Welcome to the OB/GYN Report

John T. Repke, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

John T. Repke, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Greetings from Penn State Hershey! I am pleased to share with you the first issue of the OB/GYN Medical Report from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

We recognize the importance of collaboration among our peer physicians, and regularly work with other academic medical schools to propel our field forward through new research discoveries, better patient care, and educating new physicians. Our hope is that this publication helps inform physicians like yourself of some of this important work, and that you find it to be a valuable resource.

In the coming year, this publication will feature Penn State Hershey clinicians and researchers who are helping to raise current standards of patient care and shape the future of OB/GYN practice. Our department features five divisions – General OB/GYN, Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM), Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), Gynecologic Oncology, and Urogynecology/ Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Our MFM division consists of six faculty and supports an ABOG-accredited fellowship program. Our perinatologists provide advanced care in prenatal diagnosis, critical care obstetrics and fetal therapy, with the support of outstanding services in neonatal intensive care, anesthesiology, pediatric surgical specialties and our Magnet-recognized nursing staff.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility consists of four physicians who, in addition to being outstanding clinicians, are very active researchers, ranking Penn State Hershey in the top forty of OB/GYN departments nationally in terms of NIH funding. Inside, we feature research some of our physicians have been involved in regarding fertility treatment options for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and couples with unexplained infertility.

Our gynecologic oncology division is a national leader in minimally invasive procedures, with well over 80 percent of all surgeries being done using minimally invasive techniques. Likewise, our Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery does more robotic surgery than any other division at the Medical Center – with more than 300 robotic procedures being done last year. This Medical Report issue spotlights this division’s gynecologic surgery resident training program, which emphasizes minimally invasive techniques. We also support a two-year minimally invasive GYN surgery fellowship program that is fully accredited by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).

We have much to be proud of as we provide advanced levels of service to the community and develop the next generation of leaders in OB/GYN. To do so requires that we continue to be on the cutting edge of research, education, and clinical care. Thank you for taking the time to read about our program. In the months to come, I look forward to sharing more with you about the advances we continue to make in OB/GYN.

John T. Repke, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

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