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Western Connecticut Health Network Hosts Connecticut’s First Annual OB/GYN Residents’ Research Day

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Shohreh Shahabi, MD, FACOG

Shohreh Shahabi, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
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Featured guest speaker is Amy Young, M.D., Abe Mickal Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University

Western Connecticut Health Network will host the First Annual State of Connecticut OB/GYN Residents' Research Day at Danbury Hospital on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. The program, sponsored by the Danbury Hospital Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, will take place in the John C. Creasy Center for Health Education Auditorium. Participants will include OB/GYN residents, medical students, physician professors and researchers and other members of the research and healthcare communities from across Connecticut and nearby New York. The integration of research and education is crucial in developing future cutting edge physicians.

WCHN's hosting the state's first such event is indicative of the Network's progress toward becoming a leader in the field of cancer research, particularly for women's cancers. Over the last few years the network has made significant inroads toward personalized cancer treatments tailored to the specific genetic makeup of the particular kind of cancer.

"As our Network moves to the forefront of research for gynecologic cancers, we embrace the notion of personalized medicine and how it will benefit our patients", said Dr. Shahabi, Chairman of the Reproductive Tumor Biology Lab and OB/GYN Department.

This event will provide a forum in which all OB/GYN Residents of Connecticut can present their research projects, gain experience exchanging knowledge, theories and research data.

The featured guest speaker for this event will be Amy Young, M.D., Abe Mickal Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University and President, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). She will give a presentation on "Education and Research - Educational Research" at 5:15 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner.

Schedule of OB/GYN Resident's Research Day Events

The program schedule for the First Annual State of Connecticut OB/GYN Resident's Research Day at Danbury Hospital, follows:

  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM REGISTRATION
  • 2:30 - 2:45 PM WELCOME, OPENING REMARKS, Shohreh Shahabi, MD, FACOG, Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Chair, Reproductive Tumor Biology Research Laboratory
  • 2:45 - 3:45 PM ORAL PRESENTATIONS (session 1)
  • 3:45 - 4:45 PM ORAL PRESENTATIONS (session 2)
  • 4:45 - 5:00 PM BREAK
  • 5:00 - 5:15 PM INTRODUCTION OF DR. AMY YOUNG, Shohreh Shahabi, MD
  • 7:15 - 7:30 PM AWARDS AND CLOSING REMARKS, Robert Samuelson, MD

About the Featured Speaker

Dr. Amy Young is the Abe Mickal Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She came to LSU after a long tenure at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. While at Baylor, Dr. Young had several roles including Program Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Program for nine years and subsequently assumed the role of Director of Medical Education. She was also the founding member of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Education and was awarded the Henry and Emma Meyer Chair in Medical Education. Institutionally she had multiple leadership roles; she served as the Vice-Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, as the Service Chief for Obstetrics and Gynecology Harris County Hospital District-Baylor, and was the Director of Operations, Affiliated Medical Services-Baylor which was the 400 FTE entity that provided physicians to the Harris County Hospital District.

Dr. Young is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated with degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Vanderbilt University in 1985, and then matriculated at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. She earned her MD degree in 1990, taking a one year leave of absence to move to Venezuela, before embarking on an international commuter marriage. She returned to Venezuela upon completion of medical school until 1992 when she began internship at Emory University. Dr. Young completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996. Dr. Young is fluent in Spanish. She has 3 children.

In addition to educational research, Dr. Young has a wide range of clinical research experiences. She has been funded to explore Uterine Artery Embolization as an alternative to hysterectomy and most recently served as co-principal investigator in work exploring Group B strep colonization and its effects on the neonate. She has performed language validation work with regard to the Pelvic Floor Network patient instruments.

Nationally, Dr. Young served as the District XI Chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists after serving in multiple roles in the Texas Section. She currently serves as the President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Dr. Young currently provides gynecologic services through the Health Care Network and provides inpatient care at Touro Infirmary and University Hospital. Dr. Young is robotically credentialed and has served as a proctor for those services.

Attendees are asked to park in the Red Garage (Locust Avenue entrance) and use the first floor Stroock Building Main Entrance.

For more information and to register no later than September 9, 2013, please call Jennifer Ballard at 203-739-6378.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation's fundraising campaign - Imagine Build Transform - is focusing on raising funds for a new Patient Tower, an expanded Emergency Department with Level II trauma designation, and an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital; as well as the Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, and the Network's cutting edge Biomedical Research Institute.

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