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Research

Resident Research Studies


All residents present a research project on a designated resident research day at the end of their third year of residency. 

This is attended by a large number of faculty and nearly all residents. The graduating senior class also invites a Visiting Professor for a lecture presentation. Clinics and elective surgeries are not scheduled for this day. Each resident has a faculty mentor who assists and advises the resident in the conduct and presentation of this project. Residents su bmit written proposals for research, with an identified mentor, by the end of the PGY-2. There is a six-week elective rotation block in the PGY-2, which may be used as research time, or the resident may conduct his or her research during other times of the year. 

2016 Resident Research Projects 

Erin A Blake MD, MSc 
Factors impacting use of robotic surgery for treatment of endometrial cancer in the US

Elizabeth de la Garza, MD 
Medicaid patients receiving immediate postpartum etonogestrel contraceptive implants: contraceptive continuation and rapid recurrent pregnancy rates

David Doo, MD 
Association between preoperative chemotherapy and postoperative complications in patients undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer

Julie Lemoine, MD 
Motivating factors for dual method contraceptive use among adolescents and young women: A qualitative investigation

Jill Liss, MD 
Predictors of positive margins at time of loop electrosurgical excision procedure

Polina Rovner, MD 
Induction of the LH surge in premenarchal girls: early maturation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis

Lindy A. Vanlandingham, MD 
Gestational age at delivery is mediated by second trimester hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis function in relation to early pregnancy maternal stress & mood

Resident Publications and Presentations​

Residents publish their research and are a part of exceptional research projects. Residents present their research projects at various national conferences including, ACOG ACM, SGO, ASRM, SGS, SFP, ASCCP, SMFM, SGI, AAGL, ENDO, SRI, and WAGO. ​

 2015-2016 Publications

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​​​​Resident ​Publication Title Authors/​Mentors
Sara Babcock Gilbert, MD Reviews in Urology Fertility preseration options for men and women with cancer Skaznik-Wikiel, ME, Babcock Gilbert, SA, Meacham, RB, & Kondapalli, LA
Sara Babcock Gilbert, MD American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Variation in primary cesarean delivery rates by individual physician within a single-hospital laborist model Metz, TD, Allshouse, AA, Babcock Gilbert, SA, Doyle, R, Tong, A, & Carey, JC
Erin Blake, MD Handbook of Gynecology (textbook) Chapter Blake, EA, Guntupalli, SR, & Matsuo, K
Erin Blake, MD Annals of Surgical Oncology Factors impacting use of robotic surgery for treatment of endometrial cancer in the United States Blake, EA, Sheeder, J, Behbakht, K, Guntupalli, SR, Guy, MS
Erin Blake, MD Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics Feto-maternal outcomes of pregnancy complicated by Krukenberg tumor: a systematic review of literature Kodama, M, Moeini, A, Machida, H, Blake, EA, Grubbs, BH, Matsuo, K
Brooke Breitnauer, MD AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV Perspectives of healthcare providers and HIV-affected individuals and couples during the development of a safer conception counseling toolkit in Kenya: stigma, fears, and recommendations for the delivery of service Mmeje, O, Njoroge, B, Akama, E, Anna Leddy, Breitnauer, B, Darbes, L, & Brown, J
Aakriti Carrubba, MD International Journal of Gynecological Cancer Evaluation of preoperative chest imaging in low-risk endometrial cancer patients Carrubba, AR, Corr, BR, Sheeder, J,& Guntupalli, SR
Aakriti Carrubba, MD Ferri's Clinical Advisor Chapter Mmeje, O, Njoroge, B, Akama, E, Anna Leddy, Breitnauer, B, Darbes, L, & Brown, J
Madeline Comneck (McBride), MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Short-Term Treatment of Bothersome Bleeding for Etonogestrel Implant Users Using a 14-Day Oral Contraceptive Pill Regimen: A Randomized Controlled Trial Guiahi, M, McBride, M, Sheeder, J,& Teal, S
David Doo, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Preparedness of Ob/Gyn residents for fellowship training in gynecologic oncology Guntupalli, SR, Doo, DW, Guy, M, Sheeder, J, Omurtag, K, Kondapalli, L, Valea, F,Harper, L, & Muffly, T
David Doo, MD Annals of Surgical Oncology Association between preoperative chemotherapy and postoperative complications in patients undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer Doo, DW, Guy, MD, Behbakht, K, Davidson, SA, Sheeder, J, & Guntupalli, SR
Amber Fontenot Ferriss, MD Contraception In Revision
Jill Lange-Liss, MD Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Treatment of acute abnormal uterine bleeding in adolescents: What are providers doing in various specialties? Huguelet, PS, Buyers, EM, Lange-Liss, JH & Scott, SM
Julie Lemoine, MD Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Motivating factors for dual method contraception Use amongst adolescents and young women: a qualitative investigation Lemoine, J, Peters, M & Guiahi, M
Sarah Peterson, MD American Journal of Perinatology Provider awareness, understanding and use of NICHD neonatal research network outcomes estimator Peterson, S, & Gonik, B
Polina Rovner, MD Topics in Obstetrics & Gynecology Chapter Rovner, P, & Dovey, S
Alexis Scaparotti, MD Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease Adherence to management recommendations in patients diagnosed with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2 or 3 Alston, MJ, Scaparotti, AC, Krull, MB, & Mazzoni, SE
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 2015-2016 Presentations

