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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VCU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center

VCU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


General Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Section of General Obstetrics and Gynecology is dedicated to General OB/GYN providing comprehensive reproductive and gynecologic care to women of all ages. We provide evaluation and treatment of gynecologic problems including abnormal uterine bleeding, menopause, abnormal Pap smears, pelvic masses, pelvic and vulvar pain, and infectious diseases. We offer a full range of reproductive services including contraceptive and preconceptional counseling and maternity care.

A unique aspect of our obstetrical services is our Midwifery Program. Our nurse midwives work to ensure each individual woman’s freedom to experience pregnancy and birth in a safe, satisfying, non-interventive and supportive environment.

Our staff works to bring you the important information about women’s health and to provide competent care of sensitive issues in a caring environment.

Our staff provides the latest Robotic-Assisted Reconstructive Surgery medical knowledge and the most advanced treatment technology. In our program’s caring environment, women receive comprehensive services from diagnosis through treatment, including a wide array of treatment options. Our team is committed to providing you with solutions for your healthcare concerns. For more information on gynecologic surgery visit da Vinci ® Surgery.

Practice sites

Women’s Health at Nelson Clinic
11th and Marshall Streets, Suite 600
Richmond, Virginia 23298
Phone: 804-828-4409
Fax: 804-828-6084

Women’s Health at Stony Point
9000 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: 804-560-8950
Fax: 804-560-7343


David Chelmow, M.D., Professor and Department Chair.

Ellen Brock, M.D., M.P.H., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Her interests are abnormal uterine bleeding, minimally invasive surgery and vulvar pain. She is also involved in Public Health, having received her Masters in Public Health degree in 1998 and has a special interest in international health and in reproductive health policy.

Joseph Borzelleca, Jr., M.D., M.P.H, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. In addition, he is a member of the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, having received a Masters in Public Health degree in 1998. His professional areas of interest include birth control, emergency treatment of pregnant women, diagnosing and treating ectopic (tubal) pregnancies and gynecologic ultrasound.

Stephen Cohen, M.D., M.B.A., is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman of Ob/Gyn and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998. His specialty interests include residency education, gynecologic surgery and dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Philippe Girerd, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and board certified. His areas of clinical interest are laparoscopic surgery and the study of vaginal microbiology.

Christine R. Isaacs, M.D., Section Head and Associate Professor, received her medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and her residency and internship at Medical College of Virginia. Her interests include natural childbirth, contraception, and outpatient surgical management of gynecologic problems.

Nicole Karjane, M.D., is an Associate Professor and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Her area of interest is pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

Nan O’Connell, M.D., is an Assistant Professor and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is one of the newest members of our faculty. She received her medical degree at University of Virginia and did her residency here with us at Medical College of Virginia in the early 1990’s. Her undergraduate degree was from Princeton University in New Jersey.

John Pierce, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and Internal Medicine, and is an Associate Professor. His areas of interest include gynecologic surgery, minimally invasive surgery (including hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery), menopausal medicine and adolescent medicine. He is the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Director.

Aaron Goldberg, M.D., Assistant Professor.

Joy Draper, M.D., J.D., Assistant Professor.


Kathryn Beaton, B.S.N., C.N.M., I.B.C.L.C., received her training at the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University and VCU School of Nursing. Her clinical specialties are general Ob/Gyn and midwifery care.

Meghann Batten, C.N.M., M.S., a native of Richmond, received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Virginia. After graduating, she worked as a nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care. As a travel nurse, she worked in Neonatal ICUs across the country. She has also worked as a nurse in the pediatric emergency and mother/baby units here at VCU. She received her MSN and CNM certification from Georgetown University and started working with the VCU Midwives in 2009.


Emily C. Bennett R.N.C., M.S., W.H.N.P., is a nurse practitioner and member of our faculty. Her areas of special interest are adolescent medicine, sexually transmitted diseases, office gynecology and colposcopy.

Natalie Moses, R.N.C., M.S., W.H.N.P., is a nurse practitioner. Her areas of special interest are obstetrics including teen pregnancy and office gynecology.

Andrea Burnett, B.S.N., M.S.N., R.N., W.H.N.P., received her training at our own VCU School of Nursing.

Tricia D. Beisch, R.N.C., W.H.N.P., received her degree at the VCU School of Nursing. Her specialty is Gynecologic Oncology.