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Monique Vaughan, MD

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I chose Duke for fellowship training for a variety of reasons. First, I was interested in a program that would provide surgical training across the breadth of our specialty, including relatively equal volumes of vaginal and robotic/laparoscopic routes. I was also interested in a program with strong research mentorship and access to a variety of resources, such as coordinators, statisticians (if needed), and funding. Perhaps most importantly, I was looking for a program with great mentors and leaders in our field who would support me but also challenge me – without a doubt, I believe I found all of these things at Duke! 

My ultimate career goal is to work in an academic practice where I will have the opportunity to continue mentoring and teaching medical students and residents, and also have the opportunity to continue scholarly pursuits after fellowship. 


What are your hobbies?

I love trying new restaurants around the Triangle with my husband. Some of my favorites are Mateo (Durham), Poole’s Downtown Diner (Raleigh), and Pizzeria Toro (Durham). I also love hiking (Eno River and Brumley Forest) and weekend trips to cute towns and cities in North Carolina, like Saxapahaw, Morganton and Asheville. I’m hoping to explore the beautiful North Carolina beaches more!

Education & Training

  • University of Florida, MD, 2012  
  • University of Virginia, Residency, 2016


Awards and Achievements

  • Best Resident Research Project – University of Virginia Resident Research Day 2016
  • Anne L. Brodie Resident Clinician Award – University of Virginia, 2016
  • Best Teaching Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology – University of Virginia, 2015
  • Honorable Mention by Mulholland Resident and Fellow Teaching Award Selection Committee, 2015
  • Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (AUGS), 2015
  • University of Virginia Department of OB/GYN Administrative Chief Resident, 2015-2016    
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2014
  • Best Teaching Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology – University of Virginia, 2014
  • Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society – University of Florida College of Medicine, 2011
  • Recipient of the Charles Hammond Research Fund Grant, Duke Dept. of OB/GYN, 2017
  • Winner of Clinical Category Poster Presentation, Duke Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Day, 2017



Research Interests

I currently have several clinical research interests which include surgical simulation training, OB/GYN resident education, and risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse recurrence. My first project of fellowship will focus on validating a surgical model for simulating vaginal hysterectomy. I am currently brainstorming and developing ideas for my fellowship thesis, which will likely focus on patients with recurrent urinary tract infection.



  1. Vaughan, MH, Modesitt SC, Mo Y, Trowbridge ER. Serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma: An incidental finding at the time of prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Case Rep Obstet Gynecol 2015; Epub 2015 Feb 23. PMID 25802782.
  2. Levey DL, Londoño GA, Ungvari-Martin J, Hiersoux MR, Jankowski JE, Poulsen JR, Stracey CM, and Robinson SK. Urban mockingbirds quickly learn to identify individual humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A. 2009 June 2; 106(22): 8959–8962. Published online 2009 May 18.
  3. Hiersoux, MR. An experimental study of fecal sac consumption in Northern Mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos). Unpublished undergraduate thesis, University of Florida, Department of Zoology, Gainesville, FL, 2008. (Preceptors: Gustavo A. Londoño and Scott K. Robinson).
  4. Vaughan MH, Kim-Fine S, Hullfish K, Smith T, Siddiqui N, Trowbridge E. Validation of the simulated vaginal hysterectomy trainer (SimVaHT). J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2018 Mar 7. pii: S1553-4650(18)30152-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2018.02.022. PMID: 29524725.
  5. Vaughan MH, Siddiqui N, Newcomb L, Weidner A, Kawasaki A, Visco A, Bradley M. Surgical alteration of genital hiatus size and anatomic failure after vaginal vault suspension. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 May 7. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002593. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29742664.
  6. Bradley MS, Askew AL, Vaughan MH, Kawasaki A, Visco AG. Robotic- Assisted Sacrocolpopexy: Early Postoperative Outcomes after Surgical Reduction of Enlarged Genital Hiatus, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2018), doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2018.01.046, PMID: 29425837.
  7. Vaughan MH, Amundsen CL. 2017 Update on pelvic floor dysfunction: Treatment of idiopathic overactive bladder. OBG Manag. 2017 October;29(10):18-19,25-26,28,30,32,45.