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Kevin C. Kiley, MD, FACOG
Chairman
Director, Residency Program

Kevin C. Kiley, MD, FACOG is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Residency Program Director. Dr. Kiley specializes in general gynecology and routine obstetrics, menopausal and adult woman care. His unique background and wealth of experience can be attributed to his many years of Army Obstetrics and Gynecology to include Chairman of OBGYN at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. After retiring as the Army Surgeon General, he returned to practice before arriving at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Kiley’s interests are in performing many routine gynecological procedures including vaginal hysterectomies, vaginal surgery, and colposcopies. In addition, he has an interest in treating patients with sexual dysfunction and in managing perimenopausal concerns and issues.

Dr. Kiley’s approach to patient care is more than pure science; it is a sensitivity to the possible emotional component of patient care this is equally important to him.

Dr. Kiley’s role as associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical College is very important to him. A number of the residents that Dr. Kiley has trained in the Army have gone on to become outstanding senior OB/GYN physicians. Dr. Kiley received his medical degree from Georgetown University School Medicine and completed his surgical internship and obstetrics and gynecology residency both at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Dr. Kiley is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well.

Usha H. Bakhru, MD
Generalist

Usha H. Bakhru, MD, is expert in family planning, menopause, adolescent gynecology, and ambulatory obstetrics. Although she has experience in surgical obstetrics, her practice is mainly devoted to in-office gynecological and obstetrical care. During her 30 years of experience, Dr. Bakhru has acquired not only a unique set of skills, but she has developed a huge patient following. When treating patients, Dr. Bakhru utilizes a thorough and pragmatic style to care. She relates to her patients and is always empathetic and gentle during examinations.

Dr. Bakhru has found it most rewarding to be a physician at Albany Medical Center: "The experiences and exposure I have had in my field makes me very proud to be a part of this great institution," says Dr. Bakhru.

Dr. Bakhru received her medical degree at Seth Gorbandas Sunderdas in Mumbai, Maharashtra India. She completed her first two years of residency training at University of Massachusetts Health Care Center and third and fourth years of residency at Berkshire Medical Center. Dr. Bakhru is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Paul Qualtere-Burcher, MD
Generalist

Dr. Paul Burcher specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology and women's health. As an ethicist, he has a particular interest in the doctor/patient relationship and physician empathy.

Peter Cole, MD
Generalist 

Peter R. Cole, MD, FACOG has been providing care to women in the Capital Region for nearly twenty years. Dr. Cole has a practice in general obstetrics and gynecology, with a focus in minimally invasive surgical techniques including advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery using the daVinci Robot. Additionally, Dr. Cole has a busy practice treating female urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse. His practice style is notable for being fastidious, paying attention to detail. Hudson Valley Magazine included him in the annual list of the region’s 'Top Doctors' in 2008 through 2011. His approach to patient care is personal and consistent: “I spend time with patients making sure all of their questions are answered,” says Dr. Cole.

Dr. Cole takes pride in teaching colleagues, resident doctors, and medical students alike.  With a focus on evidence-based medicine and optimum patient outcomes, he helps train our future physicians.  He was awarded the 'Excellence in resident teaching award' in 2009 by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology -- a result of his nomination by the resident doctors.

Dr. Cole returned to Albany Medical College where he serves as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, where he also received his medical degree. He completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center in 1991, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Cole is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Martha Dexter, MD
Generalist

Martha Dexter, MD specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology and women's health.

Myron Gordon, MD
Chairman Emeritus

Dr. Myron Gordon is a past chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical Center. While retired from the practice of obstetrics and gynecology, he maintains a strong role in the education of both our residents and medical students. He is instrumental in the organization of our weekly Grand Rounds presentations as well as the teaching of Ethics and Medicine.

Tabitha Kane, MD
Generalist

Tabitha Kane, MD specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology for women of all ages – from pediatric gynecology through menopause – and is particularly interested in all aspects of family planning and female sexual dysfunction.  She is a skilled benign gynecologic surgeon, who also cares for women with complicated pregnancies. She offers office-based diagnostic procedures such as colposcopy and biopsies as well.

