A Letter From the Director of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Program

Thank you for your interest in the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Training Program. We are located at Akron General Hospital, and offer a diverse and comprehensive training program. 

The residency is organized to introduce residents to subspecialty areas during the first two years to allow those residents who are interested in planning for fellowships to have early and adequate exposure as they proceed through training.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is home to the only Obstetric Emergency Department in Northeastern Ohio, providing our residents the unique opportunity to manage pregnant women in the acute setting at all gestational ages and up to six weeks postpartum. This uniquely positions them to feel comfortable in an acute setting at any gestational age. This exposure begins during the PGY-1 year and continues throughout all four years with graduated responsibility and a team-based approach to care.

Our program accepts applications through ERAS, and all positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). You must complete all components of the ERAS application (see Application section for details) in order for your application to be considered complete and to be reviewed by our Selection Committee.

We look forward to meeting you during your interview experience. We know you have many options to consider when choosing a program, and we pride ourselves on our congenial training atmosphere and sense of community among the residents and faculty. Our faculty, staff and residents invite you to train at Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, one of the best residency programs available!

Natalie A. Bowersox, MD

Natalie A. Bowersox, MD, FACOG
Program Director, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

SPhillip Smelcer, MD

Phillip Smelcer, MD, FACOG
Associate Program Director, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Lauren Urycki Harhagar Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff 

Lauren Urycki Harhager
Program Coordinator, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic Akron General

About Us

About Us

Ob/Gyn Residency: Training Tomorrow’s Specialists

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General is designed to provide four years of training in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology so that upon completion, the graduating resident is a superbly well-trained OBGYN capable of practicing as a specialist in General Obstetrics and Gynecology or a highly competitive candidate to continue on into fellowship training in any of the subspecialty areas. We recruit bright, enthusiastic senior students who have demonstrated a history of academic achievement, work ethic, volunteerism and strong moral character.

Our four-year program offers five positions annually and is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our 30+ obstetrician/gynecologists, constituting the active teaching staff, include two subspecialists in Gynecologic Oncology, five subspecialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine, three subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, and two subspecialists in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.

There were more than 2300 gynecologic procedures performed last year, and extensive experience is obtained in all aspects of obstetrical care.
Cleveland Clinic Akron General residents have the unique opportunity to manage pregnant women in the acute setting of Akron General’s Obstetric Emergency Department (ED). Our Obstetric ED is staffed 24/7 by an in-house board certified OB/GYN. We are the only OB ED in Northeastern Ohio. Pregnant women of all gestational ages who present with non-life or limb threatening issues are assessed and managed by our residents under the supervision of the OB Emergency Attending. Ultrasonography is performed on the unit, giving our residents hands-on training at all gestational ages. With 500 OB ED visits monthly, our residents are well trained in evaluation and management of acute obstetric emergencies, as well as conditions often managed by the main ED in other institutions including:
  • Early pregnancy loss
  • Pregnancy of unknown location
  • Minor trauma
  • Nausea/vomiting of pregnancy

Each resident participates in a research project that they select with the mentorship of our Research Coordinator, Dr. Estee George. All residents must complete at least one project for graduation. There are many research opportunities available depending on your level of interest and we regularly have residents presenting at local and national meetings, and publishing in journals.
Our residency program has daily protected conference time Monday through Thursday morning from 0700-0800, and on Fridays from 0700-1200 which provides for extended workshops, Grand Rounds speakers, simulation and other educational events. We follow a 2 year rotating curriculum based on the CREOG Educational Objectives. This averages about 8 hours of protected education each week!

The residents each have their own continuity clinic where they see patients, develop treatment plans, perform surgeries, participate in grouped prenatal care, deliver babies, and learn how to work in an office setting. We are fortunate to be part of an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) which is the first of its kind in our area to provide OB/GYN care. We are excited to receive a one million dollar grant in 2020 which has allowed us to bring Centering Prenatal Care to the patients we serve. This new program will allow us to expand services where they are needed the most.