​​​​Resident Conference Title Authors/​Mentors
Erin Blake, MD
Aakriti Carrubba, MD
David Doo, MD
47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection in patients undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer​
(Poster Presentation)
Blake, EA, Sheederb, J, Carrubba, AR, Okland, T, Hopkins, M, Doo, DW & Guntupalli, SR
Erin Blake, MD
Aakriti Carrubba, MD
Marisa Moroney, MD
47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Hemotherapy use is a significant predictor for sexual dysfunction in women with gynecologic cancer​
(Poster Presentation)
Blake, EA, Flink, DM, Sheeder, J, Carrubba, AR, Moroney, M, Whitmore, G & Guntupalli, SR
Erin Blake, MD Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists 2015 Annual Meeting
(Poster Presentation)
Richmond, AM, Blake, EA, Smith, EE & Post, MD
Erin Blake, MD Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists 2015 Annual Meeting
(Poster Presentation)
Blake, EA, Sheeder, J, Behbakht, K, Guntupalli, SR & Guy, MS
Aakriti Carrubba, MD 47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Histopathology discrepancy of preoperative endometrial sampling and final specimen: How does this influence selective lymph node dissection?
(Poster Presentation)
Corr, BR, Carrubba, AR, Sheeder, J, Cheng, G, Behbakht, K & Guntupalli, SR
Aakriti Carrubba, MD
Erin Blake, MD
Marisa Moroney, MD
47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology The effect of treatment for gynecologic cancers on a woman’s sexual function​
(Oral Presentation)
Carruba, A, Blake, EA, Moroney, M, Flink, D, Whitmore, G, Sheeder, J & Guntupalli, SR
Aakriti Carrubba, MD
Erin Blake, MD
Marisa Moroney, MD
47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Is surgical management associated with sexual dysfunction in women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer?
(Poster Presentation)
Carruba, A, Flink, DS, Sheeder, J, Blake, EA, Moroney, M & Guntupalli, SR
Madeline Comneck (McBride), MD North American Forum on Family Planning (Poster Presentation) Guiahi, M, McBride, M, Sheeder, J, & Teal S
David Doo, MD University of Colorado, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Retreat (Poster Presentation) Doo, DW, Quinn, ME, Sheeder, J, Spillman, MA & Post, MD
David Doo, MD (Poster Presentation) Guntupalli, SR, Doo, DW, Guy, MS, Powell, MA, Novetsky, AP, Sheeder, JS & Behdakht, K
David Doo, MD American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology 2016 Meeting Agreement between endocervical brush and endocervical curettage in patients undergoing repeat endocervical sampling
(Oral Presentation)
Alston, MJ, Doo, DW, Mazzoni, SE & Stickrath, EH
Jeffrey Hastings, MD American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology 2016 Meeting Frequency of adequate endometrial biopsy in evaluation of postmenopausal women with benign endometrial cells on pap test
(Oral Presentation)
Hastings, JW, Alston, M, Mazzoni, S & Stickrath, E
Aaron Lazorzitz, MD North American Forum on Family Planning (Oral Presentation) Lazorwitz, A, Swartz, M, Davis, A & Guiahi, M
Marisa Moroney, MD
Erin Blake, MD
Aakriti Carrubba, MD
47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology​ Radiation therapy is not a risk factor for sexual dysfunction in women with gynecologic cancers
(Poster Presentation)
Moroney, M, Flink, DM, Sheeder, J, Blake, EA, Carrubba, AR, Whitmore, G & Guntupalli, SR
Anne Narayan, MD North American Forum on Family Planning (Poster Presentation) Naryan, A
Polina Rovner, MD American Society for Reproductive Medicine (Resident Reporter) Rovner, A
Polina Rovner, MD 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine — The Pregnancy Meeting Maternal deaths from suicide and drug overdose in Colorado
(Poster Presentation)
Metz, TD, Rovner, P, Allshouse AA, Beckwith, K, Hoffman, MC & Binswanger, I
Lindy Vanlandingham, MD 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine — The Pregnancy Meeting Gestational age at delivery is mediated by second trimester hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocorticol axis function in relation to early pregnancy maternal stress and mood
(Poster Presentation)
Hoffman, MC, Vanlandingham, LA, Wagner BD, Laudenslager, ML & Ross RG
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 2014-2015 Publications

