We recognize that in a rapidly changing health care environment we must preserve and strengthen our core values – integrity, altruism, duty to serve, empathy, compassion and respect – to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the practice of medicine, to ensure the well-being of our patients and to address their health care needs.

Our Goals:

  • Provide high quality patient-centric care to patients and seek to improve their access to care with respect and concern
  • Support and respect our colleagues and appreciate their skills and talent
  • Adhere to the highest levels of professional and ethical conduct
  • Be compassionate towards our patients and colleagues
  • Lead by example, with positive attitude and calm temperament
  • Engage in lifelong learning
  • Strive for professional excellence and seek opportunities to improve my performance
  • Show respect and concern for every patient as an individual
  • Be sensitive to in the impact of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, beliefs, behaviors, and disabilities on patients’ experiences and decision-making
  • Recognize the signs of burnout in ourselves and others and seek or offer help when necessary
  • Commit to professional and personal growth


Ob/Gyn Resident Professionalism and Wellness Committee

This committee, founded in 2016, promotes education, activities, support and mentorship to foster a positive work and learning environment, self care and resiliency for productive and enduring careers as obstetrician-gynecologists.  The committee sponsors a formal curriculum on professionalism, wellness and leadership and encourages residents to engage in social events, physical activities, and the annual faculty-resident kickball game.  In 2017, we established a peer mentoring program.  An annual leadership retreat is held each spring for rising chiefs.

Ob/Gyn Faculty Well-Being Steering Committee

The steering committee advises the chair and promotes initiatives to foster faculty well-being, career satisfaction and professional development.

Annual Awards:

The John J. Mikuta, MD Award for Professionalism in Women’s Health recognizes an individual in the department who demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the practice of medicine, embraces the core values, and is committed to the welfare of their patients and the health care needs of women.

The Sharon Youcha, MD Compassionate Patient Care Award is an annual award for an Ob/Gyn resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) who acts compassionately toward others and themselves, treats patients with care and respect, has excellent listening and empathic skills and see patients as whole people.

Past Recipients:

The John J. Mikuta, MD Award for Professionalism in Women’s Health

  • Samantha Butts, MD, MSCE - 2018
  • Sarah DiBartolomeo, CRNP - 2017
  • Sarah Kim, MD, MCE – 2016
  • Elizabeth A. Lynn, CRNP – 2015
  • Danielle L. Burkland, MD – 2014
  • Coleen Walls, LPN - 2013
  • Laura H. Cooney, MD – 2012
  • Peter Chen, MD – 2011
  • Steven J. Sondheimer, MD - 2010
  • Sindhu K. Srinivas, MD, MSE – 2009
  • Thomas A. Molinaro, MD – 2008
  • Juan M. Gonzelez, MD – 2007

The Sharon Youcha, MD Compassionate Patient Care Award

  • Denise Johnson, MD - 2020
  • Corazon Irizarry, MD - 2019
  • Sevelle Holder, MD - 2018
  • Maryl Sackheim, MD - 2017
  • Daniel Lee, MD – 2016
  • Joy Cooper, MD – 2015
  • Alyssa Colwill, MD - 2014
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