Our mission is to inspire, teach and train Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellows to provide state of the art compassionate care to women during pregnancy and childbirth, to teach other trainees, and to participate in research contributing to the advancement and future of obstetric anesthesiology, in order to become future leaders in the field.

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at Columbia has been training Fellows since the days of Virginia Apgar. Our goal is to train the future leaders of the subspecialty of Obstetric Anesthesia and Anesthesiology. The ACGME started accrediting Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowships in April 2012, and we were among the 12 Programs nationwide to receive accreditation in that first accreditation process; we now offer 2 positions within an accredited fellowship program.  Within the guidelines and requirements of the ACGME, we tailor the Fellowship to suit the interests, abilities and goals of the Fellow. The accredited program is a one-year fellowship that combines clinical experience and the development of expertise in obstetric anesthesia care delivery and related clinical or laboratory research, with at least 30% of the Fellow’s time reserved for research and other scholarly activities.  Some previous Fellows have completed two-year Fellowships in order to better prepare for high-level academic careers or complete specific research projects in the Division, Department and Medical Center and a two year fellowship is available for interested candidates.  More extensive and/or intensive basic science/laboratory training can be combined with the clinical Fellowship on an individually-designed basis, especially with the two-year option. For Fellows with particular interests, there is the possibility of combining the clinical Fellowship with coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics and/or clinical research study design at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Recent and current research in the Division and in the Department relevant to obstetric anesthesia includes a variety of studies of drug combinations and techniques for labor analgesia and post-partum pain relief, a program of research into the role of genetic polymorphisms on pregnancy complications, preterm and term labor and delivery, and response to anesthesia and postoperative analgesia, and some recent work on the molecular basis of weight regulation in pregnancy and novel molecular pathways governing uterine contractility. Faculty in the Department have recently received funding for research projects examining epigenetics (DNA methylation patterns) related to opioid use during pregnancy and epigenetics of post-partum preeclampsia, as well as an educational research project comparing the effectiveness of high-fidelity simulation to a computer-based “serious game” in resident training.  In addition, we use an electronic anesthesia record for all cases, including labor analgesia; this includes automated acquisition of maternal and fetal data into the anesthesia record and a digital database, which is a valuable resource for “health service delivery” research and other “data mining.”

Abstracts from the Division have won the “Best Paper of the Meeting” award at the annual meeting of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) and Best Paper at the International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology. Some recent publications by faculty in the Division can give prospective Fellows an idea of the areas of interest and active investigation.

At Columbia, we have two L&D suites. The one at the main campus, where a Fellow spends 95% of his/her time, has about 4500 deliveries, very high risk, both because many of the low-risk patients are delivered at the other "community hospital" L&D suite, and because we are the major children's hospital for New York (a catchment area of 16 million) so all kinds of interesting “fetal cases” sent here. We have become a referral center for patients with abnormal placental implantation (accreta/percreta), and are caring for 1-2 of these patients a month.  The low-risk suite at the Allen Hospital of NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia, about 3 miles north of the main campus, delivers about 2500 annually.

We have a group of 10 OB Anesthesia faculty who cover our main L&D 24/7, and provide daytime and some night coverage at the Allen Hospital, so it is a relatively small group resulting in consistency in practice and education for residents and Fellows. The clinical Fellow's role is to help organize and supervise residents, facilitate clinical research projects (and thereby learn how to do research), and see most of the complicated consultation patients.

Fellows are usually assigned 3 night calls per month, exclusively in the Labor and Delivery Suite (no OR call). Fellows will participate in a 2-week rotation in Maternal Fetal Medicine to see what our colleagues are seeing in early pregnancy that we hear about later (and to get to know the physicians on the MFM service early in the Fellowship), they will rotate to perinatal clinic, ultrasound and MFM physician offices.  Fellows also participate in a 2-week neonatology/NICU rotation where they will spend time in the NICU, assist with neonatal resuscitation at vaginal and cesarean births, consult with neonatologists, and obtain neonatal resuscitation certification. 

Charles Cain, MD, MBA
George Gallos, MD
Stephanie Goodman, MD, Administrative Director, Fellowship Program Director
Ruth Landau, MD, Associate Chief, Division of Obstetric Anesthesia
Allison Lee, MD
Suzanne Mankowitz, MD
Marie-Louise Meng, MD
Elena Reitman, MD
Laurence Ring, MD
Richard Smiley, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Obstetric Anesthesia

Current Fellows 2016-17:
Susan Cosgrove, MD       Residency:  NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center
Joshua Younger, MD       Residency:  Albert Einstein School of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center

Please note that we are participating in the National Resident Matching Program for Obstetric Anesthesia through SOAP (Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology), which requires the use of the SOAP Common Application Form.

For further information, write or contact:
Stephanie R. Goodman, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology at CUMC
Program Director, OB Anesthesiology Fellowship
630 West 168th Street PH-5
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-342-2028
Fax: 212-342-2742

Dr. Stephanie Goodman

I completed my anesthesiology residency at Columbia in 1997, my obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Columbia in 1998 and have been a faculty member of the Obstetric Anesthesia Division since then.  I have been a member of the Education Committee of SOAP since 1999 and am active in the American Board of Anesthesiology as a Senior Editor of the In-Training Examination as well as an oral board examiner.  One of my main priorities is the education of fellows and the development of the fellowship program.  It is very exciting to now have an accredited fellowship program, and I am eager to help the fellows accomplish all they can during their year or two with us.

Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology