This year’s award recipient is Keri Kalmbach, MS, a PhD student in cellular biology at New York University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Keri’s research involves evaluating telomere length, a specific marker of cellular aging, for its diagnostic relationship to female fertility as women age. Keri has been awarded competitive NIH research grants and academic honors. Her supervisor describes her as “a dedicated young scientist” with a promising career in academic medicine.
Awarded to Melissa Frey, MD, an obstetrics and gynecology resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital with acceptance to a highly competitive gynecologic oncology fellowship at NYU Medical Center. Melissa received her MD from Weill Cornell Medical College with honors in research and has residency training Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s gynecology laboratory. Melissa’s research is to access ob-gyn physicians’ use of risk-reducing salpingectomy at the time of hysterectomy for its potential to decrease ovarian cancer incidence. Melissa plans to continue in academic medicine with a research focus on female cancers. Her supervisor writes that Melissa is “one of the best residents with whom I’ve worked.”
In 2014, FWW fellowship awardee Dr. Melissa Frey, MD at NYU Medical School published the findings of her study concerning physician use of a procedure that may reduce risk of ovarian cancer in women undergoing hysterectomy in the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery.