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Contents

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The Department at a Glance

54 Research

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Introduction and Chair Report

46 Intro from Dr. Tony Opipari

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Department Stats

48 Pelvic Floor Research Group

10 Senior Student Awards 11 Scholarships

50 Program on Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research

12 Kudos & Awards

52 Reproductive Sciences Program

14 Faculty Appointments & Promotions

54 MStem Cell Laboratory

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Education

16 Gynecologic Oncology

56 Residency program

20 Gynecology

58 Medical Student program

24 Maternal Fetal Medicine

60 Fellowship Programs

27 Reproductive Endocrinology 30 Women’s Health

Programs 32 Center for International Reproductive Health Training 34 Center for Reproductive Medicine 36 Certified Nurse Midwives 38 Global Initiatives 42 Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice 44 Women’s Health Program

Development 70 Intro from Lisa Graham 72 Endowments/Lectureships 80 Dr. Lisa Harris Installation as Jeffries Professor 84 Dr. Willie Parker

Faculty 86 List of Faculty

Norman F. Miller Society 118 List of Members


Introduction and Chair Report It is with great pride that I introduce this progress report for the years 2012 to 2015. It gives us a chance to reflect briefly on our accomplishments, but more importantly to describe the platform upon which we will help to create the future of Women’s Health and to describe our medium and long term strategic plans. The achievements of the Department and its current success are a reflection of a vast amount of work by the faculty and staff with substantial institutional support around issues of clinical care, medical education, research and leadership capacity building. You will find a section of detailed metrics establishing our achievements and delineating our aspirational benchmark goals. It is a great pleasure and privilege for me to transmit to you this progress report that defines the culmination of 22 years worth of collaborative work during my time as Chair and highlights the remarkable future that the faculty and students in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology can expect.

Clinical Care The move to the new C. S. Mott Children’s and VonVoigtlander Women’s Hospital has been hugely successful on many levels, the most obvious that we already achieved our 2017 goal of 4500 deliveries. The Birth Center led by Doctor Cosmas Vandeven and his team is busy, the acuity of our patients is increasing, and the Fetal Diagnostic Center directed by Doctor Marcie Treadwell and her colleagues and its interdisciplinary Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy Program is caring for ever increasing numbers of complex cases such as intrauterine fetal cardiac therapy, targeted twin to twin transfusion laser therapy, and management of complex twinning and other organ specific developmental problems. We have established specialized obstetric clinics

for complex cardiac disease, complicated diabetes, obesity, substance abuse, and will also soon have a clinic for women with complex rheumatologic diseases. The Gynecology Service has moved all of its cases to new operating rooms in the new Mott/Von Voigtlander Hospital, a move that could not have been made without the great work of Doctor Dee Fenner and her team coordinating issues of nursing, instruments, equipment and post operative care for non-pregnant women in the new hospital – establishing it to be truly the VonVoigtlander WOMEN’s Hospital. Our hospitalized patients are ensconced in state-of-the-art single rooms on the 8th floor with exceptional nursing care. A particular recent highlight was the establishment of the F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professorship in Reproductive Health, the first Family Planning and Reproductive Health focused professorship in the country, and Doctor Lisa Harris’ inaugural address describing her vision of our nascent program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice. Gynecologic Oncology continues to be busy both at the University Hospital and at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and with the addition of new faculty members we have opened a monthly clinic in Midland, Michigan, where Doctor Kevin Reynolds is seeing patients as part of the Mid-Michigan/University of Michigan partnership with the expectation of expanding services in the region. Doctor Fenner is not only seeing urogynecology patients, but also operating on them at Mid-Michigan, all demonstrating once again that the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology can be a leader in University of Michigan’s network development and statewide outreach. On January 1, 2015, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of division chief Senait Fisseha, MD, JD and Department Administrator Janet Hall, the University of Michigan began offering full fertility services including ART and IVF to UM employees with a minimal co-pay which will more than double our IVF volume from about 200 to as many as 450 IVF cycles per year. Doctor Michael Lanham will increase his leadership as Director of ART/IVF Services as division chief Doctor Senait Fisseha becomes more and more involved in the Center for International Reproductive Health Training in Ethiopia that is described later.

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I would say it would have been impossible to achieve these sub-specialty divisional goals without our generalist Division of Women’s Health ably led by Doctor Margaret Punch, who also doubled as the department champion for our very successful roll-out of our Epic based EMR MiChart. This division, now more than twenty-five physicians strong and growing provides unsurpassed service to the UM primary care network, care to in-patients both on their service and the institutional UMOG clinic and serves as the primary source of referrals to our subspecialists. We have extended our Minimally Invasive Surgery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Pelvic Floor capacity to the Northville Health Center. The breadth, balance, and strength of our programs across our divisions and programs are remarkable, as is their quality and standard of service. You can read about this in more detail in the pages to follow. I encourage you especially to look at the individual faculty biographies. The awards to the faculty, locally, nationally and internationally are so numerous that they are in an expansive special section.

Medical Education One key to our recent educational achievements in Obstetrics and Gynecology has been the Center for Education directed by the indefatigable Doctor Maya Hammoud. The Center for Education is vibrant and becoming part of our lifelong learning educational vision. Medical students ranking of the 6 weeks third year clerkship is very positive. We also introduced a Boot Camp that this year had as participants all 17 UM medical students who matched in OBGYN, 4 will be staying in our own program. Our residency program, directed by Doctor Diana Curran, and fellowship programs are thriving. Chief residents have recently gone into fellowships in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Colorado, Reproductive Endocrinology at Penn, and Critical Care fellowship at UM. Incoming fellows come from Rochester, UNC and Washington University, to name just a few. Our Fellowship Advisory Committee has become a national model and UM has been instrumental in the establishment of the Medical Education Clinical Coordinators in Obstetrics and Gynecology (MECCOG) and the Committee on Fellowship Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology


Introduction Global initiatives continue to differentiate Michigan, and you will read about ongoing efforts in Ghana, Frank Anderson’s plan to train 1000+ OBGYNs in ten years across sub-Saharan Africa, and the transformational grant to Doctor Senait Fisseha to develop medical education at St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College and the Center for International Reproductive Health Training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

(COFTOG) at APGO, just as the department was instrumental in the establishment of APGO over 50 years ago. Please see the education section for details of our exceptional fellowship offerings. We are particularly proud of our students as teachers, our residents consistently are recognized with bronze and gold beepers. The lists of award winners are on the pages that follow.

There is just too much to summarize, so I encourage you to peruse this Progress Report. It has been the greatest honor and pleasure of my professional career to serve as the Bates Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. As Doctor George Morley quoted: “We stand on the shoulder of giants”, but for the generations of us who have worked in this department, the dream continues.

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The department remains focused on all aspects of Reproductive Sciences and OBGYN research, although the focus seems to be shifting from basic and translational research to clinical, health services, outcomes and, at the global level, implementation research. Our research enterprise and our current strategic plan has been developed by Tony Opipari MD, PhD and I encourage you to read his section carefully. The department benefited from Presidential cluster hires in Reproductive Science, that recruited Sue Moenter, PhD and Sue Hammoud, PhD, and the Presidential HIV AIDS cluster hire that brought in Okeoma Mmeje, MD, MPH. Doctor Vanessa Dalton directs the PWHER (Program in Women’s Health Effectiveness Research), our departmental health services research team that is linked to UM’s North Campus Research Center based Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which will also be the home of UM new Clinical Scholars Program. Doctors Dan Morgan and Shitanshu Uppal will be the department leaders in our large data base driven outcomes program. Our quality and safety programs serve as national models based on the trailblazing work of Doctor Mark Pearlman and now Doctor Roger Smith. Of course the department’s historical great strength has been gynecologic surgery, and the jewel in our research crown continues to be the strongly NIHfunded multidisciplinary Pelvic Floor Research Group led by Doctor John DeLancey.

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Timothy R B Johnson MD Bates Professor of the Disease of Women and Children Obstetrician-Gynecologist-in-Chief, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital


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CHAIR Timothy R. B. Johnson, MD VICE CHAIR Service Chief Mark Pearlman, MD

ASSOC. CHAIR Surgical Services Dee Fenner, MD ASSOC CHAIR Ambulatory Services Margaret Punch, MD

ASSOC CHAIR Research Anthony Opipari, MD, PhD

ADMINISTRATOR Janet Hall

DIRECTOR Quality Improvement Roger Smith, MD

Research Career Development Steve Domino, MD, PhD DIRECTOR Medical Education Maya Hammoud, MD

Asst Medical Education Coordinator Beth Skinner, MD

Co-DIRECTORS Reproductive Science Program Gary Smith, PhD Sue Moenter, PhD

ASSOC CHAIR E-Education and Enabling Technologies Maya Hammoud, MD

DIRECTORS Fellowship Programs CHAIR Fellows Advisory Committee (FAC) Kevin Reynolds, MD

DIRECTOR Residency Program Diana Curran, MD

DIRECTOR Pelvic Floor Research Program John O. L. Delancey, MD DIRECTOR Program for Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH DIRECTOR Global Initiatives Frank Anderson, MD, MPH

CENTER FOR EDUCATION Maya Hammoud, MD

DIRECTOR Associate Residency Program Dave Marzano, MD

RESIDENCY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RAC)

CHIEF Gynecologic Oncology R. Kevin Reynolds, MD

CHIEF Maternal-Fetal Medicine Cosmas Van de ven, MD

CHIEF Reproductive Endocrinology Senait Fisseha, JD, MD

DIRECTOR Nurse Midwifery Service Joanne Bailey, CNM

CHIEF Gynecology Dee Fenner, MD

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CHIEF Women’s Health Margaret Punch, MD

Briarwood Health Center Brighton Health Center Canton Health Center East Ann Arbor Health Center Northville Health Center West Ann Arbor Health Center

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Senior Student Awards J. Robert Willson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Obstetrics and Gynecology The J. Robert Willson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Obstetrics and Gynecology is presented to an outstanding graduating medical student(s) selected by the Department for outstanding performance and is named after a distinguished and much loved former chairman of the Department. A UMMS Professorship is also established in his name. This is the highest award that the Department gives. 2015 - Halley Chrissman 2014 – Anna Denoble 2013 – Hanan Bazzi 2012 – Julia Deporre

Warner/Goldberg Women’s Health Program Award for Excellence and Commitment to Women’s Health The Warner/Goldberg Women’s Health Program Award for Excellence and Commitment to Women’s Health is presented to a graduating senior(s) who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the ideals of its sponsor, the University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.  It is named for Patricia Warner, former Associate Hospital Director, UMHS, and Dr. Edward Goldberg, founding Chief of the Division of Women’s Health, in recognition of their vital roles in the initiation and success of the Women’s Health Program 2015 – Amy Caldwell 2014 – Evelyn Hall, Alaina Town Bennett 2013 – Michelle Debbink, Andrea Knittel 2012 – Diana Spahlinger

Timothy R.B. Johnson Global Women’s Health Award The Timothy R. B. Johnson Global Women’s Health Award is presented by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to a graduating medical student recognizing their authentic global engagement and anticipating their future contributions embodying Doctor Johnson’s vision of engaged academic partnerships and his commitment to safe motherhood, women’s global health equity, especially for girls and women, reproductive justice, and human rights for all reflecting his education, training, and global clinical experience which began and culminated at the University of Michigan. A UMMS Professorship is being established in his name. 2015 – Emma Lawrence

Furlong/Miller Leadership Award The Furlong/Miller Leadership Award is presented by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to a graduating medical student who has demonstrated qualities of leadership, advocacy and activism consistent with the educational mandate of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and recognizing the vision of UMMS Dean James Woolliscroft to integrate leadership training into both the explicit and implicit curriculum. Doctor Harold A. Furlong, a UMMS graduate, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery in action, November 1, 1918 in Bantheville, France (WW1) and first established obstetrics and gynecology in Pontiac, Michigan and Pontiac General Hospital where he practiced for decades. Doctor Norman F. Miller, a UMMS graduate, served as Chair of the department 1931-1964, and excelled in populating the US with his trainees as chairs and academic leaders. Both Furlong and Miller have UMMS Professorship established in their names.

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Scholarships Mel L. Barclay Medical Student Scholarship Mel Barclay, M.D., joined the faculty in 1973 and served as director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Student Clerkship from 1984 until he retired from the University in 2003. In recognition of Dr. Barclay’s innumerable contributions to medical education, the department established the Dr. Mel Barclay Medical Student Scholarship to provide scholarships for deserving University of Michigan medical students selected by the Dean of the Medical School. It is given to an outstanding entering medical student and can continue for four years with evidence of sustained excellent performance. 2014 – Molly Laux 2010 – Phoebe Cheng 2006 - Jennifer Hasvold 2002 – Michael Page

Jack Leroy Bush Scholarship This scholarship was established by Doctor William K. Hawes, Jr. in honor of his friend and colleague, Doctor Jack LeRoy Bush, a UMMS graduate and prominent Ann Arbor Ob/Gyn. This scholarship is given each year to an exceptional medical student pursuing a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. 2015 – Adam Bonnington 2013 – Michelle Debbink 2011 – Christopher Breed

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Kudos & Awards • The Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership program was established in 2014 to develop a pipeline of women leaders. The program will provide leaders with insight about their leadership strengths and opportunities, allowing for greater self-awareness, growth, development and success.  • Dr. Hanan Bazzi recevied funding from the “Ansbacher Fund for Resident/Fellow Education and Research” to fund her work on weight gain in pregnancy. • Dr. Melissa Brackmann recevied funding from the “Ansbacher Fund for Resident/Fellow Education and Research” to fund her work on characterization of ovarian carcinosarcoma-associated Mesenchyman stem cells. • Dr. Natalie Clark won a 2014 Galens Golden Beeper Award. • The 2015 recipient of the Milton Goldrath award is Michelle Debbink, MD for her proposal entitled: “Place Matters for Racial Inequities in Low Birth Weight”. • Dr. John DeLancey was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2013.

Dr. Dee Fenner was a recipient of the 2014-15 Sarah Goddard Power award for her inspiring research, service and support of women on the campus. • In October of 2013, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health awarded its highest Health Sector’s Award to Dr. Senait Fisseha for her overall profound contribution to Ethiopia’s health sector. • Ed Goldman, JD was recently named one of two 2015 Carol Hollenshead Award winners by the Center for the Education of Women (CEW). In honor of the Center for the Education of Women’s former director, the Hollenshead Award is given annually to faculty or staff whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  • Mary Jo Goodchild, CNM, received the Nurse Midwife of the Year award for the 2014 Resident Teaching Awards. • Dr. Maya Hammoud is the 2015 recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. John DeLancey received the 2015 Distinguished Surgeon Award at the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons 41st Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida. • Dr. Dee Fenner was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Jack Robertson Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Urogynecologic Society Board of Directors. This prestigious award honors an individual who has had a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and has served as a role model through service, basic or clinical research and teaching.

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• The Regents of the University of Michigan approved Dr. Maya Hammoud to serve on the Medical School Executive Committee effective September 1, 2014.

Dr. Senait Fisseha was awarded a 2014 Dean’s Award for medical school community global service.


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• Dr. Sonia Hovelson won 1st prize for her oral presentation at the MSACOG Research Day. Dr. Eisha Zaid won 3rd prize her oral presentation as well. • Dr. Tim Johnson will receive the Distinguished Merit Award from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in October 2015. • Dr. Carolyn Johnston received the 2014 Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award for her long history of developing gyn oncology clinical practice and training in Ghana. • Dr. Justin Junn won a 2014 Galens Golden Beeper Award. • Lisa Kane Low, CNM, PhD, FACNM FAAN became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014 in recognition for her outstanding commitment to national and global levels of policy and research in obstetrics nursery and nurse-midwifery. She was also elected President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She will serve as President-elect in 2015 and then begin her term as President in 2016. • Dr. Samantha Kempner received the 2014 Women’s Health Faculty Teaching Award for the 2014 Resident Teaching Awards. • Dr. Nichole Mahnert won the 2014 Jay Cooper Endowed Award for Best Prize Paper on Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the 2014 Annual AAGL Meeting. • Dr. Dan Morgan was selected as an inaugural member of the American Urogynecologic Societies Quality Improvement and Outcomes Research Network. • Dr. Helen Morgan received the Class of 2014 Senior award which goes to a faculty member who upholds the ideals of Medical Education. • Dr. Erika Mowers won a 2014 Galens Golden Beeper Award.

Dr. Tim Johnson with Dr. Adam Baruch, who was the recipient of a 2015 Bronze Beeper award. • Dr. Anthony Opipari received the 2014 CREOG Faculty Teaching Award for the 2014 Resident Teaching Awards • Dr. Margaret Punch obtained her board certification in Clinical Informatics. • Dr. Caren Stalburg was appointed Chief of the Division of Professional Education in the Department of Learning Health Sciences. • Dr. Patricia Szmal recevied funding from the “Ansbacher Fund for Resident/Fellow Education and Research” to fund her work on venous thromboembolic events in ovarian cancer. • Dr. Cos Vandeven joins Dr. Marcie Treadwell (2014) as an inductee to the 2015 Class for the League of Clinical Excellence at the University of Michigan. • Congratulations to the new Administrative Chief House Officers for 2015-16, Drs. Angela Simmen and Heather Wahl. • The Milton Goldrath Award Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Heather Wahl as the winner of the 2014 Milton Goldrath Award. She was provided with a $2,000 award to support her research project entitled “Intrauterine Contraception and the Vaginal Microbiota”. “The Tim Johnson Library Complex” of the Family Health Medical School, the first private medical school in Ghana, was named in honor of Dr. Tim Johnson. The medical school is directed by an early graduate of the Carnegie Ghana Postgraduate Training Program in Ob/Gyn, Prof Yao Kwawukume.

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Faculty Appointments & Promotions

Appointments 2012

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Tatnai Burnett

Susan Ernst

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Clinical Assistant Professor – Gynecology, University Health Service

Elizabeth Campbell

Sonia Hovelson

Clinical Instructor - Women’s Health

Clinical Instructor - Women’s Health

Lori Day

Clinical Assistant Professor – Maternal Fetal Medicine

Kelli Hall

Clinical Assistant Professor - Women’s Health

Chava Kahn

Research Investigator - BIRCWH

Clinical Instructor – Gynecology, Family Planning

Mitch Berger

Michael Lanham

Clinical Lecturer - WRHR

Clinical Assistant Professor - Reproductive Endocrinology

Samantha Kempner

Clinical Instructor – Women’s Health

Courtney Lim

Elizabeth Langen

Clinical Assistant Professor – Maternal Fetal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor – Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Megan Schimpf

Anita Malone

Clinical Associate Professor – Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery/ Urogynecology

Clinical Assistant Professor - Gynecologic Oncology

Okeoma Mmeje

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Mitchell Berger

Jason Bell

Clinical Assistant Professor - Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery/Urogynecology

Alice Chi

Clinical Instructor - Women’s Health

Rosalyn Maben-Feaster

Clinical Assistant Professor - Women’s Health

Kathleen Mehari

Clinical Assistant Professor

Diana Curran

Clinical Associate Professor

Maya Hammoud Clinical Professor

Lisa Harris

Associate Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor - Women’s Health

Michelle Moniz

Assistant Professor - Women’s Health

Molly Moravek

Clinical Assistant Professor - Reproductive Endocrinology

Carolyn Swenson

Clinical Assistant Professor – Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery/Urogynecology

Promotions Effective September 1, 2012 Vanessa Dalton

Associate Professor

Senait Fisseha

Clinical Associate Professor

Margaret Punch

Effective September 1, 2014 Deborah Berman

Clinical Associate Professor

Mark Chames

Clinical Associate Professor

Amy Tremper

Clinical Assistant Professor

Effective September 1, 2015 Senait Fisseha

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Kelli Hall

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Bindu Menon

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Gynecologic Oncology oncology and he is known for having established a tradition of excellence in teaching, patient care, and clinical research.

R. Kevin Reynolds, M.D. Division Chief The primary goals of the Gynecologic Oncology Division include providing compassionate, state-ofthe-art care for women with gynecologic malignancies; education of students, residents, and fellows; and research contributions that promote understanding of the causes, natural history and treatment of gynecologic cancer. The gynecologic oncology fellowship program is designed to train academic gynecologic oncologists who are outstanding clinicians, teachers, and research contributors. Ob/Gyn residents are assigned to the oncology service for 5-6 months during their four year program. Residents and fellows gain extensive surgical experience including operative laparoscopy and daVinci robotic laparoscopy, and learn how to manage complex medical care issues associated with patients undergoing chemotherapy, in addition to balancing the complex physical and emotional needs to patients who may be facing end-of-life issues.

Kevin Reynolds, MD has been chief of the division since 1997. Dr. Reynolds is a graduate of Stanford University. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his residency at the University of Vermont. He served two years with the U.S. Public Health Service as chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Shiprock Indian Health Service Hospital. Dr. Reynolds completed his Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Michigan and joined the faculty in 1991. He has won four national teaching awards, is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and an investigator with national collaborative cancer research groups. Dr. Reynolds developed an advanced oncology procedures program, including laparoscopic staging, da Vinci robotic surgery, sentinel node mapping, and refinement of both radical hysterectomy and pelvic exenteration techniques. The new procedures are designed to improve patient outcomes and shorten hospital stays. Other areas of expertise include chemotherapy clinical trials. In 2005, he was promoted to the George W. Morley Professorship, an endowed chair honoring the revered Dr. Morley. The gynecologic oncology fellowship program, directed by Dr. Reynolds, is fully accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and is widely respected nationally.

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The division was founded by George W. Morley, MD. In addition, Dr. Morley founded the gynecologic oncology fellowship program in 1971. Dr. Morley, who passed away in 2005, was a giant in the specialty of gynecologic

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Carolyn Johnston, MD is recognized as a superb clinician and outstanding teacher with an interest in clinical trials and in promoting excellent care and training for physicians in Africa. Dr. Johnston is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Chicago and a fellowship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1990. Dr.


Divisions Johnston’s research interests and clinical expertise include cervical cancer and the chemoprevention of squamous cell cancers. She is chair of the Michigan Cancer Consortium Cervical Cancer Committee, a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the principal investigator for the University of Michigan Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) research program. She is an expert in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Johnston sees patients at both University of Michigan and St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals. She is an expert robotic surgeon. In 2015, Dr Johnston was awarded the prestigious Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award by the Society for Gynecologic Oncology for her long-term commitment to the improvement of training for Ob/Gyn and Oncology physicians in Ghana and Ethiopia. Dr. Rebecca Liu is a graduate of Princeton University. She received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University after which she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University and a gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1999. Dr. Liu’s research interests include development of targeted therapies for ovarian cancer. She has won a national award for her ongoing research on chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer. She is a faculty scholar in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. Dr. Liu expanded the scope of her research during a sabbatical in 2012: she traveled to China to carry out a major study on medical decision making and its impact on different populations. Dr. Liu has been awarded numerous grants supporting her research within the last few years. She is a research mentor for the fellowship program, and her trainees have won regional and national awards for fellowship thesis research. In addition to her important contributions to gynecologic oncology research, Dr. Liu actively sees cancer patients and performs surgeries. She is an expert robotic surgeon.

Karen McLean, MD, PhD received her medical degree from the University of Michigan and concurrently earned a PhD in cancer genetics. She completed her residency and her gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. McLean joined the faculty in September 2011. She has research interests in the area of tumor stem cells and the interaction of stromal cells with cancer cells, particularly with respect to their role in the development of chemotherapy resistance and relapse after treatment. Dr. McLean has won a national award for research excellence. She has recently been awarded a large grant funding for her laboratory from the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Program. Dr. McLean has developed an impressive track record of mentoring resident research projects since becoming a faculty member and she currently leads the Gynecologic Oncology Research Workgroup. She is actively involved in all aspects of clinical care for gynecologic cancer patients including diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and end-of-life care. She is an expert laparoscopist and robotic surgeon. Shitanshu Uppal, MD received his medical degree from the All Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed a one year surgical internship at Leeds General Infirmary in the United Kingdom after which he immigrated to the United States. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania followed by a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Temple University and a gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Uppal joined the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in August 2014. He has extensive experience in comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and surgical outcomes research. As our newest faculty member he has already been awarded three research awards and two teaching awards. In addition to amassing a number of peer-reviewed publications he has also authored two widely used software programs for physicians.

