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 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


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.

Women's Healthcare is parr of MSU HealthTeam, the multi-specialty med ical group practice comprised of teaching faculty from Michigan State University's Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Nursing. MSU HealthTeam providers are also actively involved in teaching and clinical research, keeping them on the forefront of the latest mcd ical advances.

Call 517-364-5888 to schedule your next appointment.

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MSU HealthTeam would like to welcome Bridget Burns-King to her role as Nurse Practitioner in the MSU Women’s HealthCare practice. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for 2 years, and a Registered Nurse for 7 years. Her work involves all areas of women’s health, including obstetrics, gynecology, contraceptive and sexual health. Mrs. Burns-King uses patient-centered care to help improve patient health and quality of life. Mrs. Burns-King will be scheduled to see patients beginning March 2015.

Mrs. Burns-King joins our multi‐specialty group as a board‐certified family nurse practitioner. 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.

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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