Ob-Gyn Interest Group

The UMKC OB/GYN Student Interest Group offers UMKC medical students, from all years, further exploration into the world of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Group leadership hosts monthly meetings, lectures from OB/GYN specialists, simulations and more. Join our OB/GYN students to learn more about departmental research, networking, hands-on shadowing and professional identity enrichment!

Students! No need to wait till your 4th or 5th year to experience the OBGYN Clerkship. Come shadow with us! See 2022-2023 details.

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RooGroups (Join us on RooGroups to get added to our email list and stay up to date on all upcoming events!): https://roogroups.umkc.edu/organization/obgyn

Ob-Gyn Electives

Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital are committed to providing undergraduate medical education experience through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Residents, fellows and faculty serve as preceptors for students during their 4-week sub-internship rotations.  We offer electives in:

  • High Risk Obstetrics (Maternal-Fetal Medicine)
  • Urogynecology

For more details on the electives offered, see the elective catalog for the current academic year (22-23) on VSLO.  Applications will only be accepted through VSLO.

Please note our sub-internship opportunities enhance but may not guarantee an interview with the UMKC OBGYN residency. We do highly suggest completing your sub-internship with us prior to the residency interview season.

Saint Luke’s Hospital Electives: Saint Luke’s Hospital only accepts students from UMKC, Kansas City University-Medicine (KCU) and International students from SABA University School of Medicine. KCU students should work with their home school electives coordinator to schedule elective rotations.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

One of the priorities of our program is to embrace and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. It’s not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do. Diversity and Inclusion are the real grounds for problem solving and creativity. Serving a diverse patient population calls for a diverse group of providers and leaders, everyone greatly benefits from an inclusive environment.

We are committed to recruiting and training a diverse group of Women’s Health professionals. We embrace diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. We strive to create an inclusive community where all feel welcome and supported.

Ebunoluwa Babalola, M.D.


Dr. Babalola is a fourth year resident. She is originally from Nigeria and moved to Texas with her family when she was 10 years old. What drew her to UMKC was the opportunity to serve such a large under-served community and she hopes to dedicate her career to serving this population.


Cornita Cannon, M.D.


Cornita Cannon, MD

Dr. Cannon is a first-year resident. She has a passion for reproductive medicine and serving the underserved. She is particularly interested in addressing the injustices and inequalities faced by minorities in the medical field. Equality in medicine to her means providing the best care to every patient regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or cultural differences. She believes that by embracing our differences and providing unbiased care, ultimately, we can become better health care providers and better members of the community.


Andreina Colina, M.D.


Andreina Colina, M.D.Dr. Colina is a second year resident. She is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela. She speaks Spanish, English, and French. Through her various traveling experiences she has developed an immense curiosity for learning about different cultures, languages and human behaviors. Equality in medicine to her means allowing patients, loved ones, and medical professionals the opportunity to share a diverse mixture of cultures, personalities, and beliefs; which fosters a better understanding of those who surround us.

Allen Ghareeb, M.D.


Allen Ghareeb, M.D.Dr. Ghareeb s a third year resident. He is originally from Lebanon. He speaks Arabic, Spanish, French and English. He has a passion to make change through policy work within women’s health. Simply put, to him, equality in medicine means every patient, every time. It is about providing the care that meets patients where they are. Equality is using my resources and my voice to elevate the voices not often heard.

Nia Jenkins, M.D.


Nia Jenkins, MDDr. Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgeon (FPMRS). She attended the University Missouri–Columbia for undergrad. She then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine to obtain a Master in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology and health disparities. During her master’s program she spent significant amount of time with underserved populations. She then went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Kansas. During her medical school tenure, she was heavily involved in the volunteer medical clinic, mentoring, and President of the SNMA student organization. At graduation she was presented with the distinguished Edward V. Williams award which recognizes outstanding community service, academic achievement, and commitment to enhance diversity in the field of medicine. She completed and her residency in OB/GYN and fellowship in FPMRS at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. She believes that the productivity and success of a society is directly correlated to the health of its people. It is crucial that all members of society have access to equitable care and resources. Importantly, not just access, but a place where they can be seen, heard, included, and understood. I believe that the mission at University Health does just that. It is important for providers to understand the innate, social, and societal dynamics that patients face to provide the best care. She is very excited to be part of a medical community that is inclusive in all forms and develops campaigns and initiatives in support of this. She is passionate about mentoring and increasing opportunities for students of underrepresented communities. Dr. Jenkins recently relocated from New Orleans to serve the women of her native Kansas City.

Traci Johnson, M.D.


