Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine

The Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery is committed to high-quality surgical and medical care for patients with complex, benign gynecologic conditions with an emphasis on endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. We strive to stay on the forefront of minimally invasive gynecologic clinical surgical technologies, education and research.

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Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is a dynamic, exciting field that is evolving rapidly today as one of the newest disciplines within Obstetrics and Gynecology. At Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery provides innovative care for patients, educates health care clinicians and academicians of the future and produces and disseminates new knowledge in its research programs.

We focus on complex, benign gynecologic surgical and medical problems including endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, uterine fibroids and pelvic masses. Endometriosis is an area of Gynecology that historically has been underdiagnosed and undertreated. We aim to advocate for earlier diagnoses and more comprehensive management for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain patients.

Our mission to improve care for gynecologic patients doesn’t stop at the clinical care that we provide. We endeavor to train the next generation of gynecologic surgeons to further increase access for all patients who could benefit from evaluation and management by a minimally invasive gynecologic surgical team.

It is an honor to serve our patients, teach our students, residents and fellows and to lead a dynamic group of highly skilled and motivated surgeons and clinicians.

Kristin A. Riley, MD, FACOG
Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Program Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship

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Kristin A. Riley, MD, FACOG, Division Chief

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Education in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Faculty in the division are committed to the education of medical students, residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellows in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Third-year medical students rotate through the minimally invasive gynecologic surgery service as part of their rotation on Obstetrics and Gynecology in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  They get specific exposure to the complex care of endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids and pelvic masses.

Obstetrics and Gynecology residents who train through Penn State Health are able to graduate from their program with a certification in robotics surgery in part due to the high volume of robotic surgery they are exposed to during their clinical time with the minimally invasive gynecologic service.

Since 2011, the division has supported an AAGL-approved fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, which trains leaders in complex, benign gynecologic surgical and medical care.  Currently, the program is only one of a limited number of three-year fellowships nationally that has an emphasis on career development and scholarship in addition to high-volume surgical training in hysteroscopic, laparoscopic, robotic and vaginal surgical techniques. Fellows have gone on to practice and teach in prestigious institutions throughout the country.

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The endometriosis center was established in 2019 to create a medical home for patients suffering from endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. A multidisciplinary chronic pelvic pain/endometriosis team was formally created in 2021 to bring together clinicians in multiple subspecialties to create a space for collaboration and education.

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