Upstate expands the type of obstetrical and gynecological care it offers with the addition of fellowship-trained faculty members. These are the OB-GYNs who train many of the OB-GYNs practicing in the Syracuse area. Here’s a look at some of the services:
* Comprehensive care for any high-risk pregnancy is provided through the Regional Perinatal Center, at the University Health Care Center, 90 Presidential Plaza, Syracuse. The center is one component of the Regional Perinatal Program, which has a new director. Alexandra Spadola, MD, who is fellowship trained and board certified, and oversees the program, which provides clinical support, quality review and educational outreach to 19 affiliate hospitals across a 17-county area of central and northern New York State.
* Complete care for low-risk pregnancies and comprehensive gynecology services are available through the Women’s Health Service, in two Syracuse locations: UHCC at 90 Presidential Plaza, and the Physicians’ Office Building at 725 Irving Ave., Suite 600.
* Group care for pregnant women with diabetes is now offered through Upstate’s Regional Perinatal Center. Called “Centering Pregnancy,” the program is one of the first in the country that focuses on women with diabetes.
* Eddie Sze, MD, Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, recently achieved board certification at the first offering of this specialty certification. He and colleagues see patients at the physician office buildings at the Upstate University Hospital Community Campus and at 725 Irving Ave., Suite 600, Syracuse.
* Midwifery services are based at the Upstate University Hospital Community Campus. The team provides personalized pregnancy care before, during and after childbirth and routine gynecology. Deliveries take place at the Jim and DeDe Walsh Birth Center in the hospital.
* Renee Mestad, MD is a fellowship-trained physician who specializes in all aspects of family planning, particularly for patients with complex medical histories.
* Gynecologic oncologists Rinki Agarwal, MD, Douglas Bunn, MD and Mary Cunningham, MD provide comprehensive care for women with gynecologic malignancies to include radical surgery, laparoscopic surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Also, patients have the opportunity to participate in regional and national clinical trials through the division’s participation with the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group. Dr. Agarwal sees patients at 725 Irving Ave., Suite 600.
* Upstate offers assisted reproductive technology through its IVF Program (phone 315-464-7249) and a variety of services for women and men through the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at 725 Irving Ave Suite 600. The division offers evaluation and treatment of all aspects of both male and female reproductive endocrinology, infertility and andrology, and Frederick D. Sengstacke II, MD, the director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program, offers fertility preservation in cancer patients along with other in vitro fertilization services.
In addition, several general Board Certified OB-GYNs have recently joined the department, including Leah Kaufman, MD, Brian Thompson, MD and Jodi Wallis, DO. They are available for the comprehensive care of women in all facets of their life cycle including pregnancy and menopause.