Saint Joseph Hospital

Faculty

Faculty

The OB/GYN attending staff is comprehensive, with approximately 50 staff members playing essential roles in resident education and experience. There is full-time attending staff in gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. Other attending staff members have interests in genetics, diagnostic and operative laparoscopy, laser surgery and obstetrical ultrasound. A unique feature of our program is our ongoing effort to foster a sense of cooperation, teamwork and support among our OB/GYN staff.

 

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Program Administrator

Jennifer is a proud native of Colorado. She started out in the pre-op department of Saint Joseph Hospital in 1991 before moving over to the Urogynecology clinic in 2000. She wore many hats at the clinic: front desk, surgery scheduler and practice supervisor/manager.  Before moving over to program administrator in 2018, she was the surgery scheduler for the Ob/Gyn and Urogynecology practices.  Jennifer is married, and has one son, an avid baseball player. Jennifer enjoys watching all sports, especially football, college basketball and Rockies baseball. She has a love for playing tennis, and has recently discovered how much she truly enjoys working out (even running!) and playing golf. Jennifer spends the majority of her time watching her son pitch, training her two big dogs, reading and spending time in the gym.

 

Robin Fennimore, MD

Program Director OB/GYN

Dr. Fennimore is excited to have moved into the role of Program Director as of December 2019, after serving on the faculty for the past five years and as associate program director since 2017.

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Dr. Robin Fennimore is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and math from Colby College in Maine, where she played lacrosse. After graduating from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, she spent the next four years at the University of Colorado Ob/Gyn residency program.

After finishing residency, Dr. Fennimore joined a large private practice in Denver where she worked for over four years. Her passion for teaching and working closely with residents led her to Saint Joseph’s program in 2014. She recently graduated from the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program in 2017.  She is co-director of the Ryan Program and in charge of scheduling the residents’ didactic sessions on Friday afternoons. She is on the steering committee for the CDC-funded SOAR Project to reduce primary c-section rates in Colorado.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Fennimore enjoys spending time with her husband, Blair, and their twin boys. They often visit her twin sister who lives in Beaver Creek to enjoy skiing in the winter and camping, hiking and fishing in the summer.

 

Marshall Gottesfeld, MD, FACOG Gottesfeld

Associate Program Director OB/GYN, Director and Chair of Women and Infants Department, Clinical Professor, UCDenver

Dr. Marshall Gottesfeld grew up in Denver, and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts. He returned to Denver for medical school and residency at the University of Colorado.  After 11 years in private practice, he joined the faculty at the Saint Joseph Hospital Residency Program in 2006.  He previously served as the Program Director from 2014-2019, and currently is the Director and Chair of the Women and Infant’s Department, and continues his involvement with the Residency Program as the Associate Residency Program Director.  

He is a member of the executive committee of the Colorado section of ACOG, which promotes resident involvement with Legislative Day, and four educational conferences per year where residents often present cases.  He also encourages resident participation with him on the hospital’s Ethics committee and Peer Review committee.

When not working, he enjoys skiing and running marathons with his wife Joyce, a Kaiser Ob/Gyn who also works with the residents. They have three daughters, none of whom appears to be interested in medicine.  Marshall has an addiction to golf, and loves movies and trivia.

 

GaffneyRachel Gaffney, MD, FACOG

Director - Seton Women's Center

Dr. Rachel Gaffney, attended college and medical school at University of North Carolina, and moved to Denver for residency training at University of Colorado.  She enjoyed several years of private practice before joining the Saint Joseph Hospital Faculty in 2003.

Serving as medical director of the Seton Women’s Center, she assists the team in delivering obstetric and gynecologic care, paying special attention to the medically underserved women in our community. She educates the residents about medical coding and billing, referrals and consultation, and ensures that the clinic experience prepares graduating residents to provide ambulatory care. The clinic is an ideal location for quality improvement projects; past projects have included improving the postpartum follow up for women with gestational diabetes, and ensuring timely follow up of abnormal pap results. She enjoys explaining complicated concepts to patients and has special interest in pelvic pain evaluation and treatment, and in high risk obstetrics. 

When she’s not at the clinic, look for her hiking a trail, soaking in a natural hot spring, or motorcycling to a remote fishing stream.

 

Christine Giesing, MD, FACOGGiesing

Faculty OB/GYN

Dr. Christine Giesing is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She received her undergraduate education at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. After graduating from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine she completed her residency training at Kaiser Santa Clara in Northern California. Prior to joining the faculty she was in private practice in the Denver area but she has enjoyed her return to academic medicine. She has a special interest in vulvovaginal disease and is developing a curriculum for resident education as well as a clinic focusing on vulvar complaints.

In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, road biking, playing the guitar and spending time with her three boys.

 

Elaine Landry, MD, FACOGLandry

Faculty OB/GYN

Dr. Elaine Landry loves calling Colorado home! She completed her undergraduate (Rice University) and medical (UT Southwestern) school training in Texas before coming to Denver for residency (UCHSC). Elaine has always worked in academic medicine and has been on faculty here at SJH since 2006.

Elaine is actively involved in physician wellness efforts, currently serving as Chair of the GME Wellness Committee. She is especially interested in the development of professionalism, communication, and leadership skills in resident trainees, and she organizes the yearly leadership conference training for upcoming chief residents. Her other professional interests include care for underserved populations, global medicine, public health issues like disparities, and diversity and inclusion in medicine.

Elaine spends most of her free time with her husband and three kids. She enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, travel, and anything outdoors. Though an avowed introvert, she is happiest when having one-on-one conversations and meaningful connections with others.

 

Karin Wollschlaeger, MD, FACOG, FRCPC

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Faculty OB/GYN, Clinical Associate Professor, UCDenver

Dr. Karin Wollschlaeger did her undergraduate studies at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada where she played water polo and a rotating internship at the Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Canada.  Following this she spent a year in Cambodia working with the NGO “World Relief” and then started her Ob/Gyn residency at the University of Chicago. This was followed by several years in private practice in Toronto and NY.  She then moved into academic medicine at Mt. Sinai in NYC, then Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY followed by Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver where she has been for 8 years.

International mission work is one of her passions and she has done several trips to Ecuador, Peru, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and South Sudan. This has led to the development of an OB/GYN resident, month long Global Health Elective to Arusha, Tanzania. She also enjoys teaching and working with the residents and medical students and is the medical student clerkship site director.

She is developing the “Resident Research Program” with research lectures and a set schedule with deadlines for each year. This has led to faculty and residents acceptance of abstracts, posters and presentations. She recently graduated from the APGO SES (surgical education scholars) program (2016). Her project was developing a “Contraception Simulation Lab for Ob/Gyn Residents at a Catholic Hospital” and designed and built a low fidelity abdominal PPTL model. 

She has two children, loves the outdoors, downhill and backcountry skiing with her dog, hut trips, cycling, and triathlons. She is also fluent in German.

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