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Obstetrics & Gynecology
The McMaster University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a large multi-site department with over 100 Geographic full-time, part-time clinical and adjunct faculty located at two fully-affiliated teaching hospitals, community teaching hospitals and other distributed education sites.

There are five clinical divisions, a group of Generalists and one basic science division within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

• Generalists
• Gynecologic Oncology
• Maternal Fetal Medicine
• Midwifery
• Reproductive Biology (Basic Science)
• Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
• Urogynecology


Chief Assistant:
Mara Giardini
email mgiard@mcmaster.ca
phone 905.521.2100ext. 76696
Dr. Nicholas Leyland
Dr Leyland is a national and internationally recognized leader in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery. He has contributed academically to the advancement of women’s health in the development and the provision of the least invasive surgical options for a variety of surgical conditions. He is an award winning teacher and researcher and sought after speaker on a variety of issues in women’s health. He has developed many innovative laparoscopic techniques including an operation to correct cervical incompetence in pregnant patients and as an interval procedure, an operation that he has trained surgeons to perform across Canada and in many other countries. The majority of his academic career has been at the University of Toronto where he developed one of Canada’s first comprehensive fellowships in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery. He obtained his BASc from the University of Guelph and an MD from the University of Toronto graduating as the class Cody silver medalist. He completed a Master of Science in Health Care Management degree from Harvard University in 2006.

Dr. Leyland moved to McMaster University in January 2011 to assume the role of Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hamilton Health Sciences.
Leadership Roles
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has several key positions and each play an important educational leadership role within the Department.

Continuing Education Director
Dr Dustin Costescu
The Continuing Education Director is responsible for overseeing the organization and delivery of Continuing Education activities of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. These include monthly Grand Rounds, NSOG and other department events.

Residency Program Director
Dr Valerie Mueller
The Residency Program Director is responsible for supervision and facilitation of Postgraduate training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.

Undergraduate Program Director
Dr Dan Reilly
The Undergraduate Program Director is responsible for the supervision and facilitation of Undergraduate training within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at McMaster University.

Associate Chair Education (ACE)
Dr Amie Cullimore
The primary objective of this role is to promote excellence in education and research within the Department. The ACE will have overall knowledge of the educational activities and roles of all faculty members within the Department. The role will be responsible for mentoring/tutoring new and current faculty in meeting tenure and promotion requirements. The ACE will be acutely aware of innovations in education within the University and the Faculty of Health Sciences and in the broader academic world.

Associate Department Education Coordinator (A-DEC)
Dr Derek Lobb
The individual will have overall knowledge of the educational activities and roles of all faculty members within the Department. The individual will be responsible to develop solutions to long-term planning and issues affecting education in the department. This will include development of new curriculum, the evaluation of new educational methodologies, the overall vision goals and objectives of educational programs, and faculty career development from the perspective of tenure and promotion.

Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship Program Director
Dr Barb Brennan
The MFM Fellowship Program Director is responsible for the organization and supervision of the Postgraduate training in the sub-specialty of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.

Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology
& Infertility (GREI) Fellowship Program Director
Dr Megan Karnis
The GREI Fellowship Program Director is responsible for supervision and facilitation of Postgraduate training in the Division of Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.
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Mara Giardini at email mgiard@mcmaster.ca or at phone extension 76696
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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