Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship

Program Director: Laura Dean, MD

The Department of Anesthesiology offers an ACGME accredited 1-year fellowship experience in obstetric anesthesia. All deliveries in Forsyth County take place in the Maya Angelou Center for Women's Health and Wellness at Forsyth Medical Center and the obstetric anesthesia services are provided by the Department of Anesthesiology of Wake Forest School of Medicine. We have 6,500 - 7,000 deliveries and and we provide labor analgesia for approximately 80% of these deliveries. We are a tertiary care obstetric service with a high risk, complicated population comprising 40% of our case load. Our cesarean section rate is approximately 30%. We accept two fellows for each academic year.

Didactic and Teaching

We strive to provide an academic fellowship experience which allows our fellows to gain both clinical expertise and exposure to research and teaching. The obstetric anesthesiology faculty are enthusiastic about teaching and have been awarded the "Golden Apple Award" for best teaching in the Department of Anesthesiology. Fourteen full and part-time obstetric anesthesiologists provide instruction, supervision, and consultation. Daily didactic obstetric anesthesiology lectures are given by faculty and fellows.  Faculty critique and proctor lectures given by fellows. All fellows are expected to teach and supervise junior residents, as this is an integral part of an academic fellowship.


We have a very active clinical research program in obstetric anesthesiology. Ongoing areas of research interest include investigation of new spinal analgesics for labor and techniques for providing postoperative analgesia. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical research. Wake Forest Obstetric Anesthesiology faculty have research funding from the NIH and have authored many original manuscripts, abstracts and textbook chapters. We have also recently authored and edited the second edition of a textbook titled "Obstetric Anesthesia." Our faculty has an active leadership presence in the national Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). Fellows are tutored in every aspect of clinical research including conception of research protocols, writing proposals and consents, collecting and recording data, analyzing data, writing abstracts for presentation, preparing presentation slides and lectures, and writing manuscripts. Most fellows complete at least one original clinical protocol during their fellowship. Past clinical research by obstetric anesthesia fellows has been awarded the Gertie Marx Award for best clinical paper at the annual SOAP meeting.

Application Process

To learn more about our Obstetric Fellowship review the application packet which includes an application and other related resources.  Interested individuals should contact Dr. Robert D’Angelo, Professor and Section Head of Obstetric Anesthesiology, or Dr. Laura Dean, Associate Professor, Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowships, for further information.

Completed electronic application (Microsoft Word) can be emailed to Lori Bailey, OB Anesthesia Office Liaison, at lhbailey@novanthealth.org. Two fellows are accepted each year and 12-month fellowship applications are preferred. Upon receiving a complete application, qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview.  For fellowships beginning after July 2016, we will be participating in a match with NRMP.  Details regarding that process can be found at http://www.nrmp.org

Thank you for your interest in our program.
-Dr. Laura Dean, Program Director
-Dr. Robert D'Angelo, Section Head 

We currently have one position available for the 2016-2017 OB Fellowship year.
Thank you for your interest in our program. 


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Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship
Fellowship Coordinator

Phone 336-718-8278
Fax 336-718-9271

OB-GYN Anesthesiology
Forsyth Medical Center
3333 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
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