Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
College of Human Medicine

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Our vision for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is to be the leader in the clinical translation of cutting edge research to the patients and communities that we serve. We are focused on ensuring that our research is translated to the health care needs of women across their life spans and in diverse communities. Our faculty members have achieved national recognition for this research. Since 2009, our department has ranked in the top 23 of 135 departments of obstetrics and gynecology across the country in National Institutes of Health funding for research. We have recruited accomplished researchers in women’s health, including physicians, nurses, sociologists, clinical translational scientists and epidemiologists focused not only on the medical aspects, but on the social disparities that threaten women’s health. Collaborating with each other and with our health care partners, we are:

  • Unraveling the causes and pursuing better treatments for infertility.
  • Seeking better therapies for endometriosis, a painful condition that afflicts as many as 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.
  • Studying the connection between endometriosis and endometrial and ovarian cancers and looking for possible genetic targets for treatment.
  • Identifying the mechanisms that cause uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • Researching inflammation as a cause of premature births and developing ways to prevent it.
  • Examining the health implications of assisted reproductive technology, including whether it is associated with birth defects and later health problems in children and their mothers.
  • Leveraging the resources of other health care agencies and community groups to give Medicaid beneficiaries the best prenatal care in the most cost-effective way, thus helping assure that they and their babies will be healthy.
  • Working within families to erase health disparities and raise awareness among African-American, Latino and Arab women about the importance of screening and prevention of breast and cervical cancers.

Our research programs rest on three departmental pillars, which include supporting unparalleled health services to women at home and nationally, educating exemplary physicians and scholars, and discovering and disseminating innovative medical knowledge. We look forward to sharing with you the various departmental programs and the impact they have on the everyday lives of women.


Richard E. Leach, M.D., FACOG, FACS
Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology


END 2015. International Conference on Education and New Developments.

June 27-19. Porto, Portugal

Obando CP and Plantegenest G. The use of e-Learning technology for community-based teaching in Medical Schools. Oral presentation. International Conference on Education and New Developments 2015 (END 2015). June 27-29, 2015. Porto, Portugal.

AMEE 2015. International Association for Medical Education

September 5-9. Glasgow, UK

Obando, P. Evaluating the impact of residents’ teaching skills on student’s clerkship performance. Looking back into the Obstetrics and Gynecology experience. Presentation at the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE).

Glasgow, UK. September 5-9, 2015.

Everything you love about our Lansing location, now in East Lansing

Women's Healthcare is now providing services in East Lansing inside the Women's Imaging Center. Designed to meet women's unique healthcare needs, these spacious and inviting offIces are conveniently located near MSU Campus, with ample parking. All of our providers will see patients in both locations, which gives you more options for your busy schedule.

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OBGYN presence at the CREOG/APGO 2015 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Our medical education mission was well represented by our Associate Chair, Division director, Clerkship and Residency directors, and Residents at the past CREOG/APGO 2015 Annual meeting held in San Antonio, TX. Oral presentations and a poster were presented by the team. From left to right, Drs. John Hebert, Vicki Mello, Mark Lewis, Patricia Obando, Denny Martin, Michael Werkema, Matthew Allswede and Sheila Drnec.

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Presentation at the 2015 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting.

“Power Up: Keeping the Energy in Education”. March 4-7, 2015. JW Marriot San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. San Antonio Texas.

  • Obando CP, Martin D, Wagner D. Enhancing the Ob/Gyn clerkship: Tracking student competencies using Practice and Feedback Simulations (PF-SIMS). Oral presentation.
  • Obando CP, Martin D, Alfaro-Albertazzi F. A series of fortunate events: Strategies to create a sustainable Global Health program overseas. Roundtable discussion.
  • Obando CP, Werkema M, Allswede M, Hebert J and Leach R. Filling in the gaps in our residents Basic Science Knowledge. Poster.


To contribute to For The Love of a Woman Discovery Fund, which supports new discoveries in Gynecological cancer, reproductive health and maternal infant health GO TO OUR FORM. For more information please contact the Advancement Office at 1-855-678-7444.

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Academic Progress Report: July 2012 - June 2014