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Senior Research Projects

Each resident must design and carry out a research project with the assistance of a faculty mentor. This research project is the basis for a presentation as a PGY-4 at the department's Annual Residents' Research Seminar. The purpose of this project is to provide an opportunity to formulate a hypothesis, put forth an appropriate study design with power analysis (if necessary), execute the study and analyze the data. This project serves as the required thesis and, in most cases, results in publications and presentations.

Past Projects


  • Elnur Babayev
    Clpp Gene is Required to Maintain Ovarian Follicular Reserve During Aging and for Development of Pre-Implantation Embryos
  • Sharlay Butler
    A Game-Show Based Curriculum for Teaching Obstetrics and Gynecology Resdients Principles of Reproductive Infectious Disease (GBS PRIDE Trial)
  • Arjeme Cavens
    Venous Thromboembolism Risk Assessment and Prophylaxis Among Gynecologic Surgical Patients at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Rachael Cowherd
    Do Maternal Outcomes of Twin Gestations Differ by Chorionicity?
  • Kathryn Fay
    Reproductive Coercian in the Perinatal Context
  • Divya Mallampati
    A Cost-Effective Analysis of Strategies for Prescribing Aspirin to Prevent Preeclampsia 
  • Kathryn McKenney
    Prevention of Early Onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Sepsis: Factors Associated with Screening and Chemoprophylaxis Guideline Non-Adherence
  • Chiamaka Onwuzurike
    A County Hospital Experience with Birth Tourism: Obstetric and Neonatal Outcomes
  • Michele O'Shea
    Long Term Sexual Function After Obstetrical Anal Sphincter Injuries
  • Jessica Shim
    The Association Between Antenatal Depressive Symptomatology and Postpartum Visit Attendance
  • Jacqueline Wong
    Urinary Tract Injury in Benign Gynecologic Laparascopy: A Systemic Review


  • Nina Ayala
    Is Umbilical Coiling Genetically Determined?
  • Teni Brown
    Predicting Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS) in Patients Who Undergo Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)
  • Katie Chang
    Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy with Dilation and Evacuation for Fetal Demise 
  • Phillip Gorrindo
    Family Planning Misconceptions and Concordance in Self-Reported Contraceptive Method Among Female-Male Dyads in Western Kenya 
  • Evelyn Hall
    The Promise of PROMIS in Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Chloe Nielsen
    Optimal Timing of Delivery in Women with Higher Order Cesareans 
  • Kyle Reynolds
    Activity Tracking Devices in Pregnancy and Gestational Weight Gain and Obstetrical Outcomes 
  • Amanda Schieler
    Periconception Hemoglobin A1c and Congenital Anomalies in Women with Pregestational Diabetes
  • Ariel Sklar
    Periviability Decision Making: Assessing Provider Traits and Cognitive Skills
  • Janelle Sobecki-Rausch
    Management of Ectopic Pregnancy in a Medically Undeserved Urban Community: Does Compliance Matter
  • Kelly Treder
    Perinatal Palliative Care Providers' Attitudes Toward Pregnancy Termination 
  • Jessica Walter
    Medical Device Approvals Through the Premarket Approval Pathway in Obstetrics and Gynecology From 2000 to 2015


  • Leah Hawkins Bressler
    Alcohol, cigarette smoking, and ovarian reserve in reproductive-age African-American women
  • Rachel Cannon
    Contraceptive needs among newly incarcerated women in a county jail
  • Mary Crisham-Janik
    Relationship between intimate partner violence and prevention of maternal-to-child transmission of HIV
  • Katie Direnzo-Blatt
    Effect of rescue course of antenatal corticosteroids on neonatal outcome in preterm premature rupture of membranes
  • Ian Fields
    Outpatient robotic hysterectomy in gynecologic oncology is facilitated by an opioid-sparing anesthetic regimen
  • Elise Leger
    Magnesium sulfate and its association with postpartum hemorrhage
  • Melissa Matulich
    Disparities in postpartum contraceptive counseling and provision among mothers of pre-term infants
  • Clodagh Mullen
    Focal placenta accreta: risk factors, adverse obstetrical outcomes, and recurrence in subsequent pregnancies
  • Katherine Swanson
    Can venous cord gas values predict fetal acidemia?
  • Adria Suarez-Mora
    Knowledge of the human papillomavirus, cervical cancer, and vaccination in a high-risk population
  • Marissa Steinberg Weiss
    Hormonal contraception type and duration of use differentially impact anti-Mullerian hormone levels
  • Audra Williams
    Acceptance of expedited partner therapy among young women in an urban reproductive health clinic


  • Carmen Adams
    Expanding Access to Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women Within a County Jail
  • Ashley Battarbee
    The Association of Early Amniotomy After Foley Balloon Catheter Ripening and Duration of Nulliparous Labor Induction
  • Kate Dielentheis
    First Prevalence of Psychiatric Co-Morbidities in a Tertiary Care Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic
  • Emily Donelan
    Association of Second-Trimester Cervical Length With Prolonged Pregnancy
  • Natalie Gladstein
    The Essure Experience at an Urban Public Hospital
  • Laura Matthews Glaser
    Vaginal Intraepithelial Neoplasia: Recurrence Risks and Time to Recurrence Based on Treatment, Grade and Demographics
  • Claire Hoppenot
    Feasibility of Using Semi-Quantitative Urine Pregnancy Tests
  • Antoinette Nguyen
    Navigating New Motherhood:Evaluation of Postpartum Care and Contraceptive Uptake in an Urban Women's Health Clinic
  • Jessica O'Connell
    Is Mid-Trimester Cervical Length Associated With Preterm Birth in Women Undergoing Evaluation for Preterm Labor?
  • Danielle Peress
    Evaluation of Trichorionic versus Dichorionic Triplet Gestations From 2005-2016 in a Large Referral Maternity Center
  • Chantal Scott
    Blood Loss at the Time of Delivery as a Function of Body Composition: Redefining Parameters of Obstetric Blood Loss
  • Lindsay Abcunas West
    Interval From Debulking Surgery to First Chemotherapy and Associated Outcomes in Ovarian Cancer: Perspective From a County Hospital


