Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Services Team

Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

Christina A. Bandera, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist and director of the Center for Gynecologic Cancers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Bandera received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Bandera is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and gynecologic oncology. She served as director of robotic surgery at Women & Infants Hospital, and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopy.

Dr. Bandera’s clinical expertise includes the medical and surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers arising from the uterus, ovary, cervix, vagina and vulva, as well as the treatment of molar pregnancies and conditions resulting in abnormal pap smears. She has a special interest in cancer prevention and minimally invasive cancer surgery, including robotic surgery.

Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecology

W. Scott Walker, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he graduated from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Dr. Walker completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Walker's areas of interest are da Vinci robot-assisted surgery, advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, and obstetrics. He is fluent in Spanish.

Gynecologist

Lindsay Clark Donat, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Pelvic Pain Program team. Dr. Clark Donat received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.  

She completed the Brown-Dartmouth medical program and earned her medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital. She completed a two-year fellowship program in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Yale University. 

Dr. Clark Donat’s clinical interests include laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomy, surgical treatment of fibroids, and the management of endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. 

Dr. Clark Donat cares for gynecology patients and patients in the Pelvic Pain Program.

Gynecologist

Insu Kong, MD, is a gynecologist on the Women’s Medicine Inpatient Unit at Rhode Island Hospital and a member of Lifespan’s Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Services team. Dr. Kong earned his medical degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn College of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York University/Bellevue Hospital and completed his fellowship at Women's Health Centers in Orange County.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Erin Kunkel, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kunkel graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and earned a certificate in premedical studies from Columbia University in New York. She received her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, where she was administrative chief resident in the department of obstetrics and gynecology.

During her medical training, Dr. Kunkel completed an elective resident rotation focused on both antepartum care and gynecologic surgery in Lima, Peru at the Hospital San Bartolome, as well as a summer in Ecuador as a member of Child Family Health International, taking part in their Amazon Community Health Program. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Her areas of interest include women’s health, colposcopy, gynecologic surgery, yoga and holistic health.

She speaks English and Spanish.

Urogynecologist

Lai-Yet Lam, MD, is a urogynecologist at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received a medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Lam is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. 

Dr. Lam is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Urogynecological Association. Dr. Lam was a clinical assistant professor at New York University-Langone Medical Center for 25 years. Her clinical expertise and research interests include pelvic organ prolapse, vaginal surgery, female urinary incontinence and complicated benign gynecologic surgery. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Nayana Manjunath, MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and clinical instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Manjunath received her medical degree at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India and completed her residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and her areas of interest are high-risk obstetrics and abnormal Pap smears.

Dr. Manjunath is fluent in English, Hindi and Kannada.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Nwamaka Mary-Anne Onwugbenu, MD is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. Dr. Onwugbenu earned her medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Onwugbenu is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Her clinical interests include abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, minimally invasive surgery and general obstetrics.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Rajendrasinh Rathod, MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Rathod graduated from the Gujarat University and received his medical degree from Gujarat University, B.J. Medical College and Civil Hospital. He completed his residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Virginia. Prior to joining Lifespan Physician Group, he was the vice director of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Uniontown Hospital in Pennsylvania. He also served as clinical assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at University of Pittsburgh Medical School and adjunct clinical assistant professor at Lake Erie School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rathod is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and his areas of interest include preeclampsia, preterm labor, and abnormal uterine bleeding.

He speaks English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu.