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Neha Bhardwaj, MD:

What Happens When You Quit the Pill?

Dr. Bhardwaj, a faculty member at Mount Sinai West and an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine, was recently interviewed for’s story, “9 Things That Might Happen to Your Body When You Quit Birth Control Pills.” In the story, Dr. Bhardwaj discusses acne and irregular periods that may occur when you discontinue oral contraceptive pills, but offers reassurance that quitting the pill is not likely to make you gain weight. In addition, she comments on a particular benefit of using contraceptive pills. "Decreasing the risk of pregnancy for a woman may allow her to enjoy the experience of sex more," says Dr. Bhardwaj.

Maternity Guidebook Available for Expectant Parents

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a complete guidebook for parents planning to deliver a baby at Mount Sinai West. Developed through collaboration between obstetricians, midwives, maternal-child health nurses, and administrators, the manual is available online below, and is also available in printed form, in your obstetric provider’s office. To download a copy, go to “Giving Birth at Mount Sinai West: A planning guide to a rewarding labor, delivery, and postpartum experience.

Recent Publications by the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West OB/GYN Department

OB/GYN faculty, fellows, and residents at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West have given birth in the last 2 months to a variety of scholarly publications, reviewing the role of minimally-invasive surgery in ovarian cancer, investigating factors that predict IVF success or failure, optimizing methods of pre-implantation embryo biopsy and genetic screening during IVF, comparison-testing methods for labor induction, and characterizing fetal uterine development.

Here is a list of the citations and their full-text PDFs >>

The Truth About Incontinence

The Truth About Incontinence

Sept 25, 2012 - In an interview on Channel 4's New York Live, Urogynecologist Lisa Dabney, MD, debunks several myths about urinary incontinence.

High Risk Pregnancy and Age

In a recent video interview (below), Lois Brustman, MD, explains that women of any age can be at risk for pregnancy complications. Dr. Brustman is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at West Hospital.

FDA Reports to Patients on Risks of Vaginal Mesh
March 27, 2013

The FDA wants patients with pelvic-organ prolapse to know that having a surgery with transvaginal mesh may put you at risk for needing additional surgery, and in some cases, repeat surgery may not resolve complications. Click here for the full patient advisory PDF.

Controversies in the Field of Urogynecology: Mesh Used in Vaginal Surgery

Message from the Urogynecology Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West

An ongoing public controversy was stimulated by the FDA’s 2011 warning regarding the use of synthetic mesh in vaginal surgery for prolapse.

As a matter of fact, departmental urogynecologists Lisa Dabney, MD, and Anne Hardart, MD, have never used much mesh in their practices. They have been especially reluctant to use mesh to augment pelvic-organ-prolapse repairs performed through the vaginal route. Fortunately, they have extensive expertise in performing these procedures vaginally without the use of mesh—and they have had excellent results. Read full story here.

The Least-Invasive Route for Gynecologic Surgery is Through the Vagina


There has been a lot of talk in the media about minimally-invasive surgery for uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and other noncancerous gynecologic problems. The route discussed for these surgeries is usually laparoscopic; that is, through small incisions in the abdomen for insertion of a camera and instruments. While this approach has revolutionized some procedures, especially those for cancer cases, sometimes the practice of laparoscopy overshadows the least invasive approach for noncancerous gynecological conditions: the vaginal approach. Read full story here

Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West

The department is dedicated to the finest and most comprehensive women's reproductive health care and perinatal care, and we are committed to the teaching and training of fully-qualified, well-rounded obstetricians and gynecologists. In addition, we are committed to furthering research into the most promising therapies in the field. Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West (formerly Roosevelt Hospital) are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

This website is designed to provide you with information about our clinical, residency and research programs, and our physicians and other clinical staff, whether you are seeking medical care, considering a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, or pursuing research. Also, an overall view of departmental leadership is described under Administration on the main navigation bar.

Our department includes a large group of general obstetrician-gynecologists, each trained to provide comprehensive care for a woman's overall health. Highly-trained midwives are also available for normal obstetric and gynecologic care. In addition, we have groups of specialists in seven major divisions that together encompass a woman's total reproductive health at all stages of her life, including the full range of obstetric needs and early infant care.

On this website, you can find out about these providers and programs. From the main navigation bar on the left side of every page, you can visit the Clinical Services section to develop an understanding of the various clinical programs we offer, as well as their physicians and other clinical staff. As an alternative, you can go to Find A Provider and begin by browsing information about our physicians, specialists, genetic counselors, and midwives.

