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Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship

Program Director: Laura Dean, MD

The Department of Anesthesiology offers two positions for an ACGME accredited 1-year fellowship experience in Obstetrical 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 annually and we provide labor analgesia for approximately 80% of these deliveries. Our tertiary care, multidisciplinary based obstetric service manages a diverse, high risk patient population which comprises greater than 50% of our total volume. The current cesarean delivery rate is approximately 30%. 

Didactic and Teaching

Our fellowship focuses on providing an academic experience which allows our fellows to gain both clinical expertise and exposure to research and teaching. The obstetric anesthesiology faculty includes fourteen full and part-time obstetric anesthesiologists who provide enthusiastic clinical instruction, supervision, and consultation. Daily didactic obstetric anesthesiology lectures are mentored or led by faculty and fellows. Fellows receive a copy of Chesnut’s OB Anesthesia textbook as well as the clinical handbook published by our faculty.   Fellows gain a graduating level of responsibility in orienting, teaching and supervising junior residents and nurse anesthesia students throughout their academic training.  


Our active ongoing clinical research program provides opportunity for fellows to become engaged in research objectives at the onset of the year.  Wake Forest Obstetric Anesthesiology faculty members 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." Wake faculty has an active leadership presence in the national Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). Fellows are mentored in every aspect of clinical research including conception of research protocols, writing IRB proposals and consents, collecting and recording data, analyzing data, writing abstracts for presentation, preparing presentation slides and lectures, and submitting manuscripts for publication. Most fellows complete at least one original clinical protocol during their fellowship. Past and recent 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 please review the application packet. 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.

Candidates are welcome to use our application link below OR they may submit the SOAP common application which can be found on the SOAP website.   The supplementary questions are not required.

Completed electronic application (Microsoft Word) can be emailed to Lori Bailey, OB Anesthesia Office Liaison, at  Upon receiving a complete application, qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview.  Interviews may also be conducted via Skype or Facetime media if travel or time restrictions exist. 

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

We have filled all positions for the 2018-2019 OB Fellowship year.
We will start accepting applications for 2019-20 in spring of 2018.
Thank you for your interest in our program. 


Quick Reference

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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