Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds

  • Residents, Medical Students, Nurses, Medical Assistants and women's health professionals are encouraged to attend.

  • The objective of our program is to enhance knowledge for healthcare providers in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

  • Talks are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Current Academic Year


JULY & AUGUST 2017 - No Grand Rounds

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 - No Grand Rounds (Labor Day weekend)


Shoukhrat Mitalipov, PhD, Professor and Director OHSU Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy, Oregon Health & Science University

Gene Editing Therapy for Human Embryos

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about types of heritable gene mutations causing human diseases.
  2. Currently available screening technologies allowing to prevent transmission of gene mutations from parents to children.
  3. Novel gene editing tools allowing to correct mutations.
  4. Future gene therapies to correct gene mutations in human gametes and embryos.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Amy Cantor, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University 

Breast Cancer Screening Evidence and Shared Decision Making

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand current breast cancer screening clinical guidelines and coverage recommendations.
  2. Understand current evidence of the benefits and harms of breast cancer screening.
  3. Understand shared decision making.
  4. Understand how to implement shared decision making in the clinical setting.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 - Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds

Not Open to the Public

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 - Undisclosed Grand Rounds

Not Open to the Public 

OCTOBER 6, 2017

Richard Frieder, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Cancer Genetics, John Wayne Cancer Institute

Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment in OBGYN and Primary Care

Learning Objectives:

  1. Cancer risk stratification.
  2. Cancer risk prediction models.
  3. Predictive genetic testing.
  4. System protocol integration.
  5. Diagnosis and management o common genetic cancer syndromes.

OCTOBER 13, 2017

Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology: An Update on Team OB/GYN

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize the Clinical achievements over the past year.
  2. Summarize the Educational achievements over the past year.
  3. Summarize the Research achievements over the past year.

OCTOBER 20, 2017 - Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds

Open to the Public

Ittai Bushlin, MD, PhD, House Officer, Department of Child Neurology

Mother's Milk and Marijuana: research in progress

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the existing literature regarding transfer of cannabinoids into maternal breast milk.
  2. Be aware of our study measuring THC and CBD concentrations in the breastmilk of mothers using cannabis products.

OCTOBER 27, 2017 - No Grand Rounds due to 41st Annual Pacific NW Update in OB/GYN and Women's Health

NOVEMBER 3, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey T. Jensen, MD, MPH, Leon Speroff Professor & Vice Chair, Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Director, Women's Health Research Unit, Senior Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center

Family Planning Research: Making Women's Lives Better

Learning Objectives:
1. Improve management of hormonal contraception bleeding problems
2. Provide recommendations for emergency contraception

NOVEMBER 10, 2017

Brian Gibbs, PhD, MPA, Chief Diversity Officer, Oregon Health & Science University 

Health Equity: Challenges & Opportunities

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe barriers to equity in health and healthcare.
2. Explain causes, consequences & opportunities to further health equity at OHSU.
3. Become familiar with OHSU Campus-wide Initiative on Unconscious Bias.

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds

Elise Erickson, MS, CNM, (PhD Candidate)

Normal Physiologic Childbirth: An Approach to Care

Learning Objectives:
1. Become familiar with the purpose and components of the 2012 joint consensus statement on Normal Physiologic Childbirth.
2. Consider the reported benefits of and limitations of the Normal Physiologic model.
3. Reflect upon our individual, professional and collective approach to normal birth.
4. Consider date from OHSU midwifery faculty practice on normal physiologic birth measures.
5. Learn about national initiatives to reduce primary cesarean birth through the physiologic model.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 - Nurse-Midwifery Grand Rounds - In the Community

Integrating Maternity Care and Addiction Treatment for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders
Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Lorenzen Auditorium
2801 N. Gantenbien Ave., Portland, OR
7:30 am-8:30 am

NOVEMBER 24, 2017 - No Grand Rounds due to Thanksgiving holiday

DECEMBER 1, 2017

Brandon Togioka, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Spinal Pathology in Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the risks inherent to delivering a child in the setting of various types of spinal pathology.
2. Counsel patients with central nervous system pathology on their options for labor analgesia.
3. Manage complications in the pregnant patient with spinal pathology.

DECEMBER 8, 2017

John Schorge, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist, Tufts Medical Center

Ovarian Cancer: In Search of Lost Time

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the origins of 'ovarian cancer
2. Appreciate the evolving nature of treatment

DECEMBER 15, 2017- Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds

Not Open to the Public

DECEMBER 22, 2017 - No Grand Rounds due to holidays

DECEMBER 29, 2017 - No Grand Rounds due to holidays

JANUARY 5, 2018

Roger C. Young, MD, PhD, President, Chief Medical Officer, PreTel Inc.