If you are interested in having a baby at Mount Sinai West, go to Clinical Services on the main navigation bar, and choose Giving Birth With Us. Mount Sinai West has Manhattan's first in-hospital Birthing Center, located only a floor away from our complete, state-of-the-art Labor and Delivery Suite. These unique facilities allow us to offer many options along with great flexibility and safety in the birthing process. We can help you from the time you begin planning you pregnancy until you and your baby arrive at home.

When you decide you would like to give birth at Mount Sinai West, the first step is to choose a general obstetrician or midwife for a normal pregnancy, as described above. Alternatively, our Division of Maternal-Fetal has several physicians who are expert in supporting women with complicated pregnancies.

Whether you have a doctor at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West or not, our genetics and ultrasound sections can provide state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic services. The Genetics Division offers complete prenatal testing and counseling services. The Ultrasound and Evaluation Center diagnoses all maternal, fetal and gynecologic problems using the latest technology.

Our Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division practices at RMA Westside, providing comprehensive treatment for infertility, including in vitro fertilization.. They also treat recurrent pregnancy loss and hormonally related health problems. The Gynecologic Oncology Division provides an advanced and complete program for women with gynecologic cancers. Our Urogynecology Division offers a wide range of treatment and education options for bladder control problems, including all the latest nonsurgical options.

Resident Candidate Interview Dates and Applying

The Residency Program in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West (formerly St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center) has six open categorical PGY-1 positions. Interviews for the positions will be held at Mount Sinai West on:

  • October 31, 2017
  • November 28, 2017
  • December 12, 2017
  • December 19, 2017
  • January 9, 2017


Apply through ERAS

Our program is ACGME #2203511204; in ERAS, it is listed as the “Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center” program.

Criteria for consideration: You must make the following documents available

  • Current CV
  • Current letters of recommendation – one must be from the OB/GYN Chair
  • Copy of diploma
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • Copy of step 1 and 2 scores

Other application considerations:

  • Minimum USMLE score: 200
  • U.S. clinical experience: One to two years of clinical experience in OB/GYN outside of the USA is considered.
  • Requirement for number of years graduated from medical school: None.
  • Requirement for number of attempts on Step 1 or Step 2: No failures.

Dr. Rosenn Gives His Expert Opinion:

6 Ways Pregnancy is Different With Twins

Beyonce’s recent announcement that she is pregnant with twins has spurred a lot of public interest. In answer to how twin pregnancies differ from single pregnancies, our own Director of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Barak Rosenn, MD, gave his expert advice to Jenna Birch of Read the full story resulting from that interview here:

Infant Car Seat Safety

If you are expecting a new baby, making sure the seat is properly installed and knowing how to adjust it for your infant are important goals to achieve well before your due date. Your car needs to be ready when you bring your baby home from the hospital. Here are some resources to help you.

The Parent’s Central Car Seat Webpage allows you to find a child car seat inspection station nearest you. Certified technicians will inspect your child car seat, in most cases, free of charge - and show you how to correctly install and use it. The page also includes links on finding the correct seat for your make and model of vehicle.

How To Set Up a Car Seat for Your Infant is a video that explains how to adjust your new baby’s car seat so it is safe, secure and comfortable.

Prenatal Classes

Please visit the Parent/Family Education Program Page for a full listing of all our classes on how to find a physician or midwife and decide where and how to give birth. Included: preconception, choices in childbirth, Lamaze, Introduction to the Birthing Center, breastfeeding, and many more!

Minimally-Invasive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Physician leaders from several areas of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have come together to offer a wide range of minimally-invasive surgical treatments for gynecologic problems.

These new treatments are as safe and effective as their traditional counterparts requiring a major incision, and come with a host of advantages: less scarring, shorter hospital stay and recovery time, and fewer potential complications.

For a full list of the procedures and physicians who provide them, please follow the link.

Grooming Tips for GYN Health

Barely-there underwear, Brazilian bikini waxes, and shaved pubic hair have become cultural beauty standards for women. And yet, the skin of a woman’s genital area is more sensitive than the skin on her face. Lisa Dabney, MD, urogynecologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, wants to remind women that redness and irritation from harsh grooming procedures and tight clothing are the body’s way of saying “stop torturing me.” Here are the general guidelines that Dr. Dabney hands out to her patients with pain and discomfort in the vaginal area and recurrent yeast infections. Most of the time, says Dr. Dabney, these patients don’t have some horrible infection; they just need to change their grooming habits.