Known for her kindhearted and down to earth approach to patient care, Dr. Kane relates to her patients and is familiar with the complex nature of women’s lives. “My patients seem to appreciate the time I spend with them,” she says.  “It’s important to me both to listen thoroughly and explain clearly.”

Dr. Kane serves as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical College.  She received her medical degree from University of Utah and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical Center.  Dr. Kane is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Andrew Lefkovits, MD
Generalist

 Andrew Lefkovits, MD specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology, menopausal hormone therapy, and alternatives to hysterectomy. He also serves a niche population of patients who experience dysfunctional uterine bleeding. In addition, Dr. Lefkovits is expert in performing hysteroscopic procedures and in-office hysterosonography. His goal is to offer more in-office gynecological procedures such as diagnostic hysteroscopy, ESSURE tubal occlusion and endometrial ablation. Dr. Lefkovits believes patients deserve his personal attention and thorough concentration: “I consider my patients as partners in their care," he says. “I listen to their concerns and help them the best way I can.” Although he is passionate about his role as a physician, Dr. Lefkovits has a second passion: music. He studied the violin with Louis Kaplan of the Juilliard School of Music and is a member of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra; Dr. Lefkovits plays both the violin and viola. 

Dr. Lefkovits is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his medical degree from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center Hospital, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Leftkovits also serves as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical College.

Eric Siegel, MD
Generalist

Martha Dexter, MD specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology and women's health

Sylvia Sossner, MD
Generalist

 Sylvia Sossner, MD specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology with a unique patient following that includes adolescent and pediatric gynecology. She treats many adolescent patients with Von Willebrand disease, a condition characterized by heavy menstrual periods. In addition, she is uniquely skilled in performing gynecological procedures, such as advanced laparoscopic surgery, endometrial ablations, and hysteroscopy.

Dr. Sossner is known for her compassionate and personal approach to care: “I treat my patients how I would want to be treated,” she says. Contributing to her genuine personality is her ability to balance patient care with education. Dr. Sossner thrives in the Medical Center’s academic environment where, as an assistant professor at Albany Medical College, she has the opportunity and privilege of teaching medical students and training residents.

Dr. Sossner received her medical degree from Tufts University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Bay State Medical Center. Dr. Sossner is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Anna Varlamov, MD
Generalist

Dr. Varlamov specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology and women's health.

Timothy Vinciguerra, MD
Generalist

Timothy Vinciguerra, MD has over 30 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology. Although he no longer takes office visits, he still serves as a pivotal member of the department. Dr. Vinciguerra’s predominant role at Albany Medical Center is labor and delivery supervision and management. In addition, he also oversees instruction of the resident clinic and spends most of his time teaching residents.  He also holds an Appointment at Albany Law School where he co-teaches a course in Medical liability which is a part of our Resident Curriculum. When asked about his approach to teaching, Dr. Vinciguerra says, “I try to concentrate on merging day-to-day communication skills and insights to our patients’ personal needs to help our residents and students be as effective as possible when addressing difficult problems in highly sensitive situations."

Dr. Vinciguerra graduated from New York Medical College, where he received his medical degree. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Albany Medical Center. He is also board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical Center is committed to serving women’s health care needs by providing a wide range of routine, complex and highly individualized services. From basic obstetrical and gynecological care to high-risk prenatal care and delivery management; peri-menopausal and menopausal care; and urinary incontinence evaluation and treatment, Albany Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology is uniquely positioned to treat both the physical and emotional needs of women of all ages.

The department brings together a highly trained, specialized staff of physicians and medical professionals, working in a state-of-the-art facility, to provide comprehensive individualized health care to women of all ages. 

Collaborative Team Approach
Our teams work collaboratively to provide a wide range of complex and highly individualized services to patients. Our patients have direct access, through our staff, to all of the specialists and medical services of Albany Medical Center – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All of our physicians are also board-certified or active candidates serving as faculty Albany Medical College. Our physicians pride themselves in their knowledge and expertise in teaching our medical students and training.

