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


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Department Research Summary:

Academic Progress Report: July 2012 - June 2014

Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) 47th Annual Meeting

Image of DrMore than 800 researchers from more than 36 countries attended the 47th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) in Grand Rapids. It is the largest annual international meeting in the field of reproductive biology. The conference, held July 19-23 at Devos Place Convention Center, is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of the reproductive process in humans and animals, while also studying the impact of reproduction on the environment, wildlife biology and conservation, food production, human fertility and population growth.

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“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.

The project involved the creation of three interactive self-directed learning instruments, or learning modules, for third year medical students going through the Obstetrics and Gynecology rotation. The modules offer alternative explanations of three different clinical case scenarios: Amenorrhea, Vaginitis and Third Trimester Bleeding. These interactive modules allow students to observe patient-physician interactions and to identify symptoms and alternative diagnoses by using photos, videos, graphics, animations, text and notes.

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