Department of OBGYN

Reproductive Infectious Diseases & Immunology

The Division of Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Immunology offers two programs for physicians interested in a Reproductive Infectious Diseases fellowship.


1. Reproductive Infectious Disease (2 years)
2. Combined Reproductive Infectious Disease and Family Planning (3 years)

Fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases (2 Years)

The Reproductive Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and Magee-Womens Research Institute prepares individuals for independent and productive careers as clinical and/or basic research scientists by providing them with the necessary environment for an intensive clinical and research experience. This two-year program works in collaboration with the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh as well as University of Pittsburgh researchers. It gives trainees the opportunity to work with obstetricians, gynecologists, microbiologists, reproductive epidemiologists, and pharmaceutics specialists with special training in infectious disease. A major focus of the program pertains to clinical research experience in which trainees will be involved in a busy clinical research unit. Throughout the program trainees will be given the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience in sexually transmitted diseases (STD) management through intensive training in the Allegheny County Health Department's STD Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh's HIV Clinic, and inpatient adult infectious disease services.
  • Perform duties in the outpatient perinatal reproductive infectious diseases clinic involving perinatal infections such as parvovirus, varicella-zoster virus, cytomegalovirus, HIV, toxoplasmosis, and infection-mediated prematurity.
  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of gynecologic infectious diseases including chronic vaginitis, STDs, PID, and pelvic infections.
  • Develop skills as a consultant.

Reproductive infectious diseases fellows will participate in highly focused research projects that impact upon the reproductive health of women and their infants. Trainees will develop and complete a research project and publish the findings. The research aspect of the program will enable the trainees to:

  • Perform meaningful laboratory or clinical research resulting in the acquisition of scientific knowledge.
  • Acquire the skills needed for independent research.
  • Build effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Learn skills needed for successful grantpersonship.
  • Develop effective teaching skills.
  • Incorporate scientific ethics and basic "survival skills."

Members of the Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Immunology Division of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences are actively investigating:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Prematurity
  • Vaccines for Group B Streptococcus
  • Perinatal infections
  • Neonatal infections
  • Vaginal infections

Family Planning and Reproductive Infectious Disease - Combined (3 Years)

A 3-year combined fellowship program is available for individuals interested in Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Family Planning. For more information, see the Gynecologic Specialties Family Planning Fellowship page.


Candidates should have completed or be in the final year of a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and hold or be eligible for a medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact:

Harold Wiesenfeld, M.D., C.M.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3180
Telephone: 412-641-1403