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 of OB-GYN, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology, ICU, Emergency Medicine Special Care Nursery and OB Ultrasound.

The second, third and fourth years include six-month periods in Obstetrics and six-month periods in Gynecology, which includes rotations in Practice Management, Research, Geriatrics, Pathology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Oncology, Urogynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. Elective time is also available in the third year.

Our teaching faculty includes three subspecialists in Gynecologic Oncology, four subspecialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine, four subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, two subspecialists in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and one urologist who specializes in female urogynecology and over 50 additional board-certified, community based OB-GYNs.

First-year residents, supervised by an attending or senior resident, perform conization, D&C, hysteroscopy, diagnostic laparoscopy, marsupialization and laser therapy of vulvar and cervical lesions.

Second-year residents perform hysterectomies and most major gynecological operations including operative laparoscopy and video-laser laparoscopy with faculty assistance.

Third-year residents are given technical responsibility for major procedures and perform abdominal, pelviscopic and vaginal surgery including urogynecologic and oncologic procedures.

Fourth-year residents perform complicated abdominal operations and vaginal and radical hysterectomies, reductive tumor surgery, radical vulvectomies and exenterations, with gynecologic oncologist assistance.

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 and Infertility. We encourage individual research and resident involvement in student teaching. We also provide protected conference time and financial subsidies for seminar travel.

Our residents had the opportunity to assist in the delivery of Ohio's first sextuplets. Thirty-four medical professionals participated on the team that delivered all six babies within one minute.



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

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

Akron General Medical Center 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 Medical Center 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 three subspecialists in Gynecologic Oncology, five subspecialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine, five subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, two subspecialists in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, and one urologist who specializes in female urogynecology. 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 NEOUCOM(Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine) and are actively involved in the teaching of M3 and M4 medical students. Senior medical student electives are provided in Gynecologic Oncology, General Obstetrics & Gynecology and High Risk Obstetrics.

Research projects are required by each resident before graduation. Our Kenneth Calhoun Research Center, on campus, is available to residents for their research projects as are the laboratories at NEOUCOM.

The hospital's Women's Health Clinic provides outpatient experience through their obstetric and gynecology continuity clinics and specialty clinics.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility rotations provide 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.

Gynecologic Oncology is one of the hospital's busiest services, with one of the largest of groups of gynecologic oncologists in the Midwest. Residents 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 3,200 obstetric ultrasounds and amniocentesis per year. Our hospital-based Level II 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 excepted 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. We assure you that none of our residents have exited the program unhappy with their training. We welcome you to look through the information provided here and to call us further information and for an interview. Our faculty, staff and residents invite you to train at Akron General Medical Center's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, one of the best residency programs available anywhere.

Jennifer L. Savitski, MD, FACOG
Program Director, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Akron General Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

PGY – 1

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

Teaching Faculty

Department of OBGYN

  • Justin Lavin Jr., MD, Chairman
  • Jennifer L. Savitski, MD, Vice Chair & Program Director
  • Connie Cottrell, Ph.D., MSN, Director of Research

Gynecologic Oncology

  • Michael Hopkins, MD
  • John Karlen, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Justin Lavin Jr., MD, Chairman
  • Stephen Crane, MD, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Jennifer Ahn, MD
  • Elliot Philipson, MD
  • Melissa Mancuso, MD
  • John Stewart, MD
  • Katherine Wolfe, DO

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

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


  • Costas Apostolis, MD, Director of Urogynecology

General Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • Jennifer L. Savitski, MD, Vice Chair & Program Director
  • Mark Davis, MD, Director of Obstetrics
  • Barry Fish, MD, Director of Women’s Health Center (Axcess Pointe)
  • J. Kenneth Davis, MD, Director of OB/ER Triage Unit
  • Maura O’Shea, MD, Director of Endoscopy Lab
  • Melissa Kirven, MD, M3 Site Clerkship Director
  • Philip Smelcer, MD, Director of Gynecology
  • Benito Alvarez, MD
  • Stephen Andrews
  • Heidi Beining, DO
  • David Biats, DO
  • John Black, MD
  • Lynne Cola, MD
  • Lisa Cousineau, DO
  • George Drake, MD
  • Cecilia Ellis, DO
  • Steven Gorsuch, MD
  • John Hutzler, MD
  • Anhtuan Huynh, DO
  • Ahmad Jadallah, MD
  • Robin Laskey, MD
  • D. Renee Lewis, MD
  • Nancy McGrievy, MD
  • Eric McKnight, MD
  • Meghan Mehl, DO
  • Tom Mendise, MD
  • Mary Miller, MD
  • James Monte, MD
  • Linda Parenti, MD
  • Sejal Pedersen, MD
  • Thomas Ruzics, MD
  • Peter Sutter, DO
  • Nisrine Zahir, MD
  • Joseph Zebari, MD


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.

Additional Requirements

  • All information must be submitted before an application can be reviewed.
  • Minimum USMLE (Step I and Step II) Scores of 75 or higher (First Attempt)
  • H1-B and J-1 visas sponsored.
  • Prior U.S. experience is preferred but not required.
  • We prefer applicants who have graduated within the last 2 years.

Interviews are by invitation. If you have been selected, we will contact you using the information you have provided.

Interested in rotating?

Please complete this form and mail it to:
Department of Medical Education
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

  • 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 – 2

  • 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 – 3

  • 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

PGY – 4

  • Ritchie Delara, MD — John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Cassandra Heiselman, DO — Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jaclyn Kolosky, DO — West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kelly McGuire, DO — Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jacqueline Zuponcic, DO — Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


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

2013 Graduates

  • Stephen Bacak, DO — Maternal—Fetal Medicine Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
  • Dawn Hochstettler, MD — Blanchard Valley Health System, Findley, OH
  • Jenna Huff, MD — Banner Health Clinic, Loveland, 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