Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Division Details

Division Data Summary

Research and Training Details

Number of Faculty3
Number of Support Personnel2
Direct Annual Grant Support$119,904
Peer Reviewed Publications9

Clinical Activities and Training

Number of Clinical Staff9
Number of Clinical Fellows3
Number of Other Students17
Inpatient Encounters21
Outpatient Encounters4331

Division Photo

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
L Breech, L Ayensu-Coker

Significant Accomplishments

Significant Accomplishments

Focus on Collaboration

Over the past year, our Division has made significant progress in areas of strategic focus including Patient and Employee Safety, Outcomes and Clinical Excellence, Patient and Family Experience, and Research and Community Health. We continue multi-disciplinary collaboration on patients treated within and outside of Cincinnati Children’s.

Improving Care for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

We continue to focus on improving the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent women. Jill Huppert, MD, was awarded a five-year $625,000 research sub-award agreement to collaborate with Johns Hopkins University on a study titled “Center for Point-of-Care Technologies Research for Sexually Transmitted Diseases.” Over the same period, Dr. Huppert also secured over $86,000 from industry-sponsored funding for STD diagnostic tests. In addition, her quality improvement work on improving STD care was published in Pediatrics.

Preserving fertility for patients with cancer

We are collaborating with Hematology /Oncology to build the Oncofertility program, which focuses on protecting future fertility for patients being treated with chemotherapy or radiation. Leslie Ayensu-Coker, MD, is enrolling patients in an innovative project, Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation, which allows the storage of ovarian tissue before treatment with gonadotoxic drugs. Ayensu-Coker also was awarded the ACOG/Merck Research Award in Adolescent Preventive Services for her oncofertility work.

Division Publications

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Publications

  1. Ayensu-Coker L, Bauman D, Lindheim SR, Breech L. Fertility preservation in pediatric, adolescent and young adult female cancer patients. Pediatr Endocrinol Rev. 2012; 10:174-87.
  2. Bischoff A, Levitt MA, Breech L, Hall J, Pena A. Vaginal switch-a useful technical alternative to vaginal replacement for select cases of cloaca and urogenital sinus. J Pediatr Surg. 2013; 48:363-6.
  3. Bonny AE, Appelbaum H, Connor EL, Cromer B, DiVasta A, Gomez-Lobo V, Harel Z, Huppert J, Sucato G. Clinical variability in approaches to polycystic ovary syndrome. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2012; 25:259-61.
  4. Gillespie GL, Reed J, Holland CK, Munafo JK, Ekstrand R, Britto MT, Huppert J. Pediatric emergency department provider perceptions of universal sexually transmitted infection screening. Adv Emerg Nurs J. 2013; 35:76-86.
  5. Huppert JS, Bates JR, Weber AF, Quinn N, Gaydos CA. Abnormal Vaginal pH and Mycoplasma genitalium Infection. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2012; 26:36-9.
  6. Huppert JS, Hesse EA, Bernard MC, Bates JR, Gaydos CA, Kahn JA. Accuracy and trust of self-testing for bacterial vaginosis. J Adolesc Health. 2012; 51:400-5.
  7. Huppert JS, Huang B, Chen C, Dawood HY, Fichorova RN. Clinical Evidence for the Role of Trichomonas vaginalis in Regulation of Secretory Leukocyte Protease Inhibitor in the Female Genital Tract. J Infect Dis. 2013; 207:1462-70.
  8. Huppert JS, Reed JL, Munafo JK, Ekstrand R, Gillespie G, Holland C, Britto MT. Improving notification of sexually transmitted infections: a quality improvement project and planned experiment. Pediatrics. 2012; 130:e415-22.
  9. Volck W, Ventress ZA, Herbenick D, Adams Hillard PJ, Huppert JS. Gynecologic knowledge is low in college men and women. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013; 26:161-6.

Faculty, Staff, and Trainees

Faculty Members

Lesley Breech, MD, Associate Professor
Leadership Director, Division of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
Research Interests Long term reproductive outcomes of girls and young women undergoing reconstructive pelvic surgery.
Leslie Ayensu-Coker, MD, Assistant Professor
Leadership Fellowship Program Director
Research Interests Preservation of reproductive potential in girls and adolescent young women, with a special emphasis on females with chronic medical conditions or treatment for pediatric malignancies.
Jill Huppert, MD, MPH, Associate Professor
Research Interests Prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in adolescent women.

Grants, Contracts, and Industry Agreements

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Grants

Grant and Contract AwardsAnnual Direct

Ayensu-Coker, L

Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Agonist (GnRHa) Therapy and Ovarian Preservation in Pediatric and Adolescent Subjects Receiving Chemoradiation Therapy
07/01/12-06/30/13$20,000

Huppert, J

Center for Point-of-Care Technologies Research for STDs
U54 EB 00795807/01/12-06/30/17$99,904
Current Year Direct$119,904
Total$119,904