We believe that the breadth and depth of educational experience our residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology provides is the best available anywhere. All of our residents who have desired to proceed with subspecialty training have been accepted into subspecialty programs. Akron General boasts graduates in all subspecialty fields. Many have gone on to full time academic careers.
A visit with our residents will quickly demonstrate their overall happiness and satisfaction with our training program. We take personal wellness to heart and have created a place where wellness is weighted equally with education. On completion of the program, each resident is well-prepared to sit for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology Qualifying Exam and to go on to continued success.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide exceptional training and the highest quality education to resident physicians to prepare them for a lifetime of learning and practicing as specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology so that they may enhance the lives of the patients and communities they serve. Our educational program incorporates the five fundamental values of Cleveland Clinic: quality, innovation, teamwork, service, integrity and compassion. Based on these values, the program prioritizes academics while delivering safe, quality care and optimizing patient and caregiver experience. In addition, our community-based, clinically relevant research promotes these values for the benefit of our community.

To provide and ensure an environment that fosters the development of physicians who find their work to be meaningful while they work productively through our specialty specific milestones with the goal of acquiring success in the areas of professionalism, care for the community they serve, and knowledge, both technical and cognitive, to achieve success in their practice and as consultants. This time will further prepare our residents for certification through completion of the written and oral examination process.

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Resident Life

Resident Life

Akron offers superb educational systems and beautiful recreational areas, and is within close proximity to major shopping and professional sporting events. The greater Akron area is truly one of the best places in the country to live and raise a family.

The Department of OBGYN offers regular yoga and mindfulness sessions during weekday didactics and actively participates in Resident Wellness Week which is held the week following the CREOG In-Training exam. The addition of an elected Resident Wellness Officer has provided both a voice and conduit for programs within our residency. We strive to allow residents time and opportunity to engage in activities that provide the skills to become resilient physicians, caregivers and citizens. We recognize that wellness and self-care look differently for every resident. For this reason we instituted Individual Wellness time twice per year for each resident. Our department works closely with our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by tapping into their resources whenever possible. We routinely organize Rapid Response debrief meetings with the EAP counselors whenever our providers have worked on particularly difficult cases in an effort to maximize mental health and well-being and provide resources for coping with trauma.

Resident Testimonies

Austin Hill, MD – Class of 2017
University of Utah School of Medicine
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, OH

"When I was searching for a residency program, my first priority was surgical experience and my second was finding a place where I felt at home. Akron General has the expertise of an academic program with its academic affiliation and maintains a teaching faculty from many training programs across the country, ranging from Harvard to UCSF. Because of its community setting, there are no fellows, and as such, the residents become first assistant and more often primary on all cases, including those that would typically be given to a fellow. This level of participation provides a level of comfort that many never reach during residency. Beyond obtaining good experience, I found a sense of community and support between the residents and the attendings that I had not experienced previously. I found a place where the attendings are excited to see the residents become their colleagues and the residents aren't just another class coming through. Training at Akron General is a unique and rewarding experience that I will be proud of throughout my career."

Jacqueline Zuponcic, DO – Class of 2018
Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Akron, OH

“I greatly enjoyed my time in Akron General’s OBGYN residency. At the end of the day, picking a residency program to me was all about the best fit for my personality. The residents and staff at Akron General were very welcoming, kind, supportive, and helpful. I am also originally from Cleveland, and being close to my family was important to me as well. Throughout my 4 years as a resident here I felt as if I received a good breadth of experience in Obstetrics, Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology, Infertility, and minimally invasive and robotic surgery. I felt very comfortable with my transition to attendingship and handle many of these things now. I also find the program to be extremely supportive of my family life - having had 2 children in residency - not that I worked any less hard, mind you, but the support was always appreciated. Akron is also a wonderful place to raise a family as there are many parks, a zoo, good downtown life, and good food too. Cleveland is just a 30 minute drive away. Even beyond residency, as a faculty member, I have a professional interest in sexual health, and have been given resources to pursue this passion as well. I cannot say enough about the program and am very happy to have graduated from CCAG OBGYN.”