Traci Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson is a second year Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow. She has a passion for reproductive justice.

The quest for equity in medicine can be summed up in one word:  allyship. Author and Equity Leader Sheeree Atchison defines an ally as “any person that actively promotes and aspires to advance the culture of inclusion through intentional, positive, and conscious efforts that benefit people as a whole.”

She describes allyship as: a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people. We are in the age of an awakening in this country, permeating all disciplines and all walks of life. To not know about this awakening is to have put your head in the sand.  People that would have never studied equity, inclusion, justice, and diversity are learning about the tainted history of the past and how their current status is affected by our history. We should always be learning…striving…

To achieve a medical culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice, each person in the medical arena needs a place at the table, their voice to be heard. Representation can only be achieved through allyship. Every human can be an ally because privilege is intersectional and fluid. White women can be actionable allies to people of color; men can be allies in support of women. Cis people can join forces with members of the LGBTQI+ community. Able-bodied people can be champions to those with different abilities. Those who worship in various ways can respect each others’ differences. Economically privileged people partner with those who are less resourced. If we all do our part, one to another, we can achieve equity for each of our communities.  As John F. Kennedy stated so succinctly, “The rising tide lifts all boats”…

Megan Madrigal, M.D.


Megan Madrigal, M.D.Dr. Madrigal is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also the Clerkship Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship. Dr. Madrigal was born and raised in Kansas City. She went to New York University and graduated cum laude with a degree in History. She completed a post baccalaureate program with The University of Kansas before getting her medical degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her resident training at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware, and became a faculty member at TMC in August of 2019. Dr. Madrigal is a second generation Mexican-American and the first person in her family to attend medical school. She has a passion for clinical medical education, reproductive rights and healthcare, as well as legislative advocacy.  She feels that diversity, equality and inclusion in healthcare is incredibly important and drives her every day to work towards all patients being able to access the care they need, when they need it; regardless of beliefs, ethnicity, background, or socioeconomic status. She believes that embracing diversity, working for equality and advocating for inclusion not only allows for personal growth and development, but also spurs us all to be better healthcare providers for our patients.

Pedro Morales, M.D.


Pedro Morales, M.D.Dr. Morales is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the current Residency Program Director. He grew up in Nicaragua where he obtained his medical degree. He moved to Kansas City in 2009 to start his residency training at UMKC. Among other things, he ended up ranking UMKC at the very top of his list because of the very diverse patient population served at all the teaching sites. He believes that this inclusive environment positively influenced his training and shaped the physician he is today. As a faculty member, Dr. Morales has been involved with several of the School of Medicine’s initiatives to support underrepresented minority (URM) students, residents and faculty. He was part of the Students in Medicine, Academia, Research and Training (SMART) program which is a cluster mentoring program that creates community and promotes collaboration among UMKC URM members. He is also a panelist for the URM Faculty Fellows and Scholar Program. As Program Director, Dr. Morales has the goal of increasing the number of trainees from underrepresented minority groups while providing adequate support and mentorship during residency.

Benjamin Quarshie, M.D.


Benjamin Quarshie, M.D.Dr. Quarshie is a fourth year resident. He is originally from Accra, Ghana and grew up in Chicago. He speaks English, French and several other languages from his country. He has a strong desire to dedicate his career to serving globally. Equality in medicine to him means that every patient irrespective of his or her color, creed, or financial status is able to obtain the SAME quality of care in any given setting.

Samantha Rios, M.D.


Samantha Rios, MD

Samantha Rios is a first year resident. She was born and raised in Kansas City, went to Tulane for undergrad, and completed medical school at KUMC. She is proud to be of both Puerto Rican and Chinese descent. Prior to medical school, she spent 6 years working as a mentor and career advisor for first generation and/or underserved youth in the KCK School District. She also served as director of the free women’s health clinic in medical school and has a passion for working with the underserved and uninsured. She was drawn to UMKC the opportunity to continue providing care and connecting with patients, residents and faculty from a variety of backgrounds.

Shanice Robinson, M.D.


Dr. Shanice Robinson is third year resident. She desires to dedicate her career as a reproductive justice advocate to addressing and combating maternal mortality in African American and Hispanic women. She has an immense passion for diversity and equity in medicine given the hardships she has had to face as an Underrepresented minority in medicine. What equality in medicine means to her is ensuring that when providers are caring for patients they make it their duty to address all the complexities that contribute to their overall health. She is involved in Uniting Numerous Medical Trainees for Equity and Diversity (UNITED) and serves as GME chair. She also serves as a resident council member on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UMKC.