The Enigma of Organ-Level Uterine Signaling During Human Labor, Resolved?
*This talk is not eligible for CME credit

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how the uterus signals over long distances without long-distance action potential propagation
2. Understand why the uterine pacemaker has not been found
3. Understand newly identified mechanisms for the initiation and maintenance of labor
4. Identify a new category of mechanisms that contribute to abnormal human labor
5. Understand automobile hydraulic braking

JANUARY 12, 2018

Lishiana Shaffer, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Gynecology for the Transgender Health Program, OHSU

The OHSU Transgender Health Program
*This talk will not be recorded

Learning Objectives:
1. Better understand the origins and formation of this OHSU Multidisciplinary Program
2. Explain to patients and interested parties the comprehensive services provided by the OHSU Transgender Health Program

JANUARY 19, 2018 - No Grand Rounds due to CREOG Exams

JANUARY 26, 2018 - No Grand Rounds due to Rank Morning

FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Megan Cohen, MD, MPH
PGY-4 OBGYN Resident, OHSU

Urinary Tract Injury in Benign Gynecologic Surgery
*This talk will not be recorded

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the incidence urinary tract injury in benign gynecologic surgery
2. Identify risk factors for urinary tract injury, types of injury, and high risk procedural steps
3. Describe how to prevent, identify, and repair common urinary tract injuries in benign gynecologic surgery

FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA
Associate Professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Director, Jane Fonda Center, Emory University School of Medicine

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: What Do I Need to Know Now?

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe current trends and priorities in adolescent sexual and reproductive health
2. Incorporate key elements for delivering teen friendly care
3. Optimize contraceptive counseling and management for adolescent patients

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Jacqueline Bernard, MD, FAAN, Vice Chair, Neurology, OHSU
Lisa Barnhart, Department Administrator, Neurology, OHSU

General Neurology Transformation -  A Journey to Patient Access Improvement

Learning Objectives:
Attendees at every level of learning will be able to use the findings presented to improve patient access to the right care at the right time.

Bethany Klopfenstein, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Clinical Nutrition, OHSU
Michelle Noles, MD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, OHSU

Perioperative Glycemic Management: Engagement - Key to Developing, Implementing, and Continuously Improving a New System Process

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand challenges and barriers to successful multidisciplinary change
2. Understand a methodical approach to initial change and continued improvement

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - Multidisciplinary Case Grand Rounds

Janice Snyder, RN, OBGYN, Labor & Delivery, OHSU
Kristina Spooner, RN, OBGYN, Labor & Delivery, OHSU
Nicole Cirino, MD, Director, Division of Women's Mental Health & Wellness, Associate Professor, OBGYN, OHSU

OB Hemorrhage: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Recognition and Treatment

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand rationale for Quantified Blood Loss (QBL) as a tool to decrease morbidity associated with obstetric hemorrhage
2. Introduce new workflow and documentation, which will incorporate QBL after all vaginal deliveries on L&D
3. Recognize factors that may increase the development of traumatic emotional reactions in patients with severe hemorrhage
4. Identify maternal behaviors that may be outside the normal range of postpartum responses after a severe hemorrhage

MARCH 2, 2018

Teresa Worstell, MD, PGY-4, OHSU
Sylvia Moses, MD, PGY-4, OHSU

Maternal Mortality in the United States: Evaluating the Role of Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the United Nations Millennium Development Goal for Maternal Morbidity and Mortality
2. Identify the leading causes of pregnancy related deaths in the U.S.
3. Understand the disparity in outcomes between ethnic groups in the U.S.
4. Describe the changes in California Maternal Mortality since the creation of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative in 2006

MARCH 9, 2018 - No Grand Rounds due to Generalist Retreat

MARCH 16, 2018 - No Grand Rounds due to Research Day

MARCH 23, 2018 - Multidisciplinary Case Grand Rounds

Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, OHSU Healthcare
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, OHSU School of Nursing

Resilience: Understanding and Addressing Workplace Stress

Learning Objectives:
1. Define resilience and discuss characteristics associated with resilience
2. Identify the multi-dimensional effects of stress on health and well-being
3. Review strategies for strengthening personal resilience

MARCH 30, 2018 - No Grand Rounds due to Spring Break

APRIL 6, 2018

Mitzi Hawkins, MD, Chief Resident, ObGyn, OHSU
Gene De Haan, MD, Chief Resident, ObGyn, OHSU

