Department of OBGYN

Leadership & Staff

Robert P. Edwards, MD

Milton Lawrence McCall Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Born and raised in Havre de Grace, Maryland, Doctor Edwards completed his undergraduate at Gettysburg College, and earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Edwards completed his residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Pittsburgh, Magee-Womens Hospital, and went on to the University of Alabaman Birmingham to complete a gynecologic oncology fellowship. In 1993, after completing his gynecologic oncology fellowship, he returned to Pittsburgh to be the Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division at Magee-Womens Hospital. In January of 2015, Dr. Edwards was named the Milton Lawrence McCall Professor and Chair Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Dr. Edwards' research interests include cervical and ovarian malignancies. He serves as co-principal investigator of the Gynecologic Oncology Group for The University of Pittsburgh and for a number of pharmaceutical sponsored studies. He also serves on the Immunotherapy Committee which experiments with novel therapeutic approaches to gynecologic malignancies, as well as translational research. He is co-PI of the RPCI/UPCI ovarian cancer SPORE grant.


Kristiina E. Parviainen, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Residency Program Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Training Program
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences


Doctor Parviainen grew up in Atlanta and completed her undergraduate education at Duke University.  She attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.  After completing her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the George Washington University Hospitals and serving as Administrative Chief Resident for Education, she accepted an academic generalist position in the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  In 2004, she moved to Pittsburgh to pursue fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.  During her fellowship, she completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh.  While on faculty, Dr. Parviainen has served the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Department in multiple educational leadership roles including Co-Director of the Reproductive Biology Course, Associate Fellowship Director for MFM (2007-2012) and Associate Residency Program Director from 2010 to 2019.  In the role of Associate Program director she was a valued partner in the residency leadership team, she has contributed to the transition to competency-based education and championed initiatives to meet the individual career development needs of our trainees.  She was appointed as the Residency Program Director in May of 2019 and looks forward to this new role and in continuing to develop the next generation of obstetricians and gynecologists. 


Nicole M. Donnellan, MD

Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Training Program
Associate Program Director, FMIGS Fellowship
Director of Gynecologic Surgical Education
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences


Doctor Donnellan is a busy gynecologic surgeon with a strong commitment to patient care and surgical training.  She was born and raised outside of Boston, MA and went to Middlebury College in Vermont.  She moved to Pittsburgh 17 years ago to start medical school at UPSOM and never turned back!  While a die-hard Patriots fan, she has embraced Steelers nation and the Black and Gold!!  She received her MD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2006 and completed her OB/GYN residency and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery fellowship at Magee-Womens Hospital.   She is currently the assistant PD of the residency in OB/GYN and associate PD of the fellowship in MIGS.  She has devoted her career to improving women’s health through the practice of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, translational research and the education of trainees.

Doctor Donnellan’s greatest passion lies in medical education.  She is the course director of the MS2 medical school Reproductive Biology course and has travelled multiple times to Kazakhstan with UPSOM to serve as a consultant for undergraduate medical education curriculum development.  At the residency level, she has developed and refined the laparoscopic simulation curriculum in the OB/GYN residency program at Magee and most recently has studied the addition of coaching and video review to enhance simulation training.  She is also passionate about improving trainee feedback and has pioneered an online application to capture resident feedback as a means for improved learning and tracking competency.

Doctor Donnellan also plays an active role in clinical/translational research in the Department of OB/GYN at Magee.  She is currently leading the development of the Endometriosis Center of Excellence, a program that aims to differentiate UPMC's endometriosis research and clinical programs through excellence and a sustainable infrastructure that will move the Women's Health Service Line towards optimizing and streamlining the specimen collection process.  She has established a large prospective registry of endometriosis tissue and collaborates with MWRI basic science investigators to better understand the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of this common and debilitating disease.

Outside of the hospital, Doctor Donnellan enjoys spending time with her husband and 6-year-old son running, biking, hiking, golfing and skiing as well as traveling to visit family and friends throughout the country and world!


Rebecca Waltner-Toews, MD

Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Training Program
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences


Dr. Waltner-Toews received her undergraduate degree at Goshen College, Indiana, attended University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, then completed Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at UNC Chapel Hill before coming back to Pittsburgh in 2014 to join the faculty at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.  While at Magee she has worked extensively with both resident and medical student education leadership teams. She was Assistant Clerkship Director for the MS3 clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2015-2019) and has served as the Education Director for the Division of General Obstetrics since 2016.  As an Academic Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a specific focus in education, she was thrilled to join the residency leadership team in 2019 as Associate Residency Program Director.

She maintains a busy clinical practice as a part of University NIA OBGYN (UNO), and thoroughly enjoys her time on the labor suite and in the operating room. She is determined to equip residents with all the skills needed to be successful generalist OBGYNs, either in community or academic settings. As a part of her new role, she pulls together expert faculty and fellows to hone the resident core didactic curriculum to ensure competence in hands on skills such as forceps assisted vaginal delivery, shoulder dystocia management, and vaginal hysterectomy. Equally important and woven through the curriculum are trainings such as unconscious bias, social determinants of health, and resident-as-teacher trainings.

Dr. Waltner-Toews was born in a snowstorm in northern Alberta, Canada, and has lived and worked in many places around the world,  but has found Pittsburgh to be a wonderful home for herself, husband and 2 sons.


Diana Lynn Brucha, C-TAGME

GME Project Manager, Residency Program


Diana Brucha is the Program Manager for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program.  Ms. Brucha has worked in the field of graduate medical education for over 35 years, all of which have been in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology and all at Magee.  During her earlier years in the department, she was also responsible for the coordination of all CME activities including the outreach lecture series for the tri-state area, third- and fourth-year medical student clerkships and onboarding of all new faculty.  With these various experiences she has gained a vast knowledge of how an academic department operates and knows how to work through such a large system to get things accomplished for the residency program.  In addition to her role as manager of the residency program, she also oversees the fellowship manager and all the various fellowships in the department.  She has held leadership roles on various committees, both local and nationally, and has presented 19 oral and poster presentations at local and national conferences. Ms. Brucha is a 2020 winner of the Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award from the ACGME.  She is one of 5 coordinators to receive this award out of 11,000 programs.  During her many years in this profession she has had the privilege of playing a vital role in the graduate medical education of over 330 residents, one of which is now the Chair of the department.


Michele "Missy" Nix

Residency Coordinator


Missy is the Program Coordinator for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Nix joined UPMC in 2008 as an academic support coordinator with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic’s residency training program before transitioning to Magee. She provides administrative support by monitoring and tracking many required components of residency training.



Chelsea Boocks

Fellowship Manager


Chelsea is the Fellowship Manager for all subspecialty fellowships in the department. She received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University.  Ms. Boocks joined UPMC in 2017 and worked in both the credentialing and medical staff offices before joining our team in June of 2020.  Prior to working at UPMC, Chelsea was a legal document proofreader and trainer.  She manages the activities for the ACGME-accredited subspecialty programs:

  • Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Laboratory Genetics and Genomics
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility


In addition to the non-ACGME accredited programs:

  • Family Planning
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  • Reproductive Infectious Diseases