Travel/Hotel Information


You will fly in to Kansas City International (MCI). Uber and Lyft are available here in KC (a $28-32 ride), or if you choose to rent a car, multiple car rental companies service the airport.  Truman Medical Center’s address is 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.


Sheraton Kansas City Hotel At Crown Center
2345 McGee St
Located .2 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
1 East Pershing Rd
Located .7 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill 

Home2 Suites Kansas City Downtown
2001 Main Street
Located .6 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill 

Holiday Inn Express Kansas City Downtown
417 East 13th Street
Located 1.1 mile from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Marriott Residence Inn Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center
1535 Baltimore
Located .9 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill
3001 Main Street
Located 1.7 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Hotel Indigo Kansas City-The Crossroads
2020 Grand Blvd
Located .6 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Hilton President Hotel Kansas City
1329 Baltimore
Located 1 mile from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte Street
Located 2.4 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Kansas City is not just a great place to live and work, it’s a fun city! On your days and weekends off, you will find plenty to keep you entertained in Kansas City!

In case you missed this earlier, see our Resident-created Kansas City Guide

Interview Day Schedule


Thursday interview day schedule

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Resident-hosted virtual happy hour

Friday interview day schedule

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Residency Presentation by Program Directors, Q & A time.
1:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. Interviews with faculty and residents.

In case you missed this earlier, see our Resident-created Kansas City Guide

Conference Presentations



Jillian Moore: Assessment of Menstrual Documentation in the Care of Patients with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Pediatric Academic Society, 2019


Avery LeggAvery Legg: : A randomized trial to improve clinical estimation of fetal weight through self-evaluation via text messages, 2019 APGO/CREOG


Paige MonnetPaige Monnet: Symptom improvement with placement of Levonorgestrel IUD (Lng IUS) at surgical diagnosis of endometriosis in adolescent, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 2018


Jasmine Haller: Assessing Readability: Are Urogynecologic Patient Education Materials at an Appropriate Reading Level?, American Urogynecologic Society, 2018



PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1

Ebunoluwa Babalola, M.D.

Medical School:
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
Bio: Born in Nigeria, I am the second of seven children. My family relocated to the United States when I was 10 years old, and settled in Texas. I attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. I continued to Texas A&M University to receive my Doctor of Medicine Degree. What drew me to UMKC was the opportunity to serve such a large under-served community. What I like most about the OB-GYN program are my colleagues, and the support I get from the staff and co-residents. My favorite activities outside of work are shopping, cooking, and enjoying the company of friends and family.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? It is a city, not a state. There is Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri
What are your plans for after residency? I plan on being a generalist OB-GYN in private practice.

Trammell Cox, M.D.

Cox, TrammellMedical School:
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Bio: Hi! I’m Trammell. I grew up in Denver, Colorado, but have been all over for the past 13 years. I lived in Cambodia for two years, did undergrad at BYU in Utah, and medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Now, my wife, two sons, and I are happy to call Kansas City home! I picked UMKC for residency because I could tell it would be a great place to train, with great co-residents. We all truly get along and help each other with the work and learning. Kansas City is also a great city to live in! There is so much to do for everyone here – whether you are single, in a relationship, have a family, pets, love the outdoors, etc. it’s all here! And we love our KC sports teams! When I’m not working, I love exploring the city with my family, playing at some of the many parks with my son, or doing some of my obscure hobbies (Legos, bookbinding, yardwork).
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is something here for everyone! Especially for lovers of BBQ.
What are your plans for after residency? Applying for MFM Fellowship.

Elizabeth Dempsey, M.D.

Dempsey, ElizabethMedical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Bio: I’m originally from Topeka, KS. I attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE for undergrad where I received degrees in history and biology. I went to medical school at the University of Kansas here in Kansas City, KS. I spend most of my free time playing with my four-year-old Italian greyhound, Flynn, and helping my fiance, Wesley, remodel our new home in Prairie Village, KS. I also like to create and sew. I recently finished a surfer themed baby quilt for my nephew as well as wrote and illustrated a children’s book for my niece. I was drawn to the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s obstetrics and gynecology residency program because it’s a large academic program that spans multiple hospitals, which provides invaluable experiences in so many different areas, without losing that tight knit feeling with your fellow residents and faculty that you typically only find in smaller programs.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? Honestly, there is something for everyone in KC. We have professional football (Chiefs), baseball (Royals), and soccer (Sporting KC), the Kansas City Speedway, Boulevard Brewery, loads of craft distilleries, a Renaissance fair, concerts every weekend, tons of green space, and beautiful public parks just to name a few. It doesn’t get much better than KC in the Midwest!
What are your plans for after residency?I’m currently undecided about which direction I would like to take following residency. Private practice has numerous benefits, but I’m also passionate about academic research and medical education.