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine 

Camille Kanaan, MD
Vice Chairman
Chief, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Camille Kanaan, MD is Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He specializes in prenatal diagnosis and the management of high risk pregnancies. Contributing to his clinical specialty is his ability to perform numerous advanced obstetrical procedures including fetal echocardiograms for the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, fetal blood sampling and fetal blood transfusions. Dr. Kanaan is also expert at conducting CVS sampling, a test done during early pregnancy to identify potential health problems with the fetus. Additionally, Dr. Kanaan is known for his surgical expertise in managing placenta previa, placenta accreta and for treating obstetrical hemorrhage.

Dr. Kanaan’s years of experience has led him to develop a calm and compassionate approach to care: “The best I can offer is my time and expertise,” he says. “I try to educate my patients and spend extra time listening to their concerns.”

Dr. Kanaan received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed residencies in obstetrics and gynecology at the American University of Beirut and McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal. Following his residency training, he received his fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Kanaan is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in OB/GYN and Maternal and Fetal Medicine.

Scott Dexter, MD
Ass't. Director, Residency Program
Maternal Fetal Medicine

Scott Dexter, MD specializes in High-risk obstetrics; medical and obstetrical complications; pre-pregnancy consultation; prenatal diagnosis and treatment; evaluation of congenital anomalies; pre-pregnancy counseling of patients with prior congenital anomalies. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Dexter received his medical degree from Tufts-New England Medical Center. He did his residency training at Albany Medical Center and his Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island. Dr. Dexter has been practicing with Albany Medical Center since 1996.

Steven Pinheiro, MD
Student Clerkship Director 

Steven Pinheiro, MD specializes in diagnostic ultrasound for high risk pregnancies and fetal diagnosis, and Gynecologic Ultrasound. He is a certified medical songographer and took part in the first obstetrical ultrasound in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical Center. During his 35 plus years of experience, Dr. Pinheiro has gained the knowledge and expertise to serve his patients well beyond medical sonography. He also sees a niche population of patients with high risk gynecological cancers. Many oncologists will refer patients to Dr. Pinheiro for ovarian and uterine cancer screenings. In addition, he sees patients who may be at high risk for developing fetal abnormalities during pregnancy. Dr. Pinheiro’s approach to patient care is very personalized, involving detailed discussions with his patients. “I care very much for my patients as if they were my family,” he says.

Dr. Pinheiro received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. His obstetrical and gynecology residency was completed at Albany Medical Center. He also serves as the third year Student Clerkship Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Pinheiro holds memberships in a number of national organizations including ACOG, AIUM, and ARDMS and is an affiliate member of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Renee Samelson, MD, MPH
Maternal Fetal Medicine

Renee Samelson, MD, MPH, FACOG is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical College and is a member of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.  She is boarded in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Preventive Medicine/Public Health with sub-specialty board certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  Her high risk obstetrical practice includes management of medical problems during pregnancy like hypertension, diabetes, and organ transplantation, obstetrical complications like premature labor, pre-pregnancy consultation, prenatal diagnosis and treatment including evaluation of congenital anomalies and first trimester screening, and  perinatal HIV  and other infectious diseases. 

When treating patients, Dr. Samelson utilizes a compassionate, yet pragmatic approach.  “I practice with transparency,” she says.  “I believe that each patient should have access to her complete medical record and I prefer to forward a copy of my consultations to each woman.”

In 2006, Samelson was the co-editor of Oral Health Care during Pregnancy and Early Childhood Clinical Practice Guidelines, the first document that described guidelines for oral health care during pregnancy.  This work was the culmination of an expert panel convened by the New York State Department of Health to develop recommendations for prenatal care providers, oral health professionals and child health professionals to use to provide oral health care and to improve the overall health of women and children.  Dr. Samelson continues to promote oral health during pregnancy in various venues including:  Member of Committee on Oral Health Access to Services, Institute of Medicine, Improving Access to Oral Health care for  Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, 2011; Member of the National  Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health: Lectures to various audiences including medical students, prenatal care providers, and oral health professionals. 

