Previous Resident Reporters

2020 Resident Reporters

SASGOG is excited to congratulate the following ten PGY-3 and PGY-4 individuals who were selected to serve as Resident Reporters for the 2020 SASGOG Annual Meeting and ACOG Scientific Session. Because the SASGOG and ACOG Annual Meetings were canceled due to the pandemic, the Reporters were not able to report on the meetings in 2020.


Marlon Bohorquez

Marlon is a third-year resident who grew up in Burbank, IL – a southwest bordering suburb of Chicago. He completed undergrad at Northwestern University and then went to the University of Michigan Medical School. His professional interests include medical student/resident education and addressing healthcare disparities at the local level. When not at work and the weather allows, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and dog, Nala.


Susan A. Davis

Susan Davis is currently a fourth-year resident at UT Austin Dell School of Medicine, where she has been recognized for excellence in medical student teaching.  She completed medical school at Emory University, and will be returning there this fall as faculty in general Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Her academic interests include family planning and improving patient access to long-acting reversible contraception.  Outside of work, she enjoys yoga and live music, and is an adoptive mom to a cat named Ollie.


Anita Cheng

Anita Y. Cheng is currently serving as an Administrative Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is from St. Louis, Missouri and completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University. She received her MD from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where she developed a passion for exploring racism and unconscious bias in medicine. As a resident, she has collaborated with faculty to develop a curriculum on this topic for Harvard Medical School students. In addition, she is invested in increasing OB/GYN residency engagement and training opportunities at community and federally qualified health centers. After graduation, she will be staying on as an academic generalist at her home institution, where she will be practicing at an FQHC as well as furthering her work on diversity and inclusion.


Emily Cassell

Emily Cassell is a current PGY4 resident at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center where she serves as an Administrative Chief Resident for her program. She grew up in Mount Vernon, Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Zoology. She then attended University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

During residency, Emily developed a passion for medical student education. She is looking forward to developing her skills in medical education when she joins the faculty at Ohio State as an academic generalist this fall.

In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with friends and family when not quarantined. She loves Orangetheory, running outdoors, and riding her Peloton.


Alida Leavitt

Alida is originally from Denver, Colorado. She is currently a third-year resident at the University of Colorado in Denver. She attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with an undergraduate degree in Biology. Prior to medical school, Alida worked full-time in clinical-translational research examining the host immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Non-tuberculous mycobacterium. She then went on to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine for medical school. Alida is excited to develop her interest in medical education through her role as Education Chief resident. Her other professional interests include addressing health disparities, improving health literacy and family planning. Outside work, she loves exploring the mountains by skiing and mountain biking as well as cooking and yoga.


Ariana Lewis

Dr. Ariana Lewis is a third-year OB/GYN resident at UT Health San Antonio. She is originally from Fort Hood, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2013. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and received her M.D. in 2017. She aspires to be an academic generalist and her interests include medical student education and quality improvement. When not working, you can find her doing CrossFit, playing basketball, watching the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with family and friends.


Doreen Panzarella

Doreen Panzarella is a Chief Administrative Resident of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY.  She received her undergraduate degree from New York University and then moved to Philadelphia to obtain her medical degree and masters of public health from Drexel University College of Medicine.  She came back home to Long Island for residency and plans to stay on as a Generalist in the department at Stony Brook Hospital.  Her professional interests include resident education, global health, and vulvovaginal disorders.

 


Markeiya Polite

Markeiya is currently completing her third year of OB/GYN residency at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She completed her undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and then went on a pursue a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at Tulane University. She had a successful research career with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga before attending medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  

Her current interests are educating her junior residents and medical students as well as participating in multiple quality improvement research initiatives at her home institution. She has most recently taken the lead in the development of a “Residents as Teachers” curriculum for her residency program. She desires to become an academic generalist with hopes of continuing to contribute to the diversity and advancement of the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Erin Swor

Erin Swor is a fourth year Ob/Gyn resident at University of California – San Diego. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan and attended college at the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Over the last four years at UCSD, she has developed an interest in medical education and quality improvement initiatives. She currently serves as the Administrative Chief Resident for her program. Outside of residency, she enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking, and traveling. She is looking forward to swapping the San Diego sunshine for snow as she starts her attending career in academic medicine next year as faculty at the University of Michigan.


Kristen Venuti

Kristen is currently completing her 4th year of Ob/Gyn residency at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She is originally from Georgia and completed her undergraduate education at The University of Georgia, “Go Dawgs!”, and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She is currently the clinical teaching chief resident and has a passion for medical education, all things obstetrics and global health. When not at work, she loves exploring the local food scene, hanging out with her two cats and dragging her co-residents to all the fitness classes she can. She is so excited to be moving to Chicago next year where she accepted a position at Northwestern Medicine with the Academic Generalist group.

2019 Resident Reporters

SASGOG is excited to congratulate the following ten Resident Reporters who will attend the SASGOG Annual Meeting and ACOG Scientific Session in Nashville, TN taking place on May 2nd.