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Ronald Buckanovich, MD, PhD, joined the division in July 2006. He is a medical oncologist with expertise treating gynecologic malignancies and leads a laboratory focusing on ovarian tumor vasculature and the tumor vascular stem cell niche. He is actively involved in clinical trial development and is actively mentoring fellows during the laboratory research phase of the fellowship. Anthony Opipari, MD, PhD, joined the faculty in 1998. Dr. Opipari is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1998. His clinical interests include pre-cancers of the cervix and vulva, colposcopy, and complex gynecologic problems. His research interests are cervical dysplasia, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, development of new cytotoxic agents, and mechanisms of apoptosis. He has collaborated with Dr. Gary Glick for studies to characterize novel compounds synthesized from a combinatorial chemical approach to understand their potential to regulate these functions. He is actively involved in teaching residents and supervising research projects of the fellows. Dr. Richard Lieberman is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Keesler Air Force Base Hospital and a fellowship in gynecologic pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1997. His clinical expertise includes abnormal Pap tests, colposcopy, and cervical dysplasia, in addition to anatomic pathology. His research interests include gynecologic pathology, medical informatics, and internet-based teaching and consultation.

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CLINICAL CARE OVERVIEW Patients under our care are offered the latest in minimally invasive and fertility sparing options for treatment of cancer. We were among the first gynecologic oncology programs in the country to adopt laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques for cancer therapy, with over 20 and 14 years of program development in these two areas, respectively. We are one of the few centers in the region that frequently performs ultraradical pelvic exenteration procedures, dating back to Dr. Morley’s experience over many decades. We are proud of the quality of our care and this is reflected in our recent evaluation of cancer treatment outcomes compared to peer-cancer centers around the country. Our survival outcomes are excellent, with stage-by-stage survival for ovarian cancer over a year longer than the nationwide cancer center data. Similarly, we have reported a 40% higher likelihood for 5 year survival in advanced-stage endometrial cancer, and 20% higher chance for survival of localized vulvar cancer at 5 years. We feel that aggressive care with the most modern of techniques has allowed us to attain these improvements in survival.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER The University of Michigan established a cancer center in 1986 to provide quality patient care, initiate innovative research and treatment approaches, and offer trainees the most comprehensive education possible. The Cancer Center was designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute in 1991. A State-of-the-art Cancer and Geriatric Center (CGC) facility of 252,000 gross square feet opened in May of 1997. The CGC includes dedicated space for the clinical and basic science activities of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. The Division of Gynecologic Oncology is well represented in the leadership and administrative structure of the Cancer Center. Dr. Reynolds is a member of both the Cancer Center Executive Committee and the Clinical Operations Committee and leads the cancer center multidisciplinary team (Team 7). Dr. McLean is a member of the University of Michigan Cancer Workgroup Committee and Dr. Johnston represents our group on the Credentialing Committee.


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SAINT JOSEPH MERCY HOSPITAL In May 1995, the University of Michigan developed a unique and exclusive contract to provide all gynecologic oncology services for nearby Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital. In addition to providing this clinical service, Drs. Johnston, Liu, Uppal and Reynolds provide gynecologic oncology education and experience to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital residents.

MID-MICHIGAN HOSPITAL IN MIDLAND, MICHIGAN In September 2014, the Gynecologic Oncology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery programs became the first University of Michigan programs to begin clinical services at the Mid-Michigan Hospital in Midland, Michigan. This program is intended to

build programmatic affiliation between the two medical systems and to broaden the range and complexity of clinical services available in the mid-state region.

RESEARCH The Division of Gynecologic Oncology is actively involved in many areas of research. The division objective for translational research activity focuses on the biology of gynecologic neoplasms, specifically ovarian, and to a lesser extent, endometrial and cervical cancers. Clinical research efforts currently involve enrollment of patients into clinical trials sponsored by the Gynecologic Oncology Group in addition to a number of University of Michigan in-house protocols. The division is actively involved in surgical robotics research and surgical education research.

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Gynecology The Division of Gynecology has evolved and developed as the nidus for gynecology subspecialty services within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The major focus of the Division has been to develop and provide the best gynecologic surgical services available locally and nationally. The Division has sought to develop new and innovative areas of women’s health research and care. Each faculty member has developed an expertise in a specialty area of gynecology. The Division provides consultation for over 6000 new patients annually referred for secondary and tertiary care. Over 1200 surgeries are performed by the Gynecology Division each year. The Pelvic Floor Research Group, a longstanding premier program, is the multidisciplinary research and clinical program headed by Dr. John DeLancey. In January of 2012 we welcomed Dr. Megan Schimpf back to Michigan as the fourth member of the Pelvic Floor Group. In July of 2012 we were delighted to have Mitch Berger M.D., PhD stay with us after completing his fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive

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Surgery (FPMRS). Drs. John DeLancey, Dee Fenner, Daniel Morgan, Megan Schimpf and Mitch Berger provide surgical and non-surgical services for women suffering from urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as pelvic organ prolapse. The FPMRS group currently sees patients at the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, Northville Health Center, and MidMichigan Women’s Health Center in Midland, Michigan. They collaborate clinically with Urology, Physical Therapy and have developed the Michigan Bowel Control Program with GI Medicine and Colorectal Surgery. The Pelvic Floor Research Group is one of the top-ranking funded research programs in Gynecology in the United States. Dr. DeLancey was granted a SCOR Center Grant in 2002 and was refunded in 2007 and 2012. This award, given to only two Urogynecology groups in the country, is the highest award from the NIH. In 2013, Drs. Fenner, DeLancey and Berger, along with Dr. Clemons and Pellitier of the University of Michigan Urology Department, received a U10 award to be part of the Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Network. In 2013, Dr. Fenner was given a grant by an anonymous donor (thankful patient) to study the Michigan Healthy Healing after Delivery Clinic and to develop a screening tool to predict which women are likely not to recover from a complicated vaginal birth. The Pelvic Floor Research Group through numerous publications, post-graduate seminars, and prize papers and videos at the major scientific meetings has a national and international reputation of excellence. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Fenner was the Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive


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An established but growing program, housed in the Gynecology Division, has been the Program on Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research (PWHER). The program, which began in 2006, has seen accelerated growth over the last three years under the leadership of Dr. Vanessa Dalton. The group has secured funding from NIH, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, University of Michigan Institute of Research on Women and Gender, the Society of Family Planning, American Urogynecologic Society and others. In 2014 Dr. Okeoma Mmeje joined the Gynecology Division as an expert in HIV and infectious diseases. As a member of the PWHER, she has been awarded a World Health Organization Internship in Geneva, Switzerland and an Infectious Disease Society in Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG) Travel Grant Award in 2014. Dr. Daniel Morgan, Associate Professor and member of the Pelvic Floor Research Group, has worked with PWHER to establish a growing, nationally recognized program to evaluate surgical outcomes. In collaboration with the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, he is spearheading efforts to determine best practices for route of hysterectomy, preventing serious surgical complications such as pulmonary embolism and infection, and determining which quality indicators CMS and others should use to establish national quality measures and pay for performance. While initially focused on family planning and contraceptive health, the PWHER is now a true center within the department where students, residents, fellows and faculty from all specialties and subspecialties go for mentorship, guidance and assistance in outcomes based research.

1999, the MIS program has been dedicated to advancing the techniques and technology of minimal invasive surgery for benign gynecologic conditions. Building on the advanced laparoscopic surgery program at the University of Michigan, the group has been instrumental in defining the role and effective use of robotic surgery in gynecology. Our services and experience in robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy was instrumental in the FDA approval of this surgical approach. In 2004, the MIS Fellowship was certified by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, and has remained a premier training program in advanced endoscopic training in benign gynecology. The group, including current and past fellows, has published several manuscripts and has been a recipient of a best paper award at the annual American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists meeting. The most recent prize was for their work in “Unexpected gynecologic malignancy diagnosed after hysterectomy performed for benign indications” published as the lead article in Obstetrics and Gynecology February of 2015. Drs. As-Sanie and Skinner continue to provide excellent educational programs in minimally invasive techniques for our medical students, residents, faculty and local physicians through the use of the Michigan Simulation Center. The Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art educational center designed to develop and evaluate models, computer simulation and virtual reality tools for clinical and surgical education. In conjunction with the MIS program, Dr. As-Sanie has also expanded our chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis research and clinical program. With support from the University of Michigan and NIH, Dr. As-Sanie and her colleagues, including Dr. Dan Clauw, Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Center at the University of Michigan, are working to expand our understanding and treatment options for chronic pelvic pain. Her recent work has been recognized as the 2011 recipient of the Radolphe Maheux Award for best clinical presentation at the World Congress of Endometriosis in Montpellier, France.

Dr. Suzie As-Sanie and Dr. Beth Skinner have developed an outstanding, internationally recognized program in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIS). In August of 2014 their graduating fellow, Dr. Courtney Lim was welcomed to the faculty. Since its beginning in

The Gynecology Breast Care Program led by Dr. Mark Pearlman, is a unique subspecialty at the University of Michigan. This program was developed to manage gynecologic diseases and symptoms commonly found in women with breast cancer both with and without

Surgery Division for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology. Under her leadership the subspecialty was officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the ACGME. Our fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Michigan is now in its 12th year of accreditation and remains a top program training tomorrow’s leaders in the subspecialty.

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the BRCA and other known genetic mutations. Dr. Pearlman, in conjunction with the Comprehensive Cancer Program, offers counseling and treatment for patients considering risk reduction salpingo-oophorectomy as well as managing side effects and menopausal symptoms often associated with cancer treatment. Dr. Pearlman has published extensively in this area and gives numerous national lectures on the management of breast diseases and BRCA gene mutations. In 2008, the first Fellow in the unique breast disease program was trained. The one or two year fellowship is aimed at developing physician scientists with the knowledge and clinical expertise to care for this growing population of women, but more importantly, to serve as educators in breast diseases within ob/gyn training programs beyond the University of Michigan to assure that the next generation of ob/gyn physicians are outstanding clinicians in the management of breast diseases. In addition to his clinical and teaching activities, Dr. Pearlman has a variety of institutional leadership activities (Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs, Medical Director of UM Pharmacies, Chair of the Conflict of Interest committee)

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as well as national leadership positions in ACOG including a member of the Editorial Board of the Green Journal and he currently Chairs the Gyn Document review committee for the College. Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) Services have grown and expanded with coverage by Dr. Elisabeth Quint in conjunction with Dr. Yolanda Smith. The program serves a vital clinical and educational need for the Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics Departments. In 2011 a Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology fellowship was started under the leadership of Dr. Quint and the third fellow is currently in training. Interdisciplinary work by the PAG group is done in the program for patients with disorders of sex development (DSD) in conjunction with several pediatric medical and surgical services as well as pediatric psychology to better serve the needs of these complex patients. The first family day for patients with vaginal agenesis was held in April 2012 and has grown annually to what is now a national event with participants from around the US. The PAG program is always well represented at the annual clinical meeting of NASPAG (North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology) where abstracts and workshops are presented by trainees and faculty. Dr. Quint is the past President of NASPAG and serves on the Executive Board. She has published over 30 peer review articles on pediatric and adolescent gynecology, as well as many chapters and is recognized as a leader in the field. In addition to her clinical duties, in 2004 Lies Quint has been working as Assistant Dean for Clinical Faculty in the Dean’s Office of the Medical School.


Divisions The University of Michigan Center for Vulvar Diseases continues to run under the leadership of Dr. Hope Haefner. Drs. Samar Hassouneh, Natalie Saunders, and Ebony Parker-Featherstone have joined Dr. Haefner in this multidisciplinary team to provide care for patients with complex disorders of the vulva, many of which travel great distances for their expertise. With over 90 peer reviewed publications and numerous post-graduate courses, Dr. Haefner has gained a national and international reputation as a leader in her field. She frequently has international scholars and physicians from around the world come to the University of Michigan to shadow her and learn from her expertise. Dr. Haefner continues to collaborate with Dr. Barbara Reed from the Department of Family Practice on several NIH funded research projects on vulvodynia. In 2011 she served as President of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and will complete a two year term as President of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases in 2015. The Family Planning Program is a growing and vital part of the department. Dr. Dalton, a NIH-funded researcher, has a very strong interest in women’s reproductive health services, including the management of pregnancy loss, contraception and health care reform. She runs the family planning clinic at UMHS. Lisa Harris, MD, PhD provides family planning training at UMHS and at Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan. Dr. Harris and Dr. Dalton began a new 2-year fellowship training program in Family Planning in 2006. The program now attracts the top candidates from across the country interested in family planning clinical services, research and international reproductive health care. Two graduates of this program have joined the group. Jason Bell, MD, MPH, MS who provides clinical services at UMHS and Planned Parenthood, leads the training of residents and students in family planning and conducts research on intrauterine contraception and infection. Dr. Bell is a member of the institution’s Microbiome Project at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems. As a lead investigator, he evaluates the impact of contraceptive methods on the microbiome of the lower genital tract and the development or prevention of disease. In 2013 Dr. Bell was granted an RO3 from NIH to evaluate the effect of progesterone contraceptives on the vaginal microbiome. Dr. Bell also serves as a mentor for numerous students,

residents, and fellows interested in infectious diseases. Dr. Chavi KahnM.D., a 2014 graduate of the fellowship program joined the group in the fall of 2014 and will be providing clinical services in general gynecology as well as family planning. In addition to the group’s work domestically, under the directorship of Dr. Dalton a similar family planning fellowship program was launched in Ghana. This program educates and trains doctors at the two major medical centers in Ghana on safe abortion and family planning. Additionally, Dr. Dalton works with Dr. Fisseha and others to train health care providers in Ethiopia. Graduates of this program have gone on to introduce new family planning services at their home hospitals. Collectively their work is helping to secure reproductive health and rights around the world. In summary, the Division of Gynecology strives to provide outstanding patient care across a busy and growing clinical spectrum of gynecologic subspecialties. Faculty are dedicated to medical student, resident and fellow education. We conduct a broad range of research from basic sciences to new surgical treatments that translate science from the bench to the bedside and operating room. Our goal is to continue to develop technologies and educational opportunities for the advancement of surgical and non-surgical care, while always remaining dedicated to improving the health care of our patients.

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Maternal Fetal Medicine

In December, 2011 obstetric services moved into the new VonVoigtlander Womens’ Hospital with spacious patient rooms and impressive views of the Ann Arbor landscape. Since our move, the volume has increased 18% to reach our current volume of 4500 deliveries/year. This delivery volume occurs in a setting providing comprehensive care across the entire obstetric spectrum. Obstetric providers include certified nurse midwives, family practitioners, general obstetrician/gynecologists, and the maternal-fetal medicine division. As the volume has continued to expand, the level of acuity seen in our patients has also increased. The national move to put the “M� back into MaternalFetal Medicine is well supported in our unit. Acting as a regional referral center for women with placenta accretas, cesarean scar pregnancies, as well as a myriad of maternal medical conditions including maternal malignancies, patients with organ transplants, and other more common medical conditions, we continue to have opportunities for establishment of complex care plans, frequently involving many specialties. Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) subspecialists are leaders in high risk obstetric care and serve as consultants to other obstetric care providers. First recognized by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists in 1973, the subspecialty of MFM grew from a need to care for increasingly complicated pregnancies and from

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emerging technologies that provided greater opportunity to evaluate and treat problems involving the fetus. MFM subspecialists have advanced knowledge of both the maternal and fetal medical, surgical, obstetrical, and genetic complications of pregnancy. MFM subspecialists provide peer and patient education, research innovative approaches and treatments for obstetrical problems, and promote risk-appropriate care for complicated pregnancies. Our MFM fellowship program trains one fellow per year, with the aim of graduating fellows to become outstanding patient care providers, advocates for both maternal and fetal health and well being, researchers, and care collaborators for high risk pregnancies. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty staff Labor and Delivery on a daily basis, including weekend days, to provide continuity to the antepartum service and for assistance with the more complex intrapartum patients as well as daily teaching for the residents and fellows. In both the inpatient and outpatient setting, our MFM subspecialists are complementary to obstetric care providers in providing consultations, co-management, or transfer of care for complicated patients before, during and after pregnancy. Outpatient care is provided in a variety of settings with both general and more specialized Maternal Fetal Medicine clinics. The faculty continues to see patients in a general high risk clinic in conjunction with Barbara


Divisions Getty, a nurse practitioner who is an integral part of the team. In addition to providing specialized care, this office based practice provides an opportunity for medical students to see patients directly with the faculty attending. Multiple specialty clinics have also been established to provide optimal care for some of the more common indications for referral. The Pregnancy Diabetic Clinic is currently under the leadership of Dr. Mark Chames. It is primarily staffed by Dr. Chames and Dr. Lori Day, who joined our faculty in 2012. The clinic offers comprehensive diabetic care including visits with a dietician and teaching by nurse educators. Prenatal care is provided both in conjunction with the referring obstetric provider, with co-managed care, and with the MFM as the primary obstetric provider for the more complex diabetic patients. Patients have contact with the high risk nurse specialist, Liz Dormer, at least a twice weekly to facilitate insulin adjustments and optimize tight glucose control throughout the pregnancy and immediate post-partum period. This clinic provides an opportunity for coordinated care, teaching, and also many research projects. Recent publications have included studies looking at the optimal method of screening for persistent glucose intolerance in the post-partum period and markers for gestational hypertension in this population. Ongoing research into the use of an app to better communicate glucose values and insulin adjustments is being conducted. Preconception testing, counseling and appropriate medical care are the best ways to avoid or minimize the impact of issues that can affect pregnancy and to optimize health prior to conceiving a pregnancy. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows, under the guidance of Dr. Timothy Johnson, provide preconception counseling to patients with complex medical concerns in a weekly clinic. Patients include those with complicated medical issues ranging from systemic to organ specific disease as well as those with complex, and sometimes tragic, obstetric histories. As the population continues to age, and more women with significant medical pathology are attempting pregnancy, there is a growing need for this service. The Partnering for the Future clinic is a collaborative effort between addiction psychiatry and MFM. Unfortunately, the number of patients with addictions to alcohol, street drugs, or prescription drugs is continuing to increase. Patients are seen by a team representing obstetrics, psychiatry and social work. By coordinating their care for the often extreme complex psychosocial

conditions, we strive to not only improve the outcome of the pregnancy, but address the many challenges that the patients face. Dr. Cos Van de Ven and Dr. Elizabeth Langen, who joined the MFM division faculty in 2012, primarily staff this busy clinic with our colleagues in psychiatry and with Barbara Getty. An additional high risk outpatient clinic which focuses primarily on delivering care to women whose pregnancies are complicated by fetal issues is staffed primarily by Drs. Clark Nugent and Lori Day. This clinic provides both primary and co-managed care to patients from across the state of Michigan as well as beyond state borders. Residents see patients with faculty to coordinate the management plans of patients carrying pregnancies with fetal anomalies as well as pregnancies with complicated multiple gestations. This is supplemented by an additional clinic focusing on maternal medical issues which is staffed by the MFM faculty supervising the residents and fellows. The Fetal Diagnostic Center (FDC) is the site of our fetal evaluations. The FDC is continuing to expand in both volume of patients seen and range of services offered. With over 19,000 patient visits last year, the unit offers high quality screening and diagnostic services for women with both high and low risk pregnancies. We also focus on in-utero diagnosis and treatment of a variety of medical and surgical disorders. The FDC serves as the entry point for most patients transferring to the University of Michigan due to fetal anomalies. All MFM faculty members participate in the care offered through this unit; the result is a state of the art unit that provides outstanding and compassionate care to patients and families. The team, under the direction of Dr. Marcie Treadwell, with significant staffing provided by Dr. Deb Berman, also includes three genetic counselors, eight sonographers, antenatal testing nurses, and dedicated support staff. Closely aligned with the FDC is the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center of the University of Michigan which is a multidisciplinary group involved in counseling patients and in performing fetal therapies. This group includes representation from MFM, Pediatric Surgery, Neonatology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Radiology, Pediatric Pathology, Pediatric Genetics, as well as Pediatric Urology and Pediatric Neurosurgery. In our weekly meetings, we review all cases with fetal anomalies providing a forum for presenting ultrasound and fetal MRI images and orchestrating detailed discussions regarding management plans. This highly attended

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weekly multidisciplinary conference allows for a unique academic opportunity for all learners including medical students, residents, fellows, staff, junior and senior faculty. We were accepted as members into the North American Fetal Network (NAFTNet) and participate in multiple research protocols through this organization to improve our knowledge of fetal therapies and conditions with the aim to improve maternal and fetal outcomes for these complicated pregnancies. The FDC continues to expand the therapies offered with referrals from around the country. As the only program in Michigan, and one of few in the region, our selective endoscopic laser ablation for twin twin transfusion syndrome program, under the direction of Dr. Deb Berman, is continuing to grow. We have also continued to see increasing numbers of patients with isoimmunization requiring in utero transfusions as well as patients who are candidates for thoracic and vesico-amniotic shunts. We currently offer the full range of fetal therapies in addition to the above, including EXIT procedures and radiofrequency ablation. Our in utero cardiac interventions include aortic valvuloplasties to attempt to preserve biventricular function in fetuses with critical aortic stenosis with evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome and atrial septostomies in fetuses with a cardiac anomaly and intact atrial septum. This past year has included adding open fetal surgery for prenatal in utero repair of fetal spina bifida to our procedures offered and our initial cases have been extremely successful. The maternal risk as well as implications for the fetus requires extensive collaborative counseling involving MFM, neurosurgery, anesthesia, neonatology, pediatric radiology, and social work and the team assembled is outstanding. Our program is part of a national Fetal Myelomeningocele network to provide continual re-evaluation of techniques and to provide a forum for research to further our understanding of the impact of this therapy.

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Health System. This honor is bestowed on 10 clinical faculty within the entire University of Michigan Health System per year and he joins Dr. Treadwell (inducted 2012) in this honor. The division is involved in many areas of research. In light of our expertise and focus on maternal comorbidities and their impact on both maternal and fetal outcomes, our division collaborates with many other departments. Our research is primarily clinical in nature and we have established multiple research databases as well as several ongoing prospective studies. A few of our current collaborations include those with Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, with focuses on on sleep apnea, depression, and fetal growth; The School of Public Health, focusing on paternal bonding during pregnancies; Neonatology, focusing on prenatally detected renal anomalies and neonatal outcomes; Anesthesia, focusing on medication use in our women with addiction, and numerous others with Rhematology, Pathology, Infectious Diseases, and Pediatric Surgery. Under the direction of Dr. Langen, all of our MFM fellows have submitted and presented abstracts at several national and international meetings. In summary, the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine is doing well with a bright future. We remain committed to our institutional mission: excellence and leadership in education, research and patient care.

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Reproductive Endocrinology of the clinical volume of IVF cases & it is projected to reach 450 cycles per year in 2016.

Dr. Senait Fisseha, MD, JD Division Chief Dr. Senait Fisseha has been serving as the Chief the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology since August 2011. Under her leadership, the division has accomplished major milestones including receiving over $30 million in grant funding for global reproductive health training and research, continued NIH funding for the division and the successful negotiation of insurance coverage for infertility services for University of Michigan employees at the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM). The years from 2012-2015 in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility were marked by continued success in translational and clinical research programs as well as significant clinical growth. Faculty in the division continue to be actively engaged in clinical and translational research ranging from multi-center clinical trials in the use of GnRH analogues for protection of chemo induced gonadotoxicity to bench research investigating the genetics of premature ovarian failure. These research projects have provided valuable research opportunities and training for the reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellows and OBGYN residents, and actively involve all members of the division, ART laboratory and the staff of the Center for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Fisseha and Janet Hall succeeded in having the University of Michigan providing infertility coverage exclusively at the UM CRM including IVF/ART to its employees with minimal copay. This has played a key role in the growth

The Center for Reproductive Medicine, near Briarwood Mall, continues providing comprehensive, consolidated onsite reproductive services for a broad range of individuals and couples with reproductive concerns. In addition to the full range of assisted reproductive technology services offered, including in vitro fertilization, Pre Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Donor Egg IVF, Gestational Carrier, ovulation induction and artificial insemination, the Center also has programs in oocyte cryopreservation for women at risk of losing ovarian function, sexual health services, and gender services. It also serves as the primary clinical training site for fellows in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as, house officers and medical students. Since the inception of the fellowship in 2003, the program has graduated over 10 fellows and continues to attract top residents from across the country. In 2011, Senait Fisseha, MD, JD added the role of Division Director to her previous appointments as Medical Director for the CRM and Director of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Dr. Fisseha was promoted to full professor in 2015. With her special interest in clinical ART, global women’s health and reproductive ethics and law, Dr. Fisseha combines her legal background and REI training into a unique combination of special expertise. She had received funding from the CDC for improving post graduate OBGYN training at the St. Paul Millennium Hospital School of Medicine, and this has expanded to include multiple other specialty programs and developing clinical programs such as kidney transplant and ART/IVF. Subspecialty fellowships in Gynecologic Oncology and Maternal Fetal Medicine have begun. With a transformation grant, Dr. Fisseha will create a Center of International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT, see separate section) to integrate Family Planning across seven medical schools across Ethiopia and hopefully then expand the model across Sub Sahara Africa. Dr. Fisseha currently holds several national leadership positions and serves as a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (SREI) member services committee and the University of Michigan’s Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Oversight (hPSCRO) Committee.

