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 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.
Amber M. Klimczak, MD (2019-2022)
Fellow Graduate 2022
Amber M. Klimczak, M.D., joined the Jefferson-RMA Fellowship Program in July 2019 as a first-year fellow. She graduated from The University of Texas with high honors after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology as well as minors in Spanish and Business. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she served as Vice President of her class. She went on to complete her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and she was elected to lead her program as Administrative Chief Resident. Throughout residency, her dedication to teaching was exemplified by receiving several mentoring awards, including the prestigious Thayer Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has published a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles in the fields of genetics, assisted reproductive technology and minimally invasive surgery in journals such as Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, and The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. She has also presented abstracts at several national meetings, including at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She is honored to join the esteemed Jefferson-RMA team for fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
“I am elated to join the prestigious fellowship at Jefferson-RMA. This program provides undeniably superb training in a field that is constantly evolving. Through vast research opportunities, global networks, and a consistent dedication to patient care, RMA has elevated itself to become the leader of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Many are looking to RMA for the future of reproductive genetics and I am excited to be on the forefront.”
Amber M. Klimczak, MD
Nola S. Herlihy, MD
Fellow Graduate 2022
Nola S. Herlihy, M.D., joined the Jefferson-RMA fellowship program in July 2019. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Science Business. She then received her M.D. at New York University School of Medicine in Manhattan. As a medical student, she founded the school’s community service program and was actively involved in childhood obesity research, for which she won the Dr. Saul J. Farber Award for Public Health. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she received the medical student teaching award, PGY2 teaching award, the Mount Sinai Resident Research Day Award and was elected Administrative Chief Resident. During her residency, she authored several peer-reviewed articles and presented poster and oral presentations at the annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Pacific Coast Reproductive Society meetings. She also authored articles for the Huffington Post about life as an OBGYN resident. Dr. Herlihy is honored to be joining the team at RMANJ for further training in reproductive medicine.
“It is my distinct privilege to join the incredible team at RMANJ. I look forward to working alongside leaders in the field, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be mentored by the best researchers and clinicians in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.”
Nola S. Herlihy, MD
Julia G. Kim, MD, FACOG
Fellow Graduate 2021
Julia G. Kim MD, MPH is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and Technical Supervisor in Embryology. She graduated from Brown University in three years with an A.B. in Comparative Literature before matriculating to the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University as part of the highly competitive Program in Liberal Medical Education. She graduated with a scholarly concentration in Aging and received the ACOG John Gibbons Medical Student Award as a third-year student. In lieu of a fourth year of medical school, she attained an M.P.H. from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During her time there, she joined the BetterBirths division of Dr. Atul Gawande’s Ariadne Labs, working with Dr. Neel Shah and Dr. Toni Golen. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. During her residency, she was the recipient of a Senior Housestaff Teaching Award as well as a Professional in Training Scholarship from the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society.
During fellowship, Dr. Kim published several manuscripts in the infertility field’s leading peer-reviewed journals and presented her research at numerous meetings in the US and abroad. Her research on PGT-A was recognized by the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society with an Excellence in Training award. A native Californian, Dr. Kim will be heading back to her home state to join Spring Fertility’s San Francisco office after graduation.
“It has been a delight and privilege to have trained at Jefferson-RMA’s fellowship. Through its unique combination of a robust clinical practice with hands-on embryology training and unparalleled clinical research opportunities, the program is dedicated to training physician leaders who can further advance the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. The multi-faceted curriculum makes for a singular fellowship experience unmatched by any other in the country.”
Julia G. Kim, MD, MPH, FACOG, TS (ABB)
Brent M. Hanson, MD, FACOG
Fellow Graduate 2021
Brent M. Hanson, M.D. graduated from the Jefferson-RMA REI Fellowship Program in June 2021. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Arizona and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies. He then received his M.D. from West Virginia University School of Medicine where he was awarded the Dr. Hugh Carr Scholarship for academic excellence. Dr. Hanson completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. There, he earned the University of Utah Resident Research Award as well as recognition for the best Grand Rounds presentation.
