"I have always enjoyed the benefit of working at a children's hospital, which brings together a team of people who truly care about offering the best possible medical experience to children. It excites me to work at CHKD because it is a place where everyone is enthusiastic, welcoming, and collaborative."
Dr. Mariel Focseneanu
American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Residency: Cornell University
Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Originally from Rye, NY, Dr. Focseneanu recently moved to Virginia with her husband
after three years in academic practice in New York and Connecticut. She provides general, as well as specialized,
gynecologic care to girls and young women in a non-judgmental and
personalized way, knowing that going to the gynecologist (especially for
the first time) can be an intimidating experience.
Her goals are to make
visits as painless and educational as possible, take the time to listen to all
concerns and needs, and offer multiple treatment options to create a healthcare plan that is optimal for the patient.
problems in girls and teens can have profound consequences on sexual
development and future fertility if not addressed properly. Dr. Focseneanu's specialized
training and clinical practice have given her expertise in managing
gynecological issues unique to this population, and she enjoys working as
a multidisciplinary team with other specialists to offer optimal care
for each situation.
She also feels it is important for even healthy teenage
patients to understand the changes they are experiencing, and feel informed
about sexual health and contraception. She truly values the relationships she
has with her patients and their parents, and is committed to providing care
with compassion and respect.
- Polycistic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Ovarian masses
- Congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract
- Gynocological wellcare
- Pediatric and adolescent gynocology
Honors & Awards
- American Medical
Women’s Association: Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
Norma Bailey Berniker Prize, Yale University
- North American
Society for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Focseneanu M, Pittman B, McDougle CJ, Epperson CN. Onset and exacerbation of
obsessive-compulsive disorder in pregnancy and the postpartum period. J Clin
Psychiatry. 2010 Aug;71(8):1061-8.
Focseneanu MA, Omurtag K, Ratts V, Merritt DF. The Auto-amputated Adnexa: A
Review of Findings in a Pediatric Population. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013
Focseneanu MA, Gupta M, Squires KC, Bayliss SJ, Berk D, Merritt DF. The
course of lichen sclerosus diagnosed prior to puberty. J Pediatr Adolesc
Gynecol. 2013 Jun;26(3):153-5.
Sokkary N, Mansouri R, Yoost J, Focseneanu M, Dumont T, Nathwani M, Allen L,
Hertweck SP, Dietrich JE. A multicenter survey of contraceptive knowledge among
adolescents in North America. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013 Oct;26(5):274-6.
Focseneanu MA, Merritt DF. Massive Hydronephrosis from Ureteropelvic
Junction Obstruction Masquerading as a Paratubal Cyst in an 11-Year-Old Girl. J
Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2014 Aug 12. pii: S1083-3188