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Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

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Program Overview

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved program. It is a three-year curriculum whose objective is to train specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine with expertise in clinical practice, research and public health, in addition to the skills needed to excel in the challenging environment of academic medicine. Each graduate of the MFM Fellowship program will have the knowledge and skills to act as a consultant to general obstetricians, as well as to participate in the regionalization of perinatal services. The training received at NYU Winthrop Hospital will prepare fellowship graduates to be able to achieve American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center which proudly offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. We are a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. We are also Nassau County’s only American College of Surgeons certified adult Level 1 Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities.

Rest assured that whatever medical care you or your family may need, NYU Winthrop is committed to a profound guiding principle: “Your Health Means Everything”

NYU Winthrop Hospital has been a focal point of academic medicine on Long Island and is now very proud to partner with the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, a newly LCME accredited, innovative 3-year medical school located on the hospital campus with a mission to educate exemplary physicians and academic leaders in primary care. In addition, we sponsor over 30 medical and surgical residency and fellowship training programs where 300 physicians have chosen to pursue their post-graduate medical education.

NYU Winthrop has a vibrant multi-faceted research program. As part of its mission as a teaching hospital, NYU Winthrop physicians and scientists are engaged in groundbreaking basic and clinical biomedical research.

Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. We successfully blend the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.

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The educational program of this Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship is also designed to result in a completed hypothesis-based research thesis by graduation. There is ongoing faculty mentorship and weekly collaborative meetings to assist the fellows in the development and completion of a research protocol. Fellows have access to faculty in Critical Care, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Obstetric Anesthesia and Pathology. All fellows are expected to attend and participate in the annual scientific meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and are encouraged to disseminate their research findings at other scientific meetings as appropriate. Both clinical and basic science research opportunities are available.

The NYU Winthrop Hospital Research and Academic Center is a state-of-the-art facility, located one block from the main hospital, which houses the NYU Winthrop Research Institute. This research facility also includes basic science laboratory space. The Hollis Health Sciences Library, located in the lower level of the main hospital, provides 24/7 access to residents and fellows. Fellows will also have access to the Clinical Trials Center, Core Biomedical Lab and biostatisticians. Within the department, fellows can rotate through the basic science laboratory of Dr. Morgan Peltier. This lab has access to equipment and resources to facilitate immunoassays, cryopreservation of biological samples, real-time RT-PCR, flow cytometry and cell-tissue culture. Past MFM fellows have successfully participated in basic science projects. The MFM division also supports one clinical research coordinator dedicated to helping with IRB submissions and enrollment of patients, and there is institutional statistical support to aid in data analysis.

Didactic conferences include a weekly fetal ultrasound conference, monthly Perinatal Pathology and MFM-Neonatal conferences, weekly research meetings, a weekly MFM Fellows’ lecture series, monthly journal clubs and biostatistics/epidemiology chapter reviews, as well as departmental Grand Rounds and Obstetrical Mortality & Morbidity conferences. The three-year fellowship includes rotations through Inpatient and Outpatient MFM, Labor & Delivery, Ultrasound, OB Anesthesia, MICU, NICU, Pathology, Genetics and research. Fellows have options to select from electives such as Fetal Echocardiography/Advanced Ultrasound, Clinical or Molecular Genetics, NICU and Clinical Informatics.

Please apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). Applications should be completed and submitted electronically by May 31 of the year prior to the fellowship. Notification of candidates for interviews will begin after June 15. Information sent to ERAS must include:

  1. Curriculum vitae (which also includes all activities since graduating medical school, plus any time not spent in residency training. This includes, but is not limited to research, extended vacation time, volunteer work, military service, medical leave, etc.)
  2. Personal statement (one page preferred).
  3. Up to three letters of reference (including one from the Residency Program Director, and at least one from an immediate supervisor of an activity following residency).

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Hye J. Heo, MD, FACOG
Director, MFM Fellowship Program

Sevan Vahanian, MD, FACOG
Associate Director, MFM Fellowship Program

Ruth Ansell
Academic Coordinator, MFM Fellowship Program

Anthony Vintzileos, MD, FACOG
Chair, NYU Winthrop Hospital Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Deputy Editor for Obstetrics, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Martin R. Chavez, MD, FACOG
Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Director, Fetal Surgery Program

Tracy Adams, DO, FACOG
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Michael Demishev, MD, FACOG
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Hye J. Heo, MD, FACOG
Director, MFM Fellowship Program
Diplomate, Clinical Informatics

Wendy Kinzler, MD, FACOG
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education, Designated Institutional Officer,
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Nadia Kunzier, DO, FACOG
Director, Medical Student OB Clerkship

Jolene Muscat, MD, FACOG
Director, OB/GYN Residency Program

Patricia Rekawek, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Genevieve Sicuranza, MD, FACOG
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Chief of Obstetrics,
NYU Winthrop Hospital Patient Safety Officer

Sevan Vahanian, MD, FACOG
Associate Director, MFM Fellowship Program

Nazeeh Hanna, MD
Chief of Neonatology

Poonam Khullar, MD
Director of Research, Department of Pathology

Berrin Monteleone, MD
Clinical Genetics

Adina Musta, MD
Infectious Disease
Director of Transplant & Immunocompromised Host Services

Morgan Peltier, PhD
Perinatal Basic Science Research

Peter Spiegler, MD
Pulmonary Critical Care
Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit

Paul Steinberg, MD
Chief, Obstetrical Anesthesiology

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

House Staff Benefits


Housing accommodations, are available at market rates in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. Any house staff member may apply for the housing lottery. PGY 1 and PGY 2 residents receive priority.


Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan area. Tax deferred annuity is available. House Staff meal stipend will be included in the salary for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.


NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Educational Conferences

Residents are eligible for $1500 over the length of their program to attend an educational conference, at the discretion of the Program Director. Fellows are eligible for $1500 per year, to an approved professional conference, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $600.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Free prescription medications in the Hospital formulary for residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership discount at HealthTrax
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of 20 work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, or in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employee’s accrued sick time has been used.

The long-term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. In order to be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1,250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave. FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program. Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1x the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary insurance may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.

Occupational Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Occupational Health Services. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Occupational Health Services practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if a practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program

This free, confidential, crisis-response resource is available 24/7 to residents, fellows and their family members to assist with the following concerns –

  • Psychological
  • Child and elder care
  • Daily living
  • Legal/financial
  • Work-related concerns

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop’s location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.

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Director Fellowship Program
Hye J. Heo, MD, FACOG Director, MFM Fellowship Program