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Drexel Gynecology Study

Drexel Gynecology is participating in a study for patients with uterine fibroids. The SONATA (Sonography-Guided Transcervical Ablation) Study is being conducted at up to 27 centers in the U.S., Mexico and Europe and is designed to establish the safety and effectiveness of a new, investigational device in reducing heavy menstrual bleeding caused by uterine fibroids. The study is a single-arm trial in which all qualified patients will be treated with the Sonata System, which is an ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation device permitting treatment of eligible fibroids via a transcervical approach. Enrollment is expected to close October 2016.

The procedure:

  • Is incisionless
  • Conserves the uterus
  • Does not require general anesthesia
  • Is an outpatient procedure

Patients who may be eligible:

  • Are between 25 and 50 years old
  • Suffer from heavy bleeding associated with uterine fibroids
  • Have no desire to become pregnant in the future

If you have a patient who desires treatment for uterine fibroids or a patient who you suspect has heavy menstrual bleeding related to fibroids, we would be happy to complete a work-up to determine if she is eligible for treatment within this study. This would take place at no cost to the patient. Modest compensation is offered, as participants will be expected to attend multiple appointments and complete menstrual diaries and questionnaires.

For additional information, contact Marisol Burgos, at 215.762.7442 or marisol.burgos@drexelmed.edu.

Women Needed for Vaginal Infection Research Study

Drexel Vaginitis Center is currently recruiting women who have a vaginal infection for a research study testing new medications. If you have symptoms of a vaginal infection, such as itching, burning, irritation, odor or discharge you may qualify. Participants must (at a minimum):

  • Not be pregnant or nursing a baby
  • Not have used antibiotics or antifungals in the last 14 days
  • Be using an effective form of birth control

The study involves two or three office visits. Eligible women will receive study-related exams and medication as well as compensation for time and travel expenses. Enrollment is expected to close October 31, 2016.

For more information contact Marisol Burgos at 215.762.7442 or marisol.burgos@drexelmed.edu.

 
News and Announcements
 

Q&A with Sandra Wolf, MD, Director of the Women's Care Center

As director of the Women's Care Center, an arm of Drexel Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sandra Wolf, MD, oversees a practice with 18,000 patient visits annually. For the past three years, the center has been a member of the Philadelphia International Women's Project, a coalition to better serve the needs of immigrant and refugee women. Read more.

Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors 2019 Faculty Named Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors™ for 2019

Congratulations to Drs. Karen M. Berkowitz (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility), Owen C. Montgomery (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Paul Nyirjesy (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Lauren A. Plante (Maternal and Fetal Medicine) and Kristene E. Whitmore* (Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery), who were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. (May 6, 2019)
*This physician is a non-compensated member of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine.

2018 Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Paul Nyirjesy, MD, recipient of the William Likoff Clinical Excellence Award. See all 2018 faculty awardees.

2017 Golden Apple Awards

The Golden Apple Awards recognize excellence in teaching and outstanding service by faculty and staff of Drexel University College of Medicine.

Drexel Women’s Care Center Improving Female Genital Cutting-Related Health Services For Women and Girls in Philadelphia

With a rapidly growing immigrant population, Philadelphia ranks seventh among major U.S. cities with the highest prevalence — up to 16,500 — of women and girls impacted by female genital cutting (FGC). (October 21, 2016)

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In the Media
 

July 23, 2019: Paul Nyirjesy, MD, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article about whether the Candida diet can help prevent yeast infections.

July 11, 2019: Paul Nyirjesy, MD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was quoted in a Prevention article about common causes of vaginal itching.

April 23, 2019: Paul Nyirjesy, MD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and director of the Drexel Vaginitis Center, was quoted in a Bustle story about the idea of using garlic to treat yeast infections.

March 27, 2019: Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in an Everyday Health story about the effects of hormonal changes on fat and muscle for women heading into menopause.

October 4, 2018: Owen Montgomery, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in a story in The Observer (Uganda) about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists partnering with a university in Uganda to train doctors and prevent maternal deaths.

September 12, 2018: Paul Nyirjesy, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted in a Prevention article about home remedies for vaginal discomfort.

May 2018: Damien Croft, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, authored a piece for Philadelphia magazine’s May “Top Doctors 2018” issue about his personal journey into the medical profession and how he may never be able to relate to his patients on the level he once imagined.

April 3, 2018: Paul Nyirjesy, MD, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story about Trichomonas vaginalis, the most common nonviral sexually transmitted infection.

February 28, 2018: Maria Keating, MD, a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in a Well + Good story about questions that patients may be too embarrassed to ask their gynecologist.

December 5, 2017: Lamar Ekbladh, MD, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in a Philly Voice story about Pennsylvania’s State House Health Committee advancing a bill that would restrict abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

November 3, 2017: Elsa Waldman, a nurse midwife and faculty member in the College of Medicine, and Laniece Coleman, DNP, MSN, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, were quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about Waldman, who delivered a mother’s baby in a van on Broad Street last week.

October 3, 2017: Lamar Ekbladh, MD, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in a Philly Voice story about the lack of scientific evidence to support a House bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks.

October 2, 2017: Paul Nyirjesy, MD, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was interviewed in a segment on Health Professional Radio about the FDA approval of a new drug to treat bacterial vaginosis. Nyirjesy was an investigator in a clinical trial to test the medication.

July 11, 2017: Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was quoted in a WHYY/Newsworks.org story about how doctors are reassessing the optimal level of pain medication to prescribe to women after C-sections.

June 28, 2017: Ryan Offer, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was interviewed during a WTXF-TV (FOX-29) “Good Day Philadelphia” segment about how expecting mothers can track fetal movements during pregnancy.

June 16, 2017: Paul Nyirjesy, MD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in a Prevention story about common household products that can soothe vaginal itching.

February 14, 2017: Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about a new study that shows doctors may be prescribing too many opioid painkillers to new mothers. Montgomery is one of the authors of new Pennsylvania guidelines that offer recommendations for opioids in obstetric care.

"Women's Care Center Addresses Needs of Circumcised Women and Girls"
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Pulse (Winter 2016)

"Drexel Medicine Meets Haute Tech: Devices You Can Wash and Wear"
Related Faculty: Owen Montgomery, MD
College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Fall/Winter 2016)

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