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Nastaran Foyouzi-Yousefi, MD from the University of California San Francisco joined the Division as a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar. The program is designed to develop Ob/Gyn junior faculty into independent investigators. Dr. Foyouzi has been working with Dr. Sally Camper, in the Department of Human Genetics, investigating the genetics of premature ovarian failure. Her investigation has focused on testing the functional significance of a variant found in the transcription factor OTX2 gene in a patient with multiple pituitary hormone deficiency. Michael Lanham, MD joined the Division in August 2014, after completing his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at University of Michigan, and at that time began as Associate Medical Director for the CRM.  He has also completed basic and advanced training as a Physician Builder for MiChart/Epic, allowing him to support both the clinic’s goal of a comprehensive electronic medical record for patients undergoing fertility treatment as well as the division’s goal of research.  Through his work with the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Michigan, he investigated the feasibility and desire for an intelligent medication management, tracking, and support solution for patients undergoing in vitro fertilization.  To support this work, he was awarded a Fostering Innovation Grant from the University of Michigan.  Subsequently, he won two prizes for this work at the inaugural Hacking Health Windsor Detroit in May 2015: Best caregiver/patient management application and Best clinical application/solution, affording him additional opportunities to further this work and improve patient experience.  He will assume the position of Medical Director and Medical Director of IVF for the CRM in the summer of 2015. Tariq Shah PhD, HCLD is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director and joined the CRM as a Director of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies

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(ART) lab in January 2014. Under the guidance of Dr. Shah, the ART laboratory continues to implement state of the art technologies that has contributed to the IVF lab’s pregnancy success rates that has far surpassed the national average. The ART laboratory provides full range of services including Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), assisted hatching, embryo & oocyte cryopreservation, as well as full range of andrology and clinical laboratory service. K.M. Jairam Menon, PhD has been on the faculty since 1970 and continues to be active in his research lab and mentoring many students. He has been the recipient of NIH Grants continuously for over 42 years. Recently, he received the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement award, an NIH MERIT award and the State of Michigan Scientist of the Year award. He was inducted into the University of Michigan Medical School League of Research Excellence in 2014. His current research focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of the regulation of ovarian function in normal and pathological states and the mechanism of hormone action. Gary D. Smith, PhD, was promoted to Professor in both the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Urology. He is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director and remains the Co-Director of the Reproductive Sciences Research Program. Co-founding the program in 2001, Dr. Smith serves as Laboratory Director of the Fertility Preservation Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. With a strong interest in regulation of mammalian gamete, embryo, and embryonic stem cell development and function, he co-founded and now co-directs


Divisions the A. A. Alfred Taubman Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies. Dr. Smith spearheaded the derivation of the University of Michigan’s first human embryonic stem cell line that was placed on the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s registry in 2012, making the cells available for federally-funded research. He continues his research efforts and expects to submit eight additional human embryonic stem lines for consideration on the national registry soon. Yolanda R. Smith, MD serves as research director of the University of Michigan Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program. Dr. Smith maintains her clinical interest in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, providing both clinical services and training for reproductive endocrinology fellows and pediatric and adolescent gynecology fellows. She served as the Program Director for the Society of Gynecologic Investigation 2013 Annual Meeting. Dr. Smith has continued her NIH funded research related to studying the neuronal effects of hormones in women with neuroimaging techniques, such as PET and FMRI. This work focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying hormone regulation of cognition, mood and stress responses. John F. Randolph, Jr., MD, transitioned from Division Director receiving a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and assuming the role of Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Approaches to Complex Diseases in the SPH, now the Center for Midlife Studies. Dr. Randolph continues to serve as the Director of the REI Fellowship and directs the overall educational efforts of the Division. He continues as a Co-Principal Investigator of the Michigan site of the multi centered longitudinal Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), now in its fifth five-year funding cycle. He is developing the Program for the Study of the Reproductive Life Span, a department wide effort to

consolidate the research interests of a number of investigators interested in reproductive aging, adolescence and menopause. He continues his clinical work with particular interests in the late reproductive and perimenopausal ages, and gender medicine. A lectureship is being developed in his honor supported by former fellows, residents and colleagues. Rudi Ansbacher, MD, MS, continues service as an ad hoc mentor for many junior faculty in the Department. He remains active in his interests in menopausal hormone therapy, geriatric medicine, humanism in medicine and mentoring. Steven E. Domino, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Program Director of the Michigan BIRCWH Career Development Program. He serves as the primary consultant gynecologist at the VA Ann Arbor Health System, in addition to clinical gynecologic care at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital and the Center for Reproductive Medicine. After the dedication of the Peterson Conference Room, the Division and Department has established the Endowed Research Fund in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility made possible by very generous anonymous gift from a loyal supporter. This generous bequest is the foundation of an endowed fund to grow and help fund pilot projects and other research endeavors in the Division for the years to come. The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility has matured into a very productive academic unit, both investigationally and clinically, with outstanding teaching programs and significant federal and foundation funded research. The Division has done very well and continues to attract top talent to its training program. The Division anticipates significant clinical growth with the new UM infertility insurance plan and anticipates expansion of clinical space in the next few years.

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Women’s Health exceeding our target of 4,500 deliveries within the past year. Inpatient Gynecologic surgery is performed at the UM hospital complex in Ann Arbor. Many cases have been moved to the Children and Women’s hospital building including short stay cases. While we continue to do an occasional outpatient surgery at the University Hospital, the bulk of outpatient cases are done at the East Ann Arbor Ambulatory Surgery and Medical Procedures Center as well as the Livonia Surgery Center. In fiscal year 2014, the Women’s Health Division performed over 49,000 office visits and 2,069 deliveries. This represented over half of all office visits performed by department physicians and 46% of all the deliveries.

Margaret Punch, M.D. Division Chief The Division of Women’s Health was founded in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993. The primary purpose of the division was to support the clinical activities of the University Health Centers, the UM’s primary care network throughout southeast Michigan. Starting in 1994 we recruited faculty from outstanding training programs, including our own, to create a Division which provides obstetrics and gynecology outpatient services at six health centers, with multiple providers in each center, as well as the Von Voigtlander Women’s clinic. Our role in the department now includes an expanded role in education and academics. We have continued to grow and now number 26 physicians in the division. Most physicians are full time, but seven are part time. The gender shift nationally is reflected in our group with 5 men and 21 women. Eleven completed their residencies at the University of Michigan and the remaining fifteen trained all over the country. Two are currently on maternity leave and two more had maternity leaves this past summer. There is some degree of constant turnover with a group of this size and expect to have one former and two current residents join the faculty between June and September. All inpatient obstetrics is done in the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. In the two years since opening there has been steady upward growth in delivery volume

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In addition to the division’s clinical practice, the faculty of the division regularly teaches both medical students and house staff, and takes regular rotations on supervisory call. We contribute teaching time in resident continuity clinics in an effort to improve the educational experience of the residents as we fulfill national guidelines for residency training programs. The primary care obstetrics and gynecology rotation for fourth year medical students remains a very popular rotation. They spend 4 weeks working with 1-2 members of the division, seeing patients in the clinics, going to the operating room and taking OB call. This has become a very important rotation for senior students considering a career in OB/GYN. The spring M4 pre-residency Boot Camp under the direction of Dr. Helen Morgan has become a national model for a senior level rotation and our medical school graduates start residency feeling confident in their knowledge and technical skills. The number of medical students doing their 6 week M3 rotation in our department has increased. They routinely spend time at the health center offices with the WH division faculty. Each student has a continuity experience where they work with one physician at least four times throughout the rotation. The students are especially thrilled when a patient they have seen in the office comes in to the hospital in labor when they are on call. It doesn’t happen that often, but the experience is really amazing for the students. Dr. Maya Hammoud is the Medical Student Clerkship Director and has consistently received recognition for improving the rotation.


Divisions Dr. Diana Curran-Galejs continues to lead the Residency Program Director position and is constantly staying ahead of all new requirements from the Residency Review Committee. At the Senior Banquet in June, 2014, the Women’s Health Teaching Award was given to Dr. Samantha Kempner in her second year on the faculty after completing her residency at Duke. She grew up in Ann Arbor and is a graduate of our medical school. She’s been chosen to lead a group of students in the next version of the medical school curriculum as well. Although the responsibilities of the division’s faculty emphasize clinical activity, members of the division also engage in other academic activities. Dr, Jane Nicholson continues as the steadfast Medical Director of the East Ann Arbor Health Center. The Faculty Group Practice has taken over responsibility for ambulatory care and these positions include significant commitments to practice management, cost containment and patient satisfaction. Dr. Frank Anderson is directing projects for international health in addition to his clinical activities within the division and teaching a course every fall in the School of Public Health. Dr. Amy Tremper’s work in teaching reproductive health at a secondary school in Meru, Kenya contributed to her recent promotion. Dr. Maya Hammoud is the director of the department’s Center for Education. The Center for Education is working on several simulation projects.  This past year, team simulations were performed to support MiChart (electronic health record) roll-out to familiarize  faculty, residents and nurses with the new EHR and the workflow.  Currently, team-training models  are being designed to complement previous simulation projects

(OB emergencies and c-section urgency classification) to work on high-stress obstetric simulations.  The simulation team also has completed their second year conducting the Michigan “Untour,” an  opportunity for undergraduate students interviewing for medical school to participate in a normal vaginal delivery and neonatal intubation. Many Women’s Health Division faculty participate actively in these activities including Dr. Marzano and Smith. Dr. Caren Stalburg has been appointed as the Division Chief for the Professional Education Division of the new Department of Learning Health Sciences at the Medical School (formerly Medical Education).  The Division of Professional Education incorporates a team of nationally recognized scholars in educational program design, learner assessment, curriculum development, and program evaluation. The faculty focus on developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning within the rapidly changing health care landscape. Dr. Roger Smith has continued as the head of the department Quality Improvement Committee and is working with residents who are becoming more engaged in QI and quality of care projects. Dr. Margaret Punch is serving another 2 year term on the Clinical Practice Committee of the Faculty Group Practice and as an Associate Medical Director for the Faculty Group practice helping to lead the institution’s implementation of Epic’s Enterprise software. She recently became board certified in the new field of Clinical Informatics. It’s a busy, exciting time for the Women’s Health Division as we look to maximize our clinical productivity, professional passions and personal satisfaction. We have quickly exceeded the target number of deliveries that were planned for Von Voigtlander Hospital and we are currently trying to make strategic decisions on how to grow while maintaining patient safety and patient and physician satisfaction across the enterprise. Increasing passion for academics, education and scholarly pursuits must be balanced with the demands of our busy clinical practice, but that is what makes the Women’s Health Division a unique and exciting practice.

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Center for International Reproductive The Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) at the University of Michigan is established with the overarching goal of reducing the disproportionately high maternal mortality in the developing world by reducing unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions by making the provision of Family Planning and safer pregnancy termination services an integral part of medical services women receive at heath facilities. The Center was conceived due to the stark reality that too many women were needlessly dying from lack of access to quality reproductive health care services in most of the developing world. Dr. Senait Fisseha, Executive Director of CIRHT, says “No woman should have to suffer poor health outcomes because of where she lives.� The program was made possible through a $25 million grant to U-M department of OBGYN. Dr Fisseha, Clinical Associate Professor of OBGYN, Division Chief of REI, is the PI of the grant. The program is initially charged with developing and implementing pre-service training programs for medical students, interns, and OBGYN residents at the partnering eight medical schools in Ethiopia. The pilot experience at Saint Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC) supported by University of Michigan has demonstrated that integrating family planning and comprehensive abortion care (FP/CAC) competencies into pre-service training is an acceptable and feasible intervention, and led to substantial improvement in reproductive health service delivery at St. Paul’s Hospital.

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To address the broader goal of reducing maternal morbidity and mortality through effective pre-service reproductive health training of health professionals, CIRHT has set out five objectives:

3. Improve the institutional capacity of partner medical schools to deliver high quality pre-service family planning and safe pregnancy termination training

1. Make CIRHT a globally recognized, prestigious Center to support and coordinate pre-service Contraception and Pregnancy Termination Training in developing countries

4. Scale up integrated pre-service training on contraception and pregnancy termination for medial students, interns, residents in Ethiopia at the eight established medical schools in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Hawassa, Haramaya, Jimma, and Adama Universities

2. Build OBGYN faculty capacity in the eight Ethiopian partner medicals schools on clinical competencies in long-acting and permanent family planning methods, medical and surgical pregnancy termination, and teaching and research skills

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Current staffing of CIRHT U-M • Executive Director • Program Administrator • Senior Project Manger • Center Program coordinator • Training physicians (2) • Financial specialist*

Ethiopia • Ethiopia Program Manager • Ethiopia Program Coordinator • M&E, Research, and Partnership Officer • 8 Site Program Coordinators

“This Center will help train future generations of capable and competent health care providers who can deliver the comprehensive care women in Ethiopia need and deserve. Our goal is to enable and empower women to make decisions about their reproductive health—and ultimately, about the health and well-being of their families.” – Senait Fisseha, M.D., J.D., Executive Director, the Center for International Reproductive Health Training

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Center for Reproductive Medicine

Senait Fisseha, MD, JD

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The University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) has continued to advance since its move out of the main hospital to the Briarwood facility in 2004. This move ensured adequate space for growth and allowed implementation of state-of the art technology to ensure patients receive the best possible care. As a result, the center is providing unsurpassed clinical care in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, with high IVF pregnancy rates while advancing science by conducting NIH-funded clinical research. Patients seeking reproductive endocrinology and infertility care can be seen at the Briarwood location for all services and at the new Northville Health Center for consultations and some procedures. The CRM also has a new website to improve visibility and provide patients with up-to-date educational materials, which can be found at http://fertility.obgyn.med.umich.edu/

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Under the supervision of the medical director, Senait Fisseha, MD, JD, the Center for Reproductive Medicine has continued to make large strides in improvement of patient care. Dr. Fisseha has also been instrumental in ensuring the continued growth of the egg freezing and donor egg IVF programs. The center also has comprehensive programs in PCOS, Gender Services,

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and Sexual Health. As a whole, the program benefits from the clinical experience of three board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialists. Additionally, Michael Lanham joined the faculty in July 2014 as Associate Medical Director after completing his fellowship training at University of Michigan. The center has received one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the institution for four years in a row. Dr. Fisseha was named as one of Metro Detroit’s top Doctors in 2012. Under the new direction of director Tariq Shah, PhD, HCLD, the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Laboratory has continued to make great strides in improving patient care. Recently, the laboratories have been upgraded with the state-of-the-art equipment to cater to increasing patient volumes, and patient and provider requests for newer diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the field of reproductive medicine. The Reproductive Endocrinology Laboratory now offers hormone assays 7 days a week, ensuring more efficient and rapid turnaround of test results for delivery of high quality and timely patient care. Dr. Shah has also implemented new services, including highly reliable trophectoderm biopsy of embryos, at an advanced stage


Programs of development. These techniques allow for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis for single gene defects (PGD) and chromosome screening of embryo for aneuploidy (PGS). The latter technique helps identify chromosomally normal embryos with high potential for pregnancy, circumventing implantation failure and miscarriage. This technique also helps in identifying chromosomally normal embryos in older patients who have a higher risk of chromosomal disorders. Patients have the option of donating unused embryos affected with specific single-gene disorders, for production of disease-specific human embryonic stem cells by MStem Cell Laboratory at the University of Michigan. At least one disease-specific stem cell line has been created from embryos donated from patients at the CRM. Additional research in the lab continues to focus on various methods to improve assisted reproductive outcomes, including improvements to current culture media and growth conditions. The University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine continues its commitment to fertility preservation. This program provides appropriate counseling and gamete cryopreservation for men and women undergoing cancer therapies. The program is providing greater assurance that men and women who survive cancer will be able to fulfill reproductive goals if they so choose; and several pregnancies were achieved last year as a result. In addition, the program is affiliated with LIVESTRONG Fertility, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors. Patients who qualify for this program are eligible to receive treatment services and medications at significantly reduced rates. The Center for Reproductive Medicine at the University of Michigan continues to be a national leader in the treatment for male factor infertility.  The University of Michigan has taken the lead in this area, becoming one of only a few centers in the United States offering microscopic directed testicular biopsy for men with azoospermia. This very successful program in collaboration with Dr. Dana Ohl in the Department of Urology has flourished since its inception.  The program welcomed Dr. Jim Dupree in the Department of Urology in the summer of 2014. 

In addition to developing improved technology and procedures to increase pregnancy rates within the program, the Center has made a conscientious effort to provide this increased success without the risks of advanced multiple gestations.  Over the last 5 years couples undergoing in vitro fertilization at the University of Michigan were strongly encouraged to limit the number of embryos transferred to one or two as recommended by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. In support of this effort, the ART laboratory now routinely performs blastocyst stage culture and cryopreservation. This approach has enabled the option of high efficiency single embryo transfer for select patients to further reduce the risk of multiple gestations. The Assisted Reproductive Technology program continues to grow, in part due to new insurance coverage offered to all UM employees starting in January 2015. This has allowed the CRM to offer services to patients who otherwise would have found treatments like in vitro fertilization cost-prohibitive. The University of Michigan’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Lab continues to maintain its accreditations and is fully certified by the College of American Pathology and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Laboratory accreditation programs and successfully passed yet another annual inspection.  Additionally, The Center for Reproductive Medicine has passed FDA inspections for good tissue practices. As we approach the future, the University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine will continue to investigate causes of infertility so that patients, if at all possible, can be treated without the use of assisted reproductive technology. In those cases where assisted reproductive technology is the best option for patients to achieve a family, we will continue to do so in a manner that reduces risks and avoids multiple gestations in the most cost-effective manner possible. 

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Certified Nurse Midwives The Certified Nurse-Midwife Service was established in 1983 by two midwives and the women of the Ann Arbor community who supported and lobbied heavily for its creation and the right to choose a midwife for their care. We have grown steadily over the years, and have been one of the most successful, longstanding Midwifery Services in the United States. We have grown from two midwives in 1983 to 18 today. We staff 7 different outpatient clinical sites for an integrated outpatient/inpatient full scope midwifery care service. With excellent collaboration with our obstetric colleagues we provide midwifery “high touch, low tech care� in an environment where little intervention in the birth process is supported and where technological intervention is available as needed.

Joanne Motino Bailey, C.N.M, PhD Director, Nurse Midwifery Service

Patricia Crane, MS, CNM Director, Triage Coordinator Service

Since 1997 we have staffed the birth center triage area, currently it is staffed by one or two midwives 24/7. Triage coverage has been a great success as house officer hours have decreased and their work load has expanded.


Programs Since its inception, the Nurse-Midwifery Service has supported the triple mission of the University of Michigan Health System by not only maintaining a viable clinical practice, but actively participating in education and research endeavors. A Master’s program in Midwifery has existed at the University of Michigan since 1990, we lecture and precept students in all clinical areas. Members of the service also participate in teaching and precepting an array of students from various disciplines such as nursing, medicine, social work, women’s studies, public health, emergency medical technicians and even high school students interested in learning more about Nurse-Midwifery. Most recently we have initiated a formal midwifery elective rotation for fourth year medical students as well as routinely teaching third year medical students during their obstetric rotation.

Since 1989, the midwifery program has also coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program. Advanced practice nurses and physician’s assistants have been trained to provide this exceptional level of forensic and medical assessment of the sexual assault survivor and are always available for an exam in the emergency department. Beginning in 2009 in honor of the late Terri Murtland, MSN, CNM, the Nurse Midwifery Program has sponsored an annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds speaker as well as an annual educational conference for nurses on promoting normal birth through effective labor support. Our service has adopted the American College of Nurse-Midwives motto “Listen to Women.” We are proud to continue this tradition as we respect all choices, working with women who express various desires for their birth, such as those who desire an unmedicated “natural” experience, perhaps laboring and delivering in water to those who want an epidural as soon as possible.

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Global Initiatives education and program development that utilize the depth and breadth of experience from all settings to inform research, policies and practices at the state, national and international level to reduce maternal mortality and improve women’s reproductive health both in the US and abroad. Our faculty offer numerous lectures, presentations and publications of research in global health and have created high impact global health programs that are shaping international health thinking and policy.

Frank Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. Director Global priorities to eliminate preventable maternal mortality, stillbirth and early neonatal mortality and improve women’s reproductive health require the evidence based high-impact practices that modern obstetrics and gynecology provides. The department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan continues to expand its long tradition of Global Health integration to develop academic partnerships and programs that improve women’s and maternal health worldwide. Global Initiatives are integrated into all of the department’s divisions and programs so that students, residents, fellow’s faculty and patients can receive the best training and care. Our department regularly hosts medical students, and post graduate trainees and professors from across the globe, and our students, residents and fellows have opportunities to expand their understanding of obstetrics and gynecology by participating in electives abroad, encountering clinical scenarios rarely encountered in Michigan. They learn while providing updated training, protocols and research opportunities to their counterparts in Africa. This rich experience enhances care for our Michigan patients, while helping erase the disparities and inequities that exist throughout the world.

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Our participation in the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Ghana-Michigan Collaborative Health Alliance Reshaping Training, Education & Research (CHARTER) Program with the School of Public Health, the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Ghana Ministry of Health helped us understand the educational, health systems and research needs in Ghana and to co-create new methods of partnership and collaboration. Our research on the public health impact of training obstetricians has shown that with a long term commitment to authentic partnership, our Ghanaian partners have created a training program that has produced over 140 graduates, 98% of whom have stayed in Ghana and are now practicing in many rural and peri-urban areas where Obstetricians have never practiced before. This experience is being replicated in Ethiopia. A new OBGYN residency at St. Paul Millennium Hospital and the newly established Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) – led by Dr. Senait Fisseha has begun its comprehensive reproductive health training program for students at eight Ethiopian medical schools. (see full page description) Our 1000+ OBGYN project promises to take the GhanaMichigan and Ethiopia-Michigan idea of partnership to other university partnerships throughout sub Saharan Africa. The UM-OBGYN Global Initiatives through the 1000+ OBGYN Project and grants from the Flora Family Foundation, the World Bank, the UM Africa Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has initiated an unprecedented initiative to transform comprehensive obstetric care throughout sub Saharan Africa. We have mobilized obstetricians from 18 sub Saharan African obstetrics and gynecology departments in 14 countries, with their OBGYN partners from 16 American OBGYN departments, and a number of national and international


Programs professional and expert clinical organizations. Together, we will raise the resources and support to train 1000+ additional OBGYNs in SSA in the next 10 years and will measure their impact on maternal and neonatal morbidity/mortality, stillbirth and obstetric fistula. The 1000+ OBGYN project in conjunction with ELEVATE Health has developed an 8 hour preeclampsia course, and mobilized a number of open access resources for use for OBGYN faculty and residents throughout the world. These freely available resources can be found at http://open.umich.edu/education/med/1000obgyns. We have also partnered with the Global Library of Women’s medicine www.glowm.org to make critical knowledge resources available to all who care for women. For further information and access to other clinical learning resources visit www.1000obgyns.org.