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​​​​Resident ​Publication Title Authors/​Mentors
Sara Babcock Gilbert, MD Minerva Endocrinologica Hypothalamic obesity Babcock Gilbert, S & Roth, LW
Sara Babcock Gilbert, MD Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of Disease A novel protective mechanism for mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) in type i diabetes-induced cardiac dysfunction: Role of AMPK-regulated autophagy Guo, Y, Yu, W, Sun, D, Wang, J, Li, C, Zhang, R, Babcock, SA, Li, Y, Liu, M, Ma, M, Zeng, C, Li, N, He, W, Zou, Q, Zhang, Y & Wang, H
Sara Babcock Gilbert, MD Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of Disease Inhibition of AMPK accentuates prolonged caloric restriction-induced change in cardiac contractile function through disruption of compensatory autophagy Zhen, Q, Zhao, K, Han, X, Huff, AF, Cui, Q, Babcock, SA, Yu, S & Zhang, Y
Sara Babcock Gilbert, MD Journal of Hepatology Aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (ALDH2) ameliorates chronic alcohol ingestion-induced hepatic steatosis and inflammation: Role of autophagy Guo, R, Xu, X, Babcock, SA, Zhang, Y, & Ren J
Brittney Bastow, MD Contraception Do adolescents who initiate LARC use condoms with new partners? Bastow, B, Sheeder, J & Teal, S
Erin Blake, MD European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Feto-maternal outcomes of pregnancy complicated by epithelial ovarian cancer: a systematic review of literature Blake, EA, Kodama, M, Yunokawa, M, Ross, MS, Ueda, Y, Grubbs, BH & Matsuo, K
Erin Blake, MD European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Feto-maternal outcomes of pregnancy complicated by ovarian malignant germ cell tumor: a systematic review of literature Kodama, M, Grubbs, BH, Blake, EA, Cahoon, SS, Murakami, R, Kimura, T & Matsuo, K.
Erin Blake, MD European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Clinical characteristics and outcomes of uterine tumors resembling ovarian sex-cord tumors (UTROSCT): a systematic review of literature Blake, EA, Sheridan, TB, Wang, KL, Takiuchi, T, Kodama, M, Sawada, K & Matsuo, K
Erin Blake, MD Gynecologic Oncology Reports Cotyledonoid dissecting leiomyoma with adipocytic differentiation: A case report Blake, EA, Cheng, G, Post, MD & Guntupalli SR
Erin Blake, MD European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Feto-maternal outcome of pregnancy complicated by vulvar cancer: a systematic review of literature Matsuo, K, Whitman, SA, Blake, EA, Conturie, CL, Ciccone, MA, Jung, CE, Takiuchi, T & Nishimura, M
Erin Blake, MD European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Feto-maternal outcomes of pregnancy complicated by ovarian sex-cord stromal tumor: a systematic review of literature Blake, EA, Carter, CM, Kashani, BM, Kodama, M, Mabuchi, S, Yoshino, K & Matsuo, K
Brooke Breitnauer, MD Journal of the International AIDS Society Community perceptions of childbearing and use of safer conception strategies among HIV-discordant couples in Kisumu, Kenya Brietnauer, BT, Mmeje, O, Njoroge, B, Darbes, LA, Leddy, A & Brown, J
Aakriti Carrubba, MD Postgraduate Obstetrics & Gynecology Hereditary cancer syndromes in obstetrics and gynecology Carrubba, A & Arruda, J
David Doo, MD Postgraduate Obstetrics & Gynecology Black race independently predicts worse survival in uterine carcinosarcoma Cossio, M, Arend, RC, Van Arsdale, AR, Erickson, BK, Wang, Y, Doo, DW, Leath, CA, Goldberg, GL & Huang, GS
David Doo, MD Gynecologic Oncology OB/GYN residency inadequately prepares residents for fellowship training in gynecologic oncology: Results of national, multi-institutional survey Guntupalli, SR, Doo, DW, Guy, MS, Powell, MA, Novetsky, AP, Sheeder, JA & Behbakht, K
David Doo, MD Gynecologic Oncology Reports Preparedness of Ob/Gyn residents for fellowship training in gynecologic oncology Doo, DW, Powell, M, Novetsky, A, Sheeder, J & Guntupalli, SR
David Doo, MD Annals of Surgical Oncology Comparative surgical outcomes for endometrial cancer patients 65 years old or older staged with robotics or laparotomy Doo, DW, Guntupalli, SR, Corr, BR, Sheeder, J, Davidson, SA, Behbakht, K, Jarrett, MJ & Guy, MS
David Doo, MD Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics Predicting MSSA in acute hematogenous osteomyelitis in a setting with MRSA prevalence Dietrich, LN, Reid, D, Doo, DW, Fineberg, NS, Khoury, JG & Gilbert, SR
David Doo, MD Gynecologic Oncology Radical surgical cytoreduction in the treatment of ovarian carcinosarcoma Doo, DW, Erickson, BK, Arend, RC, Conner, MG, Huh, WK & Leath, CA
Amber Fontenot Ferriss, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Association between gelatin-thrombin matrix use and abscesses in women undergoing pelvic surgery Anderson, C, Medlin, E, Ferriss, AF, Sheeder, J, Davidson, S, Gibbs, R, Behbakht, K & Guntupalli S
Jeffrey Hastings, MD American Surgeon Surgical repair of ileovesical fistulas: long-term complications, quality of life, and patient satisfaction Hastings, JW, Gar​g, M, Lynn, ET & Divino, CM
Aaron Lazorwitz, MD Contraception Does the expectation or perception of noncontraceptive benefits lead to higher rates of short-acting reversible contraceptive continuation for adolescents and young adult women? Lazorwitz, A, Sheeder, J, Teal, S & Guiahi, M
Jill Liss, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome: a cause of refractory nausea and vomiting in pregnancy Alaniz, VI, Liss, J, Metz, TD & Stickrath, E
Sarah Villarreal, MD American Journal of Perinatology Role of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein and ultrasonography in contemporary detection of spina bifida Racusin, DA,Villarreal, S, Antony, KM, Harris, RA, Mastrobattista, J, Lee, W, Shamshirsaz, AA, Belfort, M & Aagaard, KM
Kelsey Webster, MD Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Predictors of manuscript publication: A review of obstetrics and gynecology society meeting abstracts Muffly, T, Webster, K, Conageski, C & Guiahi, M
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 2014-2015 Presentations

