Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program


Dr. James Anasti

James Anasti, MD

Program Director
St. Luke's Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

"St. Luke's Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program has been expanded thanks to strong administrative support, an increase in faculty at the generalist and subspecialist levels and an increase in gynecologic and obstetric clinical material. These enhancements further enrich our program and allow more time and resources to be devoted to the residents. This residency program also is distinguished by offering a wealth of experience and a complement of residents at the two hospital locations in Bethlehem and Allentown.

In addition, the exciting development of a new medical school on our campus will ensure the latest in technical and academic expertise for decades to come."


Learn about St. Luke’s OB-GYN Residency Program

Training Physicians in All Aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke's

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at St. Luke's Hospital is designed to train physicians in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, including perinatology, reproductive endocrinology, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, and primary and preventative health care for women. The program seeks to develop compassionate and competent Ob/Gyn physicians to serve as consultants in the medical community. Residents in the program train at both the Bethlehem and Allentown campuses of St. Luke's Hospital. Less than ten miles apart from each other, the campuses offer the residents a wealth of experiences with different populations and needs to enrich their training.

Hospital History

St. Luke’s hospital was founded in 1872 as a local hospital that cared for the workers at the Steel Foundries in Bethlehem. St. Luke’s University Health Network is now a university-affiliated community hospital with no religious affiliation. The department of Ob/Gyn includes a full range of attending physicians and specialists, ranging from multiple private practitioners to hospital-associated group practices. Residents work with private and hospital physicians alike, and provide the full range of obstetric and gynecologic care, including contraception and family planning. For more information about St. Luke’s University Health Network, including our mission and values. Learn More »

Ranked as One of the Top Ob/Gyn Teaching Programs

In 2015, St. Luke’s University Hospital was ranked among the Top 100 Major Teaching Hospitals in the country. Obstetrics and gynecology has always been a part of St. Luke's rich 130-year history. The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program has been in continuous operation training physicians for more than 50 years. In that time, our department has gained recognition as a market leader in women's and neonatal services in the Lehigh Valley and East Central region of Pennsylvania. With around 4,000 deliveries annually, St. Luke's University Health Network ranks as one of the top obstetrics and gynecology teaching programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Balance of Academics and Clinical Exposure

Our teaching staff feels that the balance of academics and clinical exposure at St. Luke's is the basis for our ten-year, first-time pass rate on written boards of over 95 percent. Residents routinely perform more operative vaginal deliveries, vaginal, laparoscopic and urogynecologic surgeries than 90 percent of other programs.

Due to our excellent MFM and NICU care, we manage high-risk pregnancies from within our network and serve as a referral center for nearby institutions. Residents participate in management and delivery of complicated pregnancies including antepartum procedures such as amniocentesis and PUBS.

The most exciting current development in medical education is the development of the St. Luke's/Temple Medical School in 2011. Twenty or more students spend one year at Temple University School of Medicine and three years at our Bethlehem Campus medical school. The energy and academic expertise that a medical school brings to our institution benefits all aspects of graduate medical education, curriculum development, and faculty recruitment.

For more information about the Temple St. Luke’s School of Medicine, please see our section on Educational Activities, and the St. Luke's/Temple Medical School website.

We welcome you to apply to the St. Luke's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program.