Caring for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Patients, How to Dismantle the Misogynist Heteropatriarchy of Medicine

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the role of medicine as a site of production of gender-based oppression
2. Describe the limited evidence guiding care of trans and gender nonconforming people
3. Understand the concept of medical gate keeping in the context of gender-affirming care
4. Understand the difference between sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression
5. Apply understanding of how sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression influence patient encounters

APRIL 13, 2018

Liana Tsikitis, MD, MCR, FACS, FASCRS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of GI and General Surgery, OHSU
Daniel Herzig, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of GI and General Surgery, OHSU

Paradigm of Enhanced Recovery after Colorectal Surgery: Can it be Applied to Other Surgical Specialties?

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify and discuss peri-operative interventions
2. Identify and discuss intra-operative interventions
3. Identify and discuss post-operative interventions

APRIL 20, 2018

Eve Espey, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of ObGyn, University of New Mexico

Feminism, Family Planning, and Public Health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how feminism and contraception have led to gains on the path to gender equality
2. Understand how contraception is fundamental to women's health and autonomy
3. Explain the epidemiology and access issues of abortion in the US and globally
4. Describe obstacles to women's equality

APRIL 27, 2018

Alyson Guillet, MD, PGY-4, Chief Resident, ObGyn, OHSU

Racial Bias in Gynecologic Care

Learning Objectives:
1. Review current trends in gynecologic surgery
2. Summarize different frameworks and theories to inperpret disparities research
3. Explore differences in provision of care with a specific focus on route of hysterectomy between different racial groups

Emily Griffin, MD, PGY-4, Chief Resident, ObGyn, OHSU

Rural Maternity Care in the US: Closing Up Shop and How We Should Feel About It

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand current trends in provision of obstetrics services in rural areas in the US
2. Identify driving forces behind these trends
3. Discuss known and potential outcomes associated with these trends
4. Consider possible solutions

MAY 4, 2018

Robert M. Silver, MD, Department Chair and Professor, Ob/Gyn, University of Utah

Stillbirth: What you need to know

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the optimal evaluation for potential causes of stillbirth
2. Become familiar with the management of pregnancy in women with prior stillbirth

MAY 11, 2018

Melissa Moffitt, MD, Assistant Professor, Gynecology Oncology, OHSU

Hormone Replacement Therapy in Cancer Survivors

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn who cancer survivors are
2. Learn about "previvors"
3. Learn who to consider for HRT in these populations

MAY 25, 2018 - Multidisciplinary Case Grand Rounds

Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR, Director of Global Health in OB/GYN, OHSU
Vanessa Lee, MD, MPH, OB/GYN Resident, OHSU

Integrating Global Health in OB/GYN: Opportunities and Challenges

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand global health opportunities in women's health for residents, fellows, and students
2. Understand OHSU institutional policy around global health rotations for learners

JUNE 1, 2018

Russell Broaddus, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Texes MD Anderson Cancer Center

Endometrial Cancer: Identification of Patients At Risk for Recurrence

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the oncology disciplines that are already incorporating molecular diagnostics into routine clinical care
2. Understand the role of CTNNB1 gene sequencing in endometrial cancer
3. Define the utility of β-catenin immunohistochemistry in endometrial cancer
4. Understand how liquid biopsy can potentially be useful for endometrial cancer patients

JUNE 8, 2018

Kimberly Kenne, MD, FACOG, Urogynecology Fellow, OHSU

Surgical Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Ethiopian Women: What is the Preferred Approach?

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand both subjective and objective patient outcomes following prolapse surgery in Ethiopia
2. Obtain insight into performing research in an international setting

Alyssa Colwill, MD, OB/GYN Fellow, OHSU

Opioid Analgesia for Medical Abortion - A Randomized Controlled Trial

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the pain women experience when undergoing medical abortion
2. Review the analgesic effects of opioids for treatment of medical abortion pain

Kelly Kuo, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, OHSU

Maternal High-Fat Diet Consumption and Chronic Hyperandrogenemia are Associated with Altered Placental Vasculature and Nutrient Transport in a Rhesus Macaque Model of PCOS

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the rationale for a translational animal model of PCOS in pregnancy
2. Describe the individual and combined efforts of chronic hyperandrogenemia and high fat diet consumption on placental perfusion and architecture
3. Discuss potential implications of altered angiogenesis, nutrient sensing, and glucose transport

JUNE 15, 2018

Resident Research Day

JUNE 22, 2018

Resident Teaching Awards

Grand Rounds will resume in September 2018