The larger University of Michigan community is also embracing Global Health and lessons learned from our department’s international work have been instrumental in the formation and implementation of campus wide projects and programs and continue to inform the University of Michigan response to global health issues. The President of the University of Michigan Mark Schlissel has coined the term “symbiotic global education” to describe our approach to this work For further information, current projects and videos see our website http://obgyn.med.umich.edu/ global-initiatives.

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Global Health Faculty and Activities Frank Anderson, MD, MPH is involved with research on community based surveillance for maternal mortality, adapting clinical interventions to low resource settings, and capacity building.

Jason Bell, MD, MPH, MS focuses research on the intersection between contraception and reproductive infectious diseases.  Currently he is conducting research in Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia. 

Diana Curran, MD is a key member of the 1000+ OBGYN project in identifying and curating the critical knowledge elements necessary for OBGYN training abroad. She is a faculty mentor to faculty at St Paul Hospital and Millennium Medical College in Ethiopia, and assists in the development of the new OBGYN residency program there by providing resources, teaching materials, lectures, and simulations electronically and in person in Addis Ababa. Joanne Bailey, CNM, PhD – Joanne’s interest in global health initiatives have led her to organize undergraduate trips to Honduras for a  three week immersion in community, social service and poverty issues relating to third world countries.  She has also helped to establish a home for orphaned children with AIDS in Honduras along with other international initiatives.

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Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH is director of the department’s health services research group which provides research support and mentorship to numerous faculty, fellows and students involved in Global Health research.  She completed her work as an Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Scholar and her research interests include family planning and contraception, access to care, and human rights. She is past director of the International Family Planning Fellowship in Ghana. Raymond De Vries, PhD co-directs the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan and is a Professor in the Department of Medical Education and the Department of Obstetrics. His work is focused in the Netherlands and Sub-Saharan Africa.  He is a visiting professor in CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Maastricht. He supervises 8 PhD students working the field of midwifery science.  His work in Africa centers on maternal and child health. He extracts components of partnership creation in 1000+ OBGYN project and is developing models for “twinning” midwives in Sierra Leone and Morocco with midwives in the Netherlands.  He is also working with Dr. Christian Vercler in the development of an ethics training program that will share resources between universities in Ghana and the University of Michigan. Senait Fisseha MD, JD is the director of the Center for the International Reproductive Health Training in Ethiopia and the director of the EMPACE:  Ethiopia-Michigan Platform for Advancing Collaborative Engagement. In October, 2013, The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) awarded its highest Health Sector’s Award to Dr. Fisseha, at its 15th Annual Review Meeting in Mekelle, Ethiopia.


Programs Ed Goldman, JD provides ongoing capacity and leadership development with faculty in Ghana at the KNUST School of Law to create courses in reproductive justice.

Kelli Hall, PhD focuses on determinants and consequences of adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Africa. One major project is investigating the role of social stigma as a barrier to contraception and family planning service use among young women in Ghana.  Lisa Harris, M.D., PhD and her interdisciplinary team and global partners are completing studies of abortion stigma in Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. She is studying the ways in which abortion stigma and legal restriction affects abortion/post-abortion care providers, and the ways in which they contribute to unsafe abortion, and abortion related morbidity and mortality. Carolyn Johnston, MD provides training in Gynecologic Oncology surgery and management in both Ghana and Ethiopia and has been instrumental in developing fellowship training certification programs in both countries. She is the recipient of the Society for Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award for 2015.

Jody R. Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN is an Associate Professor and Senior Director of the Office of Global Outreach at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN).  She also serves as Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for the PAHO region at UMSN.  Dr. Lori’s research focuses on the development of new models of care to address the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.  With diverse funding sources including NIH-Fogarty, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and private foundations, she currently has research projects in Ghana, Liberia, and Zambia.  Okeoma Mmeje, MD - Dr. Mmeje’s clinical research pertains to the development, implementation, and evaluation of safer conception interventions for HIV-affected couples that desire children in Kenya and Ethiopia. Safer conception interventions are reproductive services for HIV-affected couples planning a pregnancy that decrease the risk of HIV transmission to the uninfected partners and unborn child. Cheryl Moyer, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her work focuses primarily on maternal and neonatal health in Ghana, with a specific emphasis on the social and cultural factors that impact outcomes. She is the lead investigator on a USAID-funded project in rural northern Ghana that combines social autopsy, near-miss assessments, and GIS technology to identify priority areas for locally-generated programmatic efforts.

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Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice The UM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a deep commitment to achieving reproductive justice, and ending reproductive oppression for women and families in the United States and globally. Reproductive justice is a commitment to 3 core values: the right of every person to have a child if they wish to; not to have a child if they do not want to; and to parent the child/ children they have in safe and humane conditions. In other words, reproductive justice means fulfilling one’s reproductive and life destiny. Achieving reproductive justice requires grappling with the ways in which identity – including racial and ethnic and socioeconomic identity and position – are deeply connected to experiences of reproduction, reproductive oppression and reproductive freedom. Working for reproductive justice is a central component of a broader struggle for social justice and human rights. Until recently, it was largely advocacy groups that led the way defining what a “reproductively just” world looks like. In 2010, under the leadership of Ed Goldman, JD, and with founding members Alexandra Stern, PhD, Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH, Senait Fisseha, MD, JD, Timothy Johnson, MD, and Lisa Harris, MD, PhD, the Ob-Gyn Department launched a new Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice. The Program’s mission was to define an academic and scholarly agenda for addressing reproductive justice nationally and internationally, and to determine how a large, interdisciplinary academic institution like UM could add value to the work that advocacy groups were already doing. In its first four years SRRJ had many successes: It was awarded a Rackham Michigan Meeting grant to host a 2013 three-day international conference. The meeting brought several hundred academics, advocates and activists to Ann Arbor, including some of the most influential national figures in reproductive health, rights and justice. SRRJ faculty taught classes and lectured on reproductive justice in the UM Law School, College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, School of Public Health and Medical School. SRRJ faculty are working in Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru and other nations to advance reproductive health, rights and justice. In Ghana, Ed Goldman helped law students in Kumasi launch the first African Law Students for

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Reproductive Justice organization. SRRJ members have had great success in securing grant funding from several Foundations to advance scholarly work on reproductive justice topics. And SRRJ received a grant from UM’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender to bring together scholars from a wide range of UM Schools and Departments who are working on issues of reproductive justice. The broad interest of faculty across UM’s campus in issues of reproductive justice is moving the Program to its next steps: to become a large University-wide Center for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice. Dr. Lisa Harris is leading this effort. The Center will be highly interdisciplinary – reflecting the spirit and practice of interdisciplinary work already present at UM. Center faculty will develop new undergraduate and graduate and professional school courses and theme semesters related to reproductive justice, with a focus on identifying how we conduct clinical practice using a reproductive justice framework. The Center will intervene in the extreme social and political polarization around abortion in the US. In particular, it will be a place to look for nuance and complexity and grayness in contested issues like abortion. The Center will recognize that people who disagree about abortion may otherwise share a vision of what a “reproductively just” world is: one in which all people are free from sexual violence and coercion, have safe, fulfilling relationships, and the resources and support to raise children in humane, healthy environments. Reproductive justice is potentially an area in which there can be collaboration, notwithstanding deep differences. Finally, the Center’s work will mirror the values of the reproductive justice movement itself, meaning that the center’s core values will be those values central to achieving reproductive justice: diversity, inclusion, flattened hierarchies, recognition that broad structures of inequality impact reproductive health and family life. Accordingly the Center will be a place to experiment with new ways to create and support a diverse workforce, and to manage professional life and home life entanglements. We welcome the input of a wide range of people as the Center grows, and will soon be reaching out to potential Advisory Board members.


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Women’s Health Program Historically, the Women’s Health Program has identified and facilitated inventive ways of meeting the health and wellness needs of women and their families. That tradition continues. With partnerships and creativity we’ve developed a more consistent way to provide underserved women with basic health care, engaged communities of women to seek support and information about rarely discussed health concerns and created classes designed to empower and support our patients and families.

Debbi Smith, BSW Women’s Health Program Manager The University of Michigan Health System’s Women’s Health Program (WHP) is a comprehensive program committed to empowering women to seek the highest quality health experience through direct care, education, community outreach, and research by providing access to comprehensive services, compassionate health care providers, extensive outreach activities and a full-services Women’s Health Resource Center. The Women’s Health Resource Center (WHRC) established in 1995 boasts a wide array of programs and services. With a reputation as the “front door” to the health system, the WHRC provides UMHS patients, their families, UM faculty and staff and community members with free health and wellness information via printed materials, web based initiatives and community outreach activities, access to classes and consultations with health experts, as well as assistance obtaining resources within the health system and in the community. The WHRC responds to the needs of thousands of clients annually via personal and phone encounters, email exchanges and educational and health care opportunities.

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Since 2010 the Women’s Health Program, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Comprehensive Cancer Center have provided free Pap screenings and, if necessary, follow-up care for more than 650 underinsured and uninsured women living in southeast Michigan. The semi-annual free Pap screenings continued through 2013 at which time it was identified that the need for access to routine Pap screenings exceeded our abilities. Subsequently, the Women’s Health Program and the UMHS Student Run Free Clinic initiated a partnership to operate a monthly “Women’s Clinic” allowing more opportunity for women to seek basic gynecological screenings and care. Community outreach remains a priority for the Women’s Health Program. In 2012 two specific outreach sessions were launched to address rarely spoken of in public, health issues, Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser Syndrome (MRKH) and urinary and fecal incontinence. In May 2012 we hosted the first annual UM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology MRKH Patient / Family Symposium. The symposium has grown from 4 women who attended the first session in 2012 to 2014 when nearly 70 women from across the country found comfort in the reality that they are not alone in their diagnosis, learned of emerging research suggesting a potential genetic link to MRKH, and participated in facilitated break-out sessions with discussion designed specifically for the women and another for their support system. Hosted at the local public library, in November 2013 The Women’s Health Program, dedicated UMHS UroGyn physicians and Physical Therapy and Social Work colleagues introduced the first annual Pelvic Floor Disorders Health Session. This annual health event routinely engages more than 50 women and addressed


Programs topics that have included symptom management, new treatment options, sexual health concerns and more. Most importantly the sessions create awareness and a forum for discussion about a health topic that impacts many women. Beginning in January 2014 and responding to questions and concerns from our obstetric patients the Women’s Health Program in partnership with the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program initiated monthly “Baby Safe” classes where new families participate in hand’s on infant CPR instruction, receive instruction on proper car seat installation and information about creating the safest sleep environment as well as information to help baby proof their homes for toddlers. In 2012 and again in 2014 the Women’s Health Program had opportunity to celebrate two important people and events. In 2012 the family of Robert and Susan Brown generously named the Women’s Health Resource Center the “Timothy R. B. Johnson, M.D. Women’s Health

Resource Center” in honor Dr. Johnson’s belief in and commitment to women’s health around the globe. For more than 14 years Fredda Clisham worked with the Women’s Health Program. On October 7, 2014, her 95th birthday, Fredda retired from the Women’s Health Program and the University of Michigan Health System. As the most elderly “active” employee of the health system she was known for walking to and from work, acting in local theater productions, debating local and national politics, being an avid reader, her inquisitive mind and wry sense of humor. Fredda felt it was a “privilege” to work at the UMHS. Everyone who knows Fredda feels the real privilege is to have worked with her. As we go forward the Women’s Health Program will continue to set standards for increasing knowledge about health and wellness specific to women, to influence change in perceptions and practices related to healthcare for women, and to facilitate collaborations for the advancement of multidisciplinary gender specific research.


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Tony Opipari, M.D., PhD Associate Chair for Research Research is a critical mission for faculty and staff in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. For more than 100 years, the Department has generated new knowledge and developed clinical innovations that have advanced the health care of women and improved reproductive outcomes. Research is fundamental to our training programs at all levels. Students, residents, and fellows are trained to understand and apply scientific approaches to solve difficult clinical problems and academicians are prepared to make women’s health the focus of their career.

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Over the last three years, the survival of academic health centers, and even more specifically, medical research in academic institutions has been questioned as a result of a financial “meltdown” due to academic costs for research exceeding revenues. Facing a reduction in research funding from the federal government particularly, as a result of budget constraints at the National Institutes of Health, the Department has worked to develop other sources of support to sustain total extramural research support at a near constant level of approximately $5M annually over the last five years. Our faculty has accomplished this by dramatically increasing research awards from foundation-supported grants. While 80% of our extramural research budget in 2009 was provided by federal grants, in 2014 federal grants accounted for less than half of research expenses, with foundation funding exceeding 50% of our research base.

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Despite the sobering landscape for funding of medical research in academic centers, the faculty in the Department view research as critical to the Department’s survival and future success. Research will allow us to maintain programs of distinction and to provide training that inspires a drive to seek new knowledge and advance the practice of gynecology and obstetrics. To ensure our success in the foreseeable financial climate, our research objectives must reflect changing funding priorities and our research operations need to increase efficiency. Exciting programmatic growth is occurring to capture emerging opportunities in global health care delivery and patient safety through improved quality of care, and to usher in personalized high-precision medicine in gynecologic oncology. We’ve recast the model of the research workplace to reduce costs and enhance collaboration. Our research mission is becoming increasingly integrated with clinical practice to distinguish these areas as programs and enhance our capacity to provide specialized care. Research expertise in quantitative methods, translational medicine, and implementation science is co-developing an inward focus so that research efforts will drive improvement in the care we provide at Michigan. Collectively, these research objectives will help sustain our position as a leader in patient care and training in Obstetrics and Gynecology.


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Pelvic Floor Research Group

John O.L. DeLancey, M.D. Director

During the last 15 years the group has received over $15 million dollars in NIH funding. Research efforts have focused on these major projects: 1. Pelvic organ prolapse and levator ani injury (R01 HD 038665) 2. Pelvic floor biomechanics and birth-related injuries (2007-20017 P50 HD 044406) 3. Maternal Birth-Related Neuromuscular Injury and Recovery: Phase II (P50 HD 044406 2007-2017) 4. Mechanisms of Posterior Vaginal Prolapse (P50 HD 044406 2007-2017) 5. Pelvic floor biomechanics and birth-related injuries (P50 HD 044406 2002-2007) 6. Pelvic floor defects and stress urinary incontinence (P50 HD 044406 2002-2007) 7. Pelvic muscle therapy in stress urinary incontinence (P50 HD 044406 2002-2007)

The Pelvic Floor Research Group, directed by John O.L. DeLancey, MD, is an internationally recognized research group working to improve the understanding and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. The group consists of investigators from seven institutes and schools (Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for Social Research, and Institute of Gerontology). There are two major areas of focus: 1) discovering the basic mechanism underlying the problem of pelvic floor disorders and 2) putting the knowledge into practice with cutting-edge strategies for prevention and treatment of these common and distressing conditions. The overall goal of the PFRG is to identify risk factors for developing pelvic floor disorders, work with high-risk women to prevent them, and provide the most effective and newest treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction. The group uses multidisciplinary investigative techniques: mechanistic studies of pelvic floor structure and function, computer models to study injuries to the pelvic floor that occur during childbirth, advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the pelvic floor, intervention research, and epidemiological studies of


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disease prevalence, to study the details of pelvic floor injury in women with incontinence and prolapse. The diverse nature of these investigative techniques and the integrated nature of the various disciplines toward a single goal provide an ideal training environment for individuals interested in interdisciplinary research. The Pelvic Floor Research Group continues to present its findings at professional meetings including the American Urogynecologic Society, Society for Gynecologic Surgeons, and the International Continence Society, International Urogynecologic Association. Over the past three years, the group has made over 85 presentations at national and international meetings and has been awarded fifteen prizes. Each year we have convened investigators and staff for a day long series of presentations and discussion. The annual Pelvic Floor Research Day at the University of Michigan has become an important forum for the many researchers across the university to gather and exchange ideas and interests concerning the many ongoing projects at our institution. We have had between 10 and 15 presentations each year with topic-focused discussion on future directions. Attendance each year has grown and in 2014 approximately over 70 attendees came

from Medicine (OB/GYN, Urology, Gastroenterology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), Nursing and nursing research, Biomechanical Engineering, Biostatistics, Anatomy, Institute of Gerontology, Institute for Social Research, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the School of Public Health. PFRG has also engaged in translational research through partnerships with four Fortune 500 companies who are dedicated to improving design of products for women’s pelvic health. Currently most new development for vaginal products is based on erroneous information from the literature that often lacks important data about normal variation in normal function and anatomy. These partnerships have led to significant improvement in existing product design and design of novel products that will directly reduce the burden of pelvic floor disorders within the next one to two years.

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Program on Women’s Health Care Effe approaches. The breadth of our members’ expertise and perspespectives – including social science, policy, and history - results in a unique approach to answering important health services questions. PWHER faculty divide their time between teaching, mentorship, and individual research. The group supports our department’s research productivity through 1)consultative services for project planning and proposal preparation, 2) mentorship and educational activities, 3) statistical support for faculty, fellows and residents and 4) collaborative roles on projects around the department that require our expertise (co-investigators). PWHER members have been particularly active in resident research training, mentorship and global health work.

Vanessa K. Dalton MD, MPH PWHER Director The Obstetrics and Gynecology Program on Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research (PWHER) was established a decade ago within the department to conduct health services research in the area of women’s health. Over the past 10 years, the group has grown considerably and interdisciplinary work has become a core value of the program. By bringing members, collaborators and trainees from numerous schools and institutions around campus, the program has created a unique environment where scholarly work on women’s health services is examined. This community of investigators has been highly successful in obtaining extramural funding and have numerous publications. Our mission is to improve the effectiveness of women’s healthcare through research on women’s health services through the age continuum with a particular focus on services for diseases, disorders and conditions that affect women’s health. Our group explicitly seeks to monitor and improve the process of implementing relevant policies and evidence-based practice changes into the community. To achieve this goal, our ideal project aims are responsive to pressing policy or clinical questions, and are designed to rapidly produce information for policy-makers, payors or clinical leaders.

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The PWHER program holds monthly seminars open to all interested faculty and students. Topics include health services research methods, policy and training. This forum is also used to as a platform to facilitate interdisciplinary teams and to develop new areas of interest. At least one of these sessions is dedicated to presentations by undergraduate and graduate student project. These sessions are held the first Tuesday of every month at 8am and are open to other members of the department and the university. Dr. Dalton’s current work focuses on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on reproductive health service utilization, adherence to recommended preventive services and health care expenditures. She is particularly interested in how the ACA might impact long-standing disparities in unintended pregnancy and use of screening services. She also co-directs the resident research activities.

Core Faculty Jason Bell MD, MS, MPH Faculty Jason D. Bell, MD, MPH, MS joined the faculty in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Additionally, Dr. Bell is a current Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) scholar. His research focuses on the intersection between contraception


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and reproductive infectious diseases. Currently he is conducting research in Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, and a Fellow in the Society of Family Planning. He is also involved in fellow, resident and medical student education.

Okeoma Mmeje MD, MPH Faculty Dr. Mmeje is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with training in Reproductive Infectious Diseases, specifically in the area of HIV prevention and global reproductive health. Dr. Mmeje is currently conducting research in safer conception for HIV-affected couples as an HIV prevention intervention in Kenya and Ethiopia. Her implementation science projects are targeted at integrating safer conception services into HIV care and treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kelli Hall PhD Faculty Dr. Hall is currently a scholar in the Building Interdiscipllinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program. Her current work includes The Women’s Health Care Experiences and Preferences study. This study is an original, population-based survey of 1,078 U.S. women randomly selected from a web-based national probability survey panel. The survey, which was fielded in September 2013, collected detailed information on women’s reproductive, mental and physical health, and health service behavioral intentions, and reproductive health care and policy knowledge and attitudes. The large dataset now serves as a rich resource for faculty and students to use to address research questions at the intersection of women’s health services, policy, and experiences.

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Dan Morgan MD Faculty Dr. Morgan leads the Surgical Health Services Research Group in Gynecology and is dedicated to improving the delivery of women’s surgical care and outcomes. The group has focused on hysterectomy. It has done so by directing the development of the hysterectomy initiative in the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC), a 66 hospital collaborative in Michigan providing patient level care. Financial analysis is to be pursued on a local, regional and national level through a variety of resources including the University of Michigan’s data warehouse, the Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) and the Health Care Cost Institute. Quality improvement initiatives for hysterectomy include surgical appropriateness (use of alternative therapies, reduction of negative pathology, appropriate use of oophorectomy), resource utilization (use of vaginal versus laparoscopic surgery), and reduction of complications (surgical site infection, venous thromboembolism, other major complications).

Lisa Harris, MD, PhD Faculty Dr. Harris is an obstetrician-gynecologist and cultural historian. She leads several interdisciplinary research teams at UM, and focuses on conscience in reproductive health care; the history of in vitro fertilization and other reproductive technologies; the impact of stigma on women seeking abortion and the caregivers who help them; the effects of abortion politics on US health policy and research policy; race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status in reproductive health care. Her work spans many disciplinary boundaries, including history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and clinical medicine, as well as many geographic boundaries, with a focus on North America, Latin America and East Africa.

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Reproductive Sciences Program Significant RSP program building has occurred in the last five years. Funds provided by the Provost Office for faculty recruitment have been applied to strengthen the University of Michigan RSP in a manner that would otherwise have been difficult, if not impossible, to carry out. These funds allowed program building and cross-fertilization between departments and schools within the University of Michigan. This document highlights RSP’s extensive and productive activities. A. Faculty Hires: Four of five positions provided in the interdisciplinary faculty hiring have been filled. 1. Ariella Shikanov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering (studies material sciences and fertility preservation) 2. Carol Elias, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Molecular and Integrative Physiology (studies metabolic control of fertility) 3. Jacob Mueller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Human Genetics (studies genetic and molecular bases of male infertility in the context of evolution) 4. Sue Hammoud, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Human Genetics (studies factors that guide germline stem cell development) B. Research Pilot Project Funding: The RSP has held three competitions for pilot funds utilizing RSP funds provided by participating departments. Requirements include at least one RSP faculty serving as a co-PI to foster intra-program collaborations, as well as establishing collaborations and awareness of the RSP throughout the University community. Based on feedback, the competition was broadened to include instructors and research track faculty in 2013. In the last three years, 18 applications were received and 10 were funded. These pilot grants fostered collaborations and have already resulted in numerous NIH R01 and NIH R21 applications submitted. C. Seminar Series: The RSP seminar series was reorganized in 2013/2014 to focus on internal trainee speakers. Trainees gave presentations on their work in progress. Trainees were mentored in advance of their talks by an RSP faculty member, again fostering intra-program ties. As a result, quality of talks


Research was exceptional. Attendance continues to grow, with 30-50 attendees per seminar, and question sessions are very interactive, demonstrating rekindled enthusiasm among the group. D. Training: In 2012 and 2013 we held internal competitions for predoctoral trainees with money from Rackham, PIBS and the RSP budgets and awarded six fellowships. Goals were to re-establish a RSP training track record in conjunction with the improved seminar series and to strengthen a subsequent T32 training grant application. In 2013, a T32 was submitted to NICHD entitled “Career Training in Reproductive Biology”; PI – Sue Moenter. The application focused on predoctoral training in reproductive biology, with an additional requirement of completion of a career-oriented certificate program in one of four areas: teaching, translational research, public policy or entrepreneurship. This submission was funded and five predoctoral positions were awarded. E. Teaching: Dr. Carol Elias, successfully relaunched the “RSP course” Mammalian Reproductive Endocrinology, which has been a mainstay of didactic reproductive training for decades. In 2014, the course received strong evaluations, and in 2015 the class size has doubled.

Sue Moenter Co-Director

F. A. Rees Midgley and Jane Wilson Coon Reproductive Sciences Program Education and Research Fund: The RSP is grateful to have received a generous donation from Dr. A. Rees Midgley, Jr. and Jane Wilson Coon through the Victors for Michigan Campaign Discovery Ball. Dr. Midgley was the founder and former director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Program (REP), which through various transitions has become today’s RSP. The Department of Ob/Gyn matched this donation, allowing the RSP to set up an endowment to help fund trainee travel. The above summarizes the accomplishments and future plans of the RSP. Funds from the “University of Michigan Interdisciplinary Faculty Initiative” have played, and continue to play, an important role in the revitalization of this program. These funds have been successfully applied to building an interdisciplinary program, and have fostered diversity within, and collaboration among, Departments and Schools across the University of Michigan campus.

