Obstetric Anesthesia

The obstetric anesthesiology fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, one-year program focused on the anesthetic management of high-risk obstetric patients.

Our core faculty is made up of six fellowship-trained obstetric anesthesiologists, and the majority of the fellowship will be spent at the University of Colorado Hospital.

At UCH, we perform for approximately 3,800 deliveries each year. The high-risk population includes many congenital cardiac patients and a significant number of invasive placentation cases each year.

Fellows will also spend time at Colorado Fetal Care Center (CFCC) at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where they will participate in the anesthetic management of fetal procedures, including fetoscopy, open MMC repairs and EXIT procedures. Learn more about the CFCC's Anesthesiology Services.

In addition to clinical coverage of labor and delivery, fellows are an integral part of the educational program for our other anesthesia trainees and act as a primary liaison with the Maternal Fetal Medicine and obstetric teams as well as L&D nursing leadership.

Fellows also are mentored in scholarly activity throughout the fellowship year.

This fellowship will prepare graduates for leadership of an obstetric anesthesia service in either an academic or private practice setting. 

Applying to our fellowship:

  1. We participate in the San Francisco match program. Please register through the SF Match website.
  2. Please complete the common application for OB anesthesiology fellowships on the SOAP website: Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowships.
  3. You will need to submit your CV, SOAP common application, and 3 Letters of recommendation to the fellowship administrator: alyson.poeppelman@cuanschutz.edu

Faculty Members

Jaime Daly, MD
OB Anesthesia Fellowship Director 

Picture of Joy Hawkins
Joy Hawkins, MD

Rachel Kacmar, MD

New Fellowship Opportunity!

Dual Obstetric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

For candidates passionate about improving high quality care for complex obstetrics patients in the peripartum and critical care settings, the University of Colorado is pleased to introduce a new two-year fellowship opportunity. The fellowship consists of two, 1-year ACGME accredited fellowships in Obstetric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. 

SOAP Center of Excellence

soap-coeThe University of Colorado is now recognized as a SOAP Center of Excellence (COE). This designation was created to recognize institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care and to set a benchmark of expected care to improve standards nationally and internationally.

Sample Block Schedule

Block 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Rotation Name
% Outpatient 0% 0% 20% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
% Research/
25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25%


Site 1: University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) 

Site 2: Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO)


  • During each month, 1 week will be reserved for scholarly activity, divided into single days throughout the month
  • Leave is assigned based on fellow request (individual days and/or entire weeks). Up to 4 weeks of leave for vacation, educational purposes used to primarily attend educational meetings, exams and interviews. 

LD – labor and delivery clinical activity 

POCUS  Point Of Care UltraSound Course

COPIC  COlorado Physician Insurance Company

IFM  maternal-fetal medicine that includes experience in antepartum fetal testing and high-risk antepartum care (two weeks contiguous) divided between UCH and CHCO (Colorado Fetal Care Center)

FHRM  Interpretation of fetal heart rate monitoring and demonstrated competency 
          *To completed during the IFM (Maternal Fetal        
           Medicine) rotation at UCH/CHCO

NEO  routine neonatal evaluation and care (two weeks contiguous) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at UCH and CHCO

BB  Blood Bank Rotation

SOAP  Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Annual Conference

OB Anesthesia team

Past Fellows

Terry Biel


Terry Biel

I am originally from Toledo, Ohio and completed my medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, and residency at Oregon Health & Science University. I’m excited to come to the University of Colorado for fellowship. The faculty, nurses and staff are all incredibly supportive and knowledgeable and I appreciate the diversity of unique fetal cases.

In my free time I enjoy karaoke, cooking, board games, eating too many chicken wings. 

My dream vacation is to go to Japan during the cherry blossoms, following the flowers as they bloom, train-hopping from town to town and visiting the festivals and sights along the way.  The cherry blossoms first bloom in the south where it is warmer and where the light lasts longer. The flowers spread northward like a delicate wave, greeting the Spring over a period of a month or so. Cities often have cherry blossom festivals with food and music as well, planned around when they are in bloom for that region, and culminating in Golden Week, a string of holidays and festivities near the end of April. 

Stephanie Kierstead, MD


Stephanie Kierstead professional  Kierstead

I'm originally from Mesa, Arizona and completed both my undergraduate and medical education at University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. My husband and I participated in the couple’s match and we moved to Little Rock, Arkansas for our residency programs. 

I was thrilled to come to the University of Colorado for fellowship where I can learn from some of the best OB anesthesiologists and participate in unique fetal cases. 

In my free time I like to explore the mountains and Denver food scene with my husband and our 1-year-old daughter. I also thoroughly enjoy Britney Spears themed Peloton rides, thriller novels, and trying all the new items at Trader Joe's.

RogersonJ. Seth Rogerson, DO

I am an assistant professor at the University of Utah practicing general and obstetric anesthesiology.

My focus as a member of the "OB anesthesia team" is attending the Labor and Delivery floor at the University of Utah, which I have the pleasure of doing about one weekday every week, one weekend day each month, and two night shifts each month - I love it! During my shifts on L&D I work with resident anesthesiologists to place and manage labor epidurals, take excellent care of obstetric patients in the L&D ORs, and consult on difficult/complex OB patients.

In my short time on staff, I've been integrated on to the placenta accreta team and the fetal surgery team. I look forward to contributing to the specialized obstetric teams at the University of Utah as we take care of these complex patients.

Areas of research interest include how to best care for accreta patients and appropriate NPO status including diet for laboring patients.

WoodburyJenny (Hong) Woodbury, MD

After completing my obstetric anesthesia fellowship from the University of Colorado, I joined a MD-only private practice group in Reno, NV, where I practiced as a generalist and consultant for obstetric cases. 

After two years in Reno, my family relocated to San Francisco, where I joined UCSF as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology. At UCSF I am one of the core obstetric anesthesia faculty. 

Outside of work, I love exploring, whether it be in Alaska, Colorado or Nevada or in the heart of San Francisco. My other interests include cooking, crafting, biking, and adventuring with my family.

Contact Us

Jamie Daly, MD
Assistant Professor/Obstetric Anesthesiologist
OB Anesthesia Fellowship Director

Alyson Poeppelman
Residency and Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12631 E. 17th Avenue, Mail Stop 8202
Aurora, CO 80045

Photo Gallery

Joy Hawkins, MD presenting the 2023 SOAP Distinguished Service Award to Brenda Bucklin, MD
Joy Hawkins, MD presenting the 2023 SOAP Distinguished Service Award to Brenda Bucklin, MD


TJ Biel, MD, MBA, presenting a difficult case at SOAP 2023
TJ Biel, MD, MBA presenting a difficult case at SOAP 2023


CU Anesthesiology faculty and guests enjoying downtime at the latest national conference
CU Anesthesiology Faculty and Guests enjoying downtime at the latest national conference


Dr. Kierstead presenting at SOAP for “Best Paper” session.


Dr. Kierstead’s graduation at a local park.



Dr. Camann presents Dr. Hawkins for
the SOAP Distinguished Service Award.


Fun at the SOAP 2019 Annual Meeting.

2018-19 OB Anesthesia fellow Jenny Hong, MD,
presents her research at SOAP 2019 Annual Meeting.

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