During fellowship, his research focused on numerous aspects of REI. He led several major research studies that investigated noninvasive preimplantation genetic testing, oocyte vitrification techniques, the molecular changes associated with ovarian changing, male factor infertility, and ways to optimize embryo culture.
He has produced numerous peer-reviewed articles that have been published in Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility, and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, among others. His research has also been awarded nationally at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Scientific Congress & Expo, the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Annual Meeting, and the American Association of Bioanalysts Annual Conference & College of Reproductive Biology Annual Symposium. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Hanson will join CCRM Fertility in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“I am extremely grateful for the training I received at RMA. My fellowship equipped me with all of the tools I need to provide top-notch care to patients.”
Brent M. Hanson, MD, FACOG
Emily K. Osman, MD, FACOG
Fellow Graduate 2020
Emily K. Osman, M.D. is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and physician at IVI-RMA’s South-Jersey Marlton Office. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Neuroscience. She was awarded an NIMH Research Training Grant prior to pursuing medicine at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. During medical school, Emily was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, and graduated Cum Laude. Dr. Osman completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was chosen to be Administrative Chief Resident and earned the annual Resident Research Award. She was appointed Resident Reporter for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for two consecutive years. Prior to completion of her residency training, she received the Lawrence L. Hester Award for academic achievement in knowledge, teaching and research, as well as the Coastal Fertility Award for outstanding care and compassion to women seeking pregnancy.
During her fellowship, Dr. Osman led several major research studies, one of which was a randomized-controlled trial investigating the use of slush nitrogen as a novel embryo vitrification technique as well as a prospective study investigating serum hCG as a predictor of IVF stimulation cycle outcome. Her research contributions have been presented at numerous national meetings and have been published in many peer-reviewed journals including Fertility & Sterility, Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility Reports and Seminars in Reproductive Medicine. Dr Osman is thrilled to be staying within the IVI-RMA network.
“I am honored to have graduated from the Jefferson-RMA fellowship program and have received training at the cutting edge of reproductive medicine. The plethora of clinical volume, translational and basic science research opportunities and faculty mentorship afforded an unparalleled experience. The program provided me with the tools and support necessary to thrive as a clinician, scientific investigator and leader within the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.”
Emily K. Osman, MD, FACOG
Ashley W. Tiegs, MD, FACOG
Fellow Graduate 2020
Ashley W. Tiegs, M.D. joined the Jefferson-RMA fellowship program in July 2017 as the first year fellow. She graduated from Wake Forest University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and subsequently decided to pursue a career in medicine. She received her M. D. from Wake Forest School of Medicine where she received the ACOG John Gibbons Medical Student Award as well as Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Merit Award for two consecutive years. She completed residency training at New York University School of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she was actively involved in research in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. During her residency training, she produced four peer-reviewed publications and was awarded first prize for an oral presentation of at the ACOG District II Annual Meeting in 2015. In fellowship, Ashley published several peer-reviewed manuscripts and received awards for her research on preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy at several meetings, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Society for Reproductive Investigation. After graduation, Ashley will be heading back home to be closer to family, joining the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine.
“The Jefferson-RMA fellowship exceeded my already high expectations, which were based on prior fellows’ great accomplishments. The clinical, research and embryology experience at the Jefferson-RMA fellowship are un-paralleled; Importantly, I feel incredibly well-prepared to provide excellent patient care. I am honored to be a graduate of this program.”
Ashley W. Tiegs, MD, FACOG
Shelby Neal, MD, FACOG
Fellow Graduate 2019
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.”
Shelby Neal, MD, FACOG
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.”
Scott Morin, MD, FACOG
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.”
Caroline Juneau, MD, FACOG
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.”
Jason Franasiak, MD, FACOG, HCLD/ALD (ABB)
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.”
Marie Werner, MD, FACOG, HCLD/ALD (ABB)
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.”
Kathleen Hong, MD, FACOG, HCLD/ALD (ABB)
Eric J. Forman, MD, 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.”
Eric Forman, MD, FACOG, HCLD/ALD