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Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital

The Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital consists of a four-year period of structured learning and progressive experience. A total of 16 positions are offered, four at each level. All first year applicants are processed through the National Resident Matching Program.

The resident gains experience by providing supervised care to all patients, both ambulatory and hospitalized. A full complement of outpatient clinics is available, including regular and high-risk obstetrics, gynecologic oncology, endocrinology/infertility, colposcopy, and urogynecology. Experience is available in all aspects of breast disease, including diagnostic testing, fine-needle aspiration and surgical management.

Residents at each level spend time in the various subspecialty clinics and thus receive a well-rounded education. During the first three years, residents attend a continuity clinic where they develop a cohort of patients whom they manage throughout the program. This continuity of care is pivotal in assisting the resident to master the principles of primary care OB/GYN.

The first year of residency provides nine months of obstetrics, two months of gynecology and one month of critical care/ambulatory surgery. Throughout the year, the first year resident attends two half-day weekly OB/GYN continuity clinic focusing on general primary OB/GYN and preventive health.

The second year includes a concentrated three-month experience in obstetrics, with primary responsibility for the management of antepartum and high-risk patients. Seven months are spent in gynecology, including inpatient surgical gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and ambulatory care (emergency room and gyn-continuity clinic). Night call responsibility in this year is primarily in gynecology.

Areas of expertise include infertility, high-risk pregnancy, urological disorders, gynecological cancers and other obstetrical/gynecological issues.

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The third year consists of advanced training in gynecology, gynecologic surgery and obstetrics. The third-year residents oversee the Labor and Delivery Unit and gain senior management responsibility in the treatment of intrapartum complications while on the Obstetrics rotation. The third-year residents on Gynecology gain experience with advanced laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery, in addition to managing floor consults from our hospital departments. The third-year night call resident has responsibility primarily for overseeing the labor and delivery and the antepartum service. A one-month elective rotation, usually done at an outside institution of the resident’s choice, allows each resident to pursue an area of particular interest.

During the fourth year, the resident serves as the chief of each major departmental service in a three months blocks; three months in obstetrics, three months in gynecology (including urogynecology), three months in gynecologic oncology and three months covering nights. The fourth-year resident also acts as a chief of all the subspecialty clinics including high-risk, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology. In addition, each chief resident is designated to be responsible for administrative matters, on-call schedules, and overall supervision of the house staff in four-month blocks.

Each subspecialty—gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology, and maternal-fetal medicine—is headed by a board-certified subspecialist. In addition, urogynecology is taught by a board-certified urologist. The department encourages residents to continue in fellowship education if they so desire and will aid in obtaining fellowship positions. Physician assistants have been appointed to assist with routine patient care and procedures to allow the residents greater time for study and research.

A state-of-the-art antepartum testing center provides extensive clinical experience and hands-on teaching in the performance of ultrasound assessment of fetal anatomy, prenatal genetic testing, fetal well-being, and amniocentesis. Residents also receive supervised experience with gynecologic ultrasound examinations such as the evaluation of adnexal masses, ectopic pregnancy, vaginal bleeding, gynecologic malignancy, and pelvic infection.

The third and fourth-year residents are assigned a yearly clinical research project, the results of which are presented at a Resident Research Day Conference. Nationally recognized guest professors are invited to judge and discuss the presentations for which prizes are awarded. The department also conducts a full schedule of teaching conferences, resident rounds with the director and faculty, journal club, and subspecialty teaching conferences on a daily basis. The weekly grand rounds consist of a guest lecture by a renowned professor who then meets with the residents for an additional teaching session.

The department’s long-standing tradition of teaching reflects our profound commitment to resident education. The program stresses acquisition of medical knowledge and the clinical and surgical skills required for excellent patient care.

The program is founded upon competency based education including medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism.

Residents are continuously encouraged to apply the principles of evidence-based medicine and to evaluate the effectiveness of their own practice. An appreciation for the broader healthcare context of OB/GYN’s work is a fundamental pillar of resident training. Successful completion of the program will qualify the candidate for eligibility for the certifying examinations of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Applicants interested in the obstetrics and gynecology training program at Northwell Health should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting Sept. 1.

No applications are reviewed after Nov. 1.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Four (4) letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable


Francis A. Chervenak, MD

Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal / Fetal Medicine

Adi Katz, MD

Director - Bening Gynecology of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Director - Residency Program Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital, Director - Minimally Invasive&Robotic Gyn Surgery of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Additional faculty

Nargess Ahgharian, MD

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Eran Bornstein, MD

Director - Director of Obstetrics of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal / Fetal Medicine

Asaf Ferber, MD

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lisa M. Johnson, MD

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Soo Y. Kwon, MD

Chief - Urogynecolgy and Pelvic Recon Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Urogynecology, Female Pelvic Med / Reconst Surg, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Drorit Or, MD

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Elena B. Pereira, MD

Specialties: Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Amir Shay, MD

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jeannine Ann Villella, DO

Executive Vice Chairman - Gynecology of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology

Shane William Wasden, MD

Director - Labor and Delivery of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal / Fetal Medicine


PGY-4 Medical School
Yael Danovitch, MD Sackler School of Medicine
Mariella Disturco, MD USF Morsani College of Medicine
Steven Fisher, MD George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Heather Gold, MD Tulane University School of Medicine
PGY-3 Medical School
Tess Gadomski, MD Tulane University School of Medicine
Maggie Sager, MD University of Louisville
Jason Schneider, MD University of Florida College of Medicine
Cristina Zottola, MD George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
PGY-2 Medical School
Yaniv Brailovschi, MD  Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health
Rachel Kirshenbaum, MD  Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Ashley Jerominski, MD  Rush University Medical College
Sarah Werner, MD SUNY Downstate
PGY-1 Medical School
Michelle Arms Medical University of South Carolina
Liron Bar-El Sackler School of Medicine
Franklin McNeil Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Arielle Yeshua Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Program Alumni

2019 Graduates  

Stephanie Baum, MD

REI Fellowship, North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Amanda Chu, MD Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, PennState Health
Moti Gulersen, MD, MSc MFM Fellowship, North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center 
Amanda Little-Richardson, MD, MPH Private Practice
2018 Graduates  

Vladim Brobrovnikov MD 

Pelvic Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Nikko Dunlevy MD Private Practice
Morgan Welebir MD Private Practice 
Amir Shay MD Practice Lenox Hill
2017 Graduates  
Lauren Averbuch MD Private Practice
Kristin DiGregorio DO Private Practice
Karli Goldstein DO Private Practice
Shirly Solouki MD Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2016 Graduates  
Anna Barbi DO Private Practice
Shay Erisson MD Private Practice
Theresa Linsner MD Private Practice
Lori Liu MD MIGS fellowship Mayo Clinic- Arizona

Frequently asked questions

How many positions does your program offer?

There are 4 PGY-1 categorical positions available each academic year.

What is your accreditation status?

We received full accreditation from the Residency Review Committee during our last review.

What is your application deadline?

Our application deadline is November 1.

Is there a minimum score requirement for USMLE, steps 1 and 2?

There are no minimum score requirements for admission. We review each application in its entirety. The USMLE step 2 scores are not required at the time of the application process, however, evidence of successful completion must be submitted before match day.

Do you accept applications from osteopathic and international medical graduates?

Yes, Lenox Hill Hospital sponsors both J1 and H1-B visas.

Are residents required to do research?

Yes, residents are required to complete a research project during their course of training.

Is subsidized housing available?

Yes, there is subsidized housing available provided on a first come, first serve basis.