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Obstetric Medicine and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Administrative Offices

Rhode Island Hospital
APC Building, 4th Floor
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903

Obstetric Medicine

 

Chief, Women’s Medicine, Lifespan Physician Group and Director, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Margaret Miller, MD, FACP, is Chief of Women’s Medicine for Lifespan Physician Group (LPG) and Medical Director of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Miller received a medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her residency in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, co-chair of the Women’s Health Council of Rhode Island, and is past president of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine.

She is board certified in internal medicine. Her clinical and research interests include lifestyle medicine, lifestyle factors and pregnancy outcomes, the link between pregnancy complications and long term health, and models of care delivery.

Director of Obstetric Medicine, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Lucia Larson, MD, FACP ia a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the director of obstetric medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is an associate professor of medicine and division director of obstetric medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, and completed her residency in internal medicine at University of Chicago Hospitals.

Dr. Larson completed a fellowship in obstetric and consultative medicine at Women & Infants Hospital. She is board certified in internal medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Larson is past president of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine. In addition, she is a board-certified obesity medicine physician. Her clinical and research interests include medical problems in pregnancy, including thromboembolic disease, preeclampsia, cardiac disorders, and diabetes, as well as obesity and lifestyle modification.

Attending Physician

Courtney Bilodeau, MD, FACP, CLC, is an attending physician in obstetric medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a certified lactation counselor. Her clinical and research interests include breastfeeding, evidence-based complementary medicine, and peripartum management of chronic medical conditions from preconception through postpartum.

Dr. Bilodeau received her medical degree from Chicago Medical School, completed her residency in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed a fellowship in obstetric and consultative medicine at Women & Infants Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society, the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine, the International Society of Obstetric Medicine, and The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Attending Physician

Tabassum Firoz, MD, FRCPC, is an attending physician in obstetric medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative.

Firoz received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, and completed a fellowship in obstetric medicine at the British Columbia Women’s Hospital & Health Care Center at the University of British Columbia. Firoz earned a master’s degree in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a member of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine, and the International Society of Obstetric Medicine. She has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organization’s Maternal Morbidity Working Group and the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities. She is co-chair of the joint International Society for the study of Hypertension in Pregnancy/International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISSHP/ISOM) Global Health Committee.

She is board certified in internal medicine. Her clinical and research interests include global maternal health policy, pre-eclampsia, and postpartum cardiovascular risk reduction. She is fluent in English and Bengali.

Endocrinology

 

Interim Chief, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Medical Director, Bone Health Program

Geetha Gopalakrishnan, MD, CCD, is the medical director of the bone health program and an endocrinology specialist in the Multidisciplinary Obstetric Medicine Service (MOMS) at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is also an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism; and is also certified in clinical densitometry, nuclear medicine and radiation safety. She has a special interest in women’s health issues, including calcium disorders, vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis, as well as endocrine disorders in pregnancy.

Her research interests focus on therapeutic options for various endocrine disorders including osteoporosis and diabetes. Dr. Gopalakrishnan received her medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Science Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital / The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and her fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at Stanford University Medical Center. She is director of the Division of Endocrinology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Rheumatology

 

Kerri Batra, MD, is a rheumatologist at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative and an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Batra graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  

Dr. Batra completed a fellowship in rheumatology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she was awarded the Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Medicine. She completed the program in clinical effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Dr. Batra is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. She has a clinical interest in preconception counseling and the management and treatment of women of childbearing age with rheumatologic disease and inflammatory arthritis. She has also published and presented on the role of biomarkers in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pulmonary disease in RA, gout, and the manifestations and treatment of pregnant women with spondyloarthritis.

Gastrointestinal Medicine

 

Gastroenterologist

Colleen R. Kelly, MD, FACG, is a gastroenterologist in the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a faculty member in the fellowship pathway in women’s gastrointestinal diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Kelly has been an active participant in the Rhode Island Pelvic Floor Network and led the irritable bowel syndrome and motility effort at Women & Infants Hospital before moving to the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is nationally recognized in the field of gut flora and its implication in recurrent C. difficile infection.

The focus of her research and clinical practice is fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) and she has assisted many physicians and institutions in developing FMT protocols. Dr. Kelly has authored a number of papers and abstracts on the subject and was a member of a working group that drafted a best-practices article for treating C. difficile infection with FMT, published in 2011. Dr. Kelly is a principal investigator for the first US clinical trial of FMT to treat relapsing C. difficile infection, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). She is on the board of advisors of the Fecal Transplant Foundation.

Dr. Kelly is board certified in gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include fecal transplantation, C. difficile, chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal motility disorders common in women, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

Gastroenterologist and Co-Director, Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Amanda Pressman, MD, is a gastroenterologist in the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative and director of the Gastroesophageal and Rectal Motility laboratory at Lifespan. She is co-director of the Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders, with a focus on chronic constipation and fecal incontinence. In addition, she heads the GI Disorders in Pregnancy program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative.

