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.
Shelby A. Neal, M.D., is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Assistant Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Neal graduated from Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering with a B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Spanish. She went on to pursue her medical degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she served as Administrative Chief Resident and earned the Medical University of South Carolina Resident Research Award. She was appointed Resident Reporter for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine two years in a row.
While in fellowship, Dr. Neal presented research at numerous national and international meetings. She was awarded the 2018 ASRM Corporate Member Council In-Training Award for her research which evaluated the association of 3D ultrasound markers of adenomyosis with IVF pregnancy outcomes. In addition, she was a recipient of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Scholarship Award. Her work is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including Fertility and Sterility and Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.
“The Jefferson-RMA fellowship program had all of the qualities that I was seeking in a training program – high patient volume, faculty commitment to education, endless research opportunities and support in executing high-quality research projects. I am honored to be a graduate of the fellowship program and part of the RMA family.”
Dr. Shelby Neal
Dr. Scott Morin, MD, FACOG
Fellow Graduate 2018
Scott J. Morin, M.D., a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, is the Jefferson-RMA Fellowship Program’s accomplished third year fellow. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Cum Laude with a B.S. in Preprofessional Studies. He received his M.D. from the University of California, Irvine and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Graduating Student in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Morin completed his Ob/Gyn residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center. He was selected as Administrative Chief Resident and was awarded commendation for outstanding patient care. During residency, Dr. Morin presented his research at numerous scientific meetings, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, and Society for Gynecologic Investigation. He has published his work on preimplantation genetic screening and won an award for Best Resident Research Paper at the New York Obstetrical Society. Dr. Morin will be heading back to his home state of California for his next big adventure: opening up a brand new RMA office in downtown San Francisco and serving patients as one of the founding physicians.
“I feel incredibly privileged to join the Jefferson-RMA fellowship program. The practice at RMANJ is high volume, innovative, and truly committed to education. Fellows are afforded the opportunity to work together with world class scientists and clinicians that are leading the way in reproductive medicine. The fellowship program is predicated on providing the mentorship and support to allow fellows to pursue answers to the most meaningful questions in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.”
Dr. Scott Morin
Dr. Caroline Juneau, MD, FACOG
Fellow Graduate 2017
Caroline R. Juneau, M.D. graduated fellowship in 2017. Dr. Juneau received her M.D. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society by her peers. She went on to complete her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received the ‘Excellence in Medical Student Education’ teaching award 3 times and served as chairperson of the Resident Education Committee. Her research in medical school and residency resulted in several oral presentations at national meetings including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Roengten Ray Society annual meetings.
In fellowship, Dr. Juneau led 3 major clinical research trials. Her work has been published in 6 peer-reviewed journals including Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics and has been presented in over 50 abstracts across the nation. She was awarded 3 prizes for oral abstracts at both ASRM and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. She also served as associate chairperson on the board for the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as a fellow and was an enthusiastic educator.
Dr. Juneau is a native of New Orleans and pleased to have moved back to the area with her family where she practices at Audubon Fertility. While maintaining a busy clinical practice, she is still involved in both resident education and the research she started as a fellow exploring extrinsic factors that affect embryo development. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children who remind her of what a privilege it is to be a part of a profession that is so intimately involved in creating families. Despite her change in location, she still remains a part of the RMANJ team and frequently shares her experiences with Dr. Scott and the fellows.
“It has been a privilege and the opportunity of a lifetime to train at RMANJ. The clinical experience and embryology training is without a doubt unparalleled and more than prepared me for practice after fellowship. I also treasure the lasting relationships I made with the staff, my co-fellows, and the faculty at RMANJ. Dr. Scott is a devoted teacher, revolutionary scientist, and compassionate clinician who leads by example but also makes time for his fellows and provided me with the mentorship I was looking for in fellowship.”
Dr. Caroline Juneau
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 Reproductive Endocrinologist, Obstetrician- Gynecologist, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director, and attending physician at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Eatontown. Dr. Werner is proud to fill the role of associate program director for the reproductive endocrinology fellowship at RMA. In this position she collaborates with Dr. Richard Scott as a mentor for fellows and guides them through their clinical education.
During her fellowship, Dr. Werner earned the 2015 ASRM Corporate Member Council In-Training Travel Award for the use of next-generation sequencing for pre-implantation screening of embryos. She was also awarded 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 the Medical and Laboratory Director at Columbia University’s Center for Women’s Reproductive Care. In this role he oversees the medical practice as well as the IVF embryology and andrology laboratories. 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