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Obstetrics & Gynecology San Francisco - Faculty

San Francisco Residency Program Leadership

Erin Niemasik, MD
Residency Program Director

Stephanie Terry, MD
Associate Program Director

Erica Weiss, MD
Associate Program Director

Maryl Sackeim, MD
Associate Program Director

Claire Tobias MD
Associate Program Director

Sandra Torrente, MD
Director Graduate Medical Education

Harmony Schuttler, MD
Interim Chief, Department of Ob/Gyn

Kathryn Houston, MD
UCSF Medical Student Clerkship Site Director

Lauren DeCesare
Program Manager

Aida Shirazi, PhD
GME Research Project Manager

Our program has a full-time faculty of more than 50 Obstetrician and Gynecology Specialists and Subspecialists, 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. Our department has the largest group of faculty inducted into our medical center’s Academy of Medical Educators including Drs. Cosca, Garcia, Jacobson, Littell, Niemasik, Powell, Terry, Torrente, and Weiss.

Program Director

Dr. Erin Niemasik recently assumed the position of Program Director after working closely with Dr. Jacobson (previous PD) for two years administering all aspects of our training program. Prior to that she served as an associate program director focused on ambulatory education, advocacy, DEI, and wellness. She has extensive educational experience and is an active member of the Kaiser Academy of Medical Educators.

Dr. Niemasik is also a board member of the San Francisco Gynecologic Society and organizes their annual resident research evening. She is currently completing the APGO Scholars and Learners program, with a project focused on resident wellness and resilience.

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 the lead for our new Transgender Health and Advocacy rotation.

Dr. Stephanie Terry coordinates our didactic curriculum and leads our training in Patient Safety, Clinical Quality Improvement, and Critical Event Team Training. On L&D, she serves as the Assistant Director of Maternal Child Health and Education Lead. She is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and previously helped run our Kaiser 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. She also leads our ultrasound curriculum and runs our ultrasound simulations.

Dr. Maryl Sackeim leads our Continued Medical Education series, coordinating speakers for Grand Rounds and overseeing the residents in weekly Morbidity and Mortality conferences. She has fellowship training in Complex Family Planning and oversees training in abortion and contraception. She also works with residents to organize their research projects, and to develop individual learning plans.

Dr. Claire Tobias coordinates our ambulatory curriculum, outpatient didactics, and off-service rotations in the ED and ICU. She also works with residents to prepare them for the oral boards examination. Within the department Dr. Tobias also specializes in ambulatory procedures; including MVAs, LEEPs and hysteroscopy, and is a department MAPP (medical assistant physician pair) lead to help develop better multidisciplinary teams.

Specialty and Sub-specialty Divisions

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

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM)

Led by Dr. Danny Wu, the MFM group includes Drs. Justin Collingham, Kirsten Salmeen, and Stacy Yadava. The MFM group provides care for complex obstetric patients. The San Francisco hospital is the regional referral center for maternal congenital heart disease. High risk cases are referred to our MFM group and L+D for management. The MFM group also runs the Prenatal Diagnostic Center (PDC). There they provide detailed fetal ultrasound imaging for complicated cases. They also perform a wide range of prenatal diagnostic procedures. Our PDC is a regional referral center for chorionic villus sampling and multifetal reduction. In addition, our MFMs cover a busy inpatient antepartum teaching service and ambulatory clinics. The MFM Division is very active in supporting resident research projects. Dr. Salmeen is our sub-specialty educator and leads our High Risk Obstetric Sub-I Rotation.