Dr. Samelson had participated in multiple committees of the NIH Pediatric Aids Clinical Trial Group and was the Albany obstetrical principal investigator in several HIV perinatal trials.   She continues to serve as a consultant to the NYS AIDS Institute.

Dr. Samelson received her MD from the University of Cincinnati.  She completed an internship in family practice at SUNY Buffalo and then established a primary care clinic is St. George, West Virginia which remains in operation.  She then completed her ob-gyn residency and fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  She completed her Preventive Medicine Residency at State University of New York at Albany/New York State Department of Health.  Dr. Samelson serves as a consultant to the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health offering her expertise in public health policy.

Urogynecology

Female urology and urogynecology
Pelvic floor disorders
Pelvic organ prolapse
Urinary and bowel incontinence

David Kimble, MD
Urogynecology

Dr. David Kimble specializes in urogynecology, a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology and urology, and pelvic floor disorders in women, such as urinary incontinence and prolapse of the vagina, cervix, bladder or uterus. Among many surgeries and procedures, Dr. Kimble specializes in the use of the daVinci robot to perform minimally invasive surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse. This surgery is only available in the region at Albany Med.
Dr. Kimble, who also treats urinary and bowel incontinence as well as other general gynecological and urological issues, takes a holistic approach to care, including referrals for biofeedback and acupuncture.

Affiliated Facilities 

Michael Grossman, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Dr. Grossman attended Michigan State University for college and medical school, and was a resident in Saginaw, Michigan.  He did his fellowship in REI at the University of Louisville, and joined CNY Fertility in 2006.  Since joining, Dr. Grossman has focused on helping individuals and couples pursue their dreams of building a family.  Dr. Grossman is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the specialty of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Daniel C. Kredentser, MD
Women's Cancer Care Associates

Medical School:  University of Alberta: Edmonton,Alberta Canada 1979 

Residency:  Stanford University Medical Center: Stanford, CA 1980-1983

Fellowship:   The Mount Sinai Medical Center: New York, NY 1984-1986
 
Board Certification:

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 1989
  • Gynecologic Oncology 1991

Timothy J. McElrath, MD
Women's Cancer Care Associates

Medical School:  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers: New Brunswick, NJ 1993

Residency:  Georgetown University Medical Center: Washington, DC 1994-1997
 
Fellowship:  Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center: Bronx, NY  1997-2000
 
Board Certification:  

  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 2004
  • Gynecologic Oncology 2006

Thomas P. Morrissey, MD
Women's Cancer Care Associates 

Medical School:  State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine: Syracuse, NY 1995

Residency:  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Pittsburgh, PA 1995-1999

Fellowship:  The University of North Carolina School of Medicine: Chapel Hill, NC 1999-2002

Board Certification:

  •  American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 2003
  • Gynecologic Oncology 2005

Patrick F. Timmins III, MD
Women's Cancer Care Associates 

Medical School:  The Ohio State University of Medicine: Columbus, OH  1992

Residency:   Magee Women's Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA 1992-1996
 
Fellowship:   Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center: Bronx, NY 1996-1999
 
Board Certification:

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 2001
  • Gynecologic Oncology 2003
Grand Rounds

James J. Finnerty, MD, MA
Obstetrics and Gynecology at AMC

Following discharge from the Air Force in 1961 Dr. Finnerty practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Watertown, NY until 1990.  He then was appointed Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn at the University of Virginia and taught medical students and residents there until 2004.  While at UVA. Dr. Finnerty acquired a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies with emphasis on Medical Ethics.  In 2004, he and his wife moved to Albany to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
 
Dr. Finnerty currently has dual appointments at Albany Medical College as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and also as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education.  He participates in the Health Care and Society program for all four years of the medical curriculum; participates in functions of the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College; and, in conjunction with Dr. Myron Gordon, presents a series of lectures for the residents with emphasis on ethical issues in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Drs. Gordon and Finnerty also arrange for the Grand Rounds program for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.