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


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

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Department Academic Progress Report:
OB/GYN Academic Progress Report: July 2012 - June 2013

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

ssr 2014More 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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Anita R. Avery, M.D. joins MSU HealthTeam

AVERYantiaMD bio picDr. Avery joins our multi-specialty group as a board-certified obstetrician gynecologist. She accompanies more than 250 multi-specialty physicians and nurse practitioners who perform cutting-edge research, teach medical and nursing students, and provide exceptional care to the Greater Lansing community.


Sponsored by: MSU Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program Co-Sponsored by: MSU Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology; MSU Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen); MSU Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program (RDSP)


Pura Vida: The Trials and Tribulations of a Global Simulation Collaboration

obando patriciaDr. Patricia Obando will be presenting at the 14th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare “Pura Vida:  The Trials and Tribulations of a Global Simulation Collaboration” to be held in San Francisco, California from January 25-29, 2014. Her podium presentation will discuss the training challenges of global simulation in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 


Researchers Close in on Gynecological Disease


For the first time, researchers have created a model that could help unlock what causes adenomyosis, a common gynecological disease that is a major contributor to women having to undergo hysterectomies.

In a two-step process, a team led by Michigan State University’s Jae-Wook Jeong first identified a protein known as beta-catenin that may play a key role in the development of the disease. When activated, beta-catenin causes changes in certain cells in a woman’s uterus, leading to adenomyosis.