Gynecologic Oncology

Led by Dr. Ramey Littell, the Gyn-Onc Division includes Drs. Christine Garcia and Allison Kay. Dr. Littell is a member of NRG Oncology, one of five major arms of the NCI National Clinical Trials Network. He is also the site Program Director for the joint UCSF/Kaiser San Francisco GYN Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr. Garcia is the Medical Director for the San Francisco Women’s Hereditary Cancer Risk Clinic. Dr. Allison Kay is joining the practice this year after completing her UCSF/Kaiser San Francisco GYN Oncology Fellowship, and comes with clinical research interests in perioperative care through enhanced recovery pathways and perioperative chemotherapy administration. The Division includes Dr. Michael Bookman, a renowned gyn medical oncologist.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Irene Moy, a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, leads the Center for Reproductive Health and Fertility at Kaiser San Francisco. Dr. Moy works hand-in-hand with our highly skilled Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Coordinators, and Women’s Behavioral Health Psychologist to deliver comprehensive and coordinated individualized care. The medical services we provide include advanced laboratory and ultrasound evaluation as well as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF). 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 directed the expansion of our highly successful IVF program with a state-of-the-art IVF Facility in San Francisco in 2021.

Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Led by Dr. Michelle Morrill, the FPMRS Division includes Dr. Carrie Jung. This 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 fistula. Dr. Morrill additionally is a leader in the hospital Highly Reliable Surgical Teams committee working on quality improvement in the operating room. Dr. Morrill is also part of our transgender surgery program and supports the Kaiser Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship in the East Bay. Dr. Carrie Jung is our sub-specialty educator and has special interest in complex pelvic floor conditions.

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 Pain Medicine. She is a world-leading expert, who has led efforts to increase the knowledge base and referral practices for vulvo-vaginal disease among all Kaiser Permanente Northern California Ob/Gyn providers. She has helped expand our faculty expertise for resident education in these areas to include Dr. Ashley Young.

Hospitalist Division

Led by Maternal Child Health (MCH) Directors, Drs. Merritt McLean and Neeru Gupta, and includes Drs. Sarah Mandel, Stephanie Terry, and Michelle Van Ooy. Dr. Merritt McLean is fellowship-trained and a certified professional in Patient Safety. She has led the effort to establish a public cord blood donation program at our Medical Center, which is 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. Dr. Mandel is the NCAL Medical Director of Inpatient Obstetrics. She is an expert and regional lead in communication, and is a member of the Hospital Operations Leadership Team. Dr. Stephanie Terry is the Assistant MCH Director and lead for our multidisciplinary Inpatient Obstetrics Simulation Training.

Benign Gynecologic Surgery

Composed of five core expert surgeons, Drs. Erica Weiss, Vicki Ng, Lily Tan, Sha Jin, Nuria Garcia-Ruiz and includes sub-specialist surgeons (Drs. Morrill and Jung). These surgeon-educators perform the most advanced laparoscopic, robotic and vaginal operative procedures and support our comprehensive surgical simulation curriculum including certification through the Essentials in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (EMIGS) 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.

Complex Family Planning

In addition to 6 ObGyn specialist faculty (Drs. Chan, Houston, McLean, Ogawa, Norrell, and Schuttler) with expertise in advanced family planning, the Department has subspecialist faculty: Drs. Maryl Sackeim, Anna Buchsbaum, and Divya Dethier.