​​​​Resident Conference Title Authors/​Mentors
Erin Blake, MD Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists Fascin expression is associated with epithelial–mesenchymal transition and advanced disease in uterine carcinosarcoma
(Poster Presentation)
Richmond, AM, Blake, EA, Smith, EE & Post, MD
Erin Blake, MD Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists Impact of socioeconomic, clinical and hospital characteristics on the utilization of a robotic approach for the treatment of endometrial cancer in the United States
(Poster Presentation)
Blake, EA, Behbakht, K, Sheeder, J, Guntupalli, S & Guy, MS
Aakriti Carrubba, MD Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists Evaluation of preoperative chest imaging in low-risk endometrial cancer patients
(Poster Presentation)
Carrubba, AR, Corr, BR, Sheeder, J,& Guntupalli, SR
David Doo, MD Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (Poster Presentation)
David Doo, MD Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Black race independently predicts worse survival in uterine carcinosarcoma
(Poster Presentation)
Cossio, M, Arend, RC, Van Arsdale, AR, Erickson, BK, Wang, Y, Doo, DW, Leath, CA, Goldberg, GL & Huang, GS
David Doo, MD Society of Gynecologic Oncologists OB/GYN residency inadequately prepares residents for fellowship training in gynecologic oncology: Results of national, multi-institutional survey
(Oral Presentation)
Doo, DW, Guy, MS, Behbakht, K, Davidson, SA, Sheeder,J & Guntupalli, SR
Aaron Lazorzitz, MD North American Forum on Family Planning (Poster Presentation) Lazorwitz, A, Sheeder, J, Teal, S & Guiahi, M
Aaron Lazorzitz, MD Women's Health Research Day Poster Session (Poster Presentation) Lazorwitz, A, Sheeder, J, Teal, S & Guiahi, M
Aaron Lazorzitz, MD 2015 Annual Winter Pediatric Research Poster Session (Poster Presentation) Lazorwitz, A, Sheeder, J, Teal, S & Guiahi, M
Polina Rovner, MD Endocrine Society Induction of an LH surge in premenarchal girls: Early maturation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis
(Poster Presentation)
Rovner, P, Santoro, N, Chosich, J, Allshouse, A, Keltz, J, Neal-Perry, G, Polotsky, A & Isaac, B
Kelsey Webster, MD American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2015 The Fate of Abstracts Presented at Obstetrics and Gynecology Meetings in 2005
(Poster Presentation)
Conageski, C, Webster, KW & Guiahi, M
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 2013-2014 Presentations and Publications

