2020 Ingram Spellacy Society Board
Jing Yi Chern, MD, President
Dr. Chern is a gynecologic oncologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. After earning her master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Chern received her medical degree from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. She subsequently completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida, where she served as administrative chief resident and Scientific Review Committee member. Dr. Chern completed her gynecologic oncology fellowship at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, where she earned a certificate in Translational Research Methodologies, under the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Her clinical focus is to provide personalized and comprehensive care for women with gynecologic cancers, with a special interest in the surgical management of advanced malignancies. Dr. Chern also emphasizes the utilization of minimally invasive surgery, including the robotic platform. Her research interest includes evaluating quality and safety measures to improve surgical outcomes in patients with malignancies. Dr. Chern has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop new protocols and safety measures with the goal of improving post-operative outcomes and patient satisfaction. In addition, her research is involved in understanding genetic factors associated with gynecologic malignancies to improve and guide patient care.
Petra Caelnova, MD, Vice President
Dr. Caselnova is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist with AdventHealth Medical Group. She received both her bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida as well as her medical degree the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She enjoys taking care of women in all stages of their lives.
James Palmer, MD, MS, Secretary
Dr. Palmer joined USF Health in July 2008 as a specialist in general obstetrics and gynecology and is an associate professor in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. He currently serves as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Palmer achieved his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and is an alumnus of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Following residency, Dr. Palmer completed a master of science in medical sciences with a focus on translational research in the USF K30 program. He served as associate program director at USF for several years before serving as Residency Program Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology until 2018, when he was promoted to Vice Chair for Education. In 2019, he was named a “Top Clinical Performer” by the dean’s office for his outstanding patient scores.