About Us

About Us

Our four-year program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and provides qualifications for examination by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We offer four PGY-1 positions.

The first year includes six months in Obstetrics and five months in Gynecology, which includes rotations in Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, OB Ultrasound and one month rotation in MICU.

The second, third and fourth years include six months in Obstetrics and six months in Gynecology, which includes rotations in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and Family Planning. 

Our teaching faculty includes two subspecialists in Gynecologic Oncology, seven subspecialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine, three subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, three subspecialists in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, and 30+ additional board-certified, community based OB-GYNs.

Residents each perform more than 1,000 ultrasound examinations during their four years. We place special emphasis on High-Risk Obstetrics, Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.

Each resident participates in a research project that they select with the mentorship of our Research Director, Dr. Connie Cottrell, along with a Chief Resident. There are many research opportunities available depending on your level of interest and we regularly have residents presenting at local and national meetings. 

Our educational experience is rounded out nicely with our residents’ clinical exposure. They attend daily didactics Monday through Thursday and protected Grand Rounds time on Friday morning. We follow a 2 year rotating curriculum based on the CREOG Educational Objectives.

Finally, each resident has their own continuity clinic where they can see their own 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 on of its kind in our area to provide OB/GYN care.



A Letter from the Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program 

Welcome to Akron General's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program! We are committed to providing the finest education possible in Obstetrics & Gynecology to our residents in training.

Akron General has earned national honors including being repeatedly listed in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" issue, one of America’s Most Wired & Most Wireless Hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, and we have repeatedly been named "Akron's Most Preferred Hospital for Overall Quality and Image" by National Research Corporation. All training is primarily conducted on the Akron General campus with modern, state-of- the-art facilities with vast resources due to being part of such a large system.

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.

Our Obstetrics and Gynecology program is approved for 16 residents or 4 per level of training. Our 50+ obstetrician/gynecologists, constituting the active teaching staff, include one subspecialist in Gynecologic Oncology, seven subspecialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine, three subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, and three subspecialists in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. All patients are considered teaching patients and our teaching faculty has a vast amount of experience and has always been enthusiastic about the training of our residents.

Due to the very large volume of cases, our residents' surgical experience ranks them consistently above the 90th percentile nationwide for most major surgical procedures. There were more than 2300 gynecologic procedures performed last year and extensive experience is obtained as well in all aspects of obstetrical care.

Our large remodeled library provides a comfortable study environment and includes a modern, fully integrated computer network with Internet access.

Protected conference time is scheduled Monday through Thursday. Fridays have a four-hour "Grand Rounds" protected block time, which provides for extended workshops, visiting professorships and other educational events. A two-year cycle of organized conferences provides all residents with the knowledge necessary to meet their educational objectives in every aspect of obstetrics and gynecology.

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.

Research projects are required by each resident before graduation. Our Research Center is located at the Austen BioInnovation Institute which is just minutes away from the main Akron General campus.  Our Research Center is available to residents for their research projects.

Community Health Center, AxessPointe Women's Health Clinic 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.

Rotation information for each year of the residency program can be found under "Sample Rotation" on the website.

Our mission is to provide our graduates with the necessary training to provide excellent, compassionate and comprehensive Ob/Gyn care to their patients when they enter practice. Residents are taught how to be patient advocates and how to coordinate their total healthcare.

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 four subspecialty fields. Many have gone on to full time academic careers. The residency is organized to introduce residents to subspecialty areas during its first two years in order to assist those residents who are interested in planning for fellowships.

Furthermore, a visit with our residents will quickly demonstrate their overall happiness and satisfaction with our training program. 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 Akron General’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, one of the best residency programs available.

Natalie Bowersox Director of OBGRN Residency program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General

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 of Western Reserve University

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

PGY – 1

  • 5 months in OB-GYN
  • 1 month in OB Ultrasound
  • 1 month in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility 
  • 3 months in Night Float
  • 1 month in Medical Intensive Care
  • 1 month in GYN Oncology

PGY – 2

  • 4 months in OB-GYN
  • 2 months in Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • 1 month in Urogynecology
  • 3 months in Night Float
  • 1 month in Family Planning/Gynecology
  • 1 month in GYN Oncology

PGY – 3

  • 4 months in OB-GYN
  • 2 months in Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • 1 month in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • 3 months in Night Float
  • 1 month in Urogynecology
  • 1 month in GYN Oncology