Sarah Clausen, MD – Class of 2019
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN

“When I was looking for a residency program, I knew I wanted a place where, upon completion, I would feel very confident in my level of skill. I wanted a program that had outstanding surgical numbers and one where I would not have to compete with fellows to become first assist. A program where I would have the exposure needed to apply for fellowship if I choose to do so, but one that would turn me into a well-rounded generalist was also very important. I found all of these and more at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. The surgical skills and clinical knowledge that I obtained were exceptional and something I am thankful for every day. That wasn’t the only thing I gained though, I met so many wonderful people during those four years, many of which I consider lifelong friends that I am now very pleased to call my colleagues. I am very happy and proud to say that I graduated from Cleveland Clinic Akron General.”

Emily Freeman, DO – Class of 2020
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Planning Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

“I cannot say enough about how thankful I am for the training I received while at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Having the opportunity to work with a variety of attending physicians and having early exposure to subspecialists was such an asset to my training. Cleveland Clinic Akron General provides residents the benefit of training in a smaller community hospital but with access to all the benefits of a larger academic setting. This program fosters residents with ambitions for fellowship but also trains well rounded and fully capable generalist OB/GYNs. I truly can’t explain what a supportive and collaborative place this is to work. The comradery between the residents was amazing—they truly became my family. Additionally, the Akron/Cleveland area is a fantastic place to live and play during your time away from the hospital. There are fantastic outdoor recreational experiences, such as Metro Parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as all the other activities the city has to offer. I am confident that Cleveland Clinic Akron General has provided me with the knowledge, experience, and skillset to provide exceptional patient care.”

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations

The curriculum ensures that residents progress toward the exit learning outcomes in a coherent and seamless fashion.

Resident progression during the first year involves increased breadth, which extends resident learning to new or more in depth topics in Ob/Gyn, to different practice contexts and to building on existing knowledge to attain new learning.  Residents also experience a variety of subspecialties early in their training to expose them to future career options. Increased difficulty during the second year involves more in-depth and advanced consideration of Ob/Gyn topics.  Second year residents will begin to apply learning to more complex situations and deal with subtle situations in clinical encounters.

Increased utility during the third year involves applying learning to more complex and less clear presentations in Ob/Gyn practices. Finally, fourth year residents demonstrate increased proficiency by becoming more accomplished.  Performance becomes more efficient and more like second nature as residents progress towards honing their skills.

Residents also participate in workshops and conferences at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) and are actively involved in the teaching of M3 and M4 medical students. Senior medical student electives are provided in Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology, General Obstetrics & Gynecology, and High Risk Obstetrics.

PGY – 1
(10) 5 Week Rotations

  • 2 rotations in OB
  • 2 rotations in GYN
  • 1 rotation in Ultrasound / Intro to Research
  • 1 rotation in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertilty
  • 2 rotations in Night Float
  • 1 rotation in Surgical Intensive Care
  • 1 rotation in Urogynecology 

PGY – 2
(10) 5 Week Rotations

  • 1 rotation in OB
  • 1 rotation in GYN
  • 2 rotations in Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • 1 rotation in Urogynecology
  • 2 rotations in Night Float
  • 1 rotation in Family Planning/Gynecology
  • 2 rotations in GYN Oncology

PGY – 3

  • 3 months in OB
  • 3 months in GYN
  • 1 month in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • 3 months in Night Float
  • 1 month in GYN Oncology
  • 1 month Elective

PGY – 4

  • 4 months in OB
  • 4 months in GYN
  • 1 month in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • 3 months in GYN Oncology

Clinical Training Sites

Community Health Center, AxessPointe Women's Health Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) provides outpatient experience through their obstetrics and gynecology continuity clinics and specialty clinics.

The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility provides experience with in vitro fertilization as well as extensive video operative laparoscopic experience. This includes micro-surgical technique and laser surgery. Video hysteroscopic surgeries are performed on a regular basis as well.

