Obstetrics/ Gynecology

Donald T. Morrish, MD

The Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. John's Episcopal Hospital provides comprehensive care for women of all ages. Services include:

  • Well-woman visits and screenings
  • Routine and high-risk obstetrics
  • Reproductive endocrinology & infertility services
  • Management of abnormal Pap smears
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Gynecological oncology
  • Urogynecology

Having Your Baby at St. John's

St. John's is committed to providing expectant parents with a safe, high-quality experience for routine and high-risk deliveries in a comfortable setting close to home. Included are prenatal care on the St. John's campus or at nearby satellite offices, parenting and childbirth classes, modern labor and delivery suites, and newborn and neonatal intensive care nurseries as well as an on-site lactation consultant.

Managing High-Risk Deliveries

The physicians at St. John's have expertise in managing high-risk pregnancies. In addition, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist is available to consult with women who are identified as high-risk, including those who are hypertensive or at risk for preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. Genetic counseling, reproductive endocrinology, infertility management, and advanced ultrasounds are performed at the hospital.

Labor & Delivery & Post-Partum Care

All of the obstetricians at St. John's are board-certified, and the care they provide is complemented by a certified nurse-midwife. Numerous birthing options are available in the hospital's six modern labor and delivery suites, including epidural anesthesia and natural childbirth. Birthing rooms include state-of-the-art electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), and the hospital requires that all labor and delivery staff maintain advanced certification in fetal heart rate monitoring and obstetrical management.

The hospital's post-partum rooms are private (single occupancy) and designed to promote bonding with the newborn. New mothers can choose to have their baby "room in" and each room has a sleeping chair for partners who wish to spend the night. Every room also comes with a private bathroom and shower. The Level II (special care) nursery, located on the same floor, accommodates up to 25 newborns and is staffed by registered nurses who are specially trained in newborn care.

St. John's encourages breastfeeding, and a certified lactation consultant is available to educate, support and reassure new mothers. Breast pumps are available.

Tours & Classes

Tours of the maternity unit for expectant parents are offered regularly. There are also childbirth preparation classes led by a certified nurse educator. For registration and class schedules, or questions about tours, please call 718-869-7276.

Gynecology Services

Gynecological care at St. John's Episcopal Hospital encompasses preventive care and screening exams and endoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries. Specialty services include reproductive endocrinology, menopause management, urogynecology, management of abnormal pap smears and care of gynecologic cancers.

The hospital's board-certified gynecological surgeons perform a full range of inpatient and ambulatory procedures including:

  • Hysteroscopy
  • Endoscopic, laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally invasive treatments for uterine fibroid tumors and benign polyps
  • Endometriosis treatment
  • Endometrial ablation for abnormal uterine bleeding

Contact Us

For more information on Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, call 718-869-7382.

To find an obstetrician or gynecologist at St. John's, click here and choose Obstetrics/Gynecology in the specialty tab. To schedule an appointment at the hospital's Ob/Gyn clinic, please call 718-869-7690.

Residency Program

The Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology is also has a 4-year Osteopathic Residency Program, which offers 12 positions. For more information, please call 718-869-7107.

The Team

Dr. Fons Amaye-Obu: Dr. Fons Amaye-Obu is an Ob-Gyn at St. John’s Medical Group’s Ob-Gyn practice as well as in the Ambulatory Clinic. He has completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital- Interfaith Medical Center, in addition to Gynecological Endoscopic and Laser Surgery Training at Stanford University Medical Center and Clinical Fellowship Training at the University of Toronto. He is a Diplomat with the National Board of Medical Examiners, a Diplomat with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Stacey Foye: Stacey Foye is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has had over 20 years of experience within the Ob/Gyn setting as a Registered Nurse. She attended Molloy College before earning her Masters of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Lehman College. Stacey is a member of the New York City Breastfeeding Hospital Collaborative's Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and she is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Anita Holman: Dr. Anita Holman specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the group’s Ambulatory Care Clinic. She also serves as Chief of Ambulatory Services and Outpatient Clinics at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and competed her residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, where she served as Administrative Chief Resident.

Dr. Valentin Kolev

Dr. Donald Morrish: Dr. Donald Morrish is an Ob-Gyn, Chairman of the hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief Medical Officer at St. John’s. He completed his residency at New York Medical College, Sisters of Charity Medical Center and he is Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Caroline Pessel: Dr. Caroline Pessel is an Ob-Gyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who practices at the medical group’s Ambulatory Care Clinic and in the Ob-Gyn practice. She became a Doctor of Medicine after attending from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons before completing an Ob-Gyn residency with New York University School of Medicine and a Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. She is board certified in General Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Robert Stevenson: Dr. Robert Stevenson is an Ob-Gyn who practices at the medical group’s 1st floor Ob-Gyn practice, Ambulatory Clinic, and Belle Harbor location. His focuses include Diagnostic Laparoscopy, Laparosopic and Open Hysterectomies, and Colposcopy.