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- Frederick Bright, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Dr. Frederick Bright received his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from San Francisco State University in 1986 and his M.D. Degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1991. He went on to complete his post graduate Residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Howard University Hospital in 1995. Following completion of his Residency Training he joined the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) where he was instrumental in helping establish and maintain the MSM’s Residency Program in the Department of OB/GYN with its primary site at the Historical Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr Bright was board Certified by the American Board of Ob/Gyn in 2001 and currently serves as Assistant Professor with the MSM Department of OB/GYN with his focus providing indigent patient care and Quality Improvement services at Grady Memorial Hospital.
- Kimberly Carroll, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
- Terri Chambers, CNM | Certified Nurse Midwife
Mrs. Terri Chambers was born in Kansas and grew up in the Midwest. She started her career in Nursing as an LPN in 1976. Terri received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, at Old Dominion University, Master in Community Health Administration at Old Dominion University, Masters of Science in Nursing from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Post Graduate Degree as an OB GYN Nurse Practitioner at Hampton Institute, and Post Graduate Degree as a Nurse Midwife.
Terri created Parenting and Childbirth Association of Tidewater, where she developed patient education programs for Breastfeeding, Parenting, Lamaze and Infant Stimulation. Terri has been a Nursing Instructor for both RN and LPN students. Over the past 10 years she served as a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students, Physician Assistant students and is currently one of the ACNM preceptors for Nurse Midwives.
Mrs. Chambers is married and lives in metro Atlanta with her husband. They have five children, all grown with several grandchildren. Her hobbies include quilting, fishing, camping and motorcycles.
- Indrajit Chowdhury, PhD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Dr. Indrajit Chowdhury earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Botany with Honors in Zoology; and Master’s degree with specialization in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Dr. Chowdhury completed his Ph.D. in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India in 1999. After the completion of his Ph.D., he continued his studies as a post-doctoral fellow in the field of molecular reproductive endocrinology at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.
In 2003, Dr. Chowdhury joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA as a research fellow to continue his research. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at MSM. The overarching goal of research in his laboratory is to gain molecular insights of ovarian folliculogenesis and ovulation, developing future prevention and intervention strategies of more effective and efficient treatment of endometriosis and ovarian cancer. His research studies are supported by the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Chowdhury is a member of several national and international scientific societies, editorial boards and is a managing editor. Dr. Chowdhury’s presentations were published as original full-length manuscripts in top scientific international and national journals. Dr. Chowdhury is the author of several books. In addition to research, Dr. Chowdhury teaches molecular reproductive endocrinology, proteomics and genomics at Morehouse School of Medicine.
- Saladin Cooper, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor, Third Year Clerkship Director
Dr. Saladin Cooper is currently serving as Assistant Professor with the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Atlanta, GA. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Cooper received his medical degree from Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Cooper received his Bachelor’s Degree from Montclair State University where he majored in Biology with a minor in chemistry. Dr. Cooper’s previous practice experiences consist of private practice and community Health Center opportunities. For several years he served in the capacity of Assistant Professor with the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Cooper has found his calling in academic medicine. This is where he enjoys the constant challenges and changes in medicine. But most of all he welcomes and enjoys educating and mentoring future physicians.
- Carla Crawford, MD, FACOG | Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor |
- Donald Culley, MD | Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
- Lynne Cunningham, MD | Adjunct Clinical Instructor
- Giuseppe Del Priore, MD | Adjunct Clinical Professor
- Cheryl Franklin, MD | Core Faculty | Associate Professor
Dr. Cheryl G. Franklin serves as President and CEO of La Femme Care, Women’s Health Care Specialists and Consultants. She combines her skill in the provision of women’s health care services with a passion for the public health and concern for health care policy. Dr. Franklin serves on the faculty of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) as Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a practicing gynecologist with the Morehouse Medical Associates. She is also an Instructor in the Women and Children’s Center of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Dr. Franklin was educated in the Houston public schools and is a distinguished alumnus of Stanford University (A.B., 1980), Columbia University School of Public Health (M.P.H., 1984), and Harvard University School of Medicine (M.D., 1985). She was trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology both at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX and at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY from 1985 to 1989. Having had the honor of practicing OB/GYN in the greater Atlanta area since 1989, she currently concentrates her medical skill in Gynecology.
Dr. Cheryl Franklin is married to the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr., President of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and proudly and passionately serves in the official capacity as Presidential Spouse of Morehouse College. The Drs. Franklin are the proud parents of three children, Imani, Robert III and Julian. Dr. Cheryl Franklin enjoys the theater and travel.
