About the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Dr. Richard Miller, Chairman
  • Dr. Edward Wolf, Vice Chairman
  • Dr. John Kindzierski, Residency Director
  • 16 Full-time faculty
  • 117 Attendings

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology delivers more than 5,800 babies annually. The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Program is New Jersey's largest full-service hospital-based in-vitro fertilization program. The Medical Center is designated as a Regional Perinatal Center and accepts transports and provides care for high-risk mothers and critically ill infants in New Jersey's leading Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The gynecological surgical caseload comprises 9,000 operative procedures per year, 3774 major and 5,227 minor. There are 117 physicians on staff for general Obstetrics and Gynecology and all four subspecialties: Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecological Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Gynecological Urology.

Residents are involved in the care of all Obstetrics and Gynecology patients, from the private doctors, our full-time faculty and the resident clinic. The volume of experience is high and the level of supervision is well defined. The goal is to produce high quality Obstetrics and Gynecology physicians who gain confidence and expertise through defined and monitored training. The case volume of our residents is well above the ACGME minimum requirement in every area, every year.

Dr. Miller is Chair of the department, overseeing departmental functions and the residency program. Dr. Miller, an esteemed perinatologist, has been with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center since 1995. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Miller completed his fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1991. He spent four years as Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center and was a member of the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. John Kindzierski is Director of the Residency Program. He graduated from Duke University, Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Barnabas Medical Center. He has been Program Director since September 2005. He is also the Director of the Resident Ambulatory Clinic and the Pap Smear/Colposcopy Clinic.

Gynecological Oncology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

  • Dr. Thad Denehy

The Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery serves as a regional referral center for gynecologic oncology as well as pelvic reconstructive surgeries, attracting patients from throughout New Jersey and the tristate area. The Center has one of the highest volumes in the Northeast.

A comprehensive range of services is provided, including radical pelvic surgery, cytoreduction, bowel and urologic surgery, lymphadenectomies, implantable vascular ports and the latest in multi-agent chemotherapeutics. The Division manages the full spectrum of gynecologic malignancies of vulva, vagina, cervix, endometrium, ovary and gestational trophoblastic disease.

  • As a PGY-2, the resident is introduced to staging, treatment of gynecologic malignancies and basic concepts in pre and postoperative care. The PGY-3 resident assists various advanced pelvic and radical surgical procedures. The PGY-4 resident has the opportunity to first assist in a large number of gynecologic oncology and advanced pelvic surgeries, all performed under expert supervision.

Urogynecology

  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Segal

The Center for Urogynecology of Saint Barnabas Medical Center specializes in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary stress and/or urge incontinence, voiding dysfunction, fecal incontinence, overactive bladder, chronic pelvic pain, including interstitial cystitis and other urogynecologic problems. An experienced medical team offers patients both conservative and surgical approaches.

The Center offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment with a variety of therapies, including behavioral modification, pelvic floor rehabilitation, biofeedback, bladder re-training, medications, transurethral injections, vaginal inserts and minimally invasive surgery.

Second and fourth year residents will rotate through his office to learn the workup of urinary incontinence, the evaluation of pelvic floor defects and the procedure of urodynamics. They will also assist in both vaginal and abdominal reconstructive surgeries and anti-incontinence procedures.

The Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Science

  • Dr. Serena Chen, Dr. Margaret Garrisi, Dr. Natalie Cekleniak,
    Dr. Debbra Keegan, Dr. Stephanie Thompson and
    Dr. Sarah Hessler

One of the nation's leading fertility centers, the Institute provides patients with state-of-the-art clinical treatments, supported by the latest scientific knowledge and laboratory techniques. The Institute treats patients from 40 states and 16 countries. Their success in treating both male and female related disorders is evidenced by the Institute's pregnancy rates, which are among the highest in the world.

Procedures pioneered at the Institute include: ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) that was fine-tuned by others, Assisted Hatching, Fragment Removal, Embryo Co-Culture, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, Blastocyst Culture and Cryopreservation, Cytoplasmic Transplantation and Single Sperm Freezing.

The first, third and fourth year residents rotate through the Institute's office and learn the use of ovulation induction therapy, advanced infertility therapies and IVF procedures, follicular and endometrial stripe monitoring, and advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Dr. Leon Smith, Jr., Dr. Ed Wolf, Dr. Richard Miller,
    Dr. Wendy Warren, Dr. Dom Terrone, Dr. Linda Pelaez,
    Dr. Tania Kasdaglis and Dr. Jonathan O'Brien

The members of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division are extensively trained experts in the field of Perinatal Medicine and the treatment of women who anticipate or are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. The medical team consists of Perinatologists, Perinatal Nurses, Ultrasonographers and Genetic Counselors with extensive training in high-risk pregnancy care. They serve as consultants to physicians in managing a complicated pregnancy, and assist obstetricians in the tri-state area in the care of high-risk patients.

Through didactic lectures, teaching rounds, and grand round lectures, the Perinatologists educate the department's many students. All residents attend to private and clinic patients with Perinatologists in a hospital-based practice setting doing ultrasounds, amniocentesis, external versions and daily in-patient rounds. In addition, the PGY-3 resident is responsible for the Perinatal Evaluation and Treatment (PET) Unit. The PGY-4 resident coordinates the prenatal clinic and the antepartum service (which entails daily teaching rounds with both junior residents and students); and is responsible for assigning obstetrical cases, managing complicated patients, and acting as the administrator of Labor and Delivery and the PET Unit.

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