Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship

The division of Obstetric Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a 1 year ACGME accredited fellowship program. The program provides subspecialty training focusing on the anesthetic care of obstetric patients throughout their pregnancy and labor and delivery experience.

The Obstetric Anesthesiology team provides care at two locations in the Milwaukee area: the Froedtert Birth Center (physically located within Children's Hospital of Wisconsin), and St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (Wheaton Hospitals and Clinics). Together, these hospitals provide obstetric services for nearly 5000 deliveries per year. Both hospitals are regional high-risk centers for their systems.

Rotations and opportunities available:

  1. High-risk labor and delivery care, including clinic and ward-related work with the Maternal-Fetal-Medicine group.
  2. Interdisciplinary intrauterine and fetal surgery team, including EXIT procedures and Meningomyelocele repair.
  3. Adult congenital heart clinic for pregnant patients with continuity of care through labor and delivery.
  4. Fetal and placental surgery programs.
  5. First hour of life care of the newborn.
  6. Research - A minimum of three months of research is required in the program; current projects include obesity in pregnancy and multidisciplinary communication.

Current research activities include combined spinal/epidural for labor and cesarean sections, and ephedrine for hypotension prophylaxis during spinal anesthesia. The fellow also will have the opportunity to participate in medical student and resident teaching under the supervision of the obstetric anesthesia faculty.

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  Application and Selection Process

Required application application documents should be completed and forwarded to the fellowship coordinator:

  1. MCWAH GME Application Form (PDF)
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation - addressed to Dr. Elizabeth Ellinas, Program Director
  5. Copy of Medical School Diploma
  6. Copy of USMLE scores
  7. ECFMG Certificate - if applicable

All items can be sent via email to Cathleen Brummer, MSM or USPS mail at:

Department of Anesthesiology
Froedtert East Hospital
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Attn: Cathleen Brummer, MSM (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

  Employment Terms/Conditions/Benefits

For information about the terms, conditions and benefits of employment, please see Graduate Medical Education's Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment Web page.

Stipend amounts for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

PGY-I $58,380
PGY-II $59,420
PGY-III $60,460
PGY-IV $61,500
PGY-V $64,610
PGY-VI $66,690
PGY-VII $68,760
PGY-VIII $70,000

 

  Obstetric Fellowship Faculty

Elizabeth Ellinas, MD

Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology; Chief - Obstetric Anesthesiology
Medical School:
University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency: University of Washington Hospitals, Seattle, WA (Anesthesiology); Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (Anesthesiology)
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

Catherine Drexler, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Anesthesiology)

Robert Fish, MD

Assistant Professor Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
Residency: University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor (Anesthesiology)
Fellowship: Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

Alyse Kula, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School:
Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
Residency: Dokuz Eylul University, Balcova, Turkey (Anesthesiology and Reanimation); Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Anesthesiology)
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

Maria Muravyeva, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology – Obstetric Anesthesiology
Medical School: Far Eastern State Medical University, Khabarovsk, Russia
Residency: Science Research Institute of General Reanimatology, Moscow, Russia; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Anesthesiology)
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

Anita Maitra-D'Cruze, MBBS

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Topiwala National Medical College, University of Bombay, Bombay, India
Residency: Maine Medical Center, Portland, OR (Anesthesiology); Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Anesthesiology)

Megan O'Connell, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Obstetric Anesthesiology)
Residency: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Anesthesiology)

Jessica Rock, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School:
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
Residency: Maine Medical Center, Portland, OR (Anesthesiology)
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

Shreema Sawlani, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Anesthesiology)
Fellowship: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago, IL (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

Nirja Shah, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Residency: George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC (Anesthesiology)
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Obstetric Anesthesiology)

Contact Us

For more information about the Obstetric Anesthesia fellowship program, please contact:

Program Director
Elizabeth Ellinas, MD

Program Coordinator
Cathleen C. Brummer, MSM

Department of Anesthesiology
Froedtert East Hospital
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Attn: Cathleen Brummer, MSM (Obstetric Anesthesiology)
(414) 805-3914
cbrummer@mcw.edu

Fellowships Coordinator
Orlando Diaz

Anesthesiology Fellowships
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
P.O. Box 26099
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3596

(414) 805-6104
(414) 805-5915 (fax)
anesthfellows@mcw.edu

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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