The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Fellowship Program in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Program Leadership

Program Director

Mark D. Levie, M.D.
Tel: 718.920.5157  

Associate Program Director

Kari M. Plewniak, M.D.
Tel: 718.920.5157  


GME Administrator

Karen Nickens-Middlebrooks
Tel: 718.430.3152  

  • Established in 2004
  • Length of training: 2 years
  • Number of fellows: 2
  • Training in:
    • Diagnosis and management of complex gynecologic conditions using advanced endoscopic surgical skills.
    • Instruction in anatomical principles, instrumentation, gynecologic conditions and pathology, vaginal surgery, operative laparoscopy, operative hysteroscopy, robotics, and complex abdominal surgery.


Fully Accredited by AAGL/SRS
Last site visit:  2014
Next site visit:  2018


Successful completion of a residency in OB/GYN

Current Fellows

Alexandria Connor, MD (PGY5)

Pooja Vyas, MD (PGY6)


Application Process

Applications accepted through AAGL 
Deadline: May 1st
Interview Months: August and September

Selection Process


Contact Us

Karen Nickens-Middlebrooks


Fellows operate at all Montefiore sites where MIGS surgery is performed (Weiler, Hutchinson Metro Center, Moses, and Wakefield). Fellows are responsible for service responsibilities as the GYN attending in 2 month rotations. Research time is incorporated into the weekly schedule. 

Sample Weekly Schedule


Monday  Tuesday   Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
AM OR Didactics OR Didactics/Clinic OR/office procedures
PM OR Preoperative & Pelvic Pain Clinic OR Clinic OR
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
  7:00 a.m.: Department Statistics Conference     7:00 a.m.: Wakefield Chief of Service Rounds
  8:00 a.m.: Department Grand Rounds   8:00 a.m.: Moses Chief of Service Rounds  
  9:00 a.m.: Journal Club      
  10:00 a.m.: Research/Division Meeting      

Research and Scholarly Activity


  • Have protected time to complete a research project
  • Complete a course in biostatics
  • Are mentored in developing a research question
  • Design a hypothesis driven analytic study
  • Prepare a manuscript to be published and presented at a national meeting
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