​​​​Resident Conference/Publication Title Authors/​Mentors
Brittney Bastow, MD Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Conference Demographic characteristics and geographic distribution of the practicing members from the society of gynecologic surgeons
(Poster Presentation)
Bastow, B, Davis, K, Connell, K & Muffly, T
Brittney Bastow, MD North American Forum on Family Planning Conference Do adolescents who initiate LARC use condoms with new partners?
(Oral Presentation)
Teal, S
Sarah Bienenfeld, MD American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Conference Adherence to postpartum follow-up with high grade pap smears during pregnancy
(Poster Presentation)
Alston, M & Krull, M
Leo Han, MD American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Preventing repeat pregnancy in adolescents: is immediate postpartum insertion of the contraceptive implant cost effective? Han, L, Teal, SB, Sheeder, J & Tocce, K
Leo Han, MD Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy Expert opinion on a flexible extended regimen of drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol contraceptive Han, L & Jensen, JT
Shan Shan Jiang, MD Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Knot integrity as function of suture length: Longer does not mean stronger
(Poster Presentation)
Jiang, S, Kahn, E, Sheeder, J, Davis, K, Connell, K & Muffly, T
Annalisa Post, MD 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine — The Pregnancy Meeting Timing of 3rd trimester ultrasound for birth weight prediction in diabetic pregnancies
(Poster Presentation)
Post, A, Moore, G, West, N, Hart, J & Lynch, A
Annalisa Post, MD 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine — The Pregnancy Meeting Early aspirin decreases late-onset preeclampsia (≥34 weeks), particularly in women with chronic hypertension
(Poster Presentation)
Moore, G, Allshouse, A, Post, A, Galan, H & Heyborne K
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