Welcome to the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. As one of the premier academic departments of neurology in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the only one in central Pennsylvania, the department is known for its world-class patient care, education and research.
The department is in an exciting phase of growth as clinical services expand to meet the needs of our patients, the residency program increases in size, and research activity and collaborations proliferate.
The department provides state-of-the-art care for patients across a wide range of neurologic disorders, and its providers are actively engaged in clinical research while collaborating with basic scientists at Hershey and University Park.
The outstanding team of academic neurologists educates medical students at various stages of their undergraduate medical studies. They also train graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows and clinical fellows – all with the goal of developing the next generation of leaders in the field of neurology.
The department is also proud of its outreach activities to neurologists and non-neurology health care providers, as well as the community at large
Krish Sathian, MBBS, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Professor, Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Penn State Neuroscience Institute
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Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine
As an integral part of Penn State Health and Penn State University, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's mission is to serve the clinical, education, research and service goals of the university and health system. To serve these institutional goals, the department aims to:
- Provide evidence-based medical practice in obstetrics and gynecology with the highest levels of hospitality and service;
- Improve the health status of women in south central Pennsylvania;
- Contribute significantly to the knowledge base for the benefit of the health of women generally; and
- Provide a training environment for the next generation of specialists and subspecialists in obstetrics and gynecology that produces ethical, expert and compassionate physicians who remain current throughout their careers as life-long learners.
Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine are at a crossroads. We are no longer a single Academic Health Center consisting of a hospital and a medical school. We are expanding throughout south central Pennsylvania as Penn State Health, a broader health system with academic and community components with a goal of improving health care and population health in the region.
In this spirit, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is dedicated to improving women’s health care in south central Pennsylvania and beyond by being fully aligned with Penn State Health as we jointly implement this vision.
Towards this end, we work to bring specialty and sub-specialty expertise, evidence-based practice, and the highest level of hospitality and service to women’s health care in the region.
With the benefits of the virtuous circle of clinical practice, education and research, and with resources generated by the clinical enterprise, we will contribute to knowledge that benefits women’s health locally but also broadly in the nation and world, and educate the next generation of women’s health specialists and subspecialists.
As the Penn State Health network continues its growth, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will be an integral part of this process.
Richard Legro, MD, FACOG
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Penn State College of Medicine
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Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's strengths in education include a well-established residency program in good standing with the institution and the ACGME. The department has an engaged faculty and representation of every division in residency programs and oversight. In addition to the residency program, it hosts two fellowship programs in MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine, an ACGME fellowship) and MIGS (Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery — a non-ACGME fellowship) with a total of 6 fellows.
An important emphasis now is on longitudinal engagement with the faculty, to mentor their development over time. This will allow for reflection and introspection, along with potential specialization and focus on areas of special interest individualized to the faculty. Another strength of the department is the collegial and supportive working environment, providing new faculty with high potential to develop productive and rewarding academic careers in obstetrics and gynecology. These faculty will provide the foundation for a new and engaged faculty development program that will offer education opportunities for faculty learners across the spectrum of academic years and interest.
Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Penn State Health is committed to the advancement of women’s health through research. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides a unique regional opportunity for women to access the latest clinical trials without having to travel to major metropolitan academic centers. The research team includes both nationally and internationally recognized investigators that not only participate in the pharmaceutical studies, but have developed their own research protocols funded by the National Institute of Health.
Research opportunities in the OB/GYN department include a broad range of illnesses ranging from gynecological cancers to endometriosis, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and infertility. The department boasts many protocols for women before, during and after pregnancy allowing it to remain at the forefront of treatment while helping to forge the trail of medical development.
Finally, a dedicated team of study support staff not only helps patients identify protocols that might be ideal for them, but will also guide them through the research process ensuring that they know exactly what to expect and that they are never alone on their research journey. The OB/GYN department strives to make the process easy not only for patients but also for referring providers.
Clinical Care in Obstetrics and GynecologyThe Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a level of expertise and breadth of services not found anywhere else in central Pennsylvania. The department is recognized for:
- In vitro fertilization expertise, recognized by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies among the top programs in the region
- Internationally recognized treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome
- A designation as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (COEMIGS) — this is one of the busiest robotic-assisted surgery centers in the nation
- Comprehensive, family-friendly pregnancy and childbirth services, earning designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by Highmark Blue Shield and a Baby-Friendly Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA
- Innovative gynecologic cancer treatment including promising new treatments through NRG Oncology multi-institutional clinical trials
- A full-service obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound facility, accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
The OBGYN department provides complete care for women’s health. The team includes OB-GYNs, gynecologists, urogynecologists, maternal-fetal medicine doctors, genetic counselors, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, lactation specialists (IBCLCs), OB nurse navigators and clinical social workers.
The department works with specialists in cardiovascular care, cancer, plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy and immunology, imaging and more. The team approach ensures patients have everything they need for optimal health and well-being.
- For Medical Students
- Weekly departmental grand rounds series
- Residencies and Fellowships
- Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program
- Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program (ACGME)
- Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Program (non-ACGME)