  • Krista Childress
    First Contact: The Intersection of the Demographics, Knowledge, and Appraisal of Treatment at the Initial Visit.
  • Brett Einerson
    Does a Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Patient Safety Program Result in Sustained Changes in Management and Outcomes?
  • Gelila Goba
    Validation of Tigrigna Version of Short Forms of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI-20) and Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ-7): Multicenter Validation Study.
  • Tera Howard
    The Relationship Between Timing of Postpartum Hemorrhage Interventions and Adverse Outcomes.
  • Kiila Johnson
    Management of Menstrual Bleeding During Treatment for Non-Gynecologic Malignancy. 
  • Allison Linton
    Demographic Trends in Women Seeking Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Anomaly at a Free-Standing Abortion Clinic: A Neglected Population?
  • Jamie McGuire
    Utilization of Emergency Departments for Care of Menstrual Disorders: Analyses Using the Nationwide Emergency Sample (NEDS).
  • Biftu Mengesha
    Assessing Contraceptive Needs in Women Undergoing Bariatric Surgery.
  • Hyo Park
    A Comparison of Survival and Recurrence Outcomes in Patients With Endometrial Cancer Undergoing Robotic Versus Open Surgery.
  • Shanthi Ramesh
    Impact of the Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion Law on the Proportion of Minors Presenting to a Public, First-Trimester Abortion Clinic.
  • Patrick Schneider
    Outcomes of Vaginal and Cesarean Delivery in Twins Delivering at Less than 34 Weeks’ Gestation.
  • Anna Strohl
    Barriers to Prevention: Knowledge of HPV, Cervical Cancer, and HPV Vaccinations Among African American Women.


  • Shweta Bhatt
    Decision-Making about Timing of Pregnancy among Healthy Women.
  • Emma Barber
    The Association of Type of Attending Obstetrician Call Schedule with Changes in Labor Management and Outcome.
  • Tatiana Catanzarite
    Risk Factors for 30-Day Perioperative Complications after Le Fort Colpocleisis.
  • Melissa Chen
    Emergency Contraception Knowledge, Prescription Patterns, and Barriers to Provision among Emergency Medicine Resident Physicians.
  • Alison Cowan
    Subsequent Pregnancy Outcome after B-Lynch Suture Placement. 
  • Melissa Keene
    Effect of Previous Induced Abortions on Postabortal Contraception Selection.
  • Alix Leader-Cramer
    Risk Factors for Wound Complication in Women with Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries.
  • LaKedra Pam
    Resumption of Sexual Intercourse after Hysterectomy: The Patients' Perspective.
  • Emily Prendergast
    Insufficient Endometrial Biopsy Results in Low-Income Women with Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.
  • Stacy Syrcle
    Postpartum Contraception Choices and Postpartum Visit Rates in an Urban Community Hospital.
  • Chirisse Taylor
    The Impact of Surgeon Volume on Cost of Hysterectomy in a Tertiary Care Hospital.
  • Amber Watters
    Methotrexate: An Appropriate Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy in an Urban Population?


  • Eden Cardozo
    Infertility Patients' Knowledge of the Effects of Obesity on Reproductive Health Outcomes.
  • Philip Deibel
    Evaluating the Effect of Laboring Down in the Second Stage of Labor on Rates of Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS).
  • Tanaka Dune
    Racial and Ethnic Differences in Seeking, Initiating and Continuing Infertility Treatment: A Focus on the Infertility Care Initiation Process, Perceived Causes of Infertility and the Treatment Process.
  • Leanne Griffin
    Post-Operative Outcomes Following Robotic versus Abdominal Myomectomy.
  • Gerardo Heredia
    Association of Physician Communication Satisfaction and Knowledge of Urinary Incontinence among Women in a Community Hospital: A Pilot Study. 
  • Lauren Kerr
    Complications Associated with Hysterectomy for Placenta Accrete at Prentice Women's Hospital.
  • Nawar Abdul Latif
    Management of Adenocarcinoma In Situ (ACIS) of the Uterine Cervix: A Comparison of Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) and Cold Knife Conization (CKC).
  • Rebekah Osgood
    Nulliparas with a History of Treatment for Cervical Dysplasia: Obstetrical Outcomes at Term.
  • Elizabeth Patton
    Surgical Uterine Evacuation for Pregnant Women with Acute Leukemia and Chronic Leukemia in the First and Second Trimesters.
  • Dominika Seidman
    Antiretroviral Exposure and Pregnancy Outcomes in HIV Postive Pregnant Women with Liver Enzyme Elevations.
  • Kavita Shah
    Prospective Study Confirms Oxandrolone-Associated Improvement in Height In Growth Hormone-Treated Adolescent Girls with Turner Syndrome.