The Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology is a diverse and growing division of 24 full-time faculty members dedicated to the mission of providing innovative, evidence-based care to improve the health of women. Our division is one of the largest, strongest, and most diversified academic specialist divisions in the region with specialists in obstetric and gynecologic quality and safety, hospitalist medicine, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, lower genital tract diseases, menopause, sexual medicine, pelvic pain, global health, and fertility preservation. Our tertiary university system continues to offer a unique academic setting for resident training and career opportunity for the academic obstetrician-gynecologist.

Division members devote time to their faculty-based practice in obstetrics and gynecology while pursuing a wide range of individualized academic interests. These areas involve clinically oriented specialization, clinically based research and a wide range of educational and administrative activities. We continue to play an ever-important role in the education of residents and medical students. Our faculty are actively involved in teaching within the department, School of Medicine and surrounding community and many serve as board examiners for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Additionally, many of our members are involved in regional and national organizations involving women’s health. These opportunities are a stimulus for continued professional growth, developing our faculty into national and international leaders in Women’s Health. Faculty membership in organizations include:

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL)
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP)
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
he Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG)
Search Results Web results  North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG)
The Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG)
Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH)
The research mission of the Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN is to establish a local, regional, and national reputation for research excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology by building a streamlined infrastructure to support study diversity, clinical integration, education and mentoring that serves as a model for others.

Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN Research Mission



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Funding of the DEI committee to accomplish AIMs for the academic year:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a strategic imperative and implicit bias is addressed.
  • Improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in resident and faculty recruitment and retention.
  • Support residents and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
  • Engage with the community.

Faculty: ​Veronica Alaniz, MD, Project Leader
Funding Source: University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Internal Award
Funding Dates: 01/01/20-12/31/20

A Phase III, Randomized, Observer-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Group-Sequential Study to Determine the Immunogenicity and Safety of an RSV F Nanoparticle Vaccine with Aluminum in Healthy Third Trimester Pregnant Women

Clinical research study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an RSV vaccine being developed by NovaVax.

Faculty: ​Christine Conageski, MD, Principal Investigator
Funding Source: NovaVax
Funding Dates: 10/01/16-12/01/20

A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Ultrasonic Aspiration versus CO2 Laser Ablation for the Treatment of VIN

Clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of an ultrasonic aspiration device compared to the CO2 laser for VIN.

Faculty: ​Christine Conageski, MD, Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Source: Stryker
Funding Dates: 07/01/16-07/01/20

The influence of in utero cannabis exposure on neonatal brain mrophology and structural connectivity

NIH NIDA R21: Pilot study for Tessa Crume, PhD to evaluate the effects of cannabis exposure on in utero brain development.

Faculty: ​Christine Conageski, MD, Co-Investigator
Funding Source: NIH/National Cancer Institute
Funding Dates: 04/01/18-03/01/20

A Phase 2b, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Observer-Blinded Trial to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Immunogenicity of RSV Vaccine in Pregnant Women 18 through 49 Years of Age and their Infants

Faculty: ​Christine Conageski, MD, Multiple-PI
Funding Source: Pfizer, Inc.
Funding Dates: 09/01/19-

Identification of mechanisms by which sex hormones modulate hemostasis and thrombosis.

Faculty: ​Tricia Huguelet, MD, Co-Investigator
Funding Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Funding Dates: 04/01/18-

Laser Intervention for Genitourinary HealTh (LIGHT)

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause is a prevalent, significant problem and current treatment options are inadequate. Fractional vaginal laser offers a potential non-hormonal treatment option, but has not been well studied for vaginal applications. Investigators perform laser treatments, and study exams for enrolled patients.

Faculty: ​Jill Liss, MD, Investigator
Funding Source: NIH/National Institute on Aging
Funding Dates: 07/01/20-07/01/22

Creation of a Pregnancy Medical Home for OB-GYN UCHealth Practices

Faculty: ​Christine Conageski, MD, Principal Investigator
Funding Source: UPL
Funding Dates: 07/01/19-06/30/20

A randomized controlled trial of MotherWise

Advise protocol development and be a recruitment site.

Faculty: ​Stephen Scott, MD, Co-Investigator
Funding Source: DHHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Funding Dates: 06/01/16-06/01/20

My Baby, My Move+: A community wellness intervention

Faculty: ​Stephen Scott, MD, Co-Investigator
Funding Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Funding Dates: 07/01/19-06/30/21

PROMISE Clinic Expansion

Expansion of PROMISE Clinic, integrating into the UCHealth OB Clinics.

Faculty: ​Stephen Scott, MD, Co-Investigator
Funding Source: UPL
Funding Dates: 02/01/19-07/01/20

Expansion of CAMP clinic into the Community

Develop new locations to increase CAMP population in the Aurora Colorado area.

Faculty: ​Stephen Scott, MD, Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Source: UPL
Funding Dates: 02/01/19-07/01/20

UPL: Expanded services for Children's Hospital Young Mother's Clinic

Provide integrated, BH, PP and Gyn services to the Young Mothers Clinic - 1 session per week.

Faculty: ​Stephen Scott, MD, Consultant
Funding Source: University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Internal Award
Funding Dates: 09/01/19-01/01/21

Our faculty are dedicated to creating a learning environment that allows residents, students and fellows to develop into excellent providers of women's health care, while also fostering interest in research, teaching and other professional pursuits.

Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN Education Mission



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Our practice has both regional and local community impact.  We serve patients with unique gynecologic problems in the Rocky Mountain region.  Similarly, we treat patients who have complex medical issues, but with routine gynecologic diagnoses.  We have several grants focused on serving our immediate Aurora and Denver metro community, and plan to continue these efforts by providing women’s care at the new Aurora Commons.  Given our location on the Anschutz campus, we treat many women who work and learn at our medical campus.  We are often the “doctor’s doctor,” and take pride in offering this level of care to all of our patients.

Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN Community Impact Mission

Treating over 15,000 Patients a Year

Across the Denver Metro Area

Clinical revenue and patient volume have continued to increase by approximately 13%.

3,800 Births a Year

at UCHealth Labor and Delivery Unit

Approximately 50% of births occur under physician directed care, and 50% under midwifery care.

Under 450 Surgeries per Year

Including minimally invasive, vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery as well as open abdominal procedures.


Contact Info

Michelle Jaramillo
Division Administrator
12631 East 17th Avenue
Room 4213, B198-2
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-8166
Fax: (303) 724-2056



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