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MStem Cell Laboratory

Gary D. Smith, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. Director With passage of Michigan Constitutional Amendment, Prop 2008-2, Dr. Smith established the State’s first human embryonic stem cell (hESC) derivation laboratory. MStem Cell Laboratory goals are to: 1. derive and distribute disease specific hESCs nationally and internationally, 2. foster cross-discipline collaborations using disease specific hESCs to understand molecular mechanisms of congenital birth defects and adult diseases, 3. provide practical solutions to enhance clinical utility of hESCs in pharmaceutical testing and cell replacement therapies, 4. advance political and public engagement and education involving hESC research and clinical use.

MStem Cell Lab is at the national forefront of human embryonic stem cell research and is confronting devastating diseases that dramatically impact the quality and length of life for millions of people.


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Stem cell science: 35 days to make nerve cells Microscope images of cells with a disese-causing gene, carefully grown by the U-M Medical School’s MStem Cell Laboratories team

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Dr. Smith has integrated 20 years of human embryology/in vitro fertilization clinical laboratory knowledge, practical expertise, and quality management practices to improve the efficiency of hESC derivation. In six short years, MStem Cell Laboratory has become the leading U.S. institution in derivation of disease-specific hESCs with acceptance on the NIH Stem Cell registry. To name a few, Dr. Smith’s laboratory has produced disease-specific hESC lines with genetic abnormalities that cause Huntington’s disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Adrenoleukodystrophy, Fragile-X, and Spinocerebellar Ataxia. Many of these disease-specific hESC lines are unique worldwide and hold great promise as human cell models for understanding developmental mechanisms of disease establishment and progression. These disease specific-hESC lines also allow novel means of screening new therapeutics and repurposed drugs for disease treatment. Being on the NIH Stem Cell registry is critical. While Dr. Smith’s derivation research cannot be federally funded (requiring University, private foundation, and philanthropist funding); the resulting hESC lines produced and accepted on the NIH registry can be used as research models by investigators across the U.S., and can be studied using federal funds. For this reason, MStem Cell hESC lines are in high demand. MStem Cell Lab is at the national forefront of human embryonic stem

to nerve cells that scientists can use in research

cell research and is confronting devastating diseases that dramatically impact the quality and length of life for millions of people. Our experts in the MStem Cell Laboratory employ ethical up-to-the-minute science, and actively collaborate with physician scientists, to produce nerve cells, heart cells, eye cells from disease specific and normal human embryonic stem cells. The comparisons of how these specified cells develop and function, when produced from disease specific and normal human embryonic stem cells, are leading us to the core of conditions that have plagued families for centuries. This knowledge is, and will be, the bedrock of new discoveries, preventions, treatments, and cures. Lastly, in collaboration with laboratories in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Dr. Smith’s laboratory investigates importance of hESC derivation and growth environment on subsequent cell function and clinical utility. An example, are the first reports by Dr. Smith that hESCs can be grown on fully synthetic, artificial, and defined hydrogels (Nature Biotech, 2010). These types of technical improvements will support production and use of Stem Cells under FDA-approved current Good Manufacturing Practices require for future clinical use of Stem Cells in cell replacement therapies and pharmaceutical screening.

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Residency program Society. In the last 10 years, at least one of our residents has earned a coveted bronze beeper and 3 have been awarded a golden beeper for their teaching. To put this in perspective, we have 24 out of the over 1100 residents in the University of Michigan Health System. Galens’ awards 15 bronze beepers to the best resident teachers per year. Out of those 15, two are selected as golden beeper winners. Drs. Natalie Clark, Justin Junn, Erika Mowers and Jamie Routman all won bronze beepers in the last two years, including 2 gold beepers won by Dr. Mowers!

Diana Curran, M.D. Director The obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Michigan is dedicated to training future leaders in our specialty in an environment which facilitates personal and professional growth while maintaining an appropriate balance in life. The residency continues to attract an outstanding group of diverse physicians, literally from coast to coast. Our residents have been very successful both in their accomplishments during residency as well as in their post-residency fellowship and practice opportunities. In 2015, Drs. Natalie Clark and Christopher Breed matched to their first choices for fellowship (REI and GynOnc, respectively). They have presented their research nationally and internationally. The residents have consistently won awards at the Michigan Section of ACOG Annual Junior Fellow Paper Day. Several aspects of the curriculum allow unique learning opportunities for our residents. The relationship with Ghana continues to strengthen and provides a global perspective to their training. Other residents have done rotations in Ecuador and Brazil. Kathy Salari, MD was able to do a blended residency, where her fourth year of residency was also her first year of MFM fellowship, allowing her to shorten her training from 7 to 6 years.

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In 2010, Dr. Nugent turned the reigns of the residency over to Dr. Curran. Dr. Nugent had built a strong, stable academic and clinical program. Since Dr. Curran took over as Program Director, she has built on this strong foundation, added routine training on the da Vinci robotic system with the assistance of the MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) and Gynecologic Oncology faculty and fellows. Dr. David Marzano is the associate program director and regularly assists with important residency administrative issues. Drs. Curran and Marzano frequently run obstetric emergency drills, which have proved to be extremely useful for clinical practice and patient outcomes. These drills emphasize communication, teamwork and medical knowledge. Future directions include in situ emergency drills on labor and delivery in conjunction with Anesthesia and Pediatrics physician and nursing staff. In addition, there have been an increased number of gynecologic surgical simulations both within and without the Clinical Simulation Center. The residents have also been able to participate in international rotations. Due to the incredible vision and work by Dr. Senait Fisseha, Drs. Lindsay Brown, Alice Chi and Eisha Zaid have all traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to experience obgyn care in the developing world. Dr. Curran has greatly enjoyed her small role in assisting the program director, Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, with their new obgyn training program. Dr. Curran is ably assisted by Marlene Woodard, the residency program coordinator, without whom the program would not run smoothly. She provides a daily stable presence for the residents, whether for practical items or just a willing ear.


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Christopher Breed MD 2011-2015 from University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO Alice Chi MD

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Natalie Clark MD

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Michael Dombrowski MD 2011-2015

from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Katie Mehari MD

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Eisha Zaid MD 2011-2015

from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Lindsay Brown MD

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Kristin Hayes MD 2012-2016

from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI

Angela Simmen MD 2012-2016

from University of Florida School of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

Marina Stasenko MD 2012-2016

from Cornell University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Heather Wahl MD

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Noor Abualnadi MD 2013-2017

from University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO

Hanan Bazzi MD

2013-2017

from University of Michigan Medical School

Melissa Brackmann MD

2013-2017

from Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Michelle Debbink MD

2013-2017

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Julia DePorre MD

2013-2017

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Monica Rosen MD 2013-2017

from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI

Patricia Szmal MD

2013-2017

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Alec Anderson MD

2014-2018

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Adam Baruch MD

2014-2018

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Madeline Griffin MD 2014-2018 from University of Texas School of Medicine, Galveston, TX Courtney Penn MD 2014-2018

from Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

Payton Schmidt MD 2014-2018

from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Vanisha Yarbrough MD

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Medical Student program didactic sessions, hands on simulations and a surgical skills workshop. In addition, students receive a refresher in performing the breast and pelvic examination through the Gynecologic Teaching Assistants who act as both teachers and standardized patients. This two-day introduction to the clerkship is very highly rated by students, as it provides a unique opportunity to greatly prepare them for the clinical rotation.

Maya Hammoud, MD Director

The Obstetrics and Gynecology department at the University of Michigan maintains a strong commitment to providing excellent learning experiences for medical student education. In addition to providing the core clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology for students, the department offers many fourth year electives to medical students including an Advanced Clinical Skills Course (bootcamp) for those students who are matching in OBGYN.

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship: The third year rotation required clerkship consists of a 6-week experience, combining general obstetrics and gynecology with selected clinical subspecialties. Students spend their time at one of two primary locations, University Hospital under the directorship of Dr. Maya Hammoud and Dr. Bethany Skinner, or St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor under the directorship of Dr. Renee Page.

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At the University Hospital, the structure of the clerkship is divided into three 2-week blocks where all students spend two weeks on labor and delivery and two 2-week blocks on one of the gynecology subspecialty services, maternal fetal medicine, or obstetrics triage. In addition, each student has two continuity clinics where he/ she spends two half days per week in a generalist clinic where they gain experience in a general obstetrics and gynecology practice. Students are also given the opportunity to select family planning or Planned Parenthood as their continuity clinic. The innovative structure of the clerkship has been applauded by students, thereby increasing the ratings of the overall quality of the program. The opportunity to experience many specialty facets in the field of OB/GYN while on a limited term rotation provides them a uniquely broad view of the educational and career trajectories in the specialty. In addition to the direct clinical experiences, students participate in other variety of experiences to enhance their learning. These include a didactic curriculum and an ethics paper and discussion. The didactic program occurs on Friday afternoons and consists of interactive sessions and flipped curriculum sessions with the students on core topics in obstetrics and gynecology. For the ethics session, students write a short essay about an experience they participated in or observed during the rotation. A faculty expert in ethics then summarizes these essays, and a discussion with the students occurs about some selected topics. This session has been extremely well received by students as it provides an opportunity to discuss important ethical dilemmas observed in the real clinical world.


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Obstetrics and Gynecology Electives: Several Obstetrics and Gynecology electives are available to fourth year medical students who wish to increase their knowledge in women’s health. These include electives in most of the OBGYN subspecialties including a subinternship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and a Subinternship in Gynecologic Oncology. In 2013 and under the leadership of Dr. Helen Morgan, the department introduced the Advanced Clinical Skills course as a preparation for residency course for students pursuing Obstetrics and Gynecology. The 4-week course consisting of a 78-hour curriculum utilizes traditional didactic lectures, flipped classroom active learning sessions, a simulated paging curriculum, simulation training, embalmed cadaver anatomical dissections, and

fresh-frozen cadaver operative procedures. The content for the learning objectives is mapped to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Milestones Level 1. The course has been very successful and has proved to be a great preparation for students entering the specialty. With a curriculum adapted to changing needs and a committed cadre of educators, the number of students expressing interest in the specialty and applying for residency continues to increase. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology remains committed to developing strong clinicians and leaders in women’s health.

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Fellowship Programs Breast Fellowship The University of Michigan Breast Fellowship Program was founded in 2008 under the direction of Dr. Mark Pearlman with Ahmad Azari, MD completing a one year fellowship in the medical and surgical management of breast diseases. Jennifer Griffin, MD completed a two year fellowship in 2011 and obtained her master’s in Public Health (MPH) at the same time. Due to the sabbatical of Dr. Pearlman, the fellowship was on a brief hiatus but resumed with Monique Swain, MD who joined us July of 2014. This unique fellowship is designed to provide the fellows with a multi-disciplinary experience to train as a consultant in managing all aspects of breast diseases, inclusive of evaluation of patients with a wide variety of breast issues, all aspects of surgical diagnosis, management of women with BRCA genetic mutations and gynecologic management of breast cancer survivors. At the completion of training, our fellows have sufficient experience and training to serve as a faculty member in an Ob/Gyn training program teaching Ob/Gyn house officers these similar aspects of breast disease management. Ahmad Azari, MD Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences Residency:

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Breast Fellow: 2008 – 2009 Currently:

Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecology Specialties, University of Tennessee, Memphis TN

Jennifer Griffin, MD Undergraduate: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center Residency:

Monique Swain, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan Medical School: Wayne State University Residency:

Wayne State/Detroit Medical Center

Breast Fellow: 2014 – 2015 Myrlene Jeudy, MD Undergraduate: Spelman College, Atlanta Medical School: University of Massachusetts Residency:

Boston University Medical Center

Breast Fellow: 2015 – 2016

Family Planning The Family Planning Fellowship, directed by Lisa H. Harris, MD, PhD and Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH is a two year program supported by private foundation funding. The objective of the Family Planning Fellowship program is to develop specialists focused on family planning research, teaching and clinical care. Working with respected and innovative leaders in the field, fellows receive training in all aspects of clinical family planning care, work internationally, conduct original research and have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health or Science. Fellows become part of a rapidly expanding network of family planning experts around the globe. Willie Parker, MD, MS, MPH Undergraduate: Berea College Medical School: The University of Iowa College of Medicine Residency:

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Family Planning Fellow: 2006 – 2008 Jason Bell, MD, MS, MPH Undergraduate: Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Medical School: St. George’s University

Breast Fellow: 2009 – 2011

Residency:

Medical College of Georgia

Family Planning Fellow: 2008 – 2010

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E d u c at i o n Taida Wolfe, MD, MPH Undergraduate: Dartmouth College Medical School: Tufts Medical School Residency:

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Family Planning Fellow: 2009 – 2011 Mya Zapata, MD, MS Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles Medical School: University of Chicago Residency:

University of California, Los Angeles

Family Planning Fellow: 2010 – 2012 Audrey Lance, MD, MS Undergraduate: University of Michigan Medical School: George Washington University Residency:

University of Michigan

Family Planning Fellow: 2011 – 2013 Chava Kahn, MD, MS Undergraduate: Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine Residency:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Family Planning Fellow: 2012 - 2014 Sarah Wallett, MD Undergraduate: Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA Medical School: Jefferson Medical College Residency:

University of Michigan

Family Planning Fellow: 2013 – 2015

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery The University of Michigan Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is directed by John O. DeLancey, MD who is also the Director of the Pelvic Floor Research Group as well as a Norman F. Miller Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The program strives to achieve all of the terminal and enabling educational objectives as outlined by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Guide To Learning in Urogynecology/Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Board of Urology’s General and Special Requirements for graduate medical education in the subspecialty area of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. The program provides a curriculum in the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. The program fosters development of the cognitive and technical skills needed to assume leadership roles in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) and the development of a lifetime attitude of self-evaluation and improvement. The program is dedicated to training tomorrow’s leaders in research, patient care, and education. It provides the fellow with the opportunities and skills needed to pursue a career in academic medicine, research, and scholarly pursuits. Elisa Rodriguez Trowbridge, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan - 1993 Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine - 1997 Residency:

Emory University - 2001

Lauren MacAfee, MD Undergraduate: Mary Washington College Fredericksburg, VA

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2004 – 2007

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Rebecca Margulies, M.D. Undergraduate: Brown University - 1993

Residency:

University of Vermont

Family Planning Fellow: 2014 – 2016 Charisse Loder, MD Undergraduate: Cornell University Medical School: Pennsylvania State University Residency:

Medical School: University of Washington - 2001 Residency:

New York University Medical Center - 2005

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2005 – 2008

University of Rochester Medical Center

Family Planning Fellow: 2015 – 2017

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F e l lo w s h i p P r o g r a m s Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, MD Undergraduate: Wellesley College

Carolyn Swenson, MD Undergraduate: Eastern Mennonite University

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

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Residency:

University of Chicago Hospitals

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2006 – 2009

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2012 – 2015

Kindra Larson, MD Undergraduate: University of Colorado

Pamela Fairchild, MD Undergraduate: Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine Residency:

University of Rochester Medical Center

Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Residency:

University of New Mexico

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2007 – 2010

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2013 – 2016

Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD Undergraduate: Smith College

Natalie Karp, MD Undergraduate: University of Richmond

Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

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Residency:

University of Michigan

University of Virginia

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2008 – 2011

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2014 – 2017

Mitchell Berger, MD, PhD Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Anne Sammarco, MD, MPH Undergraduate: Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania Residency:

University of Michigan

Medical School: Tulane University

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2009 – 2012

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Tovia Smith, MD Undergraduate: Yale University

Surgery Fellow: 2015 – 2018

Medical School: University of Virginia

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

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University of Virginia

Erin Crosby, MD Undergraduate: Oakland University Medical School: State University of New York, Upstate Medical University Residency:

University of Rochester

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow: 2011 – 2014

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The comprehensive goal of this fellowship program, which is directed by Kevin Reynolds, MD is to train academic gynecologic oncologists who are outstanding clinicians, teachers, and research contributors. The clinical educational objective of this three-year training program is to provide trainees with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to independently manage all gynecologic cancer patients. This program was founded by George W. Morley and is one of the original gynecologic oncology fellowship programs in the nation.


E d u c at i o n Gabrielle Gossner, M.D. Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara

Jessica Shank, MD Undergraduate: Newcomb College, Tulane University

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

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Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2004 – 2007 Anna Priebe, M.D. Undergraduate: Cornell University Medical School: Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland Residency:

University of Massachusetts

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2005 – 2008 Paul V. Loar, III, MD Undergraduate: University of Georgia Medical School: Medical College of Georgia Residency:

University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2006 – 2009 Heather Pulaski, MD Undergraduate: Trinity University Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Residency:

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2007 – 2010 Karen, McLean, MD, PhD Undergraduate: University of Michigan Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School Residency:

University of Michigan

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2008 – 2011 Arvind Bakhru, MD, MPH Undergraduate: John Hopkins University Medical School: University of Rochester Residency:

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2010 – 2013 Youssef Rezk, MD Medical School: Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt Residency:

Albany Medical College

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2011 – 2013 Linda Hong, MD Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine Residency:

Loma Linda University

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2012 – 2015 Katherine Harris, MD Undergraduate: University of Alaska, Fairbanks Medical School: University of Washington Residency:

University of California, San Francisco

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2013 – 2016 Brandy Michaels, MD Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati Medical School: University of Toledo Residency:

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2013 – 2016 Kari Hacker, MD, PhD Undergraduate: Dartmouth College Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Residency:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2015 – 2018

University of Maryland

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow: 2009 – 2012

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MFM Fellowship Program The Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship program, directed by Timothy RB Johnson, MD, currently offers the opportunity for its fellows to complete two years in obstetrics and gynecology maternal-fetal medicine followed by two years in medical genetics. The program is designed to provide fellows with broad clinical experience as well as opportunities for clinical and basic science investigation as preparation for a career in perinatal medicine. Fellows may pursue either a perinatal epidemiology training pathway or a clinical science training pathway. The program allows fellows to spend 12 months of their time working on a research project in addition to any other academic goals that might interest them. It is mandatory that a research project and manuscript be completed for satisfactory fulfillment of the requirements for this fellowship. Tiffanee Lenzi, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Deborah Berman, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan Medical School: University of Michigan Residency:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2007 – 2010 Uma Perni, MD Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University Medical School: Jefferson Medical College Residency:

MCP/Hahnemann University

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2008 – 2011 Vivian Romero, MD Undergraduate: Nuestra Senora del Pilar, Maracaibo, Venezuela Medical School: University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela Residency:

Wayne State University

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2009 – 2012

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Stacey Ehrenberg Buchner, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Stanford University Hospital

Maternal-Fetal Medicine/ Medical Genetics Fellow: 2003 – 2007

Medical School: Medical University of Ohio Residency:

Kristie Keeton, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan Residency:

University of Michigan

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2005 – 2008 Ryan Longman, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania Medical School: Thomas Jefferson Medical College Residency:

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Kataneh (Kathy) Salari, MD Undergraduate: University of California at Berkeley Medical School: University of California at San Diego Residency:

University of Michigan

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2011 – 2014 Eduardo Aguin, MD, MPH Medical School: Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia Venezuela

Maternal-Fetal Medicine/ Medical Genetics Fellow: 2005 – 2009

Residency:

Jennifer Williams, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Wayne State University

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2012 – 2014

Medical School: University of Michigan Residency:

University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2010 – 2013

Medical School: University of Michigan

Anna Kneitel, MD Undergraduate: Williams College, Williamstown, MA

University of Michigan

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2006 – 2009

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University Residency:

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University of California, Davis

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E d u c at i o n Michael Balistreri, MD, MPH Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Jin Hee “Jeannie” Kim, MD Undergraduate: Yale University

Medical School: West Virginia University

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

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University of Wisconsin, Madison

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2014 – 2017

Galloway Fellow: Memorial Sloan Kettering - 2005

Jourdan Triebwasser, MD, MA Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2007 – 2009

Medical School: Washington University

Kristin Patzkowsky, MD Undergraduate: St. Mary’s College of Maryland

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Washington University

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New York University School of Medicine

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow: 2015 – 2018

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Program

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The University of Michigan Minimally Invasive Surgery training program was accredited by the American Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons in 2005 and is directed by Sawsan (Suzie) As-Sanie, MD, MPH

Amber Bradshaw, MD Undergraduate: University of Utah

This is a two year academic fellowship that incorporates clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities at the University of Michigan Medical Center. The overall goal of the post-graduate training program is to nurture an individual who will graduate with the skills needed to succeed in an academic career. Trainees in this two year program receive advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgical training techniques applicable to a wide variety of gynecologic conditions. Additional training is provided in the area of robot-assisted surgery. Emphasis is also placed in the area of chronic pelvic pain and the management of complex gynecologic conditions. Arleen Song, MD Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Residency:

University of Michigan

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2005-2007 Karen C. Wang, MD Undergraduate: Duke University Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine Residency:

Beth Israel Medical Center

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2006-2008

Stony Brook University Hospital

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2008 – 2010

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine Residency:

University of Utah

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2009 Noam Smorgick-Rosenbaum, MD Medical School: Hadassah School of Medicine, Hebrew University Residency:

Tel-Aviv Medical Center

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2010 – 2011 Mark Hoffman, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan Medical School: University of Kentucky Residency:

University of Chicago

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2010 – 2012 J. Biba Nijjar, MD, MPH Undergraduate: Duke University Medical School: Tulane University Residency:

Boston Medical Center

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2011 – 2013 Courtney Lim, MD Undergraduate: Northwestern University Medical School: University of Michigan Residency:

Northwestern University

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2012 – 2014

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F e l lo w s h i p P r o g r a m s Nichole Mahnert, MD Undergraduate: University of Arizona

Melinda Dendrinos, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

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Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2013 - 2015 Erika Mowers, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences University

University of Michigan

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2014 - 2016 Sara Till, MD, MPH Undergraduate: Purdue University Medical School: Indiana University Residency:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow: 2015 – 2017

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology The newest program in the department, this one to two year fellowship is under the direction of Elisabeth Quint, MD since its inception in 2011. The NorthAmerican Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology is a national organization which guides the small number of PAG fellowship programs, though no formal certification is currently available. The comprehensive goal of this Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology fellowship program is to train academic fellows who are outstanding clinicians, teachers, and research contributors. The clinical educational objective of the training program is to provide fellows with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to independently manage children and adolescents with medical and surgical gynecologic conditions. Noam Smorgick-Rosenbaum, MD Medical School: Hadassah School of Medicine, Hebrew University Residency:

Tel-Aviv Medical Center

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Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellow: 2013 – 2014 Veronica Alaniz, MD, MPH Undergraduate: Stanford Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Residency:

University of Colorado

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellow: 2014 – 2016

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility The University of Michigan Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship program is directed by John Randolph, Jr., MD who was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in REI in 1988. The REI training program is designed to prepare fellows for an academic career. It provides a progressive program of scientific inquiry, clinical competence, and didactic learning based on the educational objectives outlined by the Guide to Learning in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The full range of clinical, educational and investigative competencies is expected from graduates of the program, with particular emphasis on the acquisition of basic research skills by physicians who have completed training in general clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology in an ABOG approved program. The basic training structure evolves from a primarily clinical focus at the beginning of the Fellowship to a greater concentration on research later in the program, for a total of 18-24 months devoted to research. Courses in biostatistics and either molecular biology or epidemiology are strongly encouraged during the program.


