2019 Special Deliveries


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Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH
Dr. Dobiesz is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Dobiesz transitioned from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, having engaged in medical student, resident, and faculty education for many years. Her roles included Assistant Dean of Residency Preparedness, Emergency Medicine Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship Director, Director of Education for the Center of Global Health, as well as Associate Program Director for Emergency Medicine, and she is excited to bring this experience to STRATUS.  Her teaching efforts were recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians’ National Teaching Award. Dr. Dobiesz has presented over 100 national and international invited lectures on emergency medicine, medical education and simulation, global health, women’s health, and wilderness and expedition medicine.  She has co-edited a book on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and co-authored over 60 book chapters and peer reviewed publications. Dr. Dobiesz’s research focus is on improving care for obstetrical emergencies. She is the principle inventor and is actively testing an obstetrical medical device designed by a multidisciplinary team to auto transfuse women suffering life threatening postpartum hemorrhage in low resource settings. She is also working to improve emergency obstetrical care provided by emergency physicians by standardizing training and enhancing continuing medical education activities.
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Kathleen Kerrigan, MD
Dr. Kathleen Kerrigan is a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at SUNY Buffalo as well. She practiced clinically for 11 years. She then went on to complete a residency in Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA where she served as chief resident. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine for University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Kerrigan continues to work clinically at Baystate Medical Center where she also serves as the Director of Simulation for the Department of Emergency Medicine residency. She maintains board certification in both specialties.
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Ashley Deutsch, MD
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Andrew Eyre, MD
Andrew Eyre is an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he completed his emergency medicine training at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital). He is currently completing a fellowship in medical simulation and is obtaining a master's degree in health professions education. Following fellowship, Andrew will serve as an assistant program director for the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency and remain at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His academic interests include medical education, procedure education, and medical simulation.
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Kevin Fitzpatrick, MD
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Julien Ginsberg-Peltz, MD
Julien Ginsberg-Peltz M.D. is academic faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baystate medical center in Springfield Massachusetts.
He was a general pediatrician, and completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Baystate Medical center. He really likes babies and spends his free time working in neonatal intensive care units. He has a particular interest in pediatric emergency airway management.
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David Meguerdichian, MD
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Dan Robinson, MD
Dr. Robinson earned his Medical Degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Western Michigan University School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI (formerly Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies). He completed his fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Simulation and Medical Education and is a Masters degree candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Health Professions Education. Dr. Robinson is currently faculty at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine in Chicago, IL
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Nuriya Robinson, MD
Nuriya Robinson, MD is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist with a passion for global women’s health. She completed an OB/GYN residency at the University of California, San Francisco with subsequent fellowship training in Global Women’s Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Robinson joined the Department of OB/GYN at UIC as an Assistant Professor following fellowship and remained in that role until recently relocating to Los Angeles, California. She currently serves as faculty in the Department of OB/GYN at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Robinson has worked both clinically and in research capacities throughout sub-Saharan Africa, during which time she has cultivated a particular interest in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality through the reduction of postpartum hemorrhage and through increasing uptake of long-acting methods of contraception. Most recently, she completed a K-award through the National Institutes of Health to pursue interdisciplinary women’s health research. Her funded research focused on understanding factors contributing to morbidity and mortality resulting from postpartum hemorrhage within the institutional setting in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Her overall goal with this work and future work is to assist with creating feasible interventions to improve maternal obstetrical outcomes- especially in the HIV positive pregnant population.
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Julianna Schantz-Dunn, MD
Dr. Julianna Schantz-Dunn is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Boston, Massachusetts and is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital. She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and has been in practice between 11-20 years. Dr. Schantz-Dunn accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. She is one of 199 doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital who specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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Amanda Shorette, MD
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Erin Tracy, MD, MPH
Dr. Tracy attended medical school at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and did a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, followed by a Masters in Public Health degree in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a full time faculty member in the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital and is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. She is active ACOG on the state and national level and is also active within the AMA She also serves as the director of the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, the director of the faculty mentoring program, and the director of the residency mentoring program.
She has written articles and given lectures on a number of topics including health literacy, maternal mortality, fetal alcohol syndrome, physician re-entry into the workplace, home deliveries, direct to consumer advertising of genetics tests, intimate partner violence, the legislative intrusion in the practice of medicine and human trafficking.
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Julia VanRooyen, MD
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Samreen Vora, MD, MHAM
Dr. Vora is currently the Medical Director of Simulation at Children's Minnesota. She received her Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois – Peoria/OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She also received her Masters in Healthcare Administration and Management from the Rosalind Franklin University. She went on to complete a Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship from University of Illinois at Chicago and is in the process of completing her thesis for a Masters in Health Professions Education.
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Kathleen Wittels, MD
Dr Wittels is an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Before coming to Boston, Dr. Wittels received her medical degree from Brown Medical School. She is a graduate of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at BWH/MGH, and was selected as a chief resident her final year. Dr. Wittels currently serves as the Director of Student Programs for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also Assistant Medical Director for Emergency Medicine in the Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation and has created curriculum on OB/GYN emergencies for both resident education as well as CME courses.
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