Dr. Luis Bracero, MD, FACOG, a Maternal/Fetal Medicine Specialist,
Dr Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA, Vice-Chair, Obstetrics
and Gynecology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and the
Obstetrics and Gynecology generalists attend this service. One
resident from each year level is on this service at all times.
Medical students, sub-interns, and interns from the Charleston Area
Medical Center Family Medicine program, Emergency Medicine program,
Pediatric program, Urology program, and osteopathic interns also
participate on the service. This team rounds daily on all
antepartum, labor, and postpartum patients. Rounds include didactic
instruction as well as reviews of the current literature. Multiple
opportunities are provided to discuss patients and review disease
processes and management.
The CAMC Women and Children's Hospital
delivers approximately 3000 neonates per year, and residents are
responsible for almost one-half of these. We assist all clinical
faculty on Cesarean sections. We receive about 10-15 high-risk
obstetric transports per month. Residents have a leading role in
managing these patients. Residents manage busy high-risk obstetric
clinics under faculty supervision beginning the first year.
interactive web-based limited obstetrical ultrasound curriculum is
offered to all residents. Residents participate in all aspects of
ultrasound learning and become proficient in the performance of
ultrasound. We use state of the art equipment, complete with color
Doppler capability, 3-D, and 4-D imaging. There are opportunities to
perform both non-genetic and genetic amniocenteses and other
Benign Gynecology Service:
Dr. Stephen Bush, Dr. Todd DePond, Dr. Paul Dietz, Dr. Greg Heywood,
Dr. David Williams, and Dr. Emily Montgomery, as well as other
clinical faculty, attend the gynecology service. Didactic
instruction, review of surgical indications, pre-operative work-up,
and technical aspects of the different surgeries are covered in
detail. Residents scrub in all gynecology service surgeries, as well
as the majority of the clinical faculty surgery cases.
Intraoperative instruction is an important aspect of our training.
Residents have the opportunity to learn different surgical
techniques from several different attendings with diverse training
backgrounds. Post-operative care is provided on an individual basis,
with residents performing rounds informally under the supervision of
the primary attending overseeing the
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Diagnostic and surgical treatments of female patients utilizing
minimally invasive techniques such as diagnostic and operative
laparoscopy and robotic surgery assist in the diagnosis and
treatment of gynecologic disorders previously requiring opening of
the abdomen. These procedures reduce postoperative pain and
facilitate shorter recovery periods. The learning modality is being
accelerated by utilization of newer teaching techniques which are
being used by residents, resulting in acceleration of the learning
process while aiding in mastering the current delicate surgical
Obstetrics and Gynecology Generalists:
Stephen Bush, M.D., FACOG
Associate Professor & Chairman
S. Greg Heywood, M.D., FACOG
Assistant Professor and Residency Program Director
R. Todd DePond, M.D., FACOG
Assistant Professor and Medical Student Clerkship Director
Paul D. Dietz, M.D., FACOG
Assistant Professor and Director of the
Women’s Medicine Center
David L. Williams, M.D., FACOG
Emily A.P. Montgomery, M.D.
Michael A. Schiano, M.D., a Board Certified Gynecologic Oncologist
attends the Gynecologic Oncology Service. There are two residents on
his service at all times, as well as medical students. As a major
referral center for this region, we see and manage diverse oncology
clinical entities. Intraoperative instruction is emphasized.
there are no gynecologic oncology fellows, the Obstetrics and
Gynecology residents either first or second-assist on all cases.
This allows residents to hone their surgical skill and become very
proficient at advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Schiano also
conducts daily teaching rounds with intensive instruction in
postoperative care, adjuvant therapies, and basic oncology
principles. Residents are responsible for the management of ICU
patients under Dr. Schiano’s guidance and become very adept at
caring for the critically ill.
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Pickens Gantt, M.D., a fellowship-trained Reproductive Endocrinology
and Infertility specialist, attends the Reproductive Endocrinology
and Infertility service. He has experience in Obstetrics and
Gynecology, which he brings to the department.
Medical students and residents are active participants in seeing all
aspects of female infertility and the procedures associated with
evaluating and treating the infertile patient. The residents will
have the opportunity to learn vaginal ultrasound, follicular scans,
hysterosalpingogram, sonohysterogram, and intrauterine insemination.
A fully equipped embryology laboratory enhances student learning in
regard to advanced reproductive techniques such as in vitro
Surgically the resident shall learn evaluating the patient who needs
surgery, surgery indications, counseling the surgery patient, and
the opportunity to actively participate in infertility surgery.
Didactic lectures are given on Wednesdays where the medical students
and residents will learn all the aspects of reproductive
endocrinology and infertility such as polycystic ovarian disease,
delayed puberty, contraception, and the other related subjects
pertinent to endocrinology and infertility.
Gary Randall, Ph.D. is highly trained and certified in embryology,
endocrinology and andrology, and provides experience and training in