Ascension Providence Spartan Providence-Providence Park Hospital/MSU CHM

Providence-Providence Park Hospital
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Program Administration

The Program Leadership (below) is dedicated to continuous improvement in the quality of the education program at Providence-Providence Park/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Nishan Chobanian, MD

Department Chair

Dr. Chobanian

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Providence-Providence Park Hospital. Our departmental mission is to provide a high quality, state of the art patient experience and provide our residents and medical students with an outstanding and thorough education. The Department is comprised of full and part-time generalist and subspecialist faculty, as well as 20 residents (5 per year level).

The Department is organized into four main divisions: general obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic oncology, maternal fetal medicine and female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery. We offer patient-centered care for both complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies, as well as a host of various benign and malignant gynecologic conditions. We are proud to have a core of faculty offering up to date techniques, including minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Our Residency Training Program, under the direction of Dr Robert Dodds, provides a wide-range of clinical and didactic experiences, as well as exposure to research opportunities. Residents rotate through all OB-GYN specialties, including reproductive endocrinology, with board-certified faculty. Residents also participate in rotations through Family Medicine, ICU and Breast Health.

Robert Dodds, MD

Residency Program Director

Dr. Dodds

Dr. Dodds was born and raised in southeastern Michigan. He is a graduate of Novi High School and continues to live there with his high school sweetheart (wife) and two children. He did his undergraduate education at Michigan State University where he obtained a BS in Biochemistry under the Lyman Briggs School. He subsequently went to Medical School at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan.

Dr. Dodds did his Internship and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology here at Providence Hospital, finishing in 1998. During this time, he became the first resident to win the "Resident Teacher of the Year" award (given by medical students) all four years of his training.

Following residency, Dr. Dodds worked in a busy general practice for five years. During that time, he spent numerous hours working closely with Dr. Dolnicek pursuing his interest in Urogynecology. In 2003, Dr. Dodds and Dolnicek opened the Women's Center for Continence and Pelvic Medicine, a full time Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery practice. Dr. Dodds was thrilled to be in the first group of physicians Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery!

Since finishing his residency, Dr. Dodds continued to win multiple different teaching awards including the local James Kornmesser Golden Forceps Award, Attending Physician Medical Student Teacher of the Year, CREOG National Faculty Award and the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award. The nursing staff at Providence Hospital honored him with the Physicians Excellence Award in 2009. This continued emphasis in his practice on teaching has led him to become more involved with the residency program over time. Initially, he functioned as one of the Clinic Faculty. He eventually expanded to be one of the Daytime In House Attending's, became Associate Program Director in 2010 and finally Program Director in 2012.

Outside the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his family. Recently, he has taken up golf and has progressed to the point of being considered a "bad golfer", a definite improvement over his previous status. He also enjoys martial arts and spent time when he was younger studying Taekwondo. He is probably considered a "techno-geek" who enjoys electronic stuff (like making this website).

Sarah Deighton-Collins, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Deighton-Collins

Dr. Deighton-Collins joined the medical staff in the Fall of 2011. She completed her medical training at Wayne State University and then her residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. With the support of the hospital, she started a practice in Brighton, Michigan after residency- Providence Brighton OBGYN. She is very active in teaching and taking in-house calls to interact with residents and students. In 2014, she was appointed the Medical Clerkship Director for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and assumed the role of Associate Program Director. in July 2017.

Dr. Deighton-Collins has many academic interests including minimally invasive surgical techniques employing traditional laparoscopy. She also has a strong interest in the climacteric and hormone replacement therapies. She received her ABOG certification in 2013.

Her interests outside of the hospital include her family- she has 4 children which keep her, and her husband, very busy. She is also the medical director of Another Way Pregnancy Center in Farmington Hills, which is dedicated to Christian support of pregnant women in need.

Ellen Kleiman

Program Manager


Ellen was born and raised in New York City before coming to Michigan. She is the heart and soul of our administration. She has a calming influence that helps to keep everything organized. She has been an active Residency Coordinator/Manager in OB/Gyn for more than 25 years and is an active member in ACOG and ARCOG (Association of Residency Coordinators in OB/Gyn).

When not keeping everyone on track, she enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren, knitting and reading.

Michelle Herman, DO

Clerkship Director
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Dr. Herman

Dr. Herman is our newest addition to the Educational Leadership roster at Providence. She has taken the job as Clerkship Director for the College of Human Medicine. In this role, she is in charge of all the students that rotate at the institution.

Dr. Herman has a long history working at Providence. She completed her residency here and has stayed on with one of the busier groups. She has involved herself in teaching since the very beginning, acting as one of the full time faculty. She continues to be active in this role, and is one of the inaugural members of our Clinical Competence Committee.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Joseph Prezzato, MD

Clerkship Director
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
American University of the Caribbean

Dr. Prezzato

Dr. Joseph Prezzato is a Board Certified OB/GYN and a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He completed his internship and residency at Providence Hospital in 2010 where he served as the Chief Academic Resident. During his residency he received the Resident Teaching Award three of the four years. Dr. Prezzato joined the core teaching faculty in 2012 and serves as one of the In-House Attending that supervises and teaches the residents as well as medical students.

Dr. Prezzato currently serves on the OB/GYN Executive Committee. He has faculty appointments at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. During his time at Providence he has received numerous teaching awards: 2016 & 2017 CREOG National Faculty Award, 2013 APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012 APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012 Providence Hospital Attending Teacher of the Year, 2010 Joseph Watts Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in OB/GYN.

In his private practice he provides services ranging from preventative, adolescent and women's care; high risk pregnancy care and menopause management, including hormone replacement therapy. He offers minimally-invasive and da Vinci Robotic surgical options for a quicker recovery. His special interest is in infertility and alternatives to IVF.