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Four Women & Infants/Alpert Medical School Physicians Accepted as Fellowship Candidates

Providence, RI, November 14, 2009 --( Four physicians from Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University have been accepted as fellowship candidates by the American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society.

The four fellowship candidates are: Sandra Ann Carson, MD, of Cranston, RI; Cornelius O. “Skip” Granai, MD, of Providence, RI; Deborah Myers, MD, of North Kingstown, RI; and Maureen M. Phipps, MD, MPH, of Wrentham, MA.

The American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society (AGOS) advances the health of women by providing dedicated leadership and promoting excellence in research, education and medical practice. The AGOS is an organization comprised of individuals attaining national prominence in scholarship in the discipline of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health.

Fellowship in AGOS is by invitation only and is reserved for individuals who are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their field. These four fellowship candidates join other Women & Infants’ physicians who are already fellows of AGOS – Joanna M. Cain, MD, chief of obstetrics and gynecology; Donald R. Coustan, MD, former chief of obstetrics and gynecology; and Katharine D. Wenstrom, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. With these additions, Women & Infants/Alpert Medical School will be among the top ten departments in the country in the number of leaders in AGOS.

Information about each of the fellowship candidates:

Dr. Sandra Carson is director of Women & Infants’ Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and Center for Reproduction and Infertility and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Alpert Medical School. She is chair of the REI Board of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), for which she is currently a director, and is also chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs. Dr. Carson has established areas of research in preservation of fertility for girls and women facing cancer treatment. She and Jared Robins, MD, pursued the development of an in vitro maturation (IVM) program, and Women & Infants is now a Center for IVM Excellence, training other specialists from around the world on this newest treatment modality for infertility.

Dr. Skip Granai is director of Women & Infants’ Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Program in Women’s Oncology, the state’s largest cancer program focused entirely on women, including gynecologic oncology and the Breast Health Center. A professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Alpert Medical School, Dr. Granai was integral in bringing fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology and breast health to Women & Infants/Brown, the only such fellowship programs in Rhode Island. He has led efforts to improve the care of women with gynecologic and breast cancers in the region, including the development of a multidisciplinary program for women with cancer that includes one of the country’s first programs in integrative and supportive medicine in oncology.

Dr. Deborah Myers is director of Women & Infants’ Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and Center for Women’s Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Alpert Medical School. A recognized leader in pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, Dr. Myers has created a collaborative pelvic floor program with the most extensive network of surgeons in the region. She actively leads research in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of incontinence.

Dr. Maureen Phipps is the director of the Women & Infants/Brown University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and community health at the Alpert Medical School, and leads Women & Infants’ Division of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Phipps is co-principal investigator of two county sites for the National Children’s Study, a groundbreaking research project aimed at improving child health. She is chair of the Rhode Island Task Force on Preterm Births and is a nationally recognized leading researcher on adolescent and teen pregnancy.

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, Women & Infants is the seventh largest obstetrical service in the country with more than 9,000 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit. Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group. The hospital was named Rhode Island’s Best Place to Work by Providence Business News and a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the federal government. For information about Women & Infants, log on to, and for the name of a physician on the Women & Infants’ staff, call the Health Line at 1-800-921-9299.

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