Mary Stephenson, MD MSc
Theresa S. Falcon-Cullinan
Professor & Head


Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

820 S. Wood Street, M/C 808, Chicago, IL 60612

Second Floor, Clinical Sciences North
Reception: Room 253

P (312) 996-7006
F (312) 996-4238


Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago!

The new year a busy and exciting time for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Our new Interns arrived this summer and started with a Boot Camp in our newly renovated OB/GYN Simulation Center. Please welcome:
Rebecca Commito, MD,from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, New Jersey
Carly Kruse, MD, MSc, from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Nicole Lugo Santiago, MD, from University of Michigan Medical School
Jessica Morgan, MD, from New York University School of Medicine
James J. Morong, MBBS, MPhil, from University of Queensland School of Medicine, Brisbane, Australia
Joanna M. Ryan, MD, from University of Illinois College of Medicine
Arielle Grand, MD, from Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

We also welcome our new second year Resident:
Katherine Contangco, DO, who transferred from Wright State University

Our Department has two new Subspecialty Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Please welcome:
Tia Jackson-Bey, MD, MPH, Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, completed OB/GYN Residency at Duke University
Erin Cavanaugh, MD, Fellow in Global Women’s Health, completed OB/GYN Residency at Temple University  

During the past academic year, the Department has built upon our existing educational programs and expanded into Global Women’s Health.  I would like to acknowledge our educational leader including:

Dr. Abigail Litwiller, Associated Department Head of Education and Faculty Development, and Director of the OB/GYN Residency Program
Dr. Tamika Alexander, Associate Director of the OB/GYN Residency Program
Dr. Switzer, Director of Clerkship (3rd Year medical students)
Dr. Hussain, Director of Electives/Selectives (4th Year medical students)
Dr. Micaela Della Torre, Director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Musa Zamah, Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellowship
Dr. Gelila Goba, Director of the Global Women’s Health Fellowship
Dr. Mary Stephenson, Director of the Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Fellowship

But it “takes a community” to make our educational programs great and at University of Illinois at Chicago, the Department of OB/GYN has outstanding faculty, residents, and staff, all contributing to our educational mission.

This year, the Department was approved for ACGME-accredited subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.  Congratulations to the faculty and staff who made this possible, and especially to fellowship directors Dr. Della Torre and Dr. Musa Zamah.

We look forward to welcoming Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD as Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology who will be joining the Department this fall.  Dr. Al-Hendy is well funded by the National Institutes of Health to study genetic and environmental factors leading to uterine fibroids.  At UIC, he will have a research laboratory in the College of Medicine Research Building.  Clinically, Dr. Al-Hendy will be leading clinical trials for treatment of uterine fibroids and stem cell therapy in OB/GYN.

Last October’s Annual Conference, “Challenges in OB/GYN: Pearls for Practice”  was a great success, thanks to the outstanding contributions from our distinguished external and internal faculty, along with our dedicated conference organizers and staff. Keynote speakers included:

Dr. Michael Bebbington, Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University, who gave us an update on fetal surgery.
Dr. Julia Johnson, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at University of Massachusetts, discussed challenges
in managing post menopause, and optimizing bone health.
Dr. James Shwayder, JD, at University of Mississippi, discussed how to avoid medico-legal issues with
online communications, and challenging surgeries and deliveries.
Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, Gynecologic Oncologist at May Clinic,  discussed “enhanced recovery” after surgery.

The Department was recently notified of our 2018 Castle Connolly Top OB/GYNs. Please join me in congratulating the following clinicians for being peer-recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence in patient care!

Gloria L. Elam, MD, MPH, Top Doctors
William Kobak, MD, Top Doctors
Sondra Summers, MD, Top Doctors
Rajul Kothari, MD, Top Doctors, Gynecologic Oncology,
Humberto Scoccia, MD, America’s Top Doctors, Top Doctors in Chicago Magazine
Mary D. Stephenson, MD, MSc, America’s Top Doctors, Top Doctors in Chicago Magazine

We continue to expand our Department and we are actively recruiting faculty.  Please check out the links below:

Our diverse faculty and staff are committed to moving the Department forward through their hard work and passion for excellence in patient care, education and research. Feel free to stop by my office to discuss the exciting changes taking place in our thriving Department.

Best regards,

Mary Stephenson, MD MSc
Theresa S. Falcon-Cullinan Professor & Department Head
University of Illinois at Chicago
Phone: (312) 996-7006