Department News



Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky awarded $15,000 to the University of Louisville Research Foundation for our phase I/II clinical trial, Combination Therapy with Liposomal Doxorubicin and Withaferin A (Ashwagandha, ASWD) in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer. 

Dr. Whitney Goldsberry, faculty in the Gynecologic-Oncology division of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health Department is the co-PI with Dr. Sham Kakar. 

They are currently in the early stages of the process; however, they have FDA approval, IRB approval, have submitted an R01 grant that is pending and are awaiting approval from NCI to start recruiting patients. 

Congratulations Dr. Goldsberry for your dedication to women by continuing to search for new and improved ways to improve Women's Health. 


COVID in the Maternity Ward

The following video "COVID in the Maternity Ward" features the University of Louisville and Dr. Edward Miller, Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health department. The topics are how the pandemic has affected the maternity ward, including staff shortages and COVID late in pregnancy among other topics.

Welcome Whitney Goldsberry MD to our Gynecologic Oncology Division in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health

       Whitney Goldsberry, MD

Dr. Whitney Goldsberry received her MD and four-year residency program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She then went on to complete her Gynecology Oncology Fellowship at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. When she left our university in 2018, we continued to have hope that she would return and become an addition to our already successful gynecologic-oncology division headed by Dr. Daniel Metzinger, as well as a second faculty member; Dr. Sarah Todd, who we are also very fortunate came back to our University as a specialist. 

Here are a couple of videos that we would like to share: 

Dr. Whitney Goldsberry on Cost-Sharing Trends in PARP Inhibitors for Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Whitney Goldsberry on the Future of PARP Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Goldsberry is also an avid runner and has completed four (4) full marathons and plans to take on another one soon! We feel very fortunate to have such a talented physician on our team!

Sean Francis, MD appears on SSC Live "Health for Your Mind, Body & Spirit"

Sean Francis, MD

Sean Francis, MD, Chairman of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health appeared on SSC Live to discuss with young males the medical profession. Please click here for video. 


Dr. Resad Pasic appointed as Honorary Chair of the 49th AAGL Global Congress

Portrait of Dr. Pasic   

Dr. Resad Pasic 

The AAGL Congress will be held November 4–8, 2020. This special honor is granted to those who have had a life-long commitment to teaching, mentoring and disseminating the knowledge necessary to perform safe and reproducible surgical procedures for the improvement of women’s healthcare. Please see video here. Congratulations Dr. Pasic!

Welcome Stacy Lenger, MD to the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery division of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health


Stacy Lenger, MD

Dr. Stacy Lenger completed her fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis before moving to Louisville. She is passionate about helping women and improving their quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and crafting. We look forward to her joining our team!

Welcome Edward Miller, MD FACOG to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health Department


Edward Miller, MD FACOG

Dr. Miller was born and raised in Southern California and attended New York University where he studied Anthropology.  His desire to serve and make a difference led him to Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he earned his medical doctorate.  At Wake Forest he fell in love with the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and decided that caring for mothers and their families was his mission.  He enrolled in residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC where he served as House Staff President and received the prestigious resident of the year award. He returned to California to complete fellowship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he received training in ultrasound and the management of high risk pregnancies from leading experts in the field.  During his time at UCSF he authored numerous publications and presentations and developed his passion for leadership in the realm of Diversity and Inclusion as well as medical education.  In his final year of fellowship Dr. Miller was nominated and received the UCSF Innovation award for excellence in Graduate Medical Education.  In his spare time Dr. Miller enjoys cooking, playing volleyball, and growing his bourbon collection. 

Sean L. Francis, MD, MBA Great Day Live Interview

Discussion of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology)

Please see interview at WHAS 11 Dr. Sean L. Francis, MD, MBA, Chairman of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health, regarding discussion of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology.) 

Welcome to Sarah Todd, MD - Gynecologic Oncology

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Todd, MD to the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health in the Gynecologic Oncology Division.

Sarah Todd, MD

Dr. Sara Todd has joined Dr. Daniel Metzinger and the team at Uof L Physicians – Gynecologic Oncology. She is available to see patients at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center and performs surgery at UofL Hospital.

Dr. Todd is trained in robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci XL system and is brining HIPEC (heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy) as a treatment option for select advanced ovarian cancer patients.

Dr. Todd graduated from UofL School of Medicine in 2011 and continued residency at UofL training under Daniel Metzinger, MD, gynecologic oncologist and head of robotic surgery. She completed fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center.

Sean Francis, MD named Chairman of Patient Quality and Safety Committee

Congratulations to Sean Francis, MD for being named Chairman of Patient Quality and Safety Committee. 

Center for Women & Infants at UofL Hospital named a Baby-Friendly Designated birthing facility

The University of Louisville Center for Women & Infants at UofL Hospital has been named a Baby-Friendly Designated birthing facility by Baby-Friendly USA, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The UofL Center for Women & Infants is the only Downtown Louisville facility and the fourth facility in Kentucky to earn the designation. Currently there are 405 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing centers in the United States and more than 20,000 worldwide.

Dr. Sean Francis, MD Approved by the UofL Board of Trustees as Chair of the Department of OB/GYN & Women's Health

Jan. 15, 2016

Sean L. Francis, currently the interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Louisville, has been named to the post permanently. The appointment was approved by the UofL Board of Trustees at its Jan. 14 meeting.

OB/GYN & Women's Health Faculty Honored at Fall Honors Convocation

Dr. Marvin Yussman, Vice Chair of Academic and Clinical Affairs, was awarded the Dean's Education Award for Distinguished Educator.  Dr. Yussman was recognized for his accomplishments in the area of teaching and his commitment to educating future physicians.

Dr. Petruska was awarded the Golden Apple Award by the UofL Medical School Students Class of 2016.  The Golden Apple Award is given to faculty who demonstrate outstanding teamwork, professional responsibility, and consideration of medical students.

Dr. Franklin Awarded the ACOG Award for Outstanding District Service (ODS)

Congratulations to Dr. Tanya Franklin on being chosen to receive The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Award for Outstanding District Service (ODS).  Dr. Franklin, was recognized, along with the other ODS Award recipients, during the Presidential Inauguration and Convocation held at the 2015 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, California on Wednesday May 6, 2015.

Dr. Franklin, assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduated from that school with a joint degree in medicine and a master’s in public health with a clinical investigation emphasis.

In July 2011, she received grant funding to establish the Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning. Dr. Franklin has received the Outstanding Educator Award for her accomplishments in developing a new curriculum, a new clinical service, and a regional patient referral site.

As District V Junior Fellow vice-chair, chair, and immediate past chair from 2011-2014, she revitalized Junior Fellow involvement and activity. She also organized the first Legislative Day in Kentucky this year, helping physicians advocate and build relationships with state legislators.