Medical research is the foundation of modern medicine. It's critical physicians have a solid grasp on the methodologies of research so they may appropriately apply new scientific evidence to daily clinical practice. At Loma Linda University, it is our goal to contribute to the main body of scientific knowledge as well as advance the fields of obstetrics and gynecology.

A wide range of research opportunities exist within the department, including:

  • Basic and translational science
  • Epidemiology and population based research
  • Clinical trials

Research Curriculum Highlights

  • Residents take a dedicated six-week research elective in the PGY-3 year.
  • Our structured research curriculum focuses on hands-on learning of basic research principles.
  • Our program offers dedicated faculty mentors and a proven track record of research publication.
  • Opportunities to present research at local, regional and national meetings
  • You have access to large population databases, basic science labs and a dedicated epidemiologist/statistician.
  • Research spans a wide variety of obstetric and gynecologic specialty areas with collaboration across multiple facilities.

Recent Publications

  • Chirshev E, Oberg KC, Ioffe YJ, Unternaehrer JJ. Let-7 as biomarker, prognostic indicator, and therapy for precision medicine in cancer. Clin Transl Med. 2019 Aug 28;8(1):24.
  • Chirshev E, Hojo N, Bertucci A, Sanderman L, Nguyen A, Wang H, Suzuki T, Brito E, Martinez SR, Castañón C, Mirshahidi S, Vazquez ME, Wat P, Oberg KC, Ioffe YJ, Unternaehrer JJ. Epithelial/mesenchymal heterogeneity of high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma samples correlates with miRNA let-7 levels and predicts tumor growth and metastasis. Mol Oncol. 2020 Jul 11. 
  • Davidson P, Chakrabarti P, Marquesen M. Impacts of mandated data collection on syringe distribution programs in the United States. Int J Drug Policy. 2020 Apr 4;79:102725.
  • Girsen AI, Davis AS, Hintz SR, Fluharty E, Sherwin K, Trepman P, Desai A, Mansour T, Sylvester KG, Oshiro B, Blumenfeld YJ. Effects of gestational age at delivery and type of labor on neonatal outcomes among infants with gastroschisis†. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Sep 1:1-6.
  • Gheorghe CP, Boring N, Mann L, Donepudi R, Lopez SM, Chauhan SP, Bhandari V, Moise KJ Jr, Johnson A, Papanna R. Neonatal Outcomes and Maternal Characteristics in Monochorionic Diamniotic Twin Pregnancies: Uncomplicated versus Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Survivors after Fetoscopic Laser Surgery. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2020;47(2):165-170.
  • Hong L, Gonzalez R, Unternaehrer J, Ioffe Y. Germline BRCA Mutation Rates in Latina Women Presenting for Gynecologic Oncology Care. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2020;85(3):214-221.
  • Larson S, Yang S, Chacko-Stacey A, Mason D, Hart E. Self-Resolving Vulvar Breast Tissue Arising in the Post-Partum Setting: A Case Report and Review of Literature. J Hum Lact. 2020 May;36(2):348-351.
  • Park BY, Cryer A, Betoni J, McLean L, Figueroa H, Contag SA, Yao R. Outcomes of labor induction at 39 weeks in pregnancies with a prior cesarean delivery. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2020 Aug 26:1-6.
  • Temkin SM, Rubinsak L, Benoit MF, Hong L, Chandavarkar U, Heisler CA, Berry LK, Rimel BJ, McGuire WP. Take me to your leader: Reporting structures and equity in academic gynecologic oncology. Gynecol Oncol. 2020 Jun;157(3):759-764.