The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy

ImageMark Levie, MD
Preceptor


The Fellowship Program in Gynecologic Endoscopy at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center trains specialists in obstetrics and gynecology who, at the completion of their training, will be prepared to provide advanced endoscopic surgical management to women with complex gynecologic conditions. The fellows will also have developed the requisite investigative and scholarly skills to pursue research and academic careers. This training program offers wide exposure to advanced endoscopic surgery as well as a state of the art laboratory where research and training can be maximized.

Fellows are exposed to a broad variety of experiences during their training. In addition to routine laparoscopic procedures, specialists from each Division in the Department participate in the education of the advanced endoscopic fellow. The fellows participate, under faculty guidance, in multiple procedures including:

• Robotically assisted laproscopic surgery
• Laparoscopic cancer staging and lymph node dissection
• TVTs
• Laparoscopic retropubic procedures and vault suspensions
• Laparoscopic tubal re-anastamosis
• Resection of endometriosis

In addition, the fellow may rotate through the Department of Surgery in order to further enhance learning in bowel resections, cholecystectomies and bariatric surgery. Advanced hysteroscopic procedures including myoma resection and endometrial ablations are also routinely performed. Fellows are required to perform research during protected time and play a large role in the education of residents in laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Mark Levie is the preceptor of the Fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy (FGE), which is affiliated with the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS). He is the Chief of Gynecology at the Moses Division of Montefiore Medical Center as well as the Gynecologic Director of the Montefiore Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIMIS). This center was opened in 2001, and is a state of the art training facility with laparoscopic virtual reality simulators, suturing boxes, robotics, and animate lab. The Institute has been designated as a regional training center by Gynecare Worldwide (Division of Ethicon, Inc.), and Dr. Levie runs training courses for physicians within the region on advanced endoscopic and hysteroscopic techniques. More recently, Dr. Levie has been working with Conceptus, Inc. and was an investigator in their post FDA trial, and also worked with Olympus and Kael Storz to develop training videos for the EssureTM system. Montefiore has been designated as an Essuretm training facility. Dr. Levie was the Director of the 2003 Departmental annual conference, Autumn in New York, the topic of which was Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Alternatives, attended by over 350 healthcare providers.

Applications for this fellowship can be obtained from the AAGL website at http://www.aagl.org.

Faculty

 Scott G. Chudnoff, MD, MS
Sophia Palmer, MD
Kristin Patzkowsky, MD
Justin To, MD
Previous Fellows
Scott G. Chudnoff, MD
Jennifer Daif, MD
Gil Weiss, MD
Bente Kaiser, MD
Azra Sadikovic, MD
Wendelly Vasquez, MD

Current Fellow

Deepti Gupta, MD
Ja Hyun Shin, MD
Holly Yettaw, MD

 

Selected Publications from the Faculty

Chudnoff S, Einstein M, Levie M. Paracervical Block Efficacy in Office Hysteroscopic Sterilization: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2010; 115(1)26-34.
Levie M, Weiss G, Kaiser B, DaifJ, Chudnoff SG. Analysis of Pain and Satisfaction with Office-BasedHysteroscopic Sterilization. Fertility and Sterility 2009; epub ahead of print
Levie MD, Chudnoff SG. Prospective Analysis of Office-Based Hysteroscopic Sterilization. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 2006; 13(2) 98-101.
Levie MD, Chudnoff SG.(2005). Office hysteroscopic sterilization compared with laparoscopic sterilization: a critical cost analysis. Journal of Minimimally Invasive Gynecol.ogy 2006; 12(4):318-22.

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