The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ (SMHS) 10th Annual Allan B. Weingold Lecture addressed the important common topic of thyroid disorders during pregnancy. Coincidentally, the lecture was held on the same day as the 2018 Maternal and Infant Health Summit hosted by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“If Dr. Weingold were here today, I know he would want to attend the women’s health summit with us as an advocate for the women of Washington, D.C.,” said Nancy Gaba, MD ’93, RESD ’97, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I. Dodek Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SMHS. “He was known for being an advocate for women’s health.”
Kristiina E.L. Parviainen-Yang, MD, RESD ’99, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, addressed the audience as the keynote of the 10th anniversary event. She also serves as associate fellowship director and residency program director at Magee-Womens Hospital in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system.
During her residency at GW, Parviainen-Yang distinguished herself as a hardworking resident receiving every teaching award offered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, including the Allan B. Weingold Award. Following residency training, she worked as a faculty member at GW before pursuing a fellowship at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, where she later joined the faculty.
Parviainen-Yang’s lecture focused on the management of thyroid disorders during pregnancy and the controversy surrounding diagnosis and management of subclinical hypothyroidism with the intention of improving intellectual function of children.
“This is an area with quite a bit of variability in practice and quite a bit of debate in terms of what the right thing to do for our patients is,” she explained. “There’s a difference between what endocrinologists …