- Franklyn H. Geary, Jr., MD, FACOG | Core Faculty | Professor
Dr. Franklyn H. Geary, Jr., a native Atlantan, attended Northside High School. He received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Emory College of Emory University and participated in many extracurricular activities. Dr. Geary earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He was a founding member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Chapter at Emory and served as President. He was Secretary of the Medical Student Advisory Council and the Medical School Representative to the Student Government Association. After medical school graduation, he attended the Emory-Grady Affiliated Residency Training Program in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Grady Memorial Hospital. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Geary joined the Emory faculty and served as the co-course director of the junior student clerkship and was the Director of the Gynecology Emergency Clinic. He completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine also at Emory and is double boarded in General Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Upon completion of fellowship in 1993, Dr. Geary joined Dr. Nelson McGhee at the Morehouse School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served as the Chief of Service at Grady Hospital and Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. In addition, he served as Interim Chair of the Department from 1998 to 2001.
One of Dr. Geary’s most outstanding accomplishments was being instrumental in establishing the residency-training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine. As Interim Chair and Program Director, he graduated his first group of residents in 2001. During his academic tenure, he received numerous teaching and service awards. His research interests include intimate partner violence and HIV in pregnancy.
- Christina Hamilton, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Dr. Christina Hamilton is a general OB/GYN faculty member at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a Georgia native and grew up on the southeast coast. Dr. Hamilton graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and a minor in dance. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, graduating in 2016. Dr. Hamilton completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Spectrum Health/MSU in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a resident she was recognized with two awards for excellence in vaginal surgery. She is excited to have returned to Georgia for practice. Her clinical interests include high risk obstetrics care, vaginal surgery and contraceptive care.
- Yvonne Hewitt, MSN, RN, CNM | Core Faculty | Certified Nurse Midwife
Mrs. Yvonne Hewitt is a certified Nurse-Midwife. She received her MSN and BSN from Emory University in Atlanta. Prior to coming to Grady, Ms. Hewitt worked in a community clinic with delivering privileges at Northside Hospital. Before becoming a nurse-midwife Ms. Hewitt worked in natural resource management both internationally and in the US. At Grady Ms. Hewitt is a facilitator in the Centering Pregnancy Program and has started the first Centering Program to cater to Spanish-speaking patients. She enjoys caring for women and is especially interested in nutrition and gastrointestinal health. She is married and mother to a 1-year old son as well as several furry creatures.
- Gloria Hughes, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Dr. Gloria Hughes is a native of Augusta, Georgia. After graduating from Georgia Tech, she earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Hughes clinical interests include the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding and fibroids, pelvic pain, contraception, and well-woman preventative care. She is also proficient in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and received multiple awards, including the “Top Hands” Award for Distinction in Surgical Skills Technique and Technology and The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Award for Outstanding Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Dr. Hughes enjoys traveling in her free time and experiencing different cultures, including various cuisines! She loves music, Zumba classes, and spending time with her family and friends. She hopes to become more involved in medical mission work in the future.
- Regina Lee, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Dr. Regina Lee is a Gynecologic Oncologist who joined the Morehouse School of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology department in August 2019 after graduating her fellowship at SUNY Downstate. She is a native to Atlanta who attended Georgia Tech for her undergraduate degree and received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology. She completed medical school at Medical College of Georgia followed by her residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is very interested in the education of medical students and residents as well as research involving disparities in healthcare. She also enjoys Latin dancing, spending time with her family and her dog.
- Joline Milord, CNM | Certified Nurse Midwife
Joline Milord was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Georgia in 2003. As a young, single mother of two small daughters, she put herself through nursing school at Georgia Perimeter College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Science and Nursing to become a Registered Nurse. Upon graduating, she worked as a Postpartum Nurse at Dekalb Medical and later went on to becoming the Clinical Director at Feminist Women's Health Center for five years. Her passion for women's health and advocacy led her to receive additional training as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) for both Pediatrics and Adults and she currently works as a SANE for Dekalb Rape Crisis Center and Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center.
She attended Frontier Nursing University and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing degree to become a Certified Nurse Midwife and has recently joined Morehouse School of Medicine's OB/GYN team at Grady Hospital.
She believes in the importance of laughing and spending time with family, especially with her 3 children. When she finds free time she enjoys embracing her Caribbean culture and love for all things carnival related, dancing, and exploring new restaurants.
- Dorothy Mitchell-Leef, MD | Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Dorothy E. Mitchell-Leef has been an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for 18 months as a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist since retirement. She has lived in Atlanta for over 37 years. She received her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Louisville and then did her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) fellowship there. Dr. Mitchell-Leef came to Atlanta to initiate the Division of REI at Emory University’s OB/GYN Department in 1981. At that time she was an Emory Clinic partner caring for patients as well as teaching residents and medical students at Grady. She was an Associate Professor there for the last five years of her ten year tenure there. She assisted residents with related research for those seeking REI fellowships.