Kaiser San Francisco Faculty

Specialist Division
Faculty Name Residency Areas of Interest
Lauren Barres, MD University of California, Los Angeles Site Chief, Postpartum and Lactation Care
Rachel Brodie, MD Los Angeles County and University of Southern California OB/GYN Specialist
Christina Bryant, MD Harbor UCLA Assistant Chief, Ob/Gyn
Pam Chan, MD University of California, San Francisco Site Chief Mission Bay; Regional MAPP leadership
Stacy Fang, MD Harbor, UCLA OB/GYN Specialist
Isabel Greenfield, MD Kaiser San Francisco Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Department Technology Lead
Nita Godhwani, MD University of California, San Francisco Lower Genital Tract Dysplasia
Victoria Hall, MD Kaiser San Francisco Medical Center Wellness leader
Shawna Hedley, MD Beth Isreal Medical Center, NY Cancer Survivorship, Menopause
Kathryn Houston, MD University of California, San Francisco Medical Student Education
Susan Huang, MD University of Pennsylvania OB/GYN Specialist
Amy Huibonhoa, MD University of California, Irvine Ambulatory Patient Safety and QI, Advocacy
Monica Kendrick, MD Kaiser San Francisco Physician in Chief of the Medical Center
Zarine Kotian, MD Lenox Hill Hospital Women’s health liason
Erin Niemasik, MD NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center Residency Program Director
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
Anna Rabinov, MD Washington University Barnes Hospital Department Technology Lead
Lester Reffigee, MD University of Illinois at Chicago OB/GYN Specialist
Kendra Sawaya, MD Kaiser San Francisco Cervical Cancer Screening
Harmony Schuttler, MD Kaiser San Francisco Interim Department Chief
Janie Sze, MD Harbor UCLA Departmental Quality Lead
Silvia Teran, MD University of California, Los Angeles OB/GYN Specialist, Health Engagement
Claire Tobias, MD Columbia University Associate Residency Program Director
Sandra Torrente, MD University of Kansas Director Graduate Medical Education, Healthcare disparities; Global Health
Victoria Woo, MD Kaiser Oakland OB/GYN Specialist
Zhi Xiong, MD Mount Sinai OB/GYN Specialist
Ashley Young, MD University of California, 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
Kirsten Salmeen, MD; Residency Subspecialty Educator University of Michigan Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UCSF
Danny Wu, MD, Division Chief Tufts University
New England Medical Center
Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Columbia University
Stacy Yadava, MD Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Michael Bookman, MD Beth Israel Hospital Medicine Branch, National Cancer Institute
Christine Garcia, MD; Residency Subspecialty Educator Kaiser San Francisco Gynecologic Oncology, University of Virginia
Allison Kay, MD University of Washington Gynecologic Oncology, UCSF/Kaiser San Francisco
Ramey Littell, MD; Gyn-Onc Fellowship Site Director Chands Hospital, University of Florida Gynecologic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Irene Moy, MD, Division Chief Northwestern University Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Northwestern University
Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Michelle Morrill, MD; Division Chief Thomas Jefferson Medical College Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, UCSD
Carrie Jung, MD; Residency Subspecialty Educator USC Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, UCSD
Division of Benign Gynecologic Surgeons
Faculty Name Residency Areas of Interest
Nuria Garcia-Ruiz, MD University of California, Davis MIGS Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida
Sha Jin, MD Kaiser San Francisco Ob/Gyn Specialist
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 Oakland Chronic Pelvic Pain, Kaiser San Francisco
Complex Family Planning Division
In addition to 6 ObGyn specialist faculty (Drs. Chan, Houston, McLean, Ogawa, Norrell, and Schuttler) with expertise in advanced family planning, the Department has Sub-specialist Faculty:
Faculty Name Residency Fellowship
Divya Dethier, MD Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Family Planning, University of Hawaii
Maryl Sackeim, MD University of Pennsylvania Family Planning, University of Chicago
Anna Buchsbaum, MD Kaiser Oakland Family Planning, Emory University
Hospitalist Division
Faculty Name Residency Areas of Interest
Neeru Gupta, MD; MCH Director George Washington University Perinatal Patient Safety
Sarah Mandel, MD; Division Chief Kaiser San Francisco NCAL Medical Director of Inpatient Obstetrics; Communication Consultant
Merritt McLean, MD; MCH Director Kaiser San Francisco Patient Safety Fellowship, Kaiser San Francisco
Stephanie Terry, MD; Assistant MCH Director Albert Einstein College of Medicine Associate 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
Bhakti Gangapurkar, MD Kaiser San Francisco Comprehensive Ob/Gyn
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
Jenna Robbins, MD Tulane University Gynecologic Surgery
Kathleen Ryan, MD University of Southern California Comprehensive Ob/Gyn Care
Tina Tan, MD University of California, San Francisco Minimally Invasive Surgery
Clara Ye, MD Kaiser San Francisco Comprehensive Ob/Gyn
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
Maureen Cho, MD, Kaiser San Rafael Kaiser San Francisco MIGS at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center
Nivia Acosta, MD, Site Director, Walnut Creek & Antioch Montefiore Medical Center Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pelvic Pain
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

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