Jasmine Haller, M.D.

Haller, JasmineMedical School:
University of Arkansas College of Medicine
Bio: Howdy! I am from Northwest Arkansas. I graduated from Hendrix College in 2014. I took 2 years off between undergrad and medical school. During that time, I worked as a phlebotomist at my hometown hospital and as a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics. I went to UAMS in Little Rock, AR for medical school. I live with my partner, Leonard and our 2 kiddos: a large golden-doodle puppy, Kingston and a cat, Duchess. We love doing pet-friendly activities, going to the movies, and going to concerts (I have seen Bruno Mars 4x…it’s a problem). I was drawn to this program for many reasons. First, I was impressed by how happy the residents appeared on interview day. I can say now, that everyone is genuinely happy and loves their job! They really emphasize resident wellness here and it is an excellent environment to work in. Second, I believe this program emphasizes scholarly activity and puts you on the path to fellowship if that is what you choose. These are 2 of the things I like best about this program. I feel fully supported by my UMKC family, which I believe is crucial when working these residency hours. If a work family is what you’re looking for, UMKC is the place for you!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is so much to do and so many restaurants to explore!! And the concert scene is on point. I am still learning all that KC has to offer!
What are your plans for after residency? I plan to pursue a FPMRS/urogynecology fellowship! I ultimately would love to work in an academic setting.

Allyssa Kays, M.D.

Kays, AllyssaMedical School:
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri abut 30min south of Kansas City. I’ve lived downtown and been exploring the city for 7 years now and I’ve loved every minute of it. I went to medical school at the UMKC School of Medicine for their 6-year combined BA/MD program and loved it so much I decided I wanted to stay for residency. I’m so glad I did! I couldn’t imagine training anywhere else. Outside of residency I enjoy visiting the many coffee shops in Kansas City, watching shows like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos and cuddling with my cat. What I love most about our program is the exposure to many pathologies here as one of the main hospitals in the KC area.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is no shortage of fun activities and great food to eat in KC.
What are your plans for after residency? I plan to find a place to work that is just as fun and energetic as here!

Allyson Kornfeld, M.D.

Kornfeld, AllysonMedical School:
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Bio: I’m Allyson! I’m from a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. I am definitely a non-traditional applicant. I received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from St. Louis Univeristy. It was here that I met my future husband Dan, a current pediatrics resident at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I did my first two years of medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. I then transferred to St. Louis University School of Medicine to be closer to my then fiancé. We then couples-matched in Kansas City and couldn’t be more excited! Our favorite thing to do in the city is go around to all of the coffee shops and breweries. We love supporting local business and there is definitely plenty of that to do in the city. We also just got a new puppy, Georgia, who is keeping us very busy!

I really loved my interview day at UMKC and my experience with the residents. They were incredibly friendly right from the start and I felt as if I immediately made connections with them. As a current resident, that still holds true. I so enjoy coming into work to spend time with my coresidents. They, as well as the attendings, are fantastic teachers and are really dedicated to making an impact in resident education.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There really is so much to do here! We love breweries and there are no shortage of breweries popping up for us to go explore. We love to spend our weekends off exploring different breweries around the city.
What are your plans for after residency? I’m really not sure yet. I am interested in exploring fellowship options but am keeping my mind open to see what I end up loving the most!

Bilal Muzaffar, M.D.

Muzaffar, BilalMedical School:
Saba University School of Medicine
Bio: I was born in Pakistan, but after a few months I was whisked off to Ireland and then Scotland. Everyone asks me if I remember what it was like and if I ever picked up an accent. The answers to those questions are no and, sadly, no. I ended up in the good ol’ US of A, eventually settling down in Oklahoma. Fast forward through a nerdy childhood, and I end up at OU. While I set out to study microbiology, I fell into an improvisational comedy troupe. Before I knew it, I was doing open mics on my own until I finally landed work as a stand-up comedian. Yes, I got paid to do it. No, I will not tell you a joke on demand. Somewhere along the way I had a change of heart and decided to ditch the microphone for a stethoscope, sailing off to Saba University School of Medicine. I literally had to take a boat to get there. As fate would have it, I did my core OB/GYN rotation at St. Luke’s and the rest is history. While I’m not on stage anymore, you can catch me smacking away at my typewriter in the various bars and coffee shops of Kansas City.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? Despite its Midwestern trappings, this place really has so much of what you would want in any major city: good food, great art, and the best people.
What are your plans for after residency? I would love to become a laborist! If they let me, I would definitely consider hopping on board as teaching faculty for the program. That should tell you something about how awesome this residency is!

