Medical Education

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

We are delighted to learn of your interest in a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and specifically of your interest in our program at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

No medical discipline has undergone more rapid expansion and evolution in the past quarter century than obstetrics and gynecology. We have developed a much deeper understanding of the subspecialties of maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology, gynecologic oncology and urogynecology. At the same time, obstetricians-gynecologists have accepted a broader role as the primary care providers for most women from puberty through old age. We are patient-educators, counselors and health care advocates, while still providing continuous preventive and therapeutic care.

To educate new doctors in this expanded role, residency programs must incorporate more experience in ambulatory medicine, with an emphasis on continuity of care. At the same time, training programs must simultaneously continue to educate their residents in all aspects of general obstetrics and gynecology and all of its specialties.

At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, we understand this need to offer a balanced approach to residency education. Our program is a Priority Designated Program in Primary Care as determined by the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education.

We earned that designation by placing special emphasis on the continuity of care that our residents provide to their own panel of patients throughout their four years of residency. At the same time, our very busy obstetrical and gynecological services allow our residents to gain a strong foundation in management of patients on the labor floor and in the operating room. Our residents are equally well trained in all four of the subspecialties supervised by our fellowship-trained and board certified sub-specialists.

Our educational goals are achieved through a program of progressive clinical responsibility and a comprehensive didactic curriculum. Throughout their training, our academically oriented, full-time staff along with a large number of dedicated and educationally committed voluntary attending staff supervises our residents. We guide each of our residents to become a capable, sensitive and caring physician, fully grounded in general and subspecialty obstetrics and gynecology. We believe that our graduates are fully prepared obstetrician gynecologists who will serve as primary care physicians for women while remaining competitive for fellowships, should they elect to continue their training.  Over the past decade, each resident that has applied has been accepted to a competitive programs across the country.

But what sets our program apart from most others is its atmosphere. Learning and growth in the stressful and tiring world of an Ob/Gyn residency requires an environment that is supportive and cooperative. Each resident must see him or herself as a member of a cohesive team with mutual goals and priorities. I believe that our program is the product of a tightly knit family. Our full-time and voluntary faculty members understand the importance of residency education and actively participate in both its didactic and clinical aspects. Our residents support and encourage one another and are invested in each other's success.

Please contact us if you have questions about our program. We would like to invite you to visit our facilities and meet with our faculty and residents. You will find that ours is a close-knit program enhanced by the special features of camaraderie and compassion.

We congratulate you on your choice of obstetrics and gynecology and hope you will give NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital serious consideration as the site for your residency training.

Sanford M. Lederman, MD

Sanford M. Lederman, M.D. is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Lederman did his residency at Long Island College Hospital and then completed a 2-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of California Irvine. He has practiced Ob/Gyn in the borough of Brooklyn for 30 years. He has been Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Vice Chairman, Acting Chairman and Program Director at LICH before becoming Chairman and Program Director at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. His expertise in high-risk pregnancy, amniocentesis and ultrasound has rewarded him with listing in New York Magazine Best Doctors. He has lectured nationwide in topics related to high-risk pregnancy. He is a member of the Brooklyn Gyn Society, AMA and a Fellow of the American College of Ob/Gyn. Dr. Lederman is dedicated to residency education and training. Many of his residents have been placed in Fellowships throughout the country.

Richard Rindfuss, MD

Dr. Richard Rindfuss is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with over 20 years of experience.  Dr. Rindfuss joined NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in January 2020 and is one of the Associate Program Directors for the department.  Prior to that, he practiced in a multi-specialty group in Brooklyn for the past 17 years. Dr. Rindfuss is from Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. His interest in serving all socio-economic income groups stemmed from his time in the Peace Corps.  He was stationed in Malawi, Africa from 1989-1991 where he was involved in community development and taught Biology and English. Dr. Rindfuss returned home and pursued medicine at St. George's University. He then went on to complete residency at Providence Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and The Brooklyn Hospital Center. His continued interest in the underserved, took him back to Africa where he was part of a medical mission with the organization, Saving Mothers, in Kenya. He enjoys working with medial students and residents and hopes to foster a sense of empathy and compassion in those he trains.