Academic and Clinical Excellence

We offer educational programs and research opportunities in a setting that promotes the education of the community, staff, and students. Our programs are offered in conjunction with the clinical care provided by the Women's Health Care Service at The University of Vermont Medical Center.

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Research and Education

The Department maintains an active program of research that includes clinical, translational and basic science investigation relevant to women's health. Our research is supported by extramural and intramural funding and derived from a combination of federal, private and institutional sources. Research programs in the areas of gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology, high-risk obstetrics and more allow our patients to receive the newest innovations in health care without having to travel to Boston or New York City. All of these programs allow our students, residents, and fellows to receive the high quality, innovative medical education required to serve the women of this region, and the country in the future.

Clinical Excellence

We provide specialty and subspecialty care for the women of Vermont and northern New York. Our cutting-edge clinical programs include the Women's Center for Pelvic Health (a multidisciplinary center for the treatment of incontinence and pelvic relaxation in women), the Fetal Diagnostic Center (a state-of-the-art ultrasound and genetic diagnosis center) and the In Vitro Fertilization program.

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Covid-19 vaccination in pregnant and lactating women

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding: Is it still safe to get the vaccine?

Pregnant patients are more likely to have serious illness from COVID-19 and are at risk of developing pregnancy complications as a result. The vaccine is very effective in reducing the risk of infection. While pregnant and breastfeeding individuals were not included in COVID-19 vaccine studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding be offered the vaccine to prevent serious illness. While there is still not enough information to specifically recommend the vaccine during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as of now, thousands of pregnant individuals have received the vaccine without known issue. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should discuss the vaccine with your doctor so you can make the decision that is right for you.



Jessica Kempner, MD, Assistant Professor, has joined the Generalist Division. We are excited to have her onboard.

Lauren MacAfee, MD, was awarded Vermont Physician of the Year for 2023 from the Vermont Medical Society!

Congratulations to Kimberly Blake, MD, who will be joining the administrative team as Associate Director of the Generalist Division.

Navid Esfandiari, PhD, Professor, REI Division, will be receiving the "Star Award" from the 79th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) - October 2023

CONGRATULATIONS to the following faculty who received promotions (July 2023):
Misty Blanchette Porter, MD to Professor

Anne Dougherty, MD, director for Gender Equity and Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn, was recently awarded a $50,000 grant for the program New American Girls on the Rise, which is a targeted mentorship and enrichment program for middle and high school girls from Chittenden County refugee and immigrant groups.  The program aims to foster inclusive health care and improved health outcomes for local immigrant communities by increasing collaboration and trust between the academic health center and the local community and, ultimately, increasing representation in the healthcare workforce.   Read more here

Merima Ruhotina, MD, Assistant Professor, has joined the Generalist Division and we are so excited to welcome her!

Kimberly Blake, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a fierce advocate for substance use prevention & treatment, received the Vermont Medical Society’s 2022 Physician Award for Community Services.

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