Jackyline Prestosa, M.D.

Prestosa, JackylineMedical School:
University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Phillippines)
Bio: I was born and raised in the Philippines. I did OBGYN residency there and met my husband on a blind date during residency. Long story short, we got married and I moved here in the states (Hawaii). I love being an OBGYN and could not see myself in any other profession hence I decided to repeat residency all over again. Hardest decision of my life, hahaha. Just had a baby prior to residency so I was juggling being a new mom and internship at the same time. I extremely enjoyed learning new things and realizing how medicine is so different in various parts of the world. I love hanging out with friends during my spare time, but expect that I will bring along my little one. Going to the beach, Sunday breakfast, weekend home cooked meals are my stress relievers. I look forward to another adventure by staring a new chapter of my life in Kansas City MO.
What are your plans for after residency? Become a generalist and possibly start my own private practice at home in Hawaii or somewhere in the west coast.

Benjamin Quarshie, M.D.

Quarshie, Ben
Medical School:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Bio: Hello! I’m Ben, welcome to UMKC! I was born in Accra, Ghana. I went to college at The University of Chicago, and completed medical school at The University of Iowa. I love to workout so if you’re into that maybe we can go for a run sometime. Choosing UMKC just made sense to me, I felt at home, I felt I could just be myself among a tight knit group of friends and it worked out! I really like the availability of all the staff and seniors, everyone is able to assist you anytime of the day and that is really nice.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? I am a vegetarian and if you are don’t be afraid! There are PLENTY of vegetarian options available for us!
What are your plans for after residency? I am not sure yet, but global health is definitely going to be a part of my career so at least that’s a first step

Kathleen Thill, M.D.

Kathleen ThillMedical School:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine at Tulsa
Bio: I am originally from a small town in northeast Oklahoma. I went to Oklahoma State (Go Pokes!) for undergrad and then decided to take a short break from school to do Peace Corps in Tanzania, East Africa. When I got back to the States, I went to the University of Oklahoma for my MD/MPH. I enjoy spending any free time I have with my new daughter (Mara), my husband (Ben) and 2 dogs (Ida and Darwin) exploring KC and traveling. I chose UMKC because I wanted a program that would challenge me, but I also wanted to be surrounded by people that I truly enjoy working with! KC itself was also a huge draw as it is affordable and there is always something exciting happening.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? More delicious food and beer than there is time!
What are your plans for after residency? General OBGYN and considering academics.



PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1

Bronwyn Boyd, D.O.

Boyd, BronwynMedical School:
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Bio:I am originally from a small town in northern Minnesota called Bemidji, about one and a half hours south of the Canadian border. I ended up staying in my hometown for undergrad to play my beloved sportsoccer. We were the Bemidji State Beavers! After barely surviving the brutal winters in Minnesota, I made my way south to Kansas City for medical school! I graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences with a dual degree of DO and MA in Bioethics. Here is where I met my significant other who is an orthopedic resident in Kansas City as well! We both fell in love with the city and wanted to make KC our home for a little longer! We have two dogs, a toy Australian Shepherd named Roo and a toy Australian Shepard named Rome! We love to be active and checkout the newest breweries/restaurants in town on the weekends. I am so happy to be at here at UMKC for residency. The exposure to a diverse patient population and pathologies makes for invaluable learning. Plus, everyone is so friendly and helpful. I definitely found my perfect fit!
What are your plans for after residency? I am interested in doing academic medicine, I love to teach! As far as fellowship or generalist, I am currently undecided!

Emily Burnett, M.D.

Burnett, EmilyMedical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Bio: I am a Kansas native and I am so excited to be staying in Kansas City for four more years! I grew up in Hays, moved to Lawrence for undergrad, and completed medical school at KU in Kansas City. I met my now husband, Alex, during our first year of medical school and we are currently planning a wedding for September 2020! We successfully couple’s matched and he will be starting his intern year in Psychiatry soon. In our spare time we enjoy going to Royals games and Chiefs games, playing cornhole in our backyard, gardening, and taking on DIY projects! We also have a 3-year old Shiba Inu, Lily. She is the most loving, ornery, and hilarious dog and is the perfect addition to our little family! I am so excited to be starting residency at UMKC and cannot wait to get to know all of my co-residents. I also look forward to further exploring some of my fellowship/career interests, including pediatric and adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, during residency. I would love to stay in academic medicine in order to teach and pursue research interests. All of the residents, attendings, and nurses made me feel so welcome on my interview day, and since then I knew these were the people I wanted to learn from and work with over the next four years.
What are your plans for after residency?I am still undecided on my career plans following residency. I am excited to further explore some of my fellowship interests, including pediatric and adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, during residency. I would love to stay in academic medicine in order to teach and pursue research interests.

