Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellows

Current Fellows

Katarzyna Bochenska, MD (Third Year)

Katarzyna Bochenska, MD (Third Year)

Dr. Bochenska joined NM FPMRS Fellowship after completing her Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at Northwestern University.  She is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Thesis: 

Translation and Validation of Polish Versions of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI), Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ) and the Epidemiology of Prolapse and Incontinence Questionnaire (EPIQ)

Grant Funding:

Friends of Prentice Research Award 2017

Publications: 

1. Bochenska K, Zyczynski HM. “Utility of post-operative voiding cystourethrogram following lower urinary tract repair,” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2016 Sep-Oct;22(5):369-72.

2. Bochenska K, Boller AM. Fecal Incontinence: Epidemiology, Impact, and Treatment. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2016 Sep;29(3):264-70.

3. Zhou L, Shangguan AJ, Kujawa SA, Bochenska K, Zhang L, et al. (2016) Estrogen and Pelvic Organ Prolapse. J Mol Genet Med 10:221.

4. Oliphant SS, Bochenska K, Tolge ME, Catov JM, Zyczynski HM. “Maternal lower urinary tract injury at the time of Cesarean delivery,” Int Urogynecol J. 2014 Jun 26.

5. Jayathilaka K, Sheridan SD, Bold TD, Bochenska K, Logan HL, Weichselbaum RR, Bishop DK, Connell PP. “A chemical compound that stimulates the human homologous recombination protein RAD51,” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Oct 14;105(41):15848-53.

Presentations: 

1. Bochenska K, Leader-Cramer A, Mueller M, Davé B, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. “Surgical Intervention for Pelvic Floor Disorders Does Not Increase Complication Rates in Women Undergoing Surgery for Gynecologic Malignancies,” American Urogynecologic Society 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, (Denver, CO; October 2016).

2. Hall E, Bochenska K, Griffith J, Kenton K, Alverdy A, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller M. “The Promise of PROMIS in Pelvic Organ Prolapse,” American Urogynecologic Society 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, (Denver, CO; October 2016).

3. Leader-Cramer A, Mueller M, Davé B, Bochenska K, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. “Hysterectomy, Friend or Foe When Combined with Laparoscopic Colpopexy,” American Urogynecologic Society 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, (Denver, CO; October 2016).

4. Bochenska K, Leader-Cramer A, Mueller MG, Davé B, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Alverdy A, Kenton K. “Perioperative Complications Following Colpocleisis with Concomitant Vaginal Hysterectomy,” 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (Palm Springs, CA; April 2016).

5. Davé B, Leader-Cramer A, Bochenska K, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller M, Kenton K. “The Wasted Vaginal Hysterectomy- An Argument for Tracking in Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Programs,” 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (Palm Springs, CA; April 2016).

6. Leader-Cramer A, Davé B, Bochenska K, Mueller M, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. “Risk Factors for 30-Day Perioperative Complications for Total Vaginal Hysterectomy,” 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (Palm Springs, CA, April 2016).

7. Bochenska K, Gosman G. “Preparing Residents for the Fellowship Application Process,” CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting, (New Orleans, LA; March 2016).

8. Bochenska K, Milad M, Lewicky-Gaupp C. “Knot Operative Tying: The KnOT Study,” CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting, (New Orleans, LA; March 2016).

9. Davé BA, Abernethy M, Hamptom-Marcell J, Alverdy A, Rosenfeld A, Leader-Cramer A, Bochenska K, Gottel N, Mueller, M, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Gilbert J, Kenton K. “Lactobacillus in the urinary microbiome of women with stress urinary incontinence.” Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) Meeting, (New Orleans, LA; February 2016).

10. Bochenska K, Mani D, Wroblewski J, Brown B, Moalli P. “Implantation of Sacrocolpopexy Mesh Alters Ratio of Collagen Subtypes in the Vagina 3 Months after Sacrocolpopexy,” American Urogynecologic Society 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, (Washington DC; July 2014).

