvic Pain & Vulvo-Vaginal Disorders

This incredibly unique Division is led by Drs. Jennifer Gunter and Jennifer Schmitt. Dr. Gunter has fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and double board certification in Pain Medicine. She is a world-leading expert who helped develop the Chronic Pain services for Kaiser Northern California.
Dr. Gunter is leading a major regional initiative to increase knowledge base and referral practices for vulvo-vaginal disease among all Kaiser Permanente Northern California Ob/Gyn providers.

Hospitalist Division

Led by Dr. Sarah Mandel, and includes Drs. Merritt McLean, Stephanie Terry, Michelle Van Ooy and Neeru Gupta. Dr. Mandel is an expert and regional lead in Communication, and Medical Director of Perinatal Services. She also is the Physician Lead for Maternity Care Experience in Northern California and member of the Hospital Operations Leadership Team. Dr. Merritt McLean is fellowship trained in Patient Safety and is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and the Assistant Medical Director. Dr. McLean has led efforts to establish a public cord blood donation program at our Medical Center, one of only 13 donation sites in California. Dr. Gupta is the Northern California Kaiser Director of Perinatal Patient Safety Program and a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.

Benign Gynecologic Surgery Division

Composed of four core expert surgeons, Drs. Erica Weiss, Lily Tan, Arlene Cosca, and Vicky Ng, and includes sub-specialists surgeons (Drs. Morrill and Sklar). These surgeon-educators perform the most advanced laparoscopic, robotic and vaginal operative procedures and support our comprehensive surgical simulation curriculum including extensive training in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopy (FLS) program. Residents work closely with the Gyn faculty of the week managing inpatients and surgical emergencies as well as in structured teaching sessions and in the skills lab. Dr. Ng is our newest MIGS trained surgeon.