Elizabeth Forsythe, M.D.

Foresythe, ElizabethMedical School:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Bio: I’m an Okie, born and raised! I grew up in Oklahoma City, and went to the University of Oklahoma to study liberal arts as an undergraduate with plans to attend law school. After a sudden illness put me in the hospital for several months while I was studying abroad in Bordeaux, France, I decided that I’d go to medical school instead! I have a passion for underserved women, and spent 4 months teaching women’s health classes in rural Peru before attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. I also have a passion for music, and play the fiddle in an all-girl alt-country band!

I chose UMKC because I have an interest in PAG, and there are so few programs in the country where I could get that exposure during residency. I also knew that I wanted to be at program where I got excellent surgical training in an environment where the residents really enjoy working with each other! Kansas City is also such a cool town with a great music scene, which is important to me.
What are your plans for after residency? I could see myself doing a PAG fellowship, or practicing as a generalist in a rural setting.

Allen Ghareeb, M.D.

Ghareeb, AllenMedical School:
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Bio: My roots are in Beirut, Lebanon—but I have now lived the majority of my life throughout Illinois, and there is no better state than the Land of Lincoln! I received my BS in Biochemistry and BA in Religious Studies from Bradley University, but took a break in college to enroll in a medical practice and policy program with the UNFPA and WHO in Copenhagen, Denmark—and now consider myself an unofficial ambassador. That experience is ultimately what cultivated my passion for women’s health and reproductive justice. I’m a total theater and improve freak, and I can’t wait to check out the musicals in KCMO! I love yoga, chicken salad sandwiches, and terrible reality television (Bravo everything). What attracted me most to UMKC are the diversity of residents and faculty and the wide breadth of training. It’s a wonderful place to learn how to advocate for your patients.
What are your plans for after residency? MFM or Family Planning—but either one I’m on my way to a career in policy!

Lauryn Newhart, D.O.

Newhart, LaurynMedical School:
A.T. Still University
Bio:I’m from a very small town 40 miles north of Kansas City, and I am a Midwesterner to my core. I attended Missouri Western in St. Joseph, MO for undergrad where I received degrees in exercise science and biology. I completed medical school at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO. I’m thrilled to be training in Kansas City at UMKC. The people in this program really drew me in during my sub-i, and the intern school curriculum made me excited to learn! In my spare time you can find me with my husband and dog (@griffonthecockapoo) enjoying the many restaurant patios that Kansas City has to offer. My hobbies include photography and musical theatre…I’m a Hamilton enthusiast!
What are your plans for after residency? I want to be a kick-butt generalist. Interests include teaching and minimally invasive GYN surgery.

Hannah Reavis, M.D.

Reavis, HannahMedical School:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Bio: Hello my name is Hannah. I am from Miami, Oklahoma, a small town in the northeastern-most part of the state where I met my husband Will. I went to William Jewell College for undergrad in Liberty, then medical school at the University of Oklahoma. Will and I like to do lots of things together, and I love spending time with him. I have a lot of interests, but my main hobby is yoga. I studied ballet for many years, so I feel like yoga gives me a chance to express dance in a totally different way. I love going to the ballet as well! Most recently I saw Dracula, and it is my new favorite. We also enjoy live music, travel, coffee shops, and restaurants. Lastly, I love the winter, so I am hoping that KC will give me more snow than Oklahoma did! On interview day, UMKC really stood out to me for its tight-knit community. The residents seem to truly enjoy one another, and the environment is supportive. The faculty and staff were all so warm and welcoming, and the communication has been amazing! I chose UMKC not only for the people but also for the strength of training it provides as a large academic program with a huge variety of pathology.
What are your plans for after residency? I am still undecided.

Shanice Robinson, M. D.

