Today, a major thrust in academic medicine is “translational research,” a cycle of discovery in which promising findings in the laboratory are expedited to patient care settings, where outcomes inspire more ideas to study. To expertly train a new crop of physician-scientists focused on women’s health, the Vincent Department of OB/GYN offers a Clinical Fellows Research Program, based in the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology (VCRB), directed by Bo Rueda, PhD.

Financially supported by Vincent Memorial Hospital, a total of 11 fellows are enrolled in four subspecialty programs, all formally approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), giving the department rare distinction. Fellows spend three years alternating between clinical and laboratory settings, studying issues such as targeting cells in gynecologic cancer, factors contributing to endometriosis and fibroids, and mechanisms of the immune system that trigger pre-term labor, which is the research focus of Ilona Goldfarb, MD (in photo, at left), a Vincent clinical fellow mentored by Mark Phillippe, MD, MHCM (right).

Each program is guided by a faculty director: Gynecology Oncology: Annekathryn Goodman, MD; Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Jeffrey Ecker, MD; Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility: Thomas Toth, MD; and Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery: Samantha Pulliam, MD.