Stony Brook University is currently ranked as one of the top 94 "High Research" institutions by the Carnegie Foundation.  It ranks as one of the top 50 Public Universities in the USA for Research.

The training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology emphasizes the development of the critical analytic skills necessary to read and interpret the published medical literature.

As part of this commitment, the residents are expected to complete one formal research project during their fours years of residency.  These projects are presented at the annual Resident Research Day, held on the day of resident graduation each year.  Each resident chooses a faculty advisor for the project and they work closely with him/her to plan, develop, and carry out their project.  This process is essential for the residents to learn first hand about research and the investigative process.  Many of our residents have been published in notable journals and/or have presented at national conferences.

Our residents have two elective rotations in their second and third year that are often used as research electives.

Some of our past residents have conducted research with investigators outside our Department, and some have conducted basic science research projects that have clinical implications.

As a PGY1, residents learn about research through a didactic program for residents and fellows run by Dr. Laurie Shroyer, PhD, of the Department of Surgery.  Attendance is mandatory for PGY1's. All other residents are encouraged to attend when possible. PGY1's also take the required online training to conduct research (Committee on Research in Human Subjects, or CORIHS Training), prior to initiating a project.  Once mentors and projects are chosen, the resident crafts a proposal which is formally presented at Resident Research Day as a PGY2.   Residents collect and analyze data as a PGY2 -3, and present a finished project at the Annual Resident Research Day as a PGY3.  As a PGY4, the goal is to prepare a formal manuscript for publication, or to present the data at a local or national meeting as a poster or oral presentation.

Our Resident Research program is overseen by Dr. Richard Bronson (REI Division), and Residents gain helpful assistance from our Clinical Research Director, Deidre Lee, MSH, who can connect the Resident with the University's resources needed to complete the project. 

Many Residents also have the opportunity to participate in other research projects (aside from the required project).


Here is a sample of publications by our residents: 



  • Gruttadauria M, Pollard J, Kim S, Lian X. Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome in the setting of recent gynecologic surgery: A case report. Case Rep Women’s’ Health. 2021 Aug 20;32:e00352. PMID: 34466390; PMCID: PMC8385388. DOI:
  • Staszewski C, Herrera KM, Kertowidjojo E, Ly V, Iovino N, Garretto D, Kaplan C, Persad MD, Garry DJ. Histological Changes Observed in Placentas Exposed to Medication-Assisted Treatment. Journal of Pregnancy. 2021 Oct 7;2021.
  • Chelmow D, Brooks R, Cavens A, Huber-Keener K, Scott DM, Sheth SS, Whetstone S, Worly B, Burke W. Executive Summary of the Uterine Cancer Evidence Review Conference. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2022 Mar 10:10-97.
  • Chelmow D, Brooks R, Cavens A, Huber-Keener K, Scott DM, Sheth SS, Whetstone S, Worly B, Burke W. Executive summary of the Uterine Cancer Evidence Review Conference. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2022 Apr;139(4):626. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004711
  • Whetstone S, Burke W, Sheth SS, Brooks R, Cavens A, Huber-Keener K, Scott DM, Worly B, Chelmow D. Health disparities in uterine cancer: report from the Uterine Cancer Evidence Review Conference. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2022 Apr;139(4):645. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004710


  • Ajirak M, Heiselman C, Fuchs A, Heiligenstein M, Herrera K, Garretto D, Djuric P. GP-LVM of categorical data from test-positive COVID-19 pregnant women. arXiv preprint arXiv:2011.03715. 2020 Nov 7.
  • Arora C, Menzies A, Han ES, Lee M, Lauer JK, Hur HC, Kim JH, Advincula AP. Comparing surgical experience and skill using a high-fidelity, total laparoscopic hysterectomy model. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2020 Jul 1;136(1):97-108. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000003897. 
  • Cochrane E, Kim S, Kudelka A, Burke W. Invasive ductal breast carcinoma metastasis to the cervix: A case review and clinical correlation. Gynecologic Oncology Reports. 2020 Aug;33. PMCID: PMC7395300, PMID: 32789159, doi: 10.1016/j.gore.2020.100616
  • Cochrane E, Pando C, Kirschen G, Soucier D, Fuchs A, Garry D. Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and placental abnormalities. Journal of Perinatal Medicine. 2020;48(8): 825-828.
  • Cochrane E, Huber A, Jou C, Chappelle J. The effect of an oxytocin washout period on blood loss at cesarean delivery. Journal of Perinatal Medicine. 2020 Oct 1;48(8):799-802.
  • DiNobile C, Fuchs A, Herrera K. A case of newly diagnosed autoimmune diabetes in pregnancy presenting after acute onset of diabetic ketoacidosis. Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine. 2021;10(1): 20200042. 
  • Fuchs A, Harris L, Huber A, Heiligenstein M, Heiselman C, Herrera K, Garretto D. A case of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection with negative nasopharyngeal PCR in pregnancy. Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine. 2021 Jan 1;10(1). 
  • Heiselman C, Iovino N, Herrera K. A case report of co-infection with rhinovirus and SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy. Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine. October 2020;9(1): 20200028. 
  • Herrera KM, Milone G, Davis JA, Persad MD, Dinglas C, Heiselman C, Buckley A, Garretto D, Pastore LM. Psychological measures of patient’s decision-making for prenatal genetic testing. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2020 Nov 10:1-7. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2020.1847074. 
  • Kim S, Pollard J, Garretto D, Herrera K. Cardiac implant and the risk of infective endocarditis in pregnancy. Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine. November 2020;9(1): 20200023.
  • Staszewski C, Garretto D, Garry E, Ly V, Davis J, Herrera K. Comparison of buprenorphine and methadone in the management of maternal opioid use disorder in full term pregnancies. Journal of Perinatal Medicine. 2020;48(7): 677-680. PMID: 32681781 DOI: 10.1515/jpm-2020-0106


  • Staszewski C, Herrera K, Persad MD, Garretto D, Davis J, Garry D. Influence of Psychiatric Medications on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Women Treated for Opioid Use Disorder [17E]. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2020 May 1;135:54S. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000663484.60748.c8
  • Buckley A, Milone G, Chittineedi N. Does a Second Stage Cesarean Section Increase the Risk of Cervical Insufficiency in Future Pregnancies. Gynecol Reprod Health. 2020;4(3):1-3
  • Cochrane E, Frost K, Dinobile C, Kim S, Burke W. Immature teratoma diagnosed and treated during pregnancy and later complicated by growing teratoma syndrome: a case review with clinical considerations. Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2020:32. May. doi: 10.1016/j.gore.2020.100566
  • Dinglas C, Afsar N, Cochrane E, Davis J, Kim S, Akerman M, Wells M, Chavez M, Herrera K, Heo H, Vintzileos A. First-trimester maternal serum alpha fetoprotein is associated with ischemic placental disease. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2020 May 1;222(5):499-e1. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.11.126
  • Kirschen GW, Pollard J, Herrera K. One If by Vaginal, Two If by C (Section): An Argument for Vaginal Delivery for Hemophilia A Carriers with Male Fetuses. Arch Clin Case Stud. 2(1): 2019. ACCS.MS.ID.000527. DOI: 10.33552/ACCS.2019.02.000527