Dr. Mitchell-Leef joined Reproductive Biology Associates, a private REI practice in Atlanta, in 1991. There she cared for patients for 24 years doing extensive surgery, endocrine evaluations and treatments. The majority of her practice was In Vitro Fertilization care with egg donation, egg cryopreservation for patients with cancer before chemotherapy or radiation, genetic testing for pregnancy loss as well as inherited abnormalities. She ran the private practice OR as well for 24 years.
Dr. Mitchell-Leef has been President of many societies and is a member of ACOG, ASRM, SAOOG, and Medical Association of Atlanta. She enjoys lecturing residents and medical students and doing REI clinics at Grady with MSM residents.
- Mohamed Mubasher, PhD | Biostatistician III
Dr. Mohamed Mubasher has simultaneously served as a mentoring faculty biostatistician delivering teaching and training to students and researchers at all of the academic settings associated with his collaborative work. Additionally, between 2011-2013, he served as a clinical research and bio-statistician consultant at King Fahad Medical city in Saudi Arabia where he significantly contributed to building a solid clinical research infrastructure and many efforts amassed over 10 coauthored publications in areas like asthma, oncology, neurology, HLA/genetics, cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine.
His current role as a principal investigator and senior biostatistician for Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) entails providing leadership in protocol and questionnaires’ development and biostatistical analyses and support throughout all phases including protocol development, experimental design, conduct, data analyses, questionnaire’s pilot-testing and validation and co-authorships of the findings. Additionally, he has carried out other responsibilities of staffing, mentoring of junior statisticians and researchers, study protocol development and oversight and collaborated with other investigators/researchers, and produced over 40 peer-reviewed publications spanning the above indicated areas as well as his own developed methodological work.
- Veena Rao, PhD | Core Faculty | Professor and Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Program
Dr. Veena N. Rao is a Professor and the Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Program, in the Department of OB/GYN at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). She did her Ph.D. work at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), at Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Dr. Rao took up postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She then continued her postdoctoral work on SV40 DNA tumor virus under Professor Sherman Weisman in the Department of Human Genetics at Yale University School of Medicine under whose mentorship she flourished and embarked on a distinguished cancer research career. She spent two years at the National Cancer Institute as a Forgarty International fellow at the Molecular Oncology lab of the late Dr. Takis Papas where she and her colleague, Dr. Reddy, identified the ERG gene.
Dr. Rao has a long career beginning at Temple University and then at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as an Assistant Professor where she and her colleague, Dr. Reddy, cloned the ELK-1 gene. She then moved to Kimmel Cancer Center as Associate Professor where she identified the BRCA1 isoforms. She advanced to the rank of Professor and Co-Director of the Division of Cancer Genetics at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Philadelphia and then at Drexel University. This led her to be recruited as the State of Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to initiate a Cancer Biology program. In 2003 she received the Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar Award from the Governor of Georgia for outstanding cancer research. She also received the Dean’s outstanding research award and distinguished mentor for the research initiative for scientific enhancement program at MSM. She was the advisor for the first M.D./Ph.D. student at MSM. Dr. Rao is a recipient of the 2005 Emerald’s Honor Senior Investigator award, 2006 Trail Blazer award by Minorities in Research, 2007 National Women of Color in Technology Research Leadership award and was also featured on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) website under the NCI Grantee Spotlights. She is the recipient of 2008 Research Excellence award at the NAKA convention held in California. In 2011 she received the ASIOA Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist award for her work on BRCA1 (TNBC). She is the first woman scientist to receive this award. In 2012 she was selected to receive an Alumni Leadership Award by the Career Communications Group, Inc. In 2013 she obtained a patent on BRCA1 function based cellular assays for TNBC.
- E. Shyam Reddy, PhD | Core Faculty | Professor and Co-Director of the Cancer Biology
Dr. E. Shayam Reddy is a Professor and the Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Program, in the Department of OB/GYN at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Dr. Reddy received his Ph.D. in India. There he published his Ph.D. work as back to back papers in the prestigious journal Nature. He received the National Young Scientist award for his work. Later he received his postdoctoral training at Yale University. He joined as a scientist at NCI-Frederick where he identified ERG-1 and ERG-2 genes which are shown to be involved in the majority of prostate cancers and also shown to be responsible for Ewing sarcoma and certain leukemias (AML). In addition, Dr. Reddy identified several genes/gene functions which include C-ets-1, human Fli-1, ELK-1, EWS-Fli-1, EWSb, EWS-erg, TLS/FUS, TLS/FUS-erg, Brca2a, EWS-ATF-1, Brca1a and 1b involved in a wide variety of cancers. Dr Reddy's work revealed that aberrant fusion proteins target transcriptional co-factors and this may be in part responsible for cancer. Based on the function of these oncoproteins, Dr. Reddy developed a cell based assay and identified several small molecule therapeutic agents that target only cancer cells but not normal cells. These novel drugs can be used as targeted therapeutic agents to prostate, breast, ovarian and pancreatic cancers (patent pending). Dr. Reddy received several RO1, ACS and DOD grants to carry out this work. Dr. Reddy received several personal awards that include GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar award, Lifetime Achievement award in Science and Medicine, London, Dean's recognition award for Research, MSM and Swebelius Cancer Research Award of Yale University.