 



 

Emma Balfanz, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine

Emma grew up in central Minnesota as one of four children in the Balfanz household. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she majored in both Biology and Religion. Following her undergraduate studies, Emma spent a year teaching math to 4th and 5th graders as part of an AmeriCorps program. She then completed medical school at the University of Minnesota, where she was active member of Medical Students for Choice, furthering her passion for women’s health and reproductive rights. She now resides in Indianapolis, IN, after couples matching with her husband to Indiana University for residency. When she’s not working or sleeping, Emma enjoys running, and throwing the frisbee to her 2-year-old retriever, Enzo.



 

Lauren Bouchard, MD
Universtiy Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Lauren Bouchard is a third year Obstetrics and Gynecology resident at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Andrews University and her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She proudly serves as the Education Chief resident for her residency program. Her professional interests include medical education, decreasing healthcare disparities and global health.

Leanne Free, MD
Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

Leanne Free is a third-year OB/GYN resident at Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She is originally from Los Angeles, California, but has making her way across the country over the last 10 years as she attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her medical interests include family planning, patient advocacy, and medical education. She is a recipient of the CREOG Empower Award and has been elected as incoming Academic Chief Resident. When she is not working, she enjoys Orangetheory fitness, stand-up comedy, and reading.

Lauren Knowlson, MD
Mountain Area Health Education Center

Dr. Lauren Knowlson is currently completing her 4th year of Ob/Gyn Residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also attend undergrad. She was born and raised in North Carolina and plans on continuing to practice as an academic generalist in her home state after graduation – she will be staying on as faculty at her residency program. During her residency career, she has developed an interest in resident education and research surrounding resident education. Her research interests also include health disparities in gyn surgery. She is also interested in resident advocacy and helped develop an advocacy curriculum for her residency program. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys trail running and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains with her family and dog.


Caroline Kuhn, MD
University of Chicago

Carrie Kuhn is a current third year resident at the University of Chicago and the Administrative Chief Resident for 2019-2020. Originally from Colorado, she went to Stanford University for undergrad before moving to Chicago for medical school. She aspires to be an academic generalist and looks forward to combining her interests in medical education, reducing the primary cesarean delivery rate, and healthcare disparities.


Eva Luo, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Eva M. Luo is a Chief Resident of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is creative problem solver passionate about improving the entire spectrum of women’s health. Her primary area of focus is on pregnancy care redesign and understanding how innovative models of care that arise from the entrepreneurship space can impact overall policy and systems of care. Eva is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School and Harvard Business School where she received her MD and MBA degrees. Her leadership and academic work in health systems are highlighted by working as Special Assistant to Dr. Donald Berwick, then CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, spending time in Ghana researching the impact of obstetricians on the management of rural district hospitals as a William Davidson Institute Global Impact Fellow, research projects looking at Time-Driven Activity Based Costing at Partners in Health, and leading efforts behind “Project Joy: Redesigning the Pregnancy Experience”–an initiative to use human centered design to improve health care.



 

Kathleen Montanez, MD
Naval Medical Center San Diego

I am a fourth year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Naval Medical Center San Diego. I was born and raised in upstate New York including completion of a unique joint acceptance program with Siena College and Albany Medical College which places an emphasis on humanities, ethics, and social service. While at Albany Med, I accepted a health professions scholarship from the United States Navy and was commissioned. After graduation, my husband and I moved to San Diego we are thoroughly enjoying our time sampling a wide range of craft beers, staying active outdoors and soaking up the abundant sunshine. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our country and to serve my patients as a generalist starting in July at Naval Hospital Guam.

 


Rachel O’Connell, MD
University of Rochester

Rachel is a PGY-3 at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She completed her medical education at The University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Prior to medical school, Rachel participated in translational biomedical research with optical coherence tomography at the Duke Eye Center. In residency, Rachel has had the opportunity to collaborate with a team of engineers to apply optical coherence tomography to the field of gynecology. Her preliminary work applies Gabor domain optical coherence tomography to obtain near-histologic resolution images of the cervical epithelium to aid in the diagnosis of cervical dysplasia. Rachel also mentors a team of biomedical engineering undergraduates working on a design project to translate optical coherence microscopy for use in vivo at the time of colposcopy. Rachel will serve as an administrative chief resident in her program next year. She is looking forward to an exiting and rewarding career as an academic generalist, where she hopes to participate in resident and medical student education and translational biomedical research.

 

Porshia Underwood, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Porshia is from Asheville, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and subsequently attended medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She then moved west and is currently a third year resident at the University of Colorado. Her current interests including transition of care in the postpartum period. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time hiking in the Rocky Mountains, running half marathons and spending time with her dog, Charli.


 

Emily Wang, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine

Hailing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Dr. Emily Wang received a B.A. in Physiology and then a Masters in Public Health in both Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health at the University of Minnesota. It was there that she realized she wanted to pursue clinical medicine with the goal of improving the health of women on a population and an individual level. She subsequently applied to and was accepted into the University of Minnesota Medical School medical school and now is currently in finishing her last year of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. She plans on pursuing a career in academic medicine, combining clinical practice and research, after residency.