Kaiser San Francisco Faculty

Specialist Division
Faculty Name Residency Areas of Interest
Lauren Barres, MD UCLA Medical Center Ob/Gyn Specialist
Michelle Bourgault, MD Santa Clara Valley Medical Center medical management fibroids, communication consultant
Christina Bryant, MD Harbor UCLA Assistant Chief, Ob/Gyn
Pam Chan, MD University of California, San Francisco Site Chief Mission Bay; Regional MAPP leadership
Kaht Dorward, MD University of California, San Francisco Medical Informatics, Patient education
Isabel Greenfield, MD Kaiser San Francisco patient safety, quality improvement
Victoria Hall, MD Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Medical Center Wellness leader
Shawna Hedley, MD Beth Isreal Medical Center, NY Cancer Survivorship
Kathryn Houston, MD University of California, San Francisco Ob/Gyn Generalist, Resident and Medical Student Education
Susan Huang, MD University of Pennsylvania Ambulatory ob/gyn
Amy Huibonhoa, MD UC Irvine Ambulatory Ob/Gyn; and Advocacy
Gavin Jacobson, MD University of California, San Francisco Residency Program Director; Research; Colposcopy; Education
Pali Jen, MD Brown University Breastfeeding champion
Monica Kendrick, MD Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Department Chief
Zarine Kotian, MD Lenox Hill Hospital Women’s health liason
Laurie Miller, MD University of Washington, Seattle Menopause; Medical abortion; Breast Care Clinic
Sarah Morocco, MD Beth Israel, AECOM Associate Residency Program Director; medical informatics
Erin Niemasik, MD NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center Associate Residency Program Director; lower genital tract dysplasia
Laura Norrell, MD University of California, San Francisco Member Advisory Council lead; patient-centered care
Dawn Ogawa, MD University of California, San Francisco Assistant Physician in Chief of Medical Center
Maureen Park, MD University of California, Davis Perinatal patient safety
Anna Rabinov, MD Washington University Barnes Hospital Department Technology Lead
Ira Sapan, MD North Shore University Hospital, New York Ambulatory-based Generalist Ob/Gyn; Long-acting Reversible Contraception; Colposcopy
Kendra Sawaya Kaiser San Francisco Cervical Cancer Screening Lead
Harmony Schuttler, MD Kaiser San Francisco Site Chief; Clinical quality improvement
Janie Sze, MD Harbor UCLA Departmental Quality Lead
Jaclyn Taub, DO Maimonides Medical Center Department MAPP Lead
Sandra Torrente, MD University of Kansas Director Graduate Medical Education, Healthcare disparities; Global Health
Yinn Tzeng, MD Brown University, Rhode Island Office hysteroscopy, ablation, sterilization; Lactation and Breastfeeding
Zhi Xiong, MD Mount Sinai Ob/Gyn specialist
Ashley Young, MD UC Davis Quality and Peer Review
Corey Young, MD Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Department Technology Lead
Kimberly Young, MD Santa Rosa Family Medicine Adolescent Gynecology; Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Justin Collingham, MD Northwestern University Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Stanford University
Anne Regenstein, MD; Division Chief New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UCSF
Kirsten Salmeen, MD University of Michigan UCSF
Danny Wu, MD Tufts University
New England Medical Center
Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Columbia University
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Michael A Bookman, MD Beth Israel Hospital Medicine Branch, National Cancer Institute
Christine Garcia, MD Kaiser San Francisco University of Virginia
Ramey Littell, MD Chands Hospital, University of Florida Gynecologic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Bethan Powell, MD; Division Chief Pennsylvania Hospital Gynecologic Oncology, Barnes Jewish Hospital
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Irene Moy, MD, Division Chief Northwestern University Northwestern University
Robert Nachtigall, MD New York University Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, UCSF
Preston Nelson, MD University of Washington University of California, San Francisco
Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Michelle Morrill, MD; Division Chief Thomas Jefferson Medical College Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, UCSD
Carrie Jung, MD USC Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, UCSD
Diane Sklar, MD University of California, San Francisco Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Certified
Division of Benign Gynecologic Surgeons
Faculty Name Residency Areas of Interest
Arlene Cosca, MD Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Global Health; Resident Oral Board Review
Ijeoma Okwandu, MD Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Health Care Disparities
Lily Tan, MD University of California, Los Angeles Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Program; Office hysteroscopy, ablation, sterilization; Instructor, surgical simulation
Erica Weiss, MD University of California, San Francisco Associate Residency Program Director; Surgical Simulation; Transgender Medicine; Family Planning; Minimally Invasive Surgery
Vicki Ng, MD Brigham and Women’s- Massachusetts General Hospital MIGS fellowship at Baylor COM
Division of Chronic Pelvic Pain and Vulvo-Vaginal Diseases
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Jennifer Gunter, MD; Division Chief University of Western Ontario Infectious Disease, University of Kansas
Jennifer Schmitt, MD Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Chronic Pelvic Pain, Kaiser San Francisco
Hopitalist Division
Faculty Name Residency Areas of Interest
Neeru Gupta, MD George Washington University Perinatal Patient Safety
Sarah Mandel, MD Kaiser San Francisco Medical Director Perinatal Services; Communication Consultant
Merritt McLean, MD Kaiser San Francisco Patient Safety Fellowship trained
Stephanie Terry, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Assistant Program Director; Quality Improvement; Ultrasonography; Critical Event Team Training
Michelle Van Ooy, MD SUNY Brooklyn Kings County High-risk Pregnancy, Family Planning
Division of Benign Gynecologic Surgeons at Kaiser South San Francisco
Faculty Name Residency Areas of Interest
Elizabeth Corey, MD Duke University Minimally Invasive Surgery
Nita Godhwani, MD University of California, San Francisco Minimally Invasive Surgery
Michelle Jondreau, MD Kaiser Oakland Chief of Ob/Gyn
Raya Mirsky, MD Kaiser San Francisco Comprehensive ob/gyn; Resident Education
Jaime Ocampo, MD, Site Director, Kaiser South San Francisco UCLA Medical Center Endometriosis, adenomyosis, pelvic pain
Kathleen Ryan, MD University of Southern California Comprehensive Ob/Gyn Care
Tina Tan, MD University of California, San Francisco Minimally Invasive Surgery
William Zuber, MD University of California, San Francisco Urogynecology
Additional Teaching Faculty
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship/Areas of Interest
Raveen Gogia, MD, Kaiser San Rafael, liaison for resident education Kaiser San Francisco Patient Safety, CETT
Rachel Intriago, MD, Kaiser South San Francisco, liaison for resident education George Washington University Operative vaginal delivery
Cori Pachtman, MD, Site Director, Walnut Creek & Antioch Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC; Resident Education
Melissa Slivka, MD, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Kaiser San Francisco Cedars-Sinai Cedars-Sinai and UCSF
Mindy Goldman, MD; Professor, UCSF; Director, Women’s Care Cancer Program, Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center University of California, San Francisco Gyn care to breast cancer survivors
Karen Meckstroth, MD; Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF; Director, UCSF Women’s Options Center University of Southern California Family Planning Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco

Faculty Teaching Awards

Our faculty are accomplished and recognized medical educators. Read more about the teaching awards they receive.

SF OBGYN Faculty Teaching Awards

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