The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery provides educational experiences in both non-surgical office evaluations in urodynamics, cystoscopy, etc. as well as extensive surgical experience.

The Division of Gynecologic Oncology allows residents to gain extensive experience in all aspects of cancer management including chemotherapy, radium insertions and all radical gynecologic surgeries including experience in surgery of the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts.

Our Perinatal Unit serves as a regional referral center and includes full time Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists. The Unit averages nearly 2,500 obstetric ultrasounds and amniocentesis per year. Our hospital-based Special Care Nursery Unit includes full time neonatology staff coverage.

Our Family Planning experience teaches abortion care and other sexual health services such as birth control options, STD testing and treatment, and wellness care for women. This experience involves spending one afternoon per week in Cleveland working with abortion providers counseling patients, performing suction D+Cs, MVAs and D+Es. This experience also empowers residents to pick the level of experience they are comfortable with, whether that be attending only counseling sessions, all procedures except D+Es, no restrictions, etc. All staff are open, welcoming and supportive regardless of what level of experience is chosen.

Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Academic Appointments:

Northeast Ohio Medical University, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Department of OBGYN

Gynecologic Oncology

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility


General Obstetrics & Gynecology



All positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The Ob/Gyn Residency Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) for all positions. International applicants are invited to apply through the ERAS and participate in the NRMP. You must complete all components of the ERAS application in order for your application to be considered complete and to be reviewed by our Selection Committee.

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Our application requirements are the same as the standard ERAS application:

  • Complete Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Step 1 Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • Must have USMLE Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior to the deadline of the Rank List submission. If you do not have a Step 2 Score Report uploaded, you will not be ranked (assuming you were interviewed).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
International Medical Graduates
Here are some frequently asked questions by graduates of international medical schools regarding the application process:
  • U.S. clinical experience is strongly preferred
  • USMLE Step 1 Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • Must have USMLE Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior the deadline of the Rank List submission. If you do not have a Step 2 Score Report uploaded, you will not be ranked (assuming you were interviewed)
  • ECFMG certification at the time of application is required. Please review the ECFMG requirements for additional information
In compliance with APGO & CREOG program recommendations offers for interviews will be made starting November 10, 2020. Interviews will be held on selected Mondays mid-November through mid-December. Detailed information regarding the actual interview day will be provided to the applicant once the interview is confirmed.

Interested in Rotating?
Akron General Medical Center uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service to process visiting student applications. To apply for an Ob/Gyn surgery rotation, please complete and send a VSAS application with your preferred dates.

For more information, please contact:
Lauren Urycki Harhager, Residency & Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator at UryckiL@ccf.org.



Current Residents

Current Residents

Obstetrics and Gynecology - Class of 2021

Cassie Henninger, DO | Cleveland Clinic

Cassie Henninger, DO 

Academic Chief Resident

  • Hometown: Findlay, Ohio 
  • Undergraduate: The University of Findlay
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Cassie enjoys taking on new projects, some of her favorites have included gardening, painting and working on her home. She also enjoys working out, hiking, and traveling to see her friends and family.

Heather Snyder, DO | Cleveland Clinic

Heather Snyder, DO 

Administrative & Clinical Chief Resident

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: University of Mount Union
  • Medical School: University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Heather is a fan of Jimmy Buffet and identifies as a “Parrothead”. She enjoys spending time with her family and her rescue dog, Trooper. Heather also enjoys group fitness, camping, volunteering and ice cream. 

Melissa Wise, MD | Cleveland Clinic

Melissa Wise, MD 

Departmental Chief Resident

  • Hometown: Richfield, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: The University of Akron
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Interests/Hobbies: Melissa enjoys hiking the local trails, traveling and playing with her cats and dog.

Obstetrics and Gynecology - Class of 2022

Rachelle Abdelnour, MD | Cleveland Clinic

Rachelle Abdelnour, MD 

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Kent State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Interests/Hobbies: Rachelle is a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She enjoys playing sports such as soccer, tennis and basketball. She also enjoys playing piano, hiking, traveling, cooking Arabic food and learning about the Keto diet.