Robinson, ShaniceMedical School:
Wright State University
Bio: Hi everyone, I’m Shanice! I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Canton, Ohio along with my twin sister. I attended Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia for Undergrad and Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State for Medical School. I initially thought I was a small town girl, but I quickly learned after going off to college, that I loved the big city. I love how Kansas City has a big city feel without all the big city stressors (i.e. traffic lol). What I love about UMKC is the wonderful family atmosphere amongst the residents, the amazing faculty and the breadth of exposure here. Outside of work, I absolutely love to travel! To date I have traveled to 23 countries and the list continues to grow, my goal is to tackle 30 countries by age 30! I have recently started solo traveling and it has been exhilarating! I also love to eat out and try new restaurants, I’m so excited to explore the food scene in KC, and I’ve heard so many great things! I love to stay active, hot yoga; cycling and weight lifting are my favorite ways to do that! I’ve also started a new hobby of attending concerts and I’m excited to see what KC has to offer! Cheers to the next 4 years in a brand new city, full of endless opportunities!
What are your plans for after residency? I am certain I want to become a generalist in either a private or academic setting and dedicate my career to addressing maternal mortality in many different ways (i.e. policy, research etc.) I also hope to serve globally. In addition, I hope to one-day serve an administrative role for a medical school.

Madeline Ross, M.D.

Ross, MadelineMedical School:
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Bio: Hello! I am Madeline Ross and I am so happy to be one of the new OB/GYN interns at UMKC. Before now, I have lived my whole life in Michigan, where I got my undergraduate degree in genetics at Michigan State University. I then went straight into medical school in Detroit at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where I met a cute boy in my anatomy lab group who eventually became my fiancé—we romantically locked eyes over a cadaver, it was a true med school love story… We were ecstatic when we both matched here at UMKC and are excited to see where this new journey takes us! I also have a cute kitty named Sage who he meowed for joy when I told him about the big move, he is excited for all the great BBQ. Anyways, I fell in love with UMKC not only because of all that Kansas City has to offer, but I felt so welcome by the friendly community among the residents and faculty here. I knew I would be receiving stellar training with exposure to diverse pathology and patients, all the while with the support from a tight knit residency family.
What are your plans for after residency? I think I would love practicing as a general OB/GYN once residency is over; after all the diversity of this field is one of the biggest factors that attracted me to the field! Yet, I have also considered pursuing a Pediatric & Adolescent GYN fellowship to expand my clinical scope. I do know whatever and wherever I end up practicing, I would like to incorporate an aspect of community outreach and underserved medicine into my future career.



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Andreina Colina, M.D.

Andreina ColinaMedical School: La Universidad del Zulia
Bio: Hi! My name is Andreina, many call me Nina. I’m originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela. After graduating from medical school, I came to the US to pursue my dream of becoming an ObGyn in this amazing country. I lived the past few years in Houston, where I met my husband, who has been with me through this amazing journey. While in Houston, I had the opportunity to do an ObGyn rotation at UT, and work in the research area at MD Anderson Cancer Center. I am so excited to be moving to Kansas City! I love meeting new cities, new people, and new cultures. UMKC faculty and residents have such a great vibe, and I’m so blessed that I’m now officially a part of this family. In my free time, I love being outdoors, playing sports (especially soccer), biking, riding around on my scooter, or just relaxing underneath the sun. I can’t wait to go to every single park in KC!
What are your plans after residency? Becoming an MFM or the best generalist I can be. After doing research in cancer, I started enjoying oncology as well. I know these 4 years of training will reveal the path I should follow after residency.

Kate Ferrell, M.D.

Kate FerrellMedical School: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Bio: I grew up in Rapid City, SD, the land of Mt. Rushmore! I ventured to East river SD for undergrad, at Augustana College where I met my husband, and medical school in Vermillion and Yankton. I love South Dakota (#hifromsd) but my family and I are excited tomove to KC for a little big city livin’ and great BBQ! I’m bringing a house full of boys with me: one husband (Simon), two kiddos (Gus, 5 and Henry, 3), one giant goldendoodle (Hurley, 7) and one crazy rescue mutt (Ziggy, 2). I chose UMKC because I lovedthe welcome we had when visiting, and I’m very interested in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. I enjoy keeping my children and dogs from falling off cliffs while hiking, cooking elaborate feasts for my extended family, and annual trips to Disney World.
What are your plans after residency? I am interested in further exploring the PAG fellowship at UMKC, but also know I would love being a rural generalist!

Erin Grimes, M.D.

Erin GrimesMedical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Bio: Hi! I’m Erin Grimes, and I’m excited to be one of the new UMKC interns. I was born on an Air Force base in Germany, but grew up in Kansas City suburb, Olathe. I attended the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (go ‘skers!) for college, where I met my husband, Jake, at a Greek toga party (how stereotypical?). I stuck around in Omaha for grad school at Creighton and medical school at UNMC. It’s been a while, but I’m excited to get back to my hometown!
I fell in love with UMKC because of the people. Everyone here was so welcoming and supportive of one another on my interview day, the perfect environment to grow as a physician these next four years. I’m also excited to stay in academic medicine, as education is something I want to continue pursuing in my career.
In my free time you can find me playing sand volleyball with friends, attempting to DIY our house, finding favorite coffee shops, and learning to hang as a new momma to our boy, Henry.
What are your plans after residency? I’m undecided about my path after residency. I’m excited to explore fellowship options and see where the future takes me.

