James Anasti, MD
Dr. Anasti is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive clinical and bench research experience. He is a full-time program director who allows for easy resident access to discuss clinical and residency issues. His area of research includes PCOS, Menopausal medicine, contraception and POF.
A word from Dr. Anasti:
"St. Luke’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program has been expanded thanks to strong administrative support, an increase in faculty at the generalist and subspecialist levels and an increase in gynecologic and obstetric clinical material. These enhancements further enrich our program and allow more time and resources to be devoted to the residents. This residency program also is distinguished by offering a wealth of experience and a complement of residents at the two hospital locations in Bethlehem and Allentown. In addition, the exciting development of a new medical school on our campus will ensure the latest in technical and academic expertise for decades to come."
Israel Zighelboim, MD
Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Zighelboim is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology and has co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented more than 40 abstracts at local, national and international scientific conferences. His scientific work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute and private foundations.
A word from Dr. Zighelboim:
“Part of what makes St. Luke’s special, is the quality from specialty to specialty – the enthusiasm for caring for the patient, having the best, most advanced technology and having access to the best clinical trials. I always wanted to do something that would allow me to have a longer, more fulfilling relationship with my patients – at St. Luke’s I am able to do that.”
Generalists OB/GYN Physicians
Our board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists have been carefully chosen because of their teaching and mentoring abilities, are actively involved in resident teaching. The members of this group have varying interests and individual skills, ranging from high-risk general obstetrics, management of menopause, operative endoscopy and vaginal surgery, chronic pelvic pain, and medical ethics. In addition, other private board-certified or eligible generalists serve as guest lecturers during educational time on behalf of the program.
Perinatology (Maternal and Fetal Medicine)
Four full-time, board-certified maternal/fetal medicine specialists are responsible the running of the MFM rotation and providing coverage for our weekly high-risk obstetrical clinic.
Daytime coverage of the resident service on the delivery suite is handled by one of our laborist physicians. Their presence and access to the residents allow for great one-on-one teaching and supervision.
Reproductive Endocrinology (REI) and Infertility
The program director, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility subspecialist, is responsible for providing the majority of the cognitive reproductive endocrine education, REI clinic supervision, and surgical coverage for the resident’s REI cases. In addition, a formal partnership has been formed between the hospital and a second community-based subspecialty-boarded REI physician, who serves as a part-time employed section chief. She is provides additional clinical experience in reproductive endocrinology, embryology and IVF, along with other assisted reproductive technologies at St. Luke’s University Hospital and in her private office setting.
Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction (Urogyn)
Our world-renowned faculty has been on the cutting edge of new urogynecologic procedures. An incumbent fellowship-trained and section chief on the Bethlehem and Allentown Campus heads the Continence Management Program, and is responsible for didactic teaching, urogynecologic rotation, and urogynecologic clinic/operating room coverage. He also has a fellowship trained partner. In addition, two other fellowship urogynecologists are on our staff. The Allentown campus, with its advanced surgical suite, is the mainstay of our Urogynecology service.
Gynecologic Oncology (Gyn-onc)
Two board-certified gynecologic oncologists provide a diverse educational opportunity for the residents. They provide both private and clinic inpatient surgical experience for the residents. They also provide teaching and mentorship during educational time and during our Gyn-oncology rotation. Their constant presence allows for easy access and consultation.
We partner with a group of board-certified and full-time employed neonatologists who manage our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Bethlehem and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Allentown. They provide didactic teaching and clinical instruction during our NICU rotation. All neonatologists participate in clinical care, neonatal resuscitation and bedside teaching, and participate in High-risk Obstetric/ Neonatal Case Conferences.
A doctoral level psychotherapist and counselor, as a part-time departmental employee, is responsible for the residents’ adjustment, emotional well-being, and professional development.