Mackenzie Marley, DO | Cleveland Clinic

Mackenzie Marley, DO 

  • Hometown: Akron, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Denison University
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Mackenzie enjoys playing sports such as lacrosse, tennis, golf and sand volleyball. She also enjoys scuba diving, traveling and spending time with her dog and her family. 

Anjali Patel, DO | Cleveland Clinic

Anjali Patel, DO 

  • Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia 
  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia
  • Graduate: University of Virginia (MPH – Public Health)
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Anjali enjoys spending time outdoors on local trails as well as cycling and spinning. She is also an avid traveler and hopes to keep visiting places on her bucket list. 

Toni Schlick, DO | Cleveland Clinic

Toni Horton, DO 

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Undergraduate: Arizona State University
  • Medical School: Campbell University Jerry M Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Toni enjoys dance, yoga and acroyoga. Her hobbies also include nutrition and vegan baking. She is an animal lover and is passionate about animal welfare. 

Obstetrics and Gynecology - Class of 2023

Sarah Ellen Davis, DO | Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Sarah Ellen Davis, DO 

  • Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Sarah Ellen loves to watch Tar Heel basketball and Tennessee football. She enjoys traveling, skiing and exploring local eateries. She also likes to spend time with friends, family, and her golden retriever, Harper.

Erin Gray, MD | Cleveland Clinic Akron General 

Erin Gray, MD

  • Hometown: Pleasanton, California 
  • Undergraduate: University of California - Davis
  • Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Erin enjoys running, hiking and gymnastics. She also enjoys baking, origami, and playing board games and card games.

Michael Kulmoski, DO | Cleveland Clinic Akron General 

Michael Kulmoski, DO

  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
  • Undergraduate: Xavier University
  • Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Michael enjoys physical activities such as yoga, cycling, running and hiking. He also enjoys exploring local restaurants with his wife, especially if they can bring their dog. 

Nabiha Morin, MD | Cleveland Clinic Akron General 

Nabiha Morin, MD

  • Hometown: Rochester, New York
  • Undergraduate: SUNY University at Buffalo
  • Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at University of Buffalo
  • Interests/Hobbies: Nabiha is an accomplished artist with a preference for charcoal, ink, and pencil mediums. She also enjoys running and reading. 

Khooshali Shah, MD | Cleveland Clinic Akron General 

Khooshali Shah, MD 

  • Hometown: Poland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: University of Akron
  • Graduate: University of Akron (MBA – Business Administration)
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Interests/Hobbies: Khooshali’s hobbies include baking, running, traveling and photography. She also enjoys traditional Bollywood dancing. 

Obstetrics and Gynecology - Class of 2024

Corey Barker, DO

  • Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Corey’s hobbies include furniture carpentry, cooking & baking, camping & hiking, and sports such as softball, kickball, golf, & racquetball.

 Sarah Cunningham, MD

  • Hometown: Chardon, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Baldwin Wallace University
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati
  • Interests/Hobbies: Sarah enjoys listening to podcasts, embarking on cooking adventures with her husband (everything from British dinner pastries to baked tofu), choral singing and reading in a comfy chair with her cat.

Deanna Lines, DO

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Undergraduate: University of Utah
  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Deanna enjoys brewing beer, yoga, kayaking, biking, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé and hiking with her toy poodle and mini goldendoodle; Fozzie Bear and Beaker.

Alexandra Nutaitis, DO

  • Hometown: Surf City, New Jersey
  • Undergraduate: Emory University
  • Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Alexandra enjoys spending time outside, including hiking the local trails and running and biking on the Towpath. She is an avid sailor and swimmer and loves spending time with her family at the Jersey Shore. She has a passion for nutrition and enjoys cooking and baking as well as traveling.

Kelly Van, DO

  • Hometown: El Monte, California
  • Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles 
  • Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Kelly enjoys crafts such as crocheting, knitting, and painting. She also enjoys baking and cooking and outdoor activities including hiking and backpacking.



