The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Fellowship Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Resconstructive Surgery

Program Leadership

Program Director

Ava Leegant, MD
Tel: 718.920.5157 


Program Coordinator

Teri Knowles
Tel: 718.405.8013  

  • Established in 1990
  • Length of training: 3 years for ob/gyn and 2 years for urologists
  • Number of fellows: 3 
  • Training in:
    • The diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the female pelvic floor, including lower urinary tract disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, colorectal dysfunction and sexual dysfunction.
    • Colorectal surgery, internal medicine and rehabilitation medicine
    • Surgical procedures ranging from traditional abdominal surgery to minimally invasive surgery (vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic)
    • Skills as teacher and role model


Fully accredited by ACGME
Last site visit: 2013
Next scheduled site visit: annual review
Joint Program with Urology


Successful completion of a residency program in either OB/GYN or Urology

Current Fellows

Jessica Harroche, MD
Daniela Carlos, MD
Melissa Laudano, MD 


Application Process

Applications are accepted through ERAS
Application deadline: April 
Interview month: May  

Selection Process


Additional Information

Teri Knowles

Sample Block Schedule
  July August Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb March April May June
Year One Research Jacobi
Year Two White Plains Weiler / Moses
Year Three White Plains Weiler / Moses
Educational Sessions
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Division Lecture/Journal Club 7:00 a.m.: Departmental Statistics Conference   Gynecology Chief Rounds   
  8:00 a.m.: Grand Rounds Division Lecture/ Journal Club (monthly)    

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • A nine-month rotation block dedicated to the basic science laboratory during which time:
    • The trainee gains familiarity with the tenets of basic science research.
    • The thesis project is conceived, designed and implemented under the close supervision and guidance of a full-time research faculty member.
  • Ongoing opportunity to take part in clinical research throughout the training period.
  • A unique experience in Women’s Global Health for interested candidates with special emphasis on the management of obstetric-induced pelvic floor injuries such as fistulas.
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