E d u c at i o n Shahryar Kavoussi, M.D. Undergraduate: Baylor University - 1992

Matthew Will, MD Undergraduate: Wabash College

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch At Galveston - 2000

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

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University of Texas Health Science Center - 2004

University of North Carolina Hospitals

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Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2009 – 2012

Aimee Eyvazzadeh, M.D. Undergraduate: University of California at Riverside - 1997

Courtney Marsh, MD Undergraduate: University of Kansas

Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine – 2001

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UCLA Medical Center – 2002 Beth Israel Medical Center - 2005

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2005 – 2008 Meghan Oakes, MD Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center Residency:

Oregon Health Sciences University

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2006 – 2009 Jenifer McCarthy, MD Undergraduate: Dartmouth College Medical School: University of Michigan Residency:

University of Michigan

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2007- 2010 Josh Skorupski, MD Undergraduate: Binghamton University Medical School: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Residency:

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2008 – 2011

Medical School: University of Kansas Emory University

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2010 – 2013 Michael Lanham, MD Undergraduate: Centre College, Kentucky Medical School: University of Michigan Residency:

University of Michigan

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2011 – 2014 Lori Homa, MD Undergraduate: Cornell University Medical School: Stony Brook University Residency:

University of Rochester

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2012 – 2015 Erica Mahany, MD Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame Medical School: University of Vermont Residency:

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow: 2013 – 2016 Lisa Green, MD, MPH Undergraduate: Morgan State University, Baltimore Medical School: University of Maryland Residency:

Howard University Hospital

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F e l lo w s h i p P r o g r a m s Elizabeth Constance, MD, MA Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Aisosioya Simmons, MD Undergraduate: Spelman College, Georgia

Medical School: University of Kansas

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

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University of Kansas

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Women’s Health Fellow: 2012 – 2013

Women’s Health Fellowship The Women’s Health Fellowship which began in 2006 is under the direction of Carrie Bell, MD. This one to three year program is comprised of both clinical and research learning opportunities. Trainees have come from backgrounds in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry with each training program designed to uniquely meet the needs of each individual fellow. Judy Yates, MD Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine Residency:

University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

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Halifax Health Medical Center

Women’s Health Fellow: 2012 – 2013 Elizabeth Buschur, MD Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia University of Michigan

Women’s Health Fellow: 2013 – 2014 Lindsay Kotagal, MD Undergraduate: Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota Medical School: University of Michigan Residency:

University of Michigan

Women’s Health Fellow: 2013 – 2014

University of Michigan

Women’s Health Fellow: 2009 – 2010

Allison Ursu, MD Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Matthew Meunier, MD Undergraduate: Albion College

Medical School: University of Michigan Residency:

Medical School: University of Michigan Lancaster General Health

Women’s Health Fellow: 2011 – 2012

University of Michigan

Women’s Health Fellow: 2014 – 2015 Lulu Zhao, MD Undergraduate: Yale University

Marisyl de la Cruz, MD Undergraduate: Georgetown University

Medical School: Georgia Health Sciences University Residency:

Medical School: Drexel University Residency:

Medical School: University of Louisville

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Ebony Parker-Featherstone, MD Undergraduate: Grand Valley State University

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Cassandra Cashman, MD Undergraduate: Wells College, New York

Medical School: University of Texas at San Antonio

Women’s Health Fellow: 2007 - 2008

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Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies

University of Michigan

University Hospitals of Case Western

Women’s Health Fellow: 2014 – 2015

Women’s Health Fellow: 2011 – 2012 Julie Kaplan, MD Undergraduate: Washington University

Elizabeth Shih, MD Undergraduate: University of Michigan

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Development Ways To Give There are many ways to support the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology:

Annual Gifts Annual gifts from alumni, patients, faculty and staff provide critical funds that are immediately available and vital for the success of the Department. They help meet unexpected challenges, contribute to research opportunities, visionary initiatives, and much more.

Planned Gifts

Lisa Graham Major Gift Officer The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is extremely grateful to the alumni, patients, faculty and staff who have so generously donated to the department’s philanthropic priorities. Together, these contributions have helped advance life-changing discoveries, supported innovative training of the best and the brightest in the field, and enhanced the quality of patient care.

Charitable options such as gift annuities, pooled income funds, life insurance, or gifts from a will or trust are all ways to make a lasting impact on healthcare today and support future innovations that will benefit generations to come.

Memorial & Tribute Gifts Honoring a special person in your life or commemorating your graduation, anniversary, or another occasion with a gift makes for a personal and lasting tribute. You can specify for whom or what you are making your gift. Tribute gifts provide meaningful support while allowing you to celebrate people and events that mean so much to you.

In Kind Gifts As the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems embark on its comprehensive Leaders & Best Campaign, Obstetrics & Gynecology’s goal is to focus on support for:

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Donations of book collections, artwork, equipment, or other valuable personal property are non-monetary donations that constitute another important avenue of Michigan support.

General Maternal Fetal Medicine

Securities

Pelvic Floor Disorders

Programs for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice

Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D. Professorship in Global Women’s Health

Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital’s general support, and

Gifts of publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value allow you to avoid capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. Obstetrics & Gynecology benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from making a contribution that would be larger than what you might have been able to donate in cash.

Women’s Cancers Fund – the biology, treatment and cure.


Philanthropic Priorities: General Maternal Fetal Medicine Gift Fund The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division works together with a team of specialists to manage high-risk pregnancies, optimize fetal well-being, educate and support families and provide hope to the tiniest of patients. Support to this area helps to accelerate discoveries in prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy, pre-eclampsia, toxemia, diabetes and more, all with the goal to ensure a happy and healthy first meeting between mother and baby

Pelvic Floor Research Group The clinicians, principal investigators and physicians in the Pelvic Floor Research Group, which is internationally recognized, conduct innovative research to find better solutions to address adverse effects of child birth that limit the activity of many women worldwide. Our lines of investigation are pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence. Major focus areas include discovering the basic mechanism underlying the problem of pelvic floor disorders (i.e., exactly what has gone wrong to cause pelvic floor problems) and putting the knowledge into practice with cutting-edge strategies for the prevention and treatment of these common and distressing conditions.

Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D. Professorship in Global Women’s Health The underlying objective of this professorship is to help improve how women’s care is delivered at the U-M, across the nation and around the world, as well as to ensure that women everywhere will continue to have access to physicians experienced in all facets of reproductive health. It will be awarded to an individual who shares Dr. Johnson’s commitment to being a voice for women throughout the world; a voice for them in important conversations that impact their care; a commitment to fighting for their reproductive rights and improved health for women and their children wherever they are.

Together we can make a difference around the world, now and for generations to come. If you would like more information on how you can transform the future of Obstetrics & Gynecology, please contact the Development Office at (734) 763-1714.

Program for Sexual Rights & Reproductive Justice This initiative seeks to foster the rapid transformation of scientific discoveries into drugs, treatments and methods of prevention of diseases that affect women’s health and reproduction. In addition, its goal is to explore and promote Reproductive Justice as a movement and framework that crosses disciplines and interest groups, and studies core issues of gender, race, class, and power in considering the ability of women and men to decide to have children, not have children, and raise their children in a supportive society.

Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Annual Fund Every day, in countless ways, we are creating the future of women’s medicine at the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Gifts to the annual fund help to ensure that we will continue to take on the toughest challenges in women’s medicine. From high risk pregnancy to gynecologic, urologic and reproductive health concerns, our faculty and staff are dedicated to creating pioneering approaches to help women live healthier lives, as well as championing the health and rights for women around the world.

Women’s Cancer Fund – Biology, Treatment and Cure Gynecologic oncology is a multidisciplinary specialty that coordinates many types of treatment modalities to provide the best opportunity for treatment success against the cancer while minimizing the potential for side effects and toxicities. The Divisions goals include advancing science at the bedside as discovery continues to provide improved options and outcomes for women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, as well as the hope that diseases unique to women will someday be eliminated.

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Endowments/Lectureships Elizabeth Bates Professorship of the Diseases of Women and Children The Bates Professorship of Diseases of Women and Children, the first endowed professorship at the University of Michigan, was established in 1898. Dr. Elizabeth Bates who practiced in Port Chester, New York never attended or visited the University of Michigan but left this money to the University of Michigan to ensure that female students would receive the same advantages as male students. The Bates Professorship has traditionally been held by the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. James N. Martin, M.D.

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Reuben Peterson, M.D.

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Norman F. Miller, M.D.

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J. Robert Willson, M.D.

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Alan Beer, M.D.

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Preston V. Dilts, M.D.

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Timothy R. B. Johnson, M.D.

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Norman F. Miller Professorship of Gynecology The Department established the Norman F. Miller Professorship of Gynecology in March of 1987. Throughout all of Dr. Miller’s tenure as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, from 1931 to 1962, he maintained his interest in clinical care, research and teaching. The Department flourished under his guidance and was in the forefront in the development of new technology and patient care. Because of his accomplishments and the honor with which his graduates have held for him, the Norman F. Miller Gynecologic Society was founded in 1956 to celebrate his twenty-fifth anniversary as Department Chairman. This society continues to the present time and provided the major impetus in the campaign to fund the Norman F. Miller Professorship of Gynecology.

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J. Robert Willson Professorship of Obstetrics This endowment was established in 1989 to recognize J. Robert Willson, M.D. Dr. Willson developed a strong and outstanding Department while Chair at the University of Michigan from 1962 to 1979, as well as placing distinguished faculty members’ from his staff at Michigan in medical schools throughout the country. Dr. Willson continued to be an active teacher and innovator, one of the leading figures in designing resident education for the future. He was particularly interested in social and ethical issues and the role of the Ob/Gyn in the primary care of women. He was president of all the major national boards and published a widely used student textbook. Robert H. Hayashi, M.D.

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Cosmas van de Ven, M.D.

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George W. Morley Professorship Dr. Morley, a graduate of the University of Michigan Undergraduate School and Medical School, permanently joined the faculty in 1956. His contributions to the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology and, specifically Gynecologic Oncology, are innumerable. The George Morley Service was named in his honor. In addition to establishing the first gynecologic oncology fellowship program at the University of Michigan, he was a Past-President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In recognition of Dr. Morley’s esteemed career, the George W. Morley Professorship of Obstetrics and Gynecology was established in 1995. Edward Goldberg, M.D.

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Harold A. Furlong Professorship in Women’s Health The Harold A. Furlong Professorship in Women’s Health was made possible through a large bequest from the estate of Frances and Harold Furlong, as well as significant contributions from Charles Hutchins, a devoted friend of Dr. and Mrs. Furlong. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School and beginning his private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Pontiac, Michigan, Dr. Furlong was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in World War I. The Furlong Professorship was dedicated in 1999 and, in May 2002, the Regent’s approved the appointment of Dr. Dee Fenner as the first Harold A. Furlong Professor in Women’s Health. Dee Fenner, M.D.

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S. Jan Behrman Professorship in Reproductive Medicine In recognition of Dr. S. Jan Behrman, who has often been referred to as “one of the era’s true giants in the field of reproductive medicine,” and through a generous contribution from Dr. and Mrs. James Poppy, the S. Jan Behrman Professorship in Reproductive Medicine was established in November 1999. In addition to contributing more than 150 peer-reviewed articles to the professional literature, Dr Behrman developed one of the first and finest in vitro fertilization programs in the Midwest. Mark Pearlman, M.D.

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Ansbacher Fund for Resident/Fellow Education and Research The Ansbacher Fund for Resident/Fellow Education and Research was established in 2001 in recognition of Dr. Ansbacher’s contributions to resident and fellow education and to provide a future source of funding for resident and fellow education and research. Dr. Ansbacher served as a research fellow under the direction of S. Jan Behrman within the Center for Research in Reproductive Biology from 1969 to 1971 and then permanently joined the faculty in 1980. He officially retired from the University in 2001 but continues to support the Department through his clinical and mentoring efforts. This fund is a tangible way for those who have benefited from Dr. Ansbacher’s mentoring and guidance to express their appreciation and a way for others to support the educational activities of the Department.

Mel L. Barclay Medical Student Scholarship Mel Barclay, M.D. joined the faculty in 1973 and served as Director of the Ob/Gyn medical student clerkship from 1984 through 2002. In recognition of Dr. Barclay’s innumerable contributions to medical education, the Department established the Dr. Mel Barclay Medical Student Scholarship to provide scholarship for deserving University of Michigan medical students as selected by the Medical School Dean.

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Terri Murtland Memorial Lectureship & Scholarship in Nurse Midwifery The life of Terri Murtland, a friend, teacher and pioneer in the field of nurse midwifery, inspired two new endowments at the University of Michigan in 2008. Led by her mother, Audrey Murtland, and other family and friends, the endowments fund an annual, academic lectureship, bringing leading national speakers to Michigan and a full scholarship to attract the best and brightest to The School of Nursing Nurse Midwife program. 2012

Soo Downe, PhD Professor in Midwifery Studies University of Central Lancashire, England

Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate

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Amy Romano, MSN, CNM Yale University School of Nursing

The Role of Physiologic Birth in Quality and Safety

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Ray de Vries, PhD Professor of Medical Education, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Sociology University of Michigan

What is a Good Birth? How Do We Know?

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Michelle Collins, CNM, PhD Director, Nurse Midwifery Service Vanderbilt University

Edwin P. Peterson Endowed Fund for Research in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility In recognition and thanks to his mentor, Dr. Doug Portz and his wife Dr. Ann Oldendorf made a generous donation to create a new endowment in honor of Dr. Pete Peterson, a beloved alum and pioneer in the field of reproductive health and infertility. Established in 2008, funds from the endowment will provide seed funding for promising research.

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JOHN R. G. GOSLING LECTURESHIP (Established 1991) Dr. Gosling was an Associate Professor of the Obstetrics and Gynecology where he received many honors and awards during his career at the University, including the Markle Foundation Scholar Award, the University of Michigan Distinguished Service Award, and the prestigious Henry Russell Award. He published important and original works concerning gynecologic malignancy and medical education and held prominent positions in the Medical School. In recognition of his many contributions, in 1991 the physicians he had trained established a Lectureship in Obstetrics and Gynecology in his name. 2012

Hope Haefner, MD Professor Department of Ob/Gyn University of Michigan

Childhood Gynecologic Cancer- The Patient and Family Perspective

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Helena Teede, MBBS, FRACP, PhD Head, Women’s Public Health Research

PCOS Research, Translation and Education to Improve Healthcare Outcomes

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Kathy Cho, MD Professor Department of Pathology University of Michigan

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ANITA PAYNE LECTURSHIP (Established 1994) Anita H. Payne, Ph.D. was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1969 and retired from the University in 1996. In recognition of Dr. Payne’s many contributions to research in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specifically reproductive science, the Anita H. Payne Lectureship in Reproductive Sciences was established in 1994. The Payne Lectureship is traditionally presented in conjunction with the Reproductive Sciences Program/Obstetrics and Gynecology Poster Day. 2012

Hugh S. Taylor, MD Professor Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Yale University

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Mary Hunzicker-Dunn, Ph.D. FSH signaling in ovarian granProfessor ulosa cells: How PKA hijacks Washington State University other pathways to regulate gene expression

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Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD Mind the Gap: Which EndomeProfessor trial Factors Influence EmbryonWake Forest Baptist Health ic Implantation

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Bruce D. Murphy, PhD Director of the RQR Universite de Montreal

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ABRAM SAGER LECTURESHIP (Established 1986) Dr. Sager was Chairman of Botany and Zoology from 1842 to 1854. In 1850, Dr. Sager became Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Diseases of Women and Children of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He remained in this capacity until 1874. In addition, Abram Sager, M.D. was named the first President (Dean) of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1868, a position which he held until 1875. A distinguished University of Michigan graduate, faculty or former faculty member traditionally gives this lectureship. 2012

James N. Martin, M.D. Professor Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology University of Mississippi

The Safest and Most Successful Way to Manage Your Patients with HELLP Syndrome

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Diana Curran, MD David Marzano, MD Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology University of Michigan

Simulation Update

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Arnie Advincula, MD Surgical Professor Columbia University

Robots & Pink Elephants: Is There a Future for Innovation in Gynecology?

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Wendy F. Hansen, MD Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology University of Kentucky

Communication in Medicine, Why Is It So Hard?

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F. WALLACE AND JANET JEFFRIES PROFESSORSHIP IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (Established 2014)

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The first endowed professorship in reproductive health in the country, the F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professorship in Reproductive Health recognizes Wallie and Janet Jeffries and their long standing contributions to individuals and the Ann Arbor and broader community and provides support for education for undergraduates, medical students, residents and fellows in reproductive health. Wallie Jeffries grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Webster Groves High School in Missouri. He attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1953 and graduated from medical school in 1957. During his time at Michigan, he was a varsity swimmer and still competes and has won national and world championships for his age group. He was a member of the 1952 NCAA All American Swim Team, Captain of the Michigan Swim team in 1953, and active member and President of the Graduate M Club. He created and is the Curator of the U of M Swimming and Diving Museum. Dr. Jeffries completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan in 1962 and became an Instructor. In 1964, he moved his practice activities to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital which was his base for

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the remainder of his professional career. He served as a consultant at the UM Student Health Service, served on multiple UM and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital committees between 1962 and 1999. He was Residency Program Director from 1968 to 1979, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1978 to 1988, and Chief of the Medical Staff from 1992-1993. In addition, Wallie has been active in community activities including membership on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of MidMichigan from 1999 to the present. Wallie was very interested in clinical research throughout his career and wrote an important paper on cervical carcinoma in situ with Ben Pederson in 1965. He served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan from 1977 to 2000 and developed with J. Robert Willson in 1974 the junior medical student clerkship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He directed this important continuing program until 1990. He has been President of the Washtenaw County Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, member of the Committee on Maternal Fetal Medicine from the Michigan State Medical Society, and from 1986 to 1994 was a member of the Learning Resource Commission of ACOG in charge of the development


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and publication of all technical bulletins for the College. Wallie could not have done this without the strong support of Janet Odle Jeffries. Janet lived in Vandalia, Ohio with her parents both school teachers. She graduated as class salutatorian from the Vandalia - Butler High School. Janet wanted to come to the University of Michigan, however her father insisted that she would need to go to an Ohio school if she expected financial help from him. Thus she went to the Ohio State University and graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing. After working several years in medical-surgical, labor and delivery, and public health nursing, Janet enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and received a Master in Public Health Nursing. Following graduation and remaining in Ann Arbor, Janet worked at the Washtenaw County Health Department and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, where she was the supervisor of the outpatient department and director of home health care programs. In 1968, Wallie entered the picture, and Janet gave up her

profession to become step mother to his three children. Because of her assuming the care of the children, Wallie could become the Residency Program Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1968, leading to his other teaching and medical staff work. Their son was born in 1970 and attended the University of Michigan and is now a practicing physician in Ann Arbor. In 1976 and 1977, Janet was an instructor in the School of Nursing in the Department of Maternal-Child Health at the University of Michigan. Janet was the perfect partner for Wallie providing the platform to make his many activities in patient care, teaching, and administration possible. This endowed professorship will ensure permanent support of the important contributions to women’s health being made locally and throughout the world through the partnership of the University of Michigan, St. Joe’s Hospital and Planned Parenthood of MidMichigan Alliance. More specifically, funds from this

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endowment will provide education for undergraduates, medical students, residents and fellows in reproductive health ensuring that all women have access to compassionate physicians, well-trained in all aspects of women’s health, to partner with them in a lifetime of good health. On December 18, 2014, Lisa Harris, M.D., Ph.D. was installed as the first F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professor in Reproductive Health. Dr. Harris obtained her medical degree from Harvard University and Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. She served her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. To further enhance her academic career, Dr. Harris completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. In 2006, Dr. Harris was appointed as Assistant Professor having been on the faculty since 2000 as a Clinical Lecturer. In 2013, she was promoted to Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Studies. In 2000 while completing the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Dr. Harris substantially enhanced the resident family planning training program developing an abortion training curriculum for University of Michigan residents at Planned Parenthood – the second training collaboration of this type in the country. In 2005, she developed our institution’s Fellowship in Family Planning providing subspecialty

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training in family planning clinical care and research to post-residency ob-gyn physicians. She provides mentorship to the Medical Students for Choice special interest group. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Harris has co-directed Women’s Studies 400: Women’s Reproductive Health and in recognition of her effort has an appointment in the Department of Women’s Studies. In addition to her involvement within the institution, Dr. Harris is also involved in educational activities at the regional, national and international level. Regionally, she has served as a mentor for ob-gyn departments across the state and country that wish to move miscarriage management out of the operating room into the ambulatory setting. In 2007, in collaboration with University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, the University of Michigan launched the first post-residency family planning fellowship program outside of the United States. Dr. Harris is one of the core faculty for the Ghana Faculty Training Conference and serves as a mentor for the Ghanaian family planning fellows. She has presented innumerable lectures regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to ethics, reproductive health, abortion training and family planning. Dr. Harris studies issues broadly across the continuum of women’s reproduction, including infertility, contraception, miscarriage, and birth, always highlighting the social and political contributors to health and healthcare. Her book entitled “Challenging Conceptions: A Clinical and Cultural History of In Vitro Fertilization in the United States” was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2013. Currently, her work is focusing on abortion, and she is perhaps best known today for her work on abortion stigma and marginalization of providers. Dr. Harris really introduced the idea of “conscientious provision” to medical and bioethical communities in a lead paper entitled “Doctors Who Perform Abortions Are Compelled by Conscience, Just Like Those Who Refuse” in the September 13, 2012 New


D e v e lo pm e n t England Journal of Medicine. Her work has been described as “unique”, “transformative”, and “inspirational”. Much of her recent work has been supported with major support from the Greenwall Foundation. She serves as the Director of Research at Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan and is the Principal Investigator for a number of industry sponsored clinical trials, including a current large multi-site randomized controlled trial comparing a new intrauterine device to the levonorgestrel intra-uterine device currently on the market. In 2009, she received Best Scientific Poster at the Annual Meeting of the National Abortion Federation and also received the Outstanding Researcher for Best Oral

Abstract at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the North American Forum on Family Planning. Dr. Harris is an extraordinarily capable and productive scholar and clinician with a national and international reputation in Reproductive Health Issues. She is one of the most distinguished thinkers in reproductive rights and reproductive justice in the United States. She is a nationally known figure and recognition with this important University award will be a strong reflection of our support of her as well as the strong institution support of reproductive health.

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Dr. Willie Parker “How the Michigan difference is helping me make a difference in women’s health”

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Ten years ago, Willie Parker, M.D. had his dream job as an Ob-Gyn at the University of Hawaii but found he wanted to do more to help women with the least access to care get the reproductive health services they needed. So he left paradise to further his training at the University of Michigan. In 2006, Parker became U-M’s first-ever trainee in its new Fellowship in Family Planning, led by Lisa Harris, M.D., Ph.D. Six years after completing his fellowship, Parker – who went on to become an internationally-recognized advocate in reproductive health, rights and justice –returned to Michigan to honor his U-M mentor.

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In a packed room at University Hospital’s MCHC Auditorium Dec.18, Parker delivered the keynote for the installation of Harris as the inaugural F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professor of Reproductive Health. The professorship is the first of its kind in the country, named after two U-M alumni and outspoken champions for women’s health and reproductive rights.

1. You are currently a reproductive health service provider in Montgomery, Ala. and travel to Mississippi to provide care as well. What makes you so passionate about serving this population? Being from the South, I know firsthand the realities of poverty, lack of education and no healthcare and the hardships they impose. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the country. Twenty percent of all Mississippians live below the poverty level, but 40% of black Mississippians do. I decided to make a targeted effort to aid the women at greatest risk.

2. What led you to U-M’s SRRJ family planning fellowship in 2006? I recognized that many women didn’t have access to the care they needed – many of the most vulnerable being women of color and women living in poverty. That was unsettling to me. As a women’s health care provider, I felt a responsibility to help more patients gain access to the full range of family planning resources they needed to live meaningfully and to enable them to make their own choices about their futures. I came to Michigan to get the training I needed to provide the very best care possible.


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4. Why was your experience at Michigan such an important step in your career? As I remember fondly my time here as Dr. Harris’ fellow, I recall many things, but one thing that sticks out in my mind in particular is the ubiquity of the phrase “The Michigan Difference.” I have thought about what

that means in the context of my career path since my decision to come here in 2006 – and the meaning that it has taken on for me has been profound. It has helped me provide women in the greatest need of reproductive health services access to care they wouldn’t otherwise have in the Mississippi delta. I’m there because I was here. Dr. Johnson, Dr. Harris and other U-M leaders here should feel some sense of accomplishment that women in that part of the south are better off because of the investment they made in me.

