The Section of General Obstetrics and Gynecology is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all women. Our team includes physicians, midwives, nutritionists, lactation consultants, physician assistants (PAs), and health educators who work closely together to diagnose, treat, educate, and support women in all phases of their lives. Together we provide high quality, patient-centered care in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology; ranging from health maintenance and healthy pregnancy care to the management of complex conditions.
We treat the full spectrum of gynecologic conditions, including menopausal symptoms, pelvic pain, fibroids, incontinence, abnormal uterine bleeding, abnormal PAP smears, vulvar abnormalities, all forms of vaginal infections, and menstrual complaints. We also have significant expertise in the detection and evaluation of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and ovarian masses. Section members perform both open and minimally invasive surgery in our outpatient facility, the DCAM and our new hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery. Dr. Nicole Leong, who has a special interest in pelvic pain, has worked with Dr. Laura Douglass to assemble a multi-disciplinary team that explores both surgical and non-surgical options to treat this complex problem. Dr. Iris Romero leads a Cancer Risk Clinic for the evaluation of patients with cancer and their relatives; arriving at comprehensive and individualized plans for managing risk.
Our practice has a strong focus on pregnancy, emphasizing collaborative decision-making, so that patients and their families can have control of their childbirth experience. We start with preconception counseling, follow our patients throughout pregnancy and then deliver them in our new Family Birth Center, which opened in 2016. The Section of General Obstetrics and Gynecology provides coverage to the Labor and Delivery Unit, ensuring that two attending providers are on the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We are proud to collaborate with our midwives to provide expert care that can include alternative childbirth options. All of our midwives have advanced degrees in midwifery (CNM) and fully partner with our generalist physicians to care for our obstetrical patients in the DCAM, South Loop, and Orland Park. Together, our generalist physicians and midwives support the normal processes of pregnancy and childbirth and emphasize collaborative decision-making. We strive to have low cesarean section rates and encourage vaginal birth after a first cesarean. We also work closely with our lactation consultants to provide comprehensive breastfeeding support.
The Generalist Section is central to the clinical education of residents and students. Our culturally and socioeconomically diverse patient population, which has a broad range of medical conditions and concerns, provides our learners with valuable experience. In addition, our determination to provide equitable, uniformly high quality, and culturally sensitive care, ensures that our trainees will become exceptional clinical obstetricians and gynecologists.
We strive to be the first choice for Women’s Health for the University of Chicago community and offer exceptional, streamlined, and personalized access to care for university and hospital employees and their female family members with the UCM Friends & Family Program.
The faculty in the Section of General Obstetrics and Gynecology have varied leadership responsibilities: Dr. Julia Simon is the Associate Director of the Residency Program; Dr. Abbe Kordik is the Executive Medical Director of Labor and Delivery; Dr. Carrie Smith is the Medical Student Clerkship Director; Dr. Maryam Siddiqui is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations; Dr. Iris Romero is the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion; and Dr. Ken Nunes is the Chief Ambulatory Medical Officer for UChicago Medicine.
In summary, our mission is to improve the health of women through evidence-based, patient-centered clinical care, and by contributing to the body of knowledge through scholarship. In the process of achieving this mission, our faculty members have built rewarding academic careers with strong local and national reputations.