August, 2015

You're invited!

SIU Fertility & IVF Center's 5th Annual Birthday Party. Click here or on the image to the left for more information.

Click here to read the press release.

May, 2015

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will present the John V. Standard Endowed Distinguished Lectureship. The inaugural presentation will be held at 8:30 a.m., Friday, May 22 at Bunn Auditorium, St. John’s Hospital, 415 N. Ninth St. For more information, click here.

Congratulations go out to two of our sonographers, Amanda Durbin and Christine Fasick! They have successfully passed the fetal echocardiography examination. They are now certified in fetal echocardiography, along with the rest of our sonography team: Becky Clinton, Jill Cox, Nicki Nattier, Jacki Patterson and Jessica Orum. The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the only academic center in Illinois with American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Fetal Echocardiography Certification. We are so proud to have such an expert team of sonographers!

April, 2015

The SIU School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is thrilled to announce the results of the 2015 residency match and welcome our soon-to-be PGY1s! The new class of residents begins their training with us on June 26, 2015. Our new residents are:

March, 2015

The SIU School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology opened a second outpatient clinic on March 17, 2015 at 1100 Lincolnshire Blvd on the south side of Springfield, near the intersection of I-55 and I-72. Patients will be able to make an appointment at either the Carol Jo Vecchie or Lincolnshire location by calling one number, 217-545-8000. The hours of the clinic are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All eight SIU Obstetrics and Gynecology Generalists will have some presence at the new location. The new SIU clinic features eight exam rooms, a procedure room, a full service lab, ultrasound and fetal monitoring. Patients will be able to schedule their mammograms and bone density screens through St. John’s Hospital, to be done in this building.

The eight General SIU OB-GYNs that will be seeing patients in this location are Drs. Kristina Ericsson, Arturo Garza, Kathryn Hild-Mosley, Chad Huston, Erica Nelson, Gilberto Rodrigo, Casey Younkin and Yahia Zeino.

November, 2014

The SIU School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has initiated a new study that may decrease the risk of fetal death in high-risk pregnancies by using a portable non-invasive smart device. Dr. Robert Abrams, division chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine is presently collaborating with Dr. Nazeih Botros, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in developing a system that monitors, records, and analyzes fetal movement in real-time.

The device being tested by Drs. Abrams and Botros is named AmmSensor™ and is placed around the mother’s abdomen. The patient may take the device home and data will be transmitted wirelessly to the physician. Should a problem arise she will be advised to see her physician for further testing. The benefits of this system are to decrease the number of visits a high-risk patient has and provides objective data for the doctor to see in a timely manner. Also, because the system utilizes motion-based sensors, there is no risk to the fetus.

(Read the full article)

July, 2014

SIU Department of OB-GYN Ultrasound has been granted reaccreditation in fetal echocardiography and obstetric/gynecological ultrasound by American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). We received the full 3-year accreditation. SIU continues to be the only academic institution in Illinois to be accredited in fetal echocardiography.

June, 2014

Congratulations to Jill McLean, Nicki Nattier and Jessica Orum, sonographers in OB-GYN! They recently became certified in fetal echocardiography!

May, 2014

The SIU Board of Trustees, meeting today, Thursday, May 8, approved promotions in academic rank and tenure for 53 faculty members effective with the 2014-15 academic year. They include from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

"Girls' Night Out" presents Bare Bones Facts About Osteoporosis on Thursday May 15th 6:00-7:15 pm at the Dove Converence Center in the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital, 619 E. Mason Street, Springfield, IL. The night's speaker will be Casey Younkin MD, CCD, from the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at SIU Healthcare. The fee is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Register online at:

May is Osteoporiosis Month - Join us for a "Girls' Night Out" with an evening of laughter, stress relief, entertainment, refreshments, health education, fellowship and a physical activity. Learn about osteoporosis risk factors, your risk of fracture and different treatment options available.

April, 2014

4th Year Residents

Congratulations to our Chief residents on their presentations at the Annual SIU School of Medicine Research Symposium. Jason Gundersen - Development of an App for Resident Evaluation. Steve Radtke - Management of AUB in Sterilized and Non-Sterilized Women. Alison Rinaberger - HPV Vaccine Administration at Post-Partum Visits. Vanessa Neiman - Evaluation of Glucose Monitoring Protocol to Decrease Neonatal Hypoglycemia. Steve and Alison tied for 2nd prize and Vanessa won third prize.