Nadia Kunzier, DO
Athletics and family have always been focal points in my life and were important factors in my decision to go into Maternal–Fetal Medicine, a specialty of obstetrics and gynecology that deals with high-risk pregnancies. I spent two decades as a gymnast, during which I learned about the importance of health and organismal homeostasis to achieve the highest level of functioning. The basic idea of life and the importance of intimate relationships are concepts that align with my own strong family values and are also key in caring for pregnant women.
Obstetricians in the field of Maternal–Fetal Medicine are in a unique position to promote mother and child health, and thereby, a sustainable family unit. They understand how loss can impact a family and can provide a delicate balance of compassion and strength. Additionally, they provide access to resources and leadership in times of difficult decision making.
I believe that in the field of medicine, we have a moral obligation to teach and be lifelong learners. To advance medicine, we must learn from those who came before us—taking both the good and bad lessons—and support those who come after us. We have an obligation to the patient to explain the “why” of our recommendations, as it is only then that informed consent can be obtained and a true patient–doctor relationship can grow. Each person we care for is also a potential teacher if we listen and learn from the experience.
Because of my deep belief in the importance of ongoing learning, I serve as the clerkship director for third-year medical students completing obstetrics and gynecology rotations at NYU Winthrop Hospital.
My faculty roles have enriched my understanding and appreciation of my field. Explaining concepts at an appropriate level for a specific audience fosters understanding. Over the years, student learning styles change. As an educator, I have found that it’s crucial to incorporate creativity into my teaching to match students’ needs. This enhances not only their education but also my own. I believe not a day should pass without knowledge gained and shared.
My clinical research interests include improving health outcomes for women in labor and using ultrasound and other objective measurements to more effectively identify true labor in pregnant women who come to the hospital.
I hope to limit unnecessary hospital admissions for women who are not in true labor, which may help decrease the length of hospital stays for labor and delivery, the risk for cesarean delivery, and other unnecessary interventions. Another goal of my research is to decrease inappropriate hospital discharges for women who are in true labor.
I am a member of a number of committees that are involved in shaping the development of NYU Long Island School of Medicine, as well as with various professional organizations including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal–Fetal Medicine, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Medical Association.
Education and Training
- Fellowship, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Winthrop-University Hospital, Maternal–Fetal Medicine, 2016
- Residency, Winthrop-University Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013
- DO, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2009
- BS, Syracuse University, Environmental Science and Forestry, 2004
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