Dr. Pressman is an instructor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and directs the fellowship pathway in Women’s Gastrointestinal Diseases at Alpert Medical School. She received a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed a residency at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the gastroenterology fellowship at Alpert Medical School. During her fellowship, she received the prestigious Virology Fellowship Award from Bristol Myers Squibb and the Joe DiMase award for her research on colorectal cancer screening. She has published original research articles and chapters in the field of women’s health.

Dr. Pressman is board certified in gastroenterology. Her clinical and research interests are gastroesophageal motility disorders including pelvic floor disorders, gastroparesis and excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and colorectal cancer screening in women.

Sara Wriston, MSN, FNP-BC

Sara Wriston, MSN, FNP-BC is a nurse practitioner in the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As well as gastroenterology, she has extensive experience in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and oncology. Wriston has been an important collaborator in the Perinatal Hepatitis Prevention Program and was responsible, along with Silvia Degli Esposti, MD, for the evaluation and treatment of patients with viral hepatitis at Women & Infants Hospital before moving to the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Wriston is a board certified family nurse practitioner. Her clinical and research interests include liver disease, particularly hepatitis, and gastrointestinal problems in pregnancy.

Pulmonary Medicine

 

Ghada Bourjeily, MD, FCCP, is an attending physician in pulmonary services and obstetric medicine, and director of research at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. An associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Bourjeily received a medical degree from the Universite Libanaise, Faculte des Sciences Medicales in Lebanon. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Case Western Reserve University and Yale University. 

Dr. Bourjeily is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, vice chair of the Women’s Health Network steering committee of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and serves as vice president for the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine. Dr. Bourjeily is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

Her clinical and research interests focus on understanding sleep disordered breathing in pregnant women and the diagnosis of pulmonary vascular disease in pregnancy. Dr. Bourjeily is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Behavioral Medicine

 

Director, Women’s Behavioral Medicine, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Teri Pearlstein, MD is director of Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A professor of psychiatry and human behavior and professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Pearlstein received a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Pearlstein is board certified in psychiatry.

Dr. Pearlstein is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and past president of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical interests include depression and anxiety disorders in women, particularly in relation to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum period, and menopause.

Psychiatrist

Ellen Flynn, MD is a psychiatrist in Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Flynn is co-director of the contemplative studies scholarly concentration and co-director of the mindfulness-wellness program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Flynn received a medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She completed a residency in adult psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She trained in psychosomatic medicine, completing a fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and holds a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Flynn was awarded formal certification as a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor from the Center for Mindfulness, Oasis Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Flynn is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Her clinical interests include perinatal psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and mindfulness-based interventions in health care. Dr. Flynn teaches the eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program at the Women's Medicine Collaborative.

Psychiatrist

Joanna MacLean, MD, is a psychiatrist in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, MacLean received her medical degree from Alpert Medical School and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. MacLean served as chief resident of women’s mental health at Cambridge Hospital with a longitudinal elective at Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health in Boston, Massachusetts. 

MacLean is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Isaac Ray Award in Psychiatry. Her clinical interests include psychiatric issues unique to women, including mood and anxiety disorders particularly related to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum period and menopause.

Psychiatrist

Carmen Monzon, MD is a psychiatrist in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Monzon received a medical degree from National University Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and completed a residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Monzon is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She is the 2013 recipient of the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award at Alpert Medical School. Her clinical interests include perinatal psychiatry, oncology, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Cardiovascular Medicine

 

Director, Cardiovascular Institute

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE, is the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals, as well as an affiliated physician at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She specializes in valvular heart disease, heart disease in women, and echocardiography and heart disease in pregnancy.

She received a bachelor of science from Brown University and a doctor of medicine from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Poppas completed her residencies in internal medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Chicago Hospitals. Poppas is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a board member of the Women’s Health Council of Rhode Island. Poppas is a fellow and board trustee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). 

She has national leadership roles, volunteering on a number of committees including the ACC Clinical Quality Steering Committee, ACC Cardiometabolic Strategic Work Group and chairs the American Society of Echocardiography Ethics Committee. Poppas focuses her research on echocardiography and also the various facets of heart disease in women. She has a special interest in peripartum cardiomyopathy. 

Poppas has presented and published internationally on topics such as cardiovascular properties in normal pregnancy, 3D and stress echocardiography, and the role of echocardiography in new technologies. She is fluent in English and Greek.

 

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

 

Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Marshall Carpenter, MD, is medical director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Dr. Carpenter is board certified in maternal-fetal medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He received his training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at Yale University. He served as director of maternal-fetal medicine at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital for 18 years, before opening the Providence-based practice, New Beginnings Perinatal Consultants.

Attending Physician

Jami Star, MD, FACOG is a physician in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Dr. Star received a medical degree from SUNY/Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Luke's/Roosevelt in New York, and a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. 

Before joining the Women’ Medicine Collaborative, Dr. Star's practice was focused on the care of patients with high-risk pregnancies, and prenatal diagnosis and obstetric ultrasound at Beth Israel Deaconess, as well as UMass Memorial Worcester where she was the director of obstetric ultrasound. 

Dr. Star is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. Her research interests include diabetes, preeclampsia, and maximizing health and wellness in pregnancy.