PGY – 4

  • 6 months in OB-GYN
  • 1 month in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • 1 months in Night Float
  • 1 month in Urogynecology
  • 3 month in GYN Oncology
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Department of OBGYN

  • Jennifer L. Savitski, MD, Department Chair
  • Natalie A. Bowersox, MD, Program Director
  • Philip Smelcer, MD, Associate Program Director
  • Connie Cottrell, Ph.D., MSN, Director of Research
  • Connie Dorsey, Department Manager
  • Lauren Urycki Harhager, Program Coordinator
  • Tiffany Finch, Department Secretary

Gynecologic Oncology

  • Jason Knight, MD
  • Roberto Vargas, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • John Stewart, MD, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Jennifer Ahn, MD
  • Stephen Bacak, DO
  • Stacey Ehrenberg, MD
  • Melissa Mancuso, MD
  • Abdelaziz Saleh, MD
  • Katherine Wolfe, DO

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

  • David Nash, MD, Director of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • Priya Maseelall, MD
  • Stephen Mooney, MD


  • Katie Propst, MD
  • Mary South, MD
  • T. Nikki Thomas, MD

General Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • Jennifer L. Savitski, MD, Department Chair
  • Natalie A. Bowersox, MD, Program Director
  • Mark Davis, MD, Director of Obstetrics
  • Barry Fish, MD, Director of Women’s Health Center (AxessPointe)
  • Trina Pagano, MD, Director of OB/ED
  • Melissa Kirven, MD, M3 Site Clerkship Director
  • Philip Smelcer, MD, Associate Program Director & Director of Gynecology
  • Benito Alvarez, MD
  • David Biats, DO
  • John Black, MD
  • Samantha Clark, MD
  • Lynne Cola, MD
  • Lisa Cousineau, DO
  • J. Kenneth Davis, MD
  • George Drake, MD
  • Cecilia Ellis, DO
  • Jaclyn Flickinger, DO
  • Steven Gorsuch, MD
  • James Graham, MD
  • John Hutzler, MD
  • Ahmad Jadallah, MD
  • D. Renee Lewis, MD
  • Kevin McComsey, MD
  • Nancy McGrievy, MD
  • Eric McKelvey, MD
  • Eric McKnight, MD
  • Mary Miller, MD
  • Hillary Mitchell, MD
  • Maura O’Shea, MD
  • C. Brad Polifrone, DO
  • Peter Sutter, DO
  • Nisrine Zahir, MD
  • Joseph Zebari, MD
  • Jacqueline Zuponcic, MD


A Culture of Teaching

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at 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 general Obstetrics and Gynecology in different arenas. These include clinical practice, participation in any of the Obstetrics or Gynecology subspecialties, completion of fellowship training and participation in an academic or teaching environment.

We recruit bright, enthusiastic senior students who have demonstrated a history of academic achievement, work ethic, volunteerism and strong moral character.

Application Requirements

We appreciate your interest in Akron General and hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the right residency program. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. Ranked "One of America's Best Hospitals," by U.S. News & World Report, we maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, nothing but the best education for our medical students and residents.

Interviews are by invitation only.

If you have been selected, we will contact you using the information you have provided through ERAS.

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

  • Rachelle Abdelnour, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Mackenzie Marley, DO — Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Anjali Patel, DO — Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Toni Schlick, DO — Campbell University Jerry M Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY – 2

  • Cassie Henninger, DO — Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Helen Liu, DO — Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Heather Snyder, DO — University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Melissa Wise, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University

PGY – 3

  • Sean Bergsten, DO — Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emily Freeman, DO — Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michaela Heller, MD — University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Michelle Lende, DO — Des Moines University College of Medicine

PGY – 4

  • Sarah Clausen, MD — University of North Dakota School of Medicine
  • Ryley Greenbaum, DO — Arizona College of Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Nicole MacCleary Price, DO — Arizona College of Medicine of Midwestern University
  • N. Brooke Murphy, MD — The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University


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

2014 Graduates

  • Jane Ahn, DO - Hospital-Based group at Banner Health, Greenley, CO
  • Jennifer Johnson, MD - Trinity Health, Minot, ND
  • Annie Kim, MD - Falany & Hulse Women's Center, Canton, GA
  • Rachel Niemet, MD - Women's Health Center of Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

Obstetrics and gynecology research at Akron General focuses on improving the health and quality of life of women.

For more information about resident research in Obstetrics and Gynecology, please contact:

Jennifer Savitski, MD
Program Director

Connie Cottrell, PhD
Resident Research Director