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Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Message from the NYU Winthrop Program Director

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship is a combined program between Stony Brook University Hospital and NYU Winthrop Hospital, approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006.  The joint venture is a three-year program directed by J. Gerald Quirk, MD, PhD, at Stony Brook and under the Associate Directorship of Wendy Kinzler, MD, at NYU Winthrop.  The objective is to train specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine who will have 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 Maternal-Fetal Medicine 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.

There are approximately 5,000 deliveries at NYU Winthrop per year and 3,500 at Stony Brook, with extensive experience available in diagnostic ultrasound, invasive fetal procedures, intrapartum care of complicated pregnancies, and the outpatient management of maternal and fetal high risk conditions. NYU Winthrop Hospital has the only fetal surgery program on Long Island, including laser treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome and a variety of other fetoscopic procedures.  Specialized outpatient services also exist for the evaluation and management of obesity and diabetes in pregnancy, as well as an Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Program for the investigation of causes related to recurrent miscarriage, preterm birth and stillbirth.

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, and there is institutional statistical support to aid in data analysis. 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, with a Perinatal Biology Laboratory headed by Morgan Peltier, PhD, at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s brand new state-of-the-art Research Institute.

Attention is paid to maximize the joint experience between NYU Winthrop Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital, with the Fellow actively engaged in the educational experience of Ob/Gyn residents and medical students.  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 M&M conferences. 

Rotations are equally divided between Stony Brook and NYU Winthrop Hospitals. Over the course of the 3-year fellowship,  there is a total of 16 months devoted to research, 18 months of clinical training (including Inpatient, Labor & Delivery, Outpatient, Anesthesia, Sonography, ICU, Pathology, and NICU), and 2 months of an elective.

About NYU Winthrop

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to excellence in graduate medical education. An Independent Academic Medical Center located on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s 591-bed tertiary care hospital sponsors exceptional graduate medical education programs. The institution is proud of its 100+ years of clinical excellence.

In 2015, NYU Winthrop Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. The building houses a large auditorium, many conference and classrooms, a new Simulation Center, basic science laboratories, clinical research centers, and the biostatistics department. NYU Winthrop’s inpatient and outpatient facilities offer a full range of patient care experiences. Our dedicated faculty are excellent teachers and mentors.

NYU Winthrop is clearly at the forefront of medicine:

  • NYU Winthrop Hospital was named the 18th best large employer in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017
  • Magnet Recognized Hospital
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital is in the top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as reported by healthgrades
  • Long Island’s first navigator program for cancer care
  • Nationally recognized Children’s Medical Center

Best Regional Hospital in US News and World Report

NYU Winthrop Faculty

Anthony Vintzileos, MD, FACOG, Chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  Research interests:  Preterm delivery, pre-eclampsia, ultrasound

Genevieve Sicuranza, MD, FACOG, Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Chief of Obstetrics; Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  Research interests: High risk pregnancy, obesity

Martin Chavez, MD, FACOG, Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  Research interests: Ultrasound

Wendy Kinzler, MD, FACOG, Associate Director, MFM Fellowship Program; Director, OB/GYN Residency Program; Director, Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Program; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  Research interests: Pregnancy Loss 

Jolene Muscat, MD, FACOG, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist; Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Timothy Rafael, MD, FACOG, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist; Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

M. Baraa Allaf, MD, FACOG,  Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist; Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Fereshteh Boozarjomehri, MD, FACOG, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist;  pending Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Tracy Adams, DO, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist; Clinical Instructor, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Interviews and Application

MFM Fellowship interviews generally occur in July, August, and September (prior to the September 30th deadline) for the following year.

For MFM Fellowship Application please submit:

  1. Curriculum vitae:
    1.  Include any and all activities since medical school
    2. Account for any time not in residency training
  2.  Personal statement (limit one page)
  3. Letters of reference (up to three)
    1.  Include one letter from Residency Director
    2. Include one letter from immediate superior of any activity after residency

Wendy Kinzler, MD
MFM Fellowship Associate Director
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Email Dr. Wkinzler

Ruth Ansell
MFM Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
NYU Winthrop Hospital
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501
Email Dr. Aansell
Tel: 516-663-8661 
Fax: 516-742-7821

J. Gerald Quirk, MD
MFM Fellowship Director
Stony Brook University Hospital
Email Dr. Quirk

Theresa Leonbruno
MFM Fellowship Coordinator
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Stony Brook, NY 11794-8091
Email Dr. Leonbruno
Tel: 631-444-2739
Fax: 631-444-3944


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.

Program Benefits

House Staff Benefits


Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.


Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2018-2019 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $66,259
PGY 2 $69,123
PGY 3 $72,108
PGY 4 $75,034
PGY 5 $77,958
PGY 6 $80,883
PGY 7 $83,808
PGY 8 $86,745


Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $5.40 for lunch and dinner).

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.

Conference Time

PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director.  House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

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
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • 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 twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and 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 employees 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.  To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 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 1 X 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 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.       

Employee 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 Employee Health Service. 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 Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service 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 & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

Living on Long Island

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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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.