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Class of 2021 Virtual Graduation Recognizes Residents, Fellows

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Class of 2021 Graduation

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, Duke Ob/Gyn celebrated the graduation of its eight chief residents and five fellows (virtually). 

Among the Duke Ob/Gyn trainees in the class of 2021, 50% of resident graduates will continue on to subspecialty fellowship, each at highly prestigious programs across the country. The other half will start their careers as general ob/gyn specialists, with two joining local practices in the Triangle and the other two headed outside the state. Four fellow graduates are joining the faculty at major academic medical centers, and the fifth is joining South Carolina’s largest fertility practice.

At the graduation celebration, the accomplishments of faculty, APPs, fellows and residents were recognized for excellence in education, clinical care and professionalism during an awards presentation

Additionally, a special tribute honored Joanne Piscitelli, MD, who called Duke Ob/Gyn home for more than 30 years, during which time she cared for women in our community and surrounding areas, always with compassion and her special expertise as a top priority. Dr. Piscitelli received her MD from Duke University School of Medicine in 1981, continued with residency, and then joined the faculty in 1985. She has been an integral part of the Department, also having served as Division Chief for Duke Women’s Health Associates.

“I first met Joanne at Franklin County Health Department during her outrider rotation during her residency while I was the NP for obstetrics and family planning clinics there. She impressed me with her quiet, kind and confident approach to patient care — she still does — 30-plus years later,” recalled Alice P. Cooper, OGNP, RNC, Medical Director, PDC Access Services and Medical Director, Women's Ambulatory Services.

Added current DWHA Division Chief Angel Nieves, MD, PhD, “To me she has been a great mentor and role model! Her mentorship to so many DUKE residents is invaluable.”