Meet our Jefferson-RMA fellow alumni
(Formerly the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson/RMANJ fellowship program)
Our graduate fellows come through a training program that fully prepares them to be the clinical science leaders in their reproductive endocrinology field. This hands on, intense, and comprehensive training is creating a track record for producing outstanding clinicians who will continue the program’s philosophy of excellence on every level.
Jason M. Franasiak, M.D., FACOG is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology, and lead physician of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey’s South Jersey -Marlton Office. He serves as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Franasiak graduated from the College of William & Mary Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with focuses in Biology and Biochemistry. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. He went on to complete his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Franasiak was elected to the Education Administrative Chief Resident position and received several medical education teaching awards including the Teaching Certificate of Outstanding Merit from American College of Surgeon’s, the Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Golden Tarheel Award for medical student teaching.
During fellowship, he presented at numerous regional, national, and international meetings. He was an invited lecturer at over 25 events including departmental grand rounds, ASRM, and several international conferences on the human microbiome in reproduction, embryonic aneuploidy screening, embryology laboratory practice, and embryo-endometrial synchrony. At the completion of fellowship he was an author on over 50 peer reviewed publications, 90 scientific abstracts, 10 book chapters, and was co-editor of a textbook on recurrent implantation failure. He also served on the editorial board of Fertility and Sterility and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Franasiak attributes his accomplishments during fellowship to the support and mentorship of the faculty and staff.
“Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson-RMANJ fellowship program provided an unparalleled environment for fellow training. The curriculum combines cutting edge basic science and translational research with a busy clinical experience which has education, not service, at its heart. During training, I felt like I was part of a family whose goal is to help fellows excel as clinicians, researchers, and leaders in reproductive medicine.”
Dr. Jason Franasiak
Dr. Marie D. Werner is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director, and attending physician at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Eatontown. During her fellowship, Dr. Werner earned the 2014 Southbound Train Grant for her contributions at the Midwest Reproductive Symposium International. She led several major research studies including two large randomized control trials investigating the optimal media formulation for embryo culture and the use of next-generation sequencing for pre-implantation genetic screening of embryos and a large retrospective study on the impact of IVF stimulation medications on progesterone elevations which is widely cited and used in review talks around the world.
Dr. Werner completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center where she served as administrative chief resident. During residency, Dr. Werner was honored with the 2012 Chief Resident Teaching Award and 2012 Best Senior Resident Teaching Award. She obtained her B.A. from Boston College and her M.D. from New Jersey Medical School where she was awarded the Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2007 and the Yong Investigators Travel Grant-American Thyroid Association 2006.
“I had the privilege of training at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson/RMANJ fellowship program where the depth of experience in clinical medicine, molecular genetics and embryology far exceeded most programs. I believe the heart of reproductive medicine lies in the embryology laboratory, and I am proud to have trained at this center of excellence.”
Dr. Marie Werner
Dr. Kathleen H. Hong, is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Obstetrician Gynecologist, and High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey. She is on faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During her fellowship, Dr. Hong led several research projects including four prospective clinical trials. In 2013, Dr. Hong was awarded the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s In-Training Travel Award and In-Training Award for Research for her randomized trial: Endometrial Infusion of Human Chorionic Gonadropin at the Time of Blastocyst Embryo Transfer Does Not Improve Clinical Outcomes. She also received an ASRM Prize Poster Award in 2013 for Early Times to Cavitation are Associated with a Reduced Prevalence of Aneuploidy in Embryos Cultured to the Blastocyst Stage: A Prospective Blinded Morphokinetic Study.
Dr. Hong is a graduate of Boston University where she completed the combined seven-year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program. Acceptance into this accelerated program allowed Dr. Hong to focus her studies on medicine, while achieving her medical degree one year earlier than most programs offer. She completed her Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, under the guidance of Dr. Barry Shaktman. During residency, Dr. Hong was bestowed the House Staff Teaching Award in 2011 for her demonstration in clinical excellence and dedication to teaching.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have trained at the Rutgers RWJ/RMANJ program, where its strong clinical training and hands on embryology and molecular biology laboratory experience helped me build a solid foundation for my career ahead. The institution’s guidance allowed me to lead several large research studies while providing the support and resources for us to shape the fellowship program from the ground up. I am honored to be continuing the tradition of helping new fellows maximize their educational experience as an attending physician at RMANJ.”
Dr. Kathleen Hong
Dr. Eric J. Forman, FACOG, HCLD/ALD
Fellow Graduate 2013
Eric J. Forman, M.D., FACOG, HCLD/ALD, was the first Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson/ Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey program. A board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, and High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director, Dr. Forman is currently an attending physician at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and on the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During his fellowship, Dr. Forman completed a variety of innovative research projects involving basic reproductive physiology, clinical embryology and IVF, including several randomized clinical trials. This research has resulted in more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications in leading infertility journals and more manuscripts in preparation. The Blastocyst Euploid Selective Transfer (BEST) Trial was awarded an in-training grant from the Corporate Member Council of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2012 and a Prize at the 2013 Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Another randomized trial on oocyte vitrification (egg freezing), was deemed a “watershed in ART” by one of the world’s experts on cryopreservation.
Dr. Forman graduated from Duke University in Durham, NC with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in modern Hebrew. He earned his medical degree, summa cum laude, from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Duke University Medical Center where he received extensive training in minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery. During residency he was the lead author of the first survey of oncologists’ knowledge and practices regarding fertility preservation in female cancer patients.
Dr. Forman’s interests include optimizing single embryo transfer, reproductive competence of individual embryos, fertility preservation, ovarian aging and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, as well as medical ethics and the history of reproductive medicine.
“I chose to train at the RWJ/RMANJ program due to the amazing opportunities available for top-notch clinical ART patient care, dedicated mentorship, hands-on clinical embryology experience and cutting-edge research. The three years of fellowship were even better than I could have hoped for and helped shape my clinical and academic career. If I had to do it again, I would certainly choose the RWJ/RMANJ program again.”
Dr. Eric Forman