5. What was it like returning to Michigan to be reunited with the team you trained with as a fellow and to deliver the keynote for Dr. Harris’ installation? To be here to offer remarks as my mentor and friend Lisa was installed as the Jefferies Professor in honor of Dr. and Mrs .Jefferies, all three of whom have changed the world for women in both quiet and public ways, felt more like an honor for me. They have maladjusted to societal norms that devalue women and been noncompliant with institutions that deny women their basic freedoms, and I personally want to thank all three of them for doing so and modeling for us all how to live a life that matters. Read more about Dr. Parker in this Esquire piece esquire.com/features/abortion-ministry-of-dr-willie-parker-0914

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F a c u lt y Frank Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. Undergraduate: Christian Brothers University – 1984 Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine – 1988 Residency: University of Tennessee Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – 1992 Masters Public Health:    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – 1993 Frank Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. joined the faculty in 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor, with a joint appointment in the Heath Behavior/Health Education department at the School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson is a generalist obstetrician/gynecologist and Director of Global Initiatives for the department. Partnering with universities and programs in low income countries to decrease maternal and early neonatal morbidity and mortality is a major goal of the initiative.  His clinical research focuses on both hospital and community based interventions to improve maternal and neonatal health and decrease mortality.  Applying concepts encompassing health research for development ensures that research programs answer local health problems and build local capacity while providing new knowledge that can be applied to other settings. His research in capacity building and academic partnership development identified principles of collaboration that lead to transformations in health care delivery. With funding from the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he now leads a global program to replicate academic partnerships that will train 1000+ new OBGYN physicians in sub-Saharan Africa in the next 10 years.   He teaches the Fundamentals of Reproductive Health course at the School of Public Health, instructing over 500 students in the last 10 years. He gives lectures across campus on issues related to maternal mortality, reproductive health and global health. His global work also incorporates and informs the understanding maternal mortality in the state of Michigan. He sits on the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Michigan Maternal Accident Committee. 

Rudi Ansbacher, M.D., M.S. Undergraduate: Virginia Military Institute – 1955 Medical School:  University of Virginia School of Medicine – 1959 Residency:  Letterman General Hospital – 1966 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 1971 Reproductive Endocrinology Rudi Ansbacher joined the faculty in 1980 and is currently a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Ansbacher specializes in the treatment of all types of infertility including male infertility, is a specialist in the therapy of the menopause, and has done extensive work on health policy issues including generic and therapeutic drug substitution and the delivery of health care.

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F a c u lt y Sawsan As-Sanie, M.D., M.P.H. Undergraduate:  Boston University – 1994 Medical School: Johns Hopkins University – 1998 Residency: Metro Health Medical Center and the Cleveland ClinicFoundation – 2002 Fellowship: University of North Carolina – 2005 Graduate: University of North Carolina – 2004  Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH joined the faculty in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor.  She is the Director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecology Fellowship Program and Director of the University of Michigan Endometriosis Center.  Dr. As-Sanie completed a two-year fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Pelvic Pain and obtained her Masters in Public Health prior to joining the faculty. Her clinical interests are in the medical and surgical management of uterine fibroids, advanced endometriosis, and complex gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery.  Her research interests are aimed at understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain and in identifying predictors of treatment response to surgical interventions for pelvic pain.

Joanne Motino Bailey, C.N.M, Ph.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1992 Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 2000 Graduate: University of Michigan – 2001 Midwifery University of Michigan – 2003 Doctorate: University of Michigan – 2005 Joanne Bailey joined the faculty in 2004. In 2007 she became director of the Nurse Midwifery Service. Her fluency in several languages, most specifically Spanish, helped us to establish a clinic for Hispanic patients at Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood. Joanne’s interest in global health initiatives have led her to organize undergraduate trips to Honduras for a three week immersion in community, social service and poverty issues relating to third world countries. She has also helped to establish a home for orphaned children with AIDS in Honduras along with other international initiatives. Prior to joining the faculty she was a Clinical Research Associate for the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology with a research interest in cervical cancer prevention trials.

Carrie Bell, M.D. Undergraduate: Smith College – 1993 Medical School: Wayne State University – 2001 Residency:  Baystate Medical Center – 2005 Dr. Carrie Bell is a Michigan native who received her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College.  She completed medical school at Wayne State University. She worked as a resident at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield MA. She continued her medical career as a general OB/GYN in the Springfield area for the next five years. She returned to the University of Michigan in Jan 2011. Her clinical practice includes general obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic surgery, and medical education. She is the fellowship director for the Women’s Health Fellowship in the department of OB/GYN. 

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F a c u lt y Jason D. Bell, MD, MPH, MS Undergraduate:  Florida A&M University – 1998 Graduate School:  St. George’s University School of Public Health – 2002 University of Michigan School of Medicine – 2009 Medical School: St. George’s University – 2004 Residency: Medical College of Georgia – 2008 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 2010 Family Planning Jason D. Bell, MD, MPH, MS joined the faculty in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.  Additionally, Dr. Bell is a current Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) scholar.  His research focuses on the intersection between contraception and reproductive infectious diseases.  Currently he is conducting research in Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia.  He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, and a Fellow in the Society of Family Planning.  He is also involved in fellow, resident and medical student education.

Mitchell B. Berger, MD, PhD Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania – 1997 Graduate School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine – 2004 Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine – 2005 Residency: University of Michigan – 2009 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 2012 Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Mitchell B. Berger, MD, PhD joined the faculty in 2012 and is currently a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Michigan.  His research focuses on various aspects of pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic anatomy and urinary biomarkers.  He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.  He is also involved in fellow, resident and medical student education.

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Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1995 Medical School: University of Michigan – 1999 Residency: University of Michigan – 2003 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 2010 Maternal Fetal Medicine Dr. Berman moved from Los Angeles to Ann Arbor for college in 1991…and has not left since. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, she stayed on to obtain her medical degree. She then completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program in 2003. She subsequently joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor for four years practicing high risk obstetrics, low risk obstetrics, and gynecology. Dr. Berman decided to further her education with additional subspecialty training at the University of Michigan. She pursued and completed a three year Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship where she focused on High Risk Obstetrics, prenatal diagnosis, fetal intervention and treatment. After completing her fellowship, she rejoined the faculty and is now an Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her clinical interests include medical management of high risk pregnancies, fetal diagnosis and ultrasound, fetal therapy and intervention, depression and pregnancy. Dr. Berman has particular research interests in the fetal protective role of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), also known as omega-3 fatty acids.

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F a c u lt y Jane Brigham, CNM Undergraduate: Michigan State University – 1988 Undergraduate: Mott Community College – 1996 Midwifery: Philadelphia University – 2002 Jane Brigham joined the faculty in 2007. She graduated from Philadelphia University and became a CNM in 2002, previously in a full scope midwifery practice in Flint, MI. Her focus remains to provide women complete health care information, so they may make informed choices for their health care throughout their lives. Her goal is to reduce unnecessary interventions in childbirth as well as increasing access to women’s preventative health care and family planning needs.

Jan Margaret Buchanan, MSN, CNM Undergraduate: University of Connecticut – 1986 Graduate:       Wayne State University – 1994 Midwifery:      Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing – 1997 Jan Buchanan joined the University of Michigan triage midwifery service in 2007. Prior to joining the U of M team, she had worked in a high risk midwifery practice in Marietta, Georgia, in private practice at Troy Beaumont Hospital, and as an inpatient lactation consultant. Jan lives in Rochester with her husband and three children.

Ronald Buckanovich, MD, PhD Undergraduate: Cornell University – 1990 Graduate School: PhD: Rockefeller University – 1996 Medical School: MD: Cornell University Medical College – 1998 Residency: University of Pennsylvania – 2001 Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania, Hematology-Oncology – 2004 Dr. Buckanovich is currently the Thomas H. Simpson Collegiate Professor. He is the first medical oncologist at the University of Michigan to specialize in the care of women with gynecologic cancer. The focus of Dr. Buckanovich’s academic work revolves around the development of novel treatments targeting cancer stem cells and host cells in the cancer stem cell niche. Cancer stem cells are reported to be the primary cause of cancer recurrences. Dr. Buckanovich’s laboratory has taken several approaches to target cancer stem cells. First, ovarian cancer stem cells reside in close association with tumor blood vessel cells. His lab is developing immune based therapies that can specifically kill tumor blood vessels. As tumor blood vessels provide essential growth signals to cancer stem cells, killing tumor blood vessels indirectly targets cancer stem cells. Furthermore, his laboratory has identified several drugs that directly target cancer stem cells; one which blocks the ability of cancer stem cells to self-renew and a second which poisons a protein made only by cancer stem cells. These simple and safe drugs make traditional chemotherapies ten times more effective. In addition to his laboratory studies, Dr. Buckanovich has a busy clinical practice, specializing in the treatment of ovarian and uterine cancers. He is actively involved in clinical trials testing new therapeutics in ovarian cancer and is planning additional trials testing the effects of new agents targeting ovarian cancer stem cells.

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F a c u lt y Mark Chames, M.D Undergraduate: Wayne State University – 1992 Medical School: Wayne State University – 1996 Residency: Oakwood Hospital – 2000 Fellowship: University of Cincinnati – 2003 Maternal Fetal Medicine Mark Chames, MD joined the faculty in 2003 and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor. His primary clinical interests are ultrasound, multiple pregnancies and medical complications of pregnancy with a focus on hypertensive disorders and diabetes.

Jennifer Collin, M.D. Undergraduate: Middlebury College – 1991 Medical School:  Cornell University – 1998 Residency:  University of Washington – 2002 Dr. Jennifer Collin joined the Division of Women’s Health in 2005 as an Assistant Professor having relocated to Ann Arbor from upstate New York, where she was in private practice.  Her practice encompasses general obstetrics and gynecology, and she is especially interested in family planning and preventive care.  Outside of medicine, Dr Collin and her husband stay busy keeping up with their three young sons.  She also enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and gardening.

Patricia Crane, M.S., C.N.M. Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1975 Graduate: University of Michigan – 1983 Midwifery: Medical University of South Carolina – 1985 Patricia Crane (Trish) joined the faculty in 1990. She was the Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Service from 1995 to 2007. In 2007 she took over the newly created position as Director of the Triage Coordinator Service; a group of nurse-midwives who coordinate the care of patients who present to our Labor and Delivery “emergency room.” Her professional interests include collaborative practice between disciplines, student education and making time to enjoy her family, especially her grandchildren!

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Undergraduate: Haverford College – 1987 Medical School: University of Michigan – 1992 Residency: William Beaumont Hospital – 1996 Dr. Diana Curran joined the faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor.  She spent seven years in private practice before joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2004.  Her academic interests include simulation, clinical research and medical education.  She became Residency Program Director effective January 2010.  Dr. Curran is a general OB/GYN with interests in minimally invasive surgery with experience on the da Vinci robot, as well as menopausal health/hormone replacement therapy, and chronic pelvic pain.   Since arriving at the University of Michigan, Dr. Curran has had the opportunity to represent the University of Michigan with multiple presentations in the United States and abroad.   In 2012, Dr. Curran was asked to be an inaugural executive board member of a new professional organization, the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology.   In 2013, she was promoted to Associate Professor.  Dr. Curran has also enjoyed the international opporutnities available within the department, including assisting Dr. Frank Anderson with his 1000+ ObGyn project and a small role assisting Dr. Senait Fisseha with her work in Ethiopia.  When not practicing medicine, Dr. Curran enjoys time with her family, exercising, reading and cooking.

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F a c u lt y Vanessa Dalton, M.D., M.P.H. Undergraduate: University of North Carolina – 1992 Postgraduate: University of North Carolina – 1996 Masters Public Health Medical School: University of North Carolina – 1997 Residency: University of Michigan – 2001 Vanessa Dalton, M.D. joined the faculty in 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor (with tenure) and the director of the Program on Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research.  After completing her residency at the University of Michigan, she was a scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Program and subsequently was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study treatment of early pregnancy loss. Currently her work focuses on strategies to improve the delivery of reproductive health services in the U.S. and in low-resource settings with a special focus on policy, healthcare finance and family planning services.

Lori J. Day, MD Undergraduate:   Hope College – 1999 Medical School:     Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – 2003 Residency:                        University of Iowa – 2007 Fellowship:       University of Iowa – 2010 Maternal Fetal Medicine Lori J. Day, MD joined the faculty in 2012 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Her clinical interests include antenatal fetal diagnosis and fetal therapy, in addition to maternal complications of pregnancy, in particular diabetes. Her research interests include investigating etiologies of preterm birth, induction of labor, and the pathophysiology of various fetal anomalies. She is a member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

John O.L. DeLancey, M.D. Undergraduate:  Oberlin College – 1973 Medical School:    University of Michigan Medical School – 1977 Residency:         University of Michigan – 1981 John O.L. DeLancey, MD joined the faculty in 1981 and is currently the Norman F. Miller Professor of Gynecology.  Dr. DeLancey, along with collaborators Drs. James Ashton-Miller and Janis Miller, run an internationally prominent, interdisciplinary Pelvic Floor Research Group.  This group has won many national and international awards for research in urinary incontinence during the last 20 years as well as carrying out a strong agenda for research in urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.  As a referral surgeon, Dr. DeLancey’s clinical interests include the management of difficult and challenging cases of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. DeLancey was elected to Institute of Medicine in 2013.

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F a c u lt y Raymond G. De Vries, PhD Undergraduate: Westmont College –1973 Graduate School: MA: University of California, Davis – 1978 Post Doctoral: PhD: University of California, Davis – 1982 Raymond De Vries joined the faculty in 2006 and is currently co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and visiting professor at CAPHRI, the School for Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Maastricht (Netherlands). He is a medical sociologist with broad experience in the study of maternity care systems, research on the ethics of research, methods of qualitative and quantitative research, and the comparative study of health care systems. He is widely known for his analyses of the organizational and cultural influences on obstetrics and midwifery, demonstrating how medical practice is significantly shaped by non-clinical factors. He is author of A Pleasing Birth: Midwifery and Maternity Care in the Netherlands (Temple University Press, 2005) and lead editor of Birth by Design: Pregnancy, Maternity Care and Midwifery in North America and Europe (Routledge, 2001). He has co-edited The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences (Blackwell, 2007), a special issue of Social Science and Medicine on ‘bioethics in the field,” and a special issue on women’s choices of the place of birth of the Journal of Clinical Ethics. He also co-edited a handbook on the use of qualitative methods in health research (Qualitative Methods in Health Research, Sage, 2010). He is regularly invited to lecture on the sociology of maternity care and on the sociology of bioethics in North America, Europe, Japan and Africa.

Steven Domino, M.D., Ph.D. Undergraduate:     University of Michigan – 1982 Medical School:  Vanderbilt University – 1990 Graduate:          Vanderbilt University – 1990 Residency:           University of Michigan Hospitals – 1994 Post Doctoral:         University of Michigan – 1997 Steven Domino, M.D., Ph.D. joined the faculty in 1997 and is an Associate Professor.  His research activities include membership in the Reproductive Sciences Program.  He is a co-investigator in the NIH funded project “Endocrine Disruptors and Fetal Development” (Padmanabhan V, PI) and Program Director of the “Michigan BIRCWH Career Development Program” (Johnson TRB, PI).  The long-term objective of his research is to determine the epigenetic changes and health risks associated with prenatal environmental chemical exposures.  His clinical interests include cervical and vulvar disorders, contraceptive management, menopause, and infertility.  He is Medical Director of Women’s Health, VA Ann Arbor Health System.   

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F a c u lt y Susan Ernst, MD Undergraduate: Wayne State University – 1989 Medical School: University of Michigan – 1993 Residency: University of Michigan – 1997  Dr. Ernst completed Medical school and Residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan.  In 2002 she became the Director of Women’s health at the University Health service on the main campus of the University of Michigan.  Her clinical interests in college health include prevention of and evaluation and treatment after sexual assualt.  She works closely with the Sexual assault prevention and awareness center on campus.  She is also a member of the Eating Issues Network on campus evaluating and treating college students with eating disorders.  She is currently involved in research assessing knowledge, perceptions and barriers to long acting reversible contraception in college women.  Since 2004 Dr. Ernst has been the director of the gynecology clinic for adolescents and adult women with disabilities at the University of Michigan Health System.  She leads a special interest group in the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent gynecology for clinicians caring for adolescents with disabilities.  She is a faculty advisor for the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.

Dee Fenner, M.D. Undergraduate:      University of Missouri-Columbia – 1980 Medical School:       University of Missouri-Columbia – 1985 Residency:             University of Michigan – 1989 Fellowship:           The Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale – 1992 Advanced Pelvic Surgery Dee Fenner, M.D. joined the faculty in 2001 and is the first Harold A. Furlong Professor in Women’s Health.  Dr. Fenner is the Director of the Division of Gynecology and Associate Chair of Surgical Services.  Dr. Fenner’s research interests focus on the female pelvic floor, specifically the urinary and anal incontinence mechanisms associated with pelvic floor prolapse. She is currently a Director for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and past-president of the American Urogynecologic Society. 

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F a c u lt y Senait Fisseha, M.D., J.D. Undergraduate: Rosary College – 1993 Graduate: Magdalen College, Oxford University – 1994 Graduate: Southern Illinois University – 1996 Medical School: Southern Illinois University – 1999 Residency: University of Michigan – 2003 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 2006 Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Dr. Senait Fisseha is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  She is also the medical director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the University of Michigan. In addition she serves as the Executive Director of the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT), a new center at UM established with a $25 million grant to advance global reproductive health pre-service training in academic institutions in Sub Saharan Africa with the highest burden of maternal mortality. Dr. Fisseha is actively engaged in medical education, serving as a Co-Director of the medical school’s Path of Excellence in Global Health & Disparities (GHD). Dr. Fisseha serves in various capacities in many international, national and local organizations including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (SREI), Willows Foundation & Hamlin Fistula USA. She has NIH funding to study fertility preservation in cancer patients.

Sara Frost, M.D. Undergraduate:         Cornell University – 1999 Medical School:    University of Rochester – 2003 Residency:            University of Massachusetts – 2007 Dr. Sara Frost joined the Women’s Health faculty in 2007 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2009.  Her practice encompasses a broad range of women’s issues, with a special focus on the health care of Hispanic women.   She has traveled several times to Latin America for projects with the Medical School.  Research interests include use of mobile technology to improve knowledge and outcomes in new mothers, emergency contraception, and biomarkers in the prediction of preeclampsia.  Dr. Frost is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Sign Language.

Edward Goldman, J.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1965 Graduate: University of Michigan Law School – 1968 After 31 years running the Health Systems Legal Office at UM, Ed Goldman joined the department as the full-time Director of the Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice Program. His research interests include the intersection of law and medicine, reproductive and sexual rights, law/medicine and social policy in the area of reproductive medicine, newborn screening and embryonic stem cell research. He teaches in the Schools of Medicine, Law, Public Health, and LSA (Women’s Studies). In 2013 he ran a Michigan Meetings Reproductive Justice conference at the Rackham Graduate School. That led to a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation to study reproductive justice groups in Michigan and work on ways to increase their effectiveness. He also has grants to study legal issues in disorders of sexual development and research use of dried blood spots from newborn screening.

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F a c u lt y Hope K. Haefner, M.D. Undergraduate:    University of Michigan – 1980 Medical School:      University of Michigan Medical School – 1985 Residency:       University of Michigan Medical Center- 1990 Hope K. Haefner, M.D. joined the faculty in 1991 and is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Health System.  She is actively involved in the Center for Vulvar Diseases. She is the President of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease. She is Past President of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Her particular research interests are in vulvodynia, vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, and non-neoplastic epithelial disorders of the vulva. She is involved internationally with vulvovaginal disease education.  She also has a special interest in children and adolescents with gynecologic malignancies with particular emphasis on support for the patient and family.

Kelli Stidham Hall, PhD, MSN, NP Undergraduate:  University of Kentucky – 2003 Master’s:               University of Kentucky – 2006 PhD:                      Columbia University – 2010 Research fellowship:  Princeton University – 2012 Reproductive epidemiology/ contraceptive technology Kelli Stidham Hall, PhD, MSN, NP joined the faculty in 2012 following a postdoctoral research fellowship in reproductive epidemiology at Princeton University and an interdisciplinary PhD in public health, medicine and nursing at Columbia University. She is currently a Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health BIRCWH NIH K-12 scholar in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her program of research is at the intersection of reproductive health and mental health. She has conducted population-based and clinical research projects examining psychological and social influences on young women’s contraceptive behavior, family planning outcomes and reproductive health service use.  In addition to her research role, Dr. Hall also enjoys her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in reproductive health and adolescent medicine, as well as her teaching and research mentoring roles for medical and public health fellows, residents and students.

Maya Hammoud, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan-Dearborn – 1992 Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School – 1996 Residency: University of Michigan – 2000 Maya Hammoud, M.D., joined the faculty in 2000 and is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School. She serves as the Associate Chair for e-Education and Enabling Technologies as well as the Director of the Center for Education and the medical student clerkships. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO).  Her research interests include medical education research and cultural competence.  She serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals and is currently the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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F a c u lt y John Harris, M.D. Undergraduate:    Williams College – 2005 Medical School:   University of North Carolina – 2010     Residency:          University of Kentucky – 2014 John Harris, M.D., joined the faculty in 2014 and is currently a Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Women’s Health.  He grew up in North Carolina, completed his undergraduate education at Williams College, received his medical education from the University of North Carolina, and trained in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kentucky.  He is a Clinical Scholar with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. He is active in research about variations in health care utilization for patients with obesity, as well as identifying and understanding the effect of obesity stigma in healthcare.  He provides care for general obstetric and gynecologic needs of all women and is active in medical education.

Lisa Harris, MD, PhD Undergraduate:    Harvard College – 1989 Medical School:  Harvard Medical School – 1994 Residency:            University of California, San Francisco – 1998 Doctorate:     University of Michigan – 2006 Lisa Harris, MD, PhD, joined the faculty in 1998 as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Studies, and was recently named the inaugural F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professor of Reproductive Health. She is Director of the Department’s Fellowship in Family Planning and its Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice. Her research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to women’s reproductive bodies and lives, specifically: conscience in reproductive health care; the history of in vitro fertilization and other reproductive technologies; the impact of stigma on women seeking abortion and the caregivers who help them; the effects of abortion politics on US health policy and research policy; impact of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status in reproductive health care; use of intrauterine contraception in the United States.

Samar Hassouneh, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Washington - 2003 Medical School:  Harvard University – 2007 Residency:           University of Michigan – 2011 Dr. Hassouneh received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. She has joined the faculty in 2011. Her practice encompasses general obstetrics and gynecology, with a focus on vulvar diseases. Clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery, vulvar diseases and international health. She is fluent in Arabic, and has a special interest in providing care to Arab and Muslim patients. She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her daughter and husband. 

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F a c u lt y Sonia Hovelson, MD Undergraduate:  DePauw University- 2005 Medical School:      Harvard School of Medicine – 2010 Residency:            University of Michigan – 2014 Dr. Sonia Hovelson is originally from Indiana and completed her Bachelor’s degree at DePauw University.  She then completed medical school at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.  She returned to the Midwest to complete her ObGyn residency training at the University of Michigan.  After completing residency, she joined the Women’s Health division at the University of Michigan.  Her clinical practice encompasses general obstetrics and gynecology, and research interests include family planning, preventive medicine, specifically nutrition and health in pregnancy, and medical education.  Outside of work, Dr. Hovelson enjoys spending time with her husband and children, being outdoors, traveling, and cooking.

Timothy R. B. Johnson, M.D. Undergraduate:  University of Michigan – AB with distinction and high honors – 1970 Graduate:     University of Michigan- AM  (Rackham School of Graduate Studies) – 1971 Medical School:  University of Virginia School of Medicine – 1975 Residency:        University of Michigan Hospital – 1979 Fellowship:    Johns Hopkins University – Maternal-Fetal Medicine – 1981 Timothy Johnson, M.D. joined the faculty in 1993 as the Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children and Chair. He is also an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (in recognition of undergraduate teaching), Professor of Women’s Studies and Research Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development.  Dr. Johnson is interested in fetal assessment and fetal behavioral ontogeny as well as aspects of prenatal care and primary care services for women. He has over 300 publications, articles and chapters, including the chapter on “Prenatal Care” for all six editions of the Gabbe, Niebyl and Simpson text Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. He has served on numerous boards including the RRC for Ob/Gyn. He is honorary Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, the Ghana College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London). He was President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics for 2008-2009 and received that organization’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2011. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and Editor-Emeritus of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics having served as Editor from 2007 to 2014.  He remains actively involved in international women’s health issues.