Christine Henricks, D.O.

Christine HenricksMedical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
Bio: I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina but I have spent the last several years of my life in the small town of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Spartanburg is home to my undergrad, Wofford College (Go Terriers!) and VCOM. I also love running, cooking, trying new restaurants, listening to live music, and finding cute coffee shops for studying. I am thrilled to be at UMKC for my training. I felt a sincere comradery between the residents on interview day. It was clear to me that everyone was supportive of one another and genuinely happy to be part of the program. Being raised in a pretty big place, I was also excited to hear about everyone’s favorite things to do around town –it seems like there are endless activities to explore. I am grateful to have found a program that is the perfect mix of top-notch training and a tight-knit group of people!
What are your plans after residency? At this time, I would like to pursue a fellowship in urogynecology, but I am keeping an open mind!

Gisella (Gigi) Newbery, M.D.

Gisella NewberyMedical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Bio: Hi, my name is Gigi and I’m from Chicago. I went to Kalamazoo College and studied abroad in Cáceres, Spain! After college I decided to do Teach for America, I taught 6th grade science in Hammond, Indiana for two years to some incredible kids. Taught summer school in China before starting at WMed (back in Kalamazoo again!). My partner and I couples-matched in Kansas City and we are absolutely thrilled to be here! We both loved the city and were very impressed by our programs/program directors. In my free time I like to travel, bake, paint, and read any book I can get my hands on.
What are your plans after residency? I’m contemplating a urogyn or minimally invasive surgery fellowship!

Kathleen Quirk, M.D.

Kathleen QuirkMedical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in KCMO and am so excited to be back for residency! I took a winding path to medicine — I majored in French literature at Dartmouth College in the woods of New Hampshire and worked in financial consulting in Boston for two years before deciding to go to medical school. I did a post-bac pre-med program at UVA and stayed in Virginia to complete med school at VCU, where I discovered my passion for OB/GYN. On the residency interview trail, I fell in love with UMKC because of the close-knit community of residents and overall positive vibe of the program. In my free time, I like to play golf, travel, eat good food (especially KC BBQ!), and spend time with my husband Conrad and our dog Poppy, a Norwich terrier. I am also a huge fan of live music and try to attend as many live shows as I can.
What are your plans after residency? I currently hope to do a MIGS fellowship and focus on treating patients with chronic pelvic pain. However, I could also see myself as a generalist, so only time will tell!

Subhjit Sekhon, M.D.

Subhjit SekhonMedical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Bio: I was born in San Jose, California (Bay Area Represent!) and raised in Fresno, California. Right out of high school, I attended the UMKC 6-year BA/MD combined program. In between my 5th and 6th years, I was chosen for the TL1 Program at Washington University in St. Louis and obtained my MSCI while working with some of the most renown epidemiologists in the country. I chose to stay at UMKC because this is where I fell in love with ObGyn. I truly felt at home here with the faculty and residents, and felt valued even as a medical student. Kansas City also stole my heart. It literally has it all – concerts, festivals, sporting events, breweries, and an AMAZING food scene. Outside of work, you can find me catching a Yoga or Spin class, spending time with my friends, watching a Golden State Warriors game, or reading at my favorite coffee shops!
What are your plans after residency? Considering a fellowship in MFM! I’d also like to receive further education and training in global health policy and economics, and work to create sustainable infrastructures in low and middle-income countries.

Lucy Smith, D.O.

Lucy SmithMedical School: University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Hello! I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, until leaving for college at the University of Notre Dame. I also got a Master of Science in Global Health at Notre Dame which allowed me to work in the Republic of Moldova (a fascinating place–google it!). Inspired by the physicians I met in the global health field, I decided to go back to school to be an OBGYN. After living in Indiana and Texas, I couldn’t be more excited to come back to Missouri to advocate and care for women in my home state. UMKC was my dream program because it combines compassion-driven care with strong academic training in a supportive environment of the most wonderful people! When I’m not outside or catching up with friends, I’m usually planning my next trip—currently chipping away at all the National Parks. While I’m most loyal to the Fighting Irish, I’m excited to cheer on the Chiefs and claim Kansas City as my new home!!
What are your plans after residency? Academic medicine with a focus on advocacy for women’s health in the setting of addiction, housing insecurity and racial inequalities.