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                               Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist in High-Risk Pregnancy



Image: Dr. David GarryDavid Garry, DO, FACOG
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Director, of Maternal Fetal-Medicine

Dr. David Garry is a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology at Stony Brook Medicine University School of Medicine.  He is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, who trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens and did his clinical fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine New York Medical College. He now serves as the Director of Maternal Fetal- Medicine at Stony Brook Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Garry is actively involved in basic, and clinical research involving various aspects of women’s health. He also has held many leadership and committee positions in many institutions and prestigious professional societies. 


Image: Cecilia AvilaCecilia Avila, MD, MPH, AAHIVS, 
 FACOG 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Avila is a graduate of Universidad Nacional de Columbia School of Medicine in Bogota, Columbia, she did her internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale- New Haven Hospital and then completed her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed by a fellowship in Maternal –Fetal Medicine at Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Upon completion of her fellowship in 2000, Dr. Avila trained in Obstetric and gynecological ultrasound at New York University before her arrival here at Stony Brook Medicine in 2004.

Her clinical interests includes prematurity, medical complications of pregnancy, intrapartum care and high risk pregnancy. She is currently involved in basic research in prematurity, chorioamnionitis and peripartum hysterectomy. 

 


Image: Dr. David BakerDavid Baker, MD
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Associate Professor of Oral Biology and Pathology, School of Medicine
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Baker is a national recognized expert on infectious diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his medical training at the State University of Brooklyn and completed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. He completed his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, VT.

Dr. Baker is actively involved in basic, and clinical research involving various aspects of women’s health relating to infectious diseases and menopause. Dr. Baker has published over 150 articles, chapters and books in the fields of infectious disease. Recently Dr. Baker has expanded his research into the area of menopause and herbal supplements. He has been recognized as a specialist in diseases of the vulva and vaginitis. In addition, he recently was recognized for work on herbal supplements.

Image: Dr. James BernaskoJames Bernasko, MD, FACOG, CDE, CDTC
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine

Director, Suffolk County Regional Perinatal Center and the Stony Brook Diabetes in Pregnancy Center.

Dr. Bernasko is one of few maternal-fetal medicine specialists in the US who are also board-certified in diabetes education. His clinical areas of interest and publications include medical complications of pregnancy, particularly diabetes, preterm birth, and multiple pregnancies. He has published and presented in these fields at several scientific meetings.

Dr. Bernasko is the author of ‘A practical guide to insulin pump therapy for pregnancy.’

He served his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Harlem Hospital Center affiliation of the Columbia University college of Physicians and surgeons and completed a clinical fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Image: Michael DemishevMichael Demishev, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Michael Demishev is a Clinical assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook Medicine University School of Medicine. Dr. Demishev is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies and, completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Brunswick, New Jersey. Subsequently, he completed a joint fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Stony Brook and Winthrop University Hospitals.

His clinical areas of interest include preterm birth and preeclampsia, as well as fetal diagnosis and invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Image: Dr. Diana GarrettoDiana Garretto, MD, FACOG
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Diana Garretto is a Clinical Assistant Professor of obstetrics and gynecology specializing in maternal-fetal medicine. She is a graduate from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Garretto trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Stony Brook University Medical Center and did her sub-specialty maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Einstein College of Medicine- Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. 

Her research interests include obesity in pregnancy, bariatric surgery in pregnancy, and clinical obstetrics. She has published and presented at various regional and national meetings and looks forward to continuing these interests at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Image: Kimberly HerreraKimberly Herrera, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive medicine.

Dr. Herrera is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Her clinical interests include diabetes in pregnancy, in which she has published and presented on in regional and national meetings; as well as preeclampsia, and cerclage in pregnancy. 

She completed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in obstetrics and gynecology, and subsequently finished her fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

Image: Dr. J. Gerald QuirkJ. Gerald Quirk, MD, PhD, FACOG
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Director, of Maternal Fetal-Medicine Fellowship

Dr. Quirk is a professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine. He received both the M.D. and Ph.D (anatomy) from SUNY Downstate Medical Center; after he completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC, he completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at University Texas Southwestern Medical School, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Dr. Quirk has conducted research in embryology (Fetal lung maturation and gonadal differentiation), molecular biology of same tumor markers and most recently, in collaboration with members of Stony Brook Engineering faculty, using Bayesian analysis of fetal heart rate patterns. He has published nearly 150 research articles and reviews in these areas. Dr. Quirk enjoys a national reputation and has served in leadership positions in many national organizations.


Our Practitioners


Image: Kristen Alarcon, NP

Kristen Alarcon, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Kristen Alarcon is a Nurse Practitioner in Obstetrics and Gynecology specializing in maternal-fetal medicine. She began working at Stony Brook in 2000 as an RN with experience in maternal/child health and joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2008.  Her role here in the department of maternal fetal medicine is primarily direct patient care in women’s health, in particular high-risk pregnancies. Kristen graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2000 and from Stony Brook University with a Master’s of Family Health in 2004.  She holds national certification as a Nurse Practitioner.

Jessica Hilsenroth

Jessica Hilsenroth, CNM, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Jessica Hilsenroth is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Practitioner specializing in maternal-fetal medicine.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in 1995 and began practicing obstetrical nursing in Boston, MA and again in Arkansas.  While working as an RN in Labor and Delivery at Stony Brook University Hospital; she obtained her Master’s Degree in Midwifery becoming a certified midwife and licensed nurse practitioner. 

She joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook in 2005 as a full scope certified midwife.  She transitioned to the role of maternal- fetal medicine certified nurse midwife (CNM) and nurse practitioner (NP) in 2016 due to her interests, including research and high-risk obstetrical clients.   Her role in the department of maternal fetal medicine is primarily direct patient care in high-risk pregnancies.


  

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