2020 Graduates 

  • Sean Bergsten, DO – Bringham Memorial Hospital, Blackfoot, ID
  • Emily Freeman, DO – Family Planning Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Michaela Heller, MD – Essentia Health, Fargo, ND
  • Michelle Lende, DO – Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Albany Med, Albany, NY

2019 Graduates

  • Sarah Clausen, MD –St. Lukes, Duluth, MN
  • Ryley Greenbaum, DO –Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Nicole MacCleary Price, DO – Pinnacle Women's Health, Phoenix, AZ
  • N. Brooke Murphy, MD –Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

2018 Graduates

  • Ritchie Delara, MD – Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Cassandra Heiselman, DO – Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
  • Jaclyn Kolosky, DO – Steward Medical Group at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Kelly McGuire, DO – Medical Associates of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
  • Jacqueline Zuponcic, DO – Cleveland Clinic Akron General OB/GYN, Akron, OH

2017 Graduates

  • Jaclyn Flickinger, DO – Women's Health Group, Akron, OH
  • Ayesha Hasan, MD – Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Austin Hill, MD – Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
  • Rebecca Lee, MD – Scott Air Force Base, O'Fallon, IL

2016 Graduates

  • Hillary Mitchell, MD – OB/GYN Associates of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Jacoby Spittler, DO – Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Danielle Taylor, DO – Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston, MA

2015 Graduates

  • Harita Bandlamudi, MD – Physicians for Women, Wayne, NJ
  • Alexandra Marcotty – Swedish Medical Center, Denver, CO
  • Jennifer Mittlestead, MD – Far Hills OB/GYN, Dayton, OH
  • Virginia Smith, MD – Genesis OB/GYN, College Station, TX
Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

Obstetrics and gynecology research at Cleveland Clinic Akron General focuses on improving the health and quality of life of women. From 2017-2020, we have had 14 publications, 10 presentations at national meetings, 7 presentations at regional meetings and 16 local presentations.

Each resident is required to complete research prior to graduation. Our Research Department is located on Opportunity Parkway and is just minutes away from the main Cleveland Clinic Akron General campus. It provides research personnel, work spaces and educational and statistical support to the residents. Additionally, our program has a dedicated research coordinator who provides expertise and guidance on all departmental and resident studies.

National Presentations
SMFM 2019
The Impact of Antepartum Hospitalization on Maternal Psychological Well-Being - Nicole MacCleary Price, DO

ACOG 2019
17-Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate and the Prevention of Preeclampsia – Ryley Greenbaum, DO

SMFM 2020
Evaluation of a Program to Improve Physician Communication on a Labor and Delivery Unit – Melissa Wise, MD
Postpartum Diabetes Screening in an Urban Resident Clinic – Michelle Lende, DO

ACOG 2020
Intention Versus Uptake: Long-acting Reversible Contraception Among Postpartum Women in a Federally Qualified Health Clinic – Emily Freeman, DO

CAOG 2020
A Novel Approach to Suture Placement in Robotic-Assisted Transabdominal Cerclage – Cassie Henninger, DO

AUGS 2020
Anxiety as a Modulator in the Relationship between Interstitial Cystitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Alexandra Nutaitis, DO

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
Our residents complete their Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Certification prior to the end of their PGY2 year. Each resident has 24/7 access to a simulation lab equipped for practicing their FLS skills. Time is regularly allocated during didactics for residents preparing for FLS testing to practice. All residents are given the opportunity to practice at our testing location in Cleveland.  We have found that this experience helps ease test anxiety. We have had much success with this approach, resulting in a 100% pass rate for first time test takers.  

We reserve simulation time in our didactic schedule every month. During our monthly OB simulations, our Education Chief Resident works with faculty to develop surprise simulations based on real cases to help residents learn to react and make decisions in real-time. Additional recent simulations have covered Manual Vacuum Aspiration, Amniocentesis, Operative Vaginal Deliveries (Forceps & Vacuum), Ultrasound, Post-Partum Hemorrhage, OASIS and Laparoscopy.

Estee George, PhD
Research Coordinator, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic Akron General