- Shalandra Ross, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Dr. Shalandra R. Ross was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago before matriculating to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for her undergraduate studies. There she majored in chemistry and minored in biology, and was very active in community service. After graduating SIUE cum laude, she attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for medical school. Match Day then brought Dr. Ross to Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA for her residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr. Ross has a passion for serving the underserved. After completing residency, she worked for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Dekalb County serving a largely uninsured patient community. In 2014, Dr. Ross joined the MSM department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty, where she currently serves in the role of Assistant Professor. When not working, Dr. Ross enjoys life at home with her husband, son, and daughter.
- Hedwige Saint Louis, MD | Core Faculty | Associate Professor, Third Year Clerkship
Dr. Hedwige Saint-Louis consults women on personal health and in various stages of mothering. She created Healthy Mommy Happy Baby so moms of color would have access to credible information addressing the issues unique to them. Her experience as a private practitioner and public health advocate has shown her how critical the early stages of motherhood are for setting a firm foundation for mom and child, as well as the entire family. She joined Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2012, after six years in private practice.
She earned her medical degree from the University of Miami, then completed her surgical internship at the University of Missouri and her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at New York Medical College/St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Saint-Louis served as an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a Master’s of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health.
She joined MSM's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2012, after six years in private practice. Dr. Saint-Louis currently serves in the capacity of Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine where she also serves the Clinical Scholar for its Clerkship program.
- Barbara Simmons, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Dr. Barbara Simmons was born and raised in New York City. She completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology. She completed her medical school education at SUNY Down-state Medical Center and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York City in 1991.
Dr. Simmons also received a Masters of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in 2005. She spent several years as a Clinical Instructor and Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), then private practice for 20 years, returning to MSM in April of 2015. She has a special interest in the management and treatment of uterine fibroid disease and office gynecology. Dr. Simmons considers herself an avid traveler, a classically trained pianist and a patron of the arts.
- Madeline Sutton, MD | Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Madeline Y. Sutton is a medical epidemiologist and board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She served as the Lead for the Minority Health and Health Equity Research Activity in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 12 years. Dr. Sutton’s main research areas include racial/ethnic disparities in HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections, mentoring historically underrepresented scientists, women’s health issues, and adolescent sex health issues. She has presented at scientific meetings, published over 110 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and was the lead editor for a book: “Our Communities, Our Sexual Health.” In 2016, Dr. Sutton also received CDC’s highest honor for leading workforce diversity and mentoring early-career scientists for future careers in public health. She recently retired as a Captain after over 21 years of service with the United States Public Health Service/Commissioned Corps. Currently, Dr. Sutton provides direct patient care at Grady Hospital and Emory Decatur Hospital. After receiving her B.S. in Psychology/Pre-med from Georgetown University, she obtained her M.D. and M.P.H. as dual degrees from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School.
- Diana Wilson, MD | Core Faculty | Assistant Professor
Diana Wilson, M.D.
Dr. Diana Wilson is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is board-certified and earned her medical degree from Kansas University and completed her OBGYN residency at Truman Medical Center. She has many years of hands on experience and prior to joining Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) she was in private practice. Dr. Wilson treats a wide range of obstetrical and gynecological problems. She is trained to treat high risk and twin pregnancy as well as issues that affect the adolescent to the elderly patient. Her special interests are in the area of management of menorrhagia, treatment for uterine fibroids, non-hormonal and hormonal options for symptomatic menopause, family planning, short and long term contraception, permanent sterilization and adolescent care. Dr. Wilson performs in office procedures and minimally invasive surgery. She is passionate about healthcare and believes that every patient has a right to quality care. The ability to attentively listen to her patients and involve them in their healthcare has led to a great understanding about the needs of her patients. Dr. Wilson is a member of the National Medical Association, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, and a member of the Atlanta Medical Association. When she is not in the office practicing medicine, Dr. Wilson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and traveling.
- Anne Wiskind, MD | Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Anne Wiskind is originally from Tallahassee, FL. She did her undergraduate training at Davidson College in North Carolina and attended Emory University School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Following residency, she did a Pelvic Surgery fellowship at Emory, and additional training in Urogynecology at St. George’s Hospital in London, UK. Upon completing her fellowship, she remained on faculty at Emory for three years, before switching to private practice in gynecology and urogynecology in Atlanta. After 25 years of private practice, she was ready for a change and has worked for Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as Adjunct Assistant Professor since April 2017. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Subspecialty certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She has been married to her husband Bob, a pediatrician, for almost 30 years and has 2 children: Sam and Claire.