Julia Geynisman-Tan, MD (Second Year)

Julia Geynisman-Tan, MD (Second Year)

Dr. Geynisman-Tan joined NM FPMRS Fellowship after completing her residency at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell in New York City and her medical degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Illinois.  

Thesis: 

Pubic Hair Grooming Practices and the Urinary and Vaginal Microbiome

Publications: 

1. Anal Penetrative Intercourse as a Risk Factor for Fecal Incontinence. J Geynisman-Tan, K Kenton, A Leader-Cramer, B Dave, K Bochenska, M Mueller, S Collins, C Lewicky-Gaupp. Accepted to Journal of FPMRS.

2. Changing Referral Patterns in Urogynecology. JGeynisman-Tan, O Brown, A Leader-Cramer, B Dave, K Bochenska, M Mueller, S Collins, C Lewicky-Gaupp, K Kenton. Accepted to Journal of FPMRS.

3. Pneumothorax following laparoscopic robotic-assisted supracervical hysterectomy and sacrocolpopexy. A Kim, J Geynisman-Tan, C Lewicky-Gaupp. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jan 27. Epub ahead of print.

4. All the Darkness We Don’t See. Geynisman-Tan JM, Taylor JS, Edersheim T, Taubel D. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep 21

5. Vestibulodynia: A Multifactorial Syndrome: A Case Report. Geynisman-Tan J, Ledger WJ.J J Reprod Med. 2016 May-Jun;61(5-6):287-9

6. Bilateral catamenial pneumothorax and pulmonary emboli. Geynisman J, Lekovic JP, Tsai T.  J Obstet Gynaecol. Jul 2014 14:1-2.

7. Cotelydonoid Dissecting Leiomyoma. Geynisman J, Pagan C, Pirog, E and Holcomb K. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. Jun 2014. 125(3):284.

8. Reporting maternal mortality at the community level with a modified 4-question reproductive age mortality survey. Geynisman J, Latimer A, and Anderson F. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2011 Jul;114(1):29-32.

Presentations:

1. Anal Penetrative Intercourse as a Risk Factor for Fecal Incontinence. – Poster to be presented at Society of Gynecologic Surgeons March 2017

2. Changing Referral Patterns in Urogynecology. – Poster to be presented at Society of Gynecologic Surgeons March 2017

Akira Gillingham, MD (First Year)

Akira Gillingham, MD (First Year)

Dr. Gillingham joined NM FPMRS Fellowship after completing his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He earned his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Graduates of Program

Melinda Abernethy, MD, MPH

Melinda Abernethy, MD, MPH

Dr. Abernethy is the first fellow to graduate from Northwestern’s ACGME accredited FPMRS Fellowship.  She earned her medical degree and her master of public health from the University of North Carolina and completed her residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Melinda Abernethy is now an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 

Thesis:

Abernethy MG, Rosenfeld A, White JR, Mueller MG, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K.  Urinary microbiome and cytokine levels in women with interstitial cystitis. Obstet Gynecol 2017 March. PMID: 28178051

Margaret Mueller, MD

Margaret Mueller, MD

Dr. Mueller earned her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, then completed her residency at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Mueller is now an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology and serves as the assistant fellowship program director at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Thesis: 

Mueller MG, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Collins C, Abernethy MG, Alverdy A, Kenton D. Activity Restriction Recommendations and Outcomes After Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol 2017 April. PMID:28277355

Bhumy Dave, MD

Bhumy Dave, MD

Dr. Dave earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, then completed her residency at Stanford University. Dr. Dave is now an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine 

Thesis: 

Vaginal Electrical Stimulation for Postpartum Neuromuscular Recovery: A Randomised Controlled Trial 

Alix Leader-Cramer, MD

Alix Leader-Cramer, MD

Dr. Leader-Cramer earned her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, then completed her residency at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University.

Thesis: 

The SLIM Study: Sling and Botox: Injection for Mixed Urinary Incontienence. A Randomized Controlled Trial