Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a comprehensive variety of services to women of all ages, beginning from adolescence. These services include: primary care for women, treatment of gynecological conditions, infertility treatment, pregnancy care, gynecological surgery and cancer of the reproductive organs. 

Other caregivers include residents, physician assistants, and nurse midwives. 

The Department of Obstetrics provides care in many sites on Staten Island. Staten Island University Hospital / North Site offers 24-hour emergency care for obstetrical and gynecological problems. The Labor and Delivery Unit consists of Labor, Delivery Recovery (LDR) rooms, and surgical suites. The Mother-Baby Unit provides postpartum and newborn care. Staten Island University Hospital also has an Intensive and Intermediate Care Nursery for newborns requiring that level of care. Gynecological and Antepartum patients receive care on 4CN. All units are connected by a state-of-the-art computer system for monitoring the fetus and documentation. Staten Island University Hospital performs more than 3,000 deliveries per year and functions as a Level 3 Perinatal Center. We are able to care for women with all types of high-risk conditions, and our Cesarean Section rate is among the lowest in the United States. The Department also has a fully accredited Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program. 

The hospital's Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a highly respected service that supports the successful birth of as many as 500 babies annually -- children born under high-risk conditions, those born following fertility treatments, and babies born to older mothers. Directed by Philip Roth, M.D., the Neonatal ICU is well equipped to handle even the most difficult cases and provides services to infants up to 30 days old. Our perinatal mortality rate is far below the national average. As a result, we won the Premier Award for Quality for Maternal and Neo-natal Care. 

The Department's Maternal/Fetal Medicine Service, directed by James Ducey, M.D., earned accreditation by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine for its excellence in diagnostic ultrasound. Measuring standards in personnel, physical facility, policies and procedures and quality assurance, the national organization awarded the department accreditation for three years. 

Because today, one in every five pregnancies is high risk, the Department strongly emphasizes comprehensive pre-natal care. Learning of a potential problem before birth can help doctors plan on prompt and optimal treatment after the child has been born. 

Babies with birth defects can be identified before birth. This allows us to be prepared for the problem prior to delivery and leads to improved outcome. 

The Department has also established its Staten Island Center for Fertility, directed by Eric Knochenhauer, MD, reproductive endocrinologist. The fertility center takes a unique approach as it approaches infertility from the vantage points of both female and male reproductive functions. Adding to the center's expertise is Nachum Katlowitz, M.D., the hospital's director of male sexual dysfunction. 

Mitchell Maiman, MD, Gynecologic Oncology. The  Division of Gynecologic Oncology offers the full range of services pertinent to the care of women with gynecologic malignancy, including radical pelvic surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Comprehensive evaluation and complete surgical and medical oncologic treatment if offered to women with ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer, as well as those with pre-invasive conditions. 

Eric Knochenhauer, MD Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility , provides a range of services to span a woman's life from puberty to menopause. Disorders for consultation include abnormal puberty, congenital mullarian abnormalities, endometriosis, pelvic pain, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, myomatous uterus, premenstrual symptoms. Treatment of infertility will include the management of ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination and sonohysterograms and invitro fertilization. 

Laura Kim, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, specializes in a comprehensive approach to pelvic floor disorders, ranging from non-surgical to state-of-the-art, minimally invasive approaches to reconstructive surgery and female urinary incontinence. Patients range from young active women to the most elderly, dealing with urinary symptoms and incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, and birth injury. 

Adi Davidov, MD, Colposcopy and the Evaluation of Abnormal Pap Smears. This program is designed for the evaluation and management of an abnormal Pap smear, Colposcopy identified abnormal areas on the cervix that may advance cancer if not diagnosed and treated. It is often used to diagnose dysplasia (a pre-cancerous condition), cervical cancer, genital warts on the cervix, cervictitis and benign growths such as polyps. Colposcopy is an office procedure and does not require anesthesia. 

In addition to its in-hospital services, the faculty provides outpatient care at the following sites

  • South Site, 375 Seguine Avenue, Princes Bay
  • Bay Street Health Center, 57 Bay Street, St. George
  • Center for Women's Health, 440 Seaview Avenue, Ocean Breeze