Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
College of Human Medicine

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 Richard E. Leach, M.D., FACOG, FACS
 Professor and Chair

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


Dr. Asgi Fazleabas Awarded University Distinguished Professor Title

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Dr. Asgi Fazleabas has been recommended by the MSU Provost and the Board of Trustees to be designated as a University Distinguished Professor. The University Distinguished Professorship is an honor to be held throughout the remaining years of being active at Michigan State University. Select individuals that receive this award have been recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly achievements. They will have also exemplified superior teaching skills and a distinguished record of public service. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Fazleabas for his success and this impressive accomplishment.


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MSU Grand Rapids Research Center Update Highlights OB\GYN Researchers

See the department highlighted in the latest video update of the Grand Rapids Research Center.


Jae Wook Jeong to Begin His Term As Member of the Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section


Dr. Jae-Wook Jeong has recently accepted the invitation to serve as a member of the Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section. Members who are selected demonstrate competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors. Service on a study section requires mature judgement and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities the NIH Center for Scientific Review believes Dr. Jeong will bring to this important task. His term will begin on July 1st, 2017 and will end on June 30th, 2021.


Research Wins AAMC GIA Award

The College of Human Medicine, Dr. Lee Anne Roman and her team are recognized for their masterful communication execution of a depression screening tool "Depression in Pregnancy Among Medicaid-Insured Women." Geri Kelly accepted the award on March 30th, at the 2017 National Professional Development Conference for Institiutional Achievement - Awards for Excellence Ceremony.

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Stacey Missmer Invited to Join World Endometriosis Society Board of Directors.

Dr. Stacey Missmer has been invited to join the World Endometriosis Society (WES) Board of Directors for the 2017-2020 term. The WES Nominations Comittee met on April 18th and unaminously agreed that she would be a great asset to the WES Board in moving their mission forward: to improve the lives of all affeected women and their families. She began her term at the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis in Vancouver, Canada on May 17th. Please join us in congratulating her on this amazing opportunity.

Sascha Drewlo, Ph.D, Is Appointed Associate Professor In The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

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Dr. Sascha Drewlo joins us from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on May 15th, 2017. The goal of Dr. Drewlo's research is to close the gap between the diagnosis of placental dysfunction and its treatment. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Drewlo.

Frontiers in Epigenetics in Reproduction Symposium

Screen Shot 2016 09 20 at 7.56.13 AM Our first annual Frontiers in Epigenetics in Reproduction Symposium on May 12, 2017 in Grand Rapids was a success. This inaugural symposium focused on the Epigenetics on Maternal and Paternal Effects and was cosponsored by the Van Andel Research Institute and Michigan State University. There was a tremendous turnout and the speakers did a phenomenal job presenting.
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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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