image of dr leach smiling in a suit
 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 innovation and research to improve the health of 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. 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.
  • Developing novel detection methods for fetal and maternal disease with innovative treatment plans.
  • Researching inflammation as a cause of premature births and developing ways to prevent it.
  • Identifying novel therapeutic targets for cancer and complex diseases. Expertise in tumor biology to study tuberous sclerosis complex.
  • 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 cervical cancers.

Our research and educational 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



obgyn mlive

Michigan State University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine has grown in prestige in the number of top researchers it has attracted, as well as garnering more federal grant funding.

Read Full Article

Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Hope Bauer photo

Congratulations to Hope Bauer (MD candidate 2018) who is this year’s recipient of the Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Hope is a Traverse City CHM student pursuing a career in OB/GYN. During her 3rd year as a medical student, Hope received Honors in 5 of the 6 core clerkships and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Hope has been involved in several research projects, most notably as the primary investigator, studying the effects of EEG biofeedback and lavender aromatherapy on migraineurs. She was also a student investigator on a project that investigated the effect that thrombospondin-2 has on heterotopic ossification in a mouse model. Most recently, Hope has led a student team working to investigate the professional interests of rural high school students to determine how to better encourage students to enter medical professions. Hope has given both oral podium and poster presentations of her research findings on numerous occasions, including national conferences.

Hope has applied to many prestigious institutions for Ob/Gyn residency training and we trust she will have a successful Match Day on March 16. We are proud to honor Hope Bauer with the 2018 Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence. Hope will be receiving $2,000.00.

Doctor Avery is MSMS’s first female Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

Doctor Avery is the first female Vice Chair of the Michigan State Medical Society.  Congratulations, Doctor Avery!

A thoughtful and inspiring leader, Anita Avery, MD, balances active practice with educating the physicians of tomorrow. Doctor Avery is MSMS’s first female Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

for the love of a woman logo

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.

Donate Button

Hear Our Stories