Dr. Carol Wheeler Earns Designation in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

One of only 100 physicians nationwide to take exam, only one in Rhode Island

Providence, R.I. – A woman’s body is very different and more developed than the body of a young or adolescent girl, and the gynecologic problems of younger females need special expertise. To help address the gynecologic needs of females from birth to young adulthood, Carol A. Wheeler, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Fertility Center at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, recently took and passed the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s (ABOG) Focused Practice Designation Exam in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Wheeler is one of only 100 physicians nationwide who took the exam, and the only one in Rhode Island.

ABOG introduced this new designation earlier this year. Gary Frishman, MD, interim director of the Fertility Center at Women & Infants said, “This is a new designation on the part of ABOG, with relatively few providers around the country so recognized in the field of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Wheeler’s expertise to help provide care for this patient population.”

Shortly after Dr. Wheeler earned this distinction, the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) elected her to its board of directors. NASPAG’s mission is to provide multidisciplinary leadership in the field of pediatric gynecology through clinical research and education. Dr. Wheeler serves alongside select medical experts from across the United States.

Dr. Wheeler is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the Care New England Medical Group. She is the director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic, Third-Party Reproduction Program, and medical director of in vitro fertilization (IVF). She sees patients at both Women & Infants Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center (OGCC) and Fertility Center.

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Dr. Wheeler earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Following this, she completed her residency training in obstetrics at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH, and her fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology, and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the ninth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,700 deliveries per year. Women & Infants is a Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, a U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranked number 11 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Medical Schools specialty ranking.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence in Perinatal Biology and in Reproductive Health by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology, and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network, Neonatal Research Network, and Pelvic Floors Disorders Network, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.