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F a c u lt y Carolyn Johnston, M.D. Undergraduate:  Wesleyan University – 1980 Medical School:  Yale University School of Medicine – 1984 Residency:  University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics – 1988 Fellowship:  Mount Sinai Hospital – 1990 Gynecologic Oncology Carolyn Johnston, M.D. joined the faculty in 1990 and is currently a Clinical Professor UMHS and also performs similar duties at our affiliate teaching hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.  Her current areas of research are primarily clinical and include Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and industry sponsored trials.  She also is an outside mentor to the gynecology oncology fellowship training programs  in Ghana and Ethiopia. She is a PI for the GOG trials at our institution, on the LAPs grant board, a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Cancer Consortium , the head of the Michigan Cancer Consortium Cervical Cancer Advisory Committee and is also involved in resident, fellow and medical student teaching.

Justin Junn, MD Undergraduate:  Vanderbilt University – 2005 Medical School:    University of Michigan – 2010 Business School:  University of Michigan – 2010 Residency:           University of Michigan – 2014 Dr. Junn received his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee before moving to Ann Arbor, where he received his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School.  He then stayed at the University of Michigan to complete his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He also obtained an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.  His clinical interests include general obstetrics and gynecology with a focus on laparoscopy and robotic surgery.  He and his wife live in Ann Arbor with their dog, Pfeiffer, and love spending time outdoors, traveling, and exploring new cuisines.

Chava Kahn, MD, MPH Undergraduate: Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University – 2002 Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine – 2008 Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine – 2012 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 2014 Graduate: University of Michigan, School of Public Health – 2014 Chava Kahn, MD, MPH joined the faculty in 2012 as a family planning fellow. She is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her research interests include family planning and contraception, particularly the role of religion in reproductive decision-making. She also has a strong interest in global women’s health and currently has projects in rural Uganda focusing on cervical cancer screening and access to antenatal care and family planning services.

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F a c u lt y Samantha Kempner, MD Undergraduate: Wesleyan University – 2002  Medical School: University of Michigan – 2007  Residency:  Duke University – 2012  Samantha Kempner, MD joined the faculty in 2012 as part of the Women’s Health Division.  She has clinical interests in family planning, obstetrics, and minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.  She also enjoys teaching both pre-clinical and clinical medical students.  Outside of work, Dr. Kempner spends her time running, golfing, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.

Roland Kwok, Ph.D. Undergraduate: Chu Hai College, Hong Kong – 1982 Graduate: University of Saskatchewan, Canada – 1985 Graduate: University of Pittsburgh – 1991 Postdoctoral: Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University – 1998 Roland Kwok, Ph.D. joined the faculty in Oct, 1998 and is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Kwok’s research focuses on the study of the mechanism of regulation of cell death of cancer cells. Specifically, he is interested in how post-translational modifications, such as acetylation and phosphorylation, of the factors involved in cell death pathways to regulate their function in cell death response of cancer cells to chemotherapy drugs and radiation.

Elizabeth S. Langen, MD Undergraduate: Stanford University Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine Residency: Stanford University Fellowship: Stanford University Elizabeth S. Langen, MD joined the faculty of the division of Maternal –Fetal Medicine in 2012. Her interests include maternal and obstetrical complications of pregnancy. Her research has focused on preterm birth, autoimmune disorders affecting pregnancy, and abnormal placentation. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Michael Lanham, M.D. Undergraduate: Center College – 2000 Medical School: University of Michigan – 2007 Residency: University of Michigan – 2011 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 2014 Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Dr. Lanham is an Assistant Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  He is currently the Associate Medical Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine.  His areas of interest include assessment of ovarian reserve, mathematical modeling, assisted reproductive technologies, and the use of information technologies for patient interaction and education.  He is a Physician Builder for the electronic record at the University of Michigan, MiChart.

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F a c u lt y Angela Liang, MD Undergraduate:     University of Michigan- 2005 Medical School:    Wayne State School of Medicine – 2009 Residency:     University of Michigan – 2013 Dr. Liang joined the faculty in September 2013 as a Clinical Lecturer in the Women’s Health division.  Her research interests include quality improvement and patient safety.  She is a Junior Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She is also involved in resident and medical student education. Her clinical interests include quality improvement and patient safety.

Richard Lieberman, M.D. Undergraduate: Medical School:

Wittenburg University – 1979 The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences – 1983 Residency: Ob/Gyn: USAF Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base – 1987 Anatomic Pathology: Bethesda Naval Hospital – 1992 Fellowship: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology – 1993 Richard Lieberman, M.D. joined the faculty in 1997 and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor.  As a gynecologic pathologist, Dr. Lieberman applies his background as a Clinical Obstetrician & Gynecologist to better understand the pathophysiologic processes of the female genital tract. With Board Certification in both Ob/Gyn and Anatomic Pathology, his goal is to impart the importance (and excitement) of correlating clinical information with the histologic features of biopsy and surgical material to medical students, residents, fellows and staff of both departments. He hopes that this fosters communication between the clinicians and pathologists, ultimately enhancing patient care. Dr. Lieberman’s areas of interest include placental pathology (involved in projects looking at granulomatous villitis, placental alterations and preeclampsia, malaria and other changes noted in placentas delivered by women of the longitudinally studied tribe in Mali, and placental changes associated with sleep apnea). He utilizes clinical-pathology-correlations in training clinicians in the evaluation and management of abnormal cervical cytology by participating in educational meetings several times a year. Finally, he has also become involved in global outreach initiatives, including a monthly Internet-based Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board with our colleagues in Ghana, and has also participated in a mission to Uzbekistan teaching clinicians and pathologists about the latest techniques and diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer, then participating in patient care activities.

Courtney S. Lim, MD Undergraduate:  Northwestern University – 2003 Medical School:  University of Michigan – 2008 Residency:        Northwestern University – 2012 Fellowship:    University of Michigan – 2014 Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Courtney S. Lim, M.D. joined the faculty in 2012 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and the Assistant Director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecology Fellowship Program.  Her clinical interests are in the medical and surgical management of uterine fibroids, advanced endometriosis, and complex gynecologic surgery.  Her research interests include patient education and decision-making.

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F a c u lt y J. Rebecca Liu, M.D. Undergraduate: Princeton University 1987 Medical School: Vanderbilt University 1991 Residency: Duke University 1995 Fellowship: University of Michigan 1999 Gynecologic Oncology In 1999, Dr. Liu joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the University of Michigan as a Lecturer. She was appointed as Assistant Professor in 2001, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. Dr. Liu is a practicing gynecologic oncologist at the University of Michigan and at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her research is focused upon elucidating the molecular mechanisms of chemoresistance in ovarian cancer. A major focus of her research group has been to examine how crosstalk between the host stroma and cancer cells modulates the progression and chemosensitivity of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer cells have the capability to alter the microenvironment to enhance cancer progression and induce chemotherapy resistance. The ultimate objective of her work is to delineate mechanisms of ovarian cancer-host stroma interactions in order to develop strategies with which to treat ovarian cancer patients.

Lisa Kane Low, C.N.M., Ph.D. FACNM FAAN Undergraduate:  University of Michigan – 1984 Nurse Midwifery: American College of Nurse Midwifery – 1986 Graduate:          Masters in Midwifery:  University of Illinois – 1987 BIRCWH: BIRCWH Scholar 2001-2003 Doctorate:   University of Michigan – 2001 Fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing Lisa Kane Low joined the faculty in 1993 and is currently a certified nurse-midwife, researcher and lecturer in the department and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Women’s Studies Department.  She also is the coordinator of the midwifery education program in the School of Nursing. Her research interests are focused on women and adolescent’s experiences of childbirth, birth outcomes and their association with processes of care during labor.  She has focused on increasing the use of evidence based care practices that promote optimal outcomes for childbirth with a focus on strategies to improve second stage labor management to reduce risk for pelvic floor trauma. She has had NIH funding as a principle investigator and been a research member of the Pelvic Floor Research Group in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Co-Investigator on the Departments Special Center for Research (SCOR) Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health: Birth, Muscle Injury and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction from National Institute of Health, Office of Women’s Health Research.   

Anita Malone, MD Undergraduate:  University of Michigan – 1994 Medical School:  University of Michigan Medical School – 2010 Residency:     Indiana University School of Medicine – 2014 Dr. Malone received her Bachelors, Masters in Public Health and medical degree from the University of Michigan.  She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was consistently recognized for compassionate patient centered care. Her clinical practice includes general obstetrics and gynecology, with special interests in contraception care, perimenopausal counseling, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Her research interests include psychosocial issues that affect maternal and women’s health. She has a demonstrated commitment to health equity and inclusion and is also involved in medical student and resident education.  She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.    

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F a c u lt y  David Marzano, M.D. Undergraduate: Brandeis University – 1994 Medical School: University of Michigan – 1998 Residency: University of Michigan – 2002 David Marzano, MD joined the faculty in 2002 and is currently an Assistant Professor. He currently serves as the Assistant Program Director of the residency program. He is active in the simulations program for the department, using simulation for training for obstetric emergencies, Mi-Chart training, and team training.

Stephanie Matos, M.S.., C.N.M. Undergraduate: University of Michigan School of Nursing – 1995 Graduate:  University of Michigan – 2000 Stephanie Matos is an Ann Arbor native who received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. She considers herself “true blue”. Her first job was that of a labor and delivery nurse here at U of M. After graduating from midwifery school she worked in Toledo, Ohio for one year and then joined the UM Nurse Midwifery Service in 2001.  She saw clients at the Canton Health Center and East Ann Arbor Health Center until the birth of her twins. Upon returning to work she took on the role of a triage coordinator and has worked there for the last 11 years.  Stephanie has always worked in women’s health and feels privileged to be employed at the University of Michigan.  Stephanie lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and four children.  They recently moved to a farm and enjoy having horses and other animals.

Karen, McLean, MD, PhD Undergraduate:    University of Michigan – 1995 Medical School: University of Michigan – 2004 Graduate:      University of Michigan – 2004 Residency:    University of Michigan – 2008 Fellowship:   University of Michigan – 2011 Gynecologic Oncology Karen McLean, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Gynecologic Oncology. She carried out her clinical training at the University of Michigan, where she also received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology through the Medical Scientist Training Program. She a principal investigator in the Translational Oncology Program at the University of Michigan, a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes collaborative science with the goal of bringing together highly accomplished investigators to make transformational advances in oncology. Her research focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of ovarian cancer. Dr. McLean also has an active clinical practice as a Gynecologic Oncologist, and is committed to all aspects of patient care, from surgery to chemotherapy to end-of-life discussions. When not working, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors as much as possible.

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F a c u lt y KMJ Menon, Ph.D. Undergraduate: University of Bombay, India – 1961 Graduate: Boston University – 1967 Postdoctoral: University of British Columbia, Vancouver – 1967 – 1970 K.M. Jairam Menon, PhD joined the faculty in 1970 and is currently a Professor. He was recruited to the University of Michigan in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Biological Chemistry to be the Director of the Gynecologic Endocrine laboratory. He has served as the interim chairman of the Department of Biological Chemistry and was a member of the NIH Endocrinology Study Section. He has been the recipient of NIH Grants continuously for over 42 years. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement award, NIH MERIT award and the State of Michigan Scientist of the Year award. He was recently inducted into the University of Michigan Medical School League of Research Excellence. He continues to mentor graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows in his laboratory. His current research focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of the regulation of ovarian function in normal and pathological states and the mechanism of hormone action.

Janis Miller, PhD, APRN Janis Miller, PhD, APRN joined the faculty in 1999 and currently is appointed as Associate Professor of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in conjunction with her primary appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Her expertise lies in the non-surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence, and in investigating the underlying causative factors. She is one of the key principle investigators of the Pelvic Floor Research Group at the University of Michigan, an internationally recognized research team working to improve the understanding and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. In her own practice as a Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Millers draws on that particular expertise, working at the Taubman Obstetrics & Gynecology pelvic floor specialty clinic, which includes the Michigan Healthy Healing after Delivery Program. Additionally, Dr. Miller collaborates with a team of investigators at Panzi Hospital and Université Evangelique en Afrique (UEA) in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. She was principle investigator of the foundation grant that launched the International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) in Bukavu in 2013 and is a current member of its steering board.

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F a c u lt y Okeoma Onyekachi Mmeje, M.D., M.P.H. Undergraduate:    University of California, Los Angeles – 2000 Medical School:     University of Michigan – 2006 Post Graduate: University of Michigan, School of Public Health – 2006 Residency:                  University of Pennsylvania – 2010 Fellowship:              University of California, San Francisco – 2013 Okeoma Mmeje, MD, MPH joined the faculty in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor. She has clinical and research training in Reproductive Infectious Diseases with particular emphasis in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections within a global health context. She developed a research program with collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco and the Kenya Medical Research Institute evaluating mixed methods approach incorporating behavioral and biomedical interventions for prevention of sexual and perinatal HIV transmission. Dr. Mmeje completed a fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases and obtained her Masters in Public Health prior to joining the faculty. Her clinical interests are in recurrent vaginitis and sexually transmitted infections. Her research interests are aimed at safer methods of conception for HIV-serodiscordant couples as a means of HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she conducts research in Kenya and Ethiopia. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Infectious Disease Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Suzanne M. Moenter, PhD Graduate School: University of Michigan Suzanne M. Moenter, PhD, is a Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, performed postdoctoral research at University of California San Francisco and began her academic career at the University of Virginia before moving back to Michigan in 2010. Her studies focus on the neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction, specifically electrophysiological and molecular characterization of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and kisspeptin neurons in four broad thematic areas: 1) the development and generation of episodic GnRH release, 2) the central mechanisms of negative and positive estradiol feedback, 3) metabolic and stress regulation of fertility, and 4) models for infertility associated with hyperandrogenemia, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. She has a strong record of mentoring predoctoral trainees and was the first recipient of the Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentoring at the University of Virginia, where she also directed the Neuroscience Graduate Program. She is currently Director of the NIH-funded Career Training in Reproductive Biology Program, and of the Physiology Graduate Program, and co-director of the Reproductive Sciences Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Moenter has served on review boards for the NIH, NSF and USDA, the editorial board of Endocrinology, the Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, and as Associate Editor for Biology of Reproduction. She has also served on the Trainee Affairs Committee, Annual Meeting Steering Committee and Basic Science Meeting Chair of the Endocrine Society.

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F a c u lt y Michelle H. Moniz, MD, MSC Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University – 2004 Medical School: Washington University – 2008 Residency: University of Pittsburgh – 2012 Michelle H. Moniz, MD, MSC, joined the faculty as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor in Women’s Health. She sees patients for a range of obstetric, gynecologic and health maintenance care at the Northville Health Center. She is an active clinical investigator, with a research agenda focusing on health behavior change in pregnant and postpartum populations. She is particularly interested in promoting healthy weight gain during pregnancy, uptake of indicated vaccines during pregnancy, and use of effective contraceptive methods postpartum. She is currently collaborating with Detroit Public Television to generate and evaluate a series of videos about maternal health for broadcast television. 

Daniel Morgan, M.D. Undergraduate: Yale University, B.A. History – 1991            Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, M.D. – 1998 Residency: University of Michigan – 2002 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 2005 Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Daniel Morgan, M.D. joined the faculty in 2005 as a clinical research (BIRCWH) scholar and is currently an Associate Professor in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  His research interests include pelvic floor disorders and healthcare services research regarding hysterectomy and quality improvement initiatives. He has presented his work at meetings of the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons, American Urological Society, and the International Continence Society. 

Helen Kang Morgan, MD Undergraduate:    Wellesley College – 1998 Medical School:      University of Michigan – 2002 Residency:             University of Michigan – 2006 Dr. Helen Kang Morgan joined the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in 2006.  She is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Leaning Health Sciences.  In 2013, she became Director of the Health Science Scholars Program in the College of Literature, Science and Arts for first-year undergraduate students.  In addition, she has also been the Director of the Advanced Clinical Skills Course in obstetrics and gynecology for fourth year medical students since 2013.  Her medical education research interests include the development of professional identity for undergraduate and medical students, and the effective use of technology in education.  Her clinical interests include peri-menopausal counseling, and contraception. 

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Cheryl A. Moyer, PhD, MPH Undergraduate: University of North Carolina – 1992 MPH: University of North Carolina – 1995 PhD: University of Michigan – 2012 Dr. Moyer’s research focuses on the social and cultural factors that impact maternal and neonatal health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa, with most of her work occurring in Ghana. She was a co-investigator of the Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Study (SANDS), a mixed-methods study of the clinical, sociological, and cultural factors impacting neonatal deaths in northern Ghana. The SANDS study also included a focus on childbirth-related issues, including clean delivery, women’s preferences regarding delivery location, and the social factors influencing delivery location. Dr. Moyer is the lead investigator on a three-year, USAID-funded project in three of the northern regions of Ghana using social autopsy to explore social and cultural factors associated with maternal and neonatal mortality as well as sociocultural audits to determine factors associated with maternal and neonatal “near-misses.” The project, known as PREMAND (Preventing Maternal And Neonatal Mortality), includes a GIS component to map the relationships between outcomes and sociocultural correlates. Dr. Moyer is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan, and she is also an Associate Director for Global REACH, the University of Michigan Medical School’s international program.

George B. Mychaliska, M.D. Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles (BS) – 1986 Medical School: Joint Medical Program, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley – (MS, MD)1991 Residency: General Surgery, University of California, San Francisco – 1999 Postdoctoral Research: Fetal Treatment Center, University of California, San Francisco – 1994-1997 Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Michigan George B. Mychaliska, M.D., M.S. is the Robert Bartlett, M.D., Collegiate Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the University of Michigan. He is Director of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, Co-Director of the ECMO Program and Associate Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Mychaliska is a nationally recognized expert in the field of fetal surgery, and his clinical areas of interest and expertise are prenatal diagnosis, fetal surgery, ECMO, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). He is an NIH supported researcher whose main focus has been developing an extracorporeal artificial placenta for support of premature infants. He is also actively engaged in clinical research and clinical trials in the areas of prenatal diagnosis and therapy, ECMO, and CDH. He is committed to teaching, and has mentored numerous undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Mychaliska has published numerous articles, and has been invited to present at many national and international venues.

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Jane Nicholson, M.D. Undergraduate: Albion College – 1981 Medical School: Michigan State University – 1985 Residency: Butterworth Hospital – 1989 Jane Nicholson, M.D. joined the faculty in 1989 and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Nicholson is Medical Director of the East Ann Arbor Health Center and has a busy practice in primary care obstetrics and gynecology.  She also has an appointment in Internal Medicine where she sees patients in clinic in Molecular Medicine and Genetics.

Clark Nugent, M.D. Undergraduate: Albion College – 1977 Medical School:  University of Michigan Medical School – 1981 Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center – 1985 Fellowship: The George Washington University – 1987 Maternal Fetal Medicine Clark Nugent, M.D. joined the faculty in 1987 and is currently a Professor. Dr. Nugent served as the residency program director from July, 2003 to December, 2009. In addition to resident education, interests include multiple gestation, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy, patient safety and perinatal ethics.

Anthony Opipari, MD, Ph.D. Undergraduate: Wayne State University – 1986 Graduate School: University of Michigan – 1994 Medical School: University of Michigan – 1994 Residency: University of Michigan – 1998 Anthony Opipari, MD, Ph.D joined the faculty in 1998 and is currently an Associate Professor.  His clinical effort is in gynecologic cancer prevention, focused on cervical screening and colposcopy, and in the management of lower genital tract diseases caused by human papilloma virus infection or immune dysfunction.  Dr. Opipari’s laboratory research is aimed at discovering therapeutic targets and mechanisms to treat cancer and immune diseases. 

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Vasantha Padmanabhan M.S., Ph.D Undergraduate: Mysore University, Bangalore, India – 1964 Graduate: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India – 1971 Postdoctoral: Michigan State University Dr. Padmanabhan joined the University of Michigan in 1984 and is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Padmanabhan’s research is translational and centers on understanding the fetal origin of pubertal and adult reproductive and metabolic disorders. Specifically her laboratory focuses on the impact of maternal exposure to excess steroids and environmental pollutants such as bisphenol-A in altering developmental trajectory of fetus and programming adult reproductive and metabolic diseases such as that seen in hyperandrogenic disorders like Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and identifying prevention and treatment strategies. She was instrumental in developing the sheep model of PCOS. She is currently principal investigator on a program grant that focuses on developing prevention / treatment strategies to overcome reproductive and metabolic dysfunctions by using the sheep model of PCOS, co-principal investigator on a children’s center program grant focusing on a human pregnancy cohort she is developing to study the impact of developmental exposure to environmental chemicals on metabolic syndrome risk, and co-principal investigator on a training grant focusing on developmental origin of metabolic dysfunctions. She also leads the endocrine disruption team in the University of Michigan NIEHS P30 Core Center. She has served on several NIH study sections and is at present a member of the editorial board of Endocrinology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Journal of Developmental Origin of Health and Disease (DOHAD). She is internationally recognized for her work on the developmental origin of reproductive and metabolic dysfunctions.

Katherine Pasque, M.D. Undergraduate: Brown University – 1996 Medical School: University of Louisville – 2004 Residency: University of Michigan – 2008 Katie Pasque, M.D. joined the faculty in 2008. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and she has a particular interest in breastfeeding medicine.  In July 2010, she co-created University of Michigan’s Multidisciplinary Breastfeeding Clinic with members of the department of pediatrics and lactation consultants. The clinic now runs 3 days per week at the Briarwood Center for Women, Children, and Young Adults. She additionally enjoys teaching residents and medical students about lactation. She loves living in Ann Arbor with her husband and 3 children.

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Elizabeth W. Patton M.D., M.S., M.Phil Undergraduate: Harvard College – 2000 Graduate: New Hall College, University of Cambridge, MPhil, Theology -2001; University of Michigan, M.S., Health Services Research – 2014 Medical School: University of Massachusetts - 2009 Residency: Northwestern University – 2013 Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship/VA Research fellowship – 2013 to present Elizabeth Patton M.D. joined the faculty in 2013 and is currently a Clinical Instructor and Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar/VA research fellow. Her research interests include risk communication and shared decision making in complex reproductive health decisions, as well as the intersection between spirituality and reproductive health.  She has worked with the department’s Program on Women’s Healthcare Effectiveness Research to investigate women’s attitudes and preferences towards reproductive health policy and contraceptive options, and has taught on spirituality and reproductive health in Dr. Frank Andersen’s Reproductive Health course at the School of Public Health.  She is also involved in the VA’s national reproductive health policy team.  She provides both inpatient obstetric care at the University of Michigan and outpatient gynecologic care at the Ann Arbor VA, and enjoys working with residents and students in both locations.

Mark D. Pearlman, M.D. Undergraduate:    University of Michigan – 1979 Medical School:    Michigan State University – 1984 Residency:            William Beaumont Hospital – 1989 Fellowship:    Baylor College of Medicine – 1990 Infectious Diseases Mark Pearlman, M.D. joined the faculty in 1990 and is currently the S. Jan Behrman Professor of Reproductive Medicine as well as Professor of Surgery. He is nationally recognized for his clinical expertise in the management of women with breast diseases, gynecologic management of women with breast cancer, and management of women with deleterious BRCA gene mutation. Recognizing the need for more consistent breast education amongst ob/gyn residents in the U.S., he started the only breast fellowship in obstetrics/gynecology in the country in July, 2008.  He has published extensively in the area of breast diseases and cancer genetics, and is author on national guidelines for management of breast disease and breast cancer screening.  His research interests include management of BRCA gene mutation carriers, gynecologic management of breast cancer survivors, breast education, patient safety and quality care, trauma during pregnancy, and infections in obstetrics and gynecology. Administratively, he is the Vice Chair and Service Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Director of the University of Michigan Pharmacies, and the Associate Chief of Staff of UMHS.

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Julie Perry, M.D., FACOG Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1989 Medical School: Medical College of Ohio – 1995 Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center – 1999 Dr. Perry is a Clinical Assistant Professor and general Ob/Gyn with a broad range of interests including obstetrics, contraception, and menopause management. She is a graduate of the UM Medical Education Scholar (MESP) and the APGO Academic Scholar Programs . In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Perry enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students in the area of health disparities.

Laura Phang, M.D. Undergraduate: Amherst College – 1996 Medical School:  University of California in San Francisco – 2002 Residency:                    Brigham & Women’s Hospital - 2006 Dr. Laura Phang joined the University of Michigan Division of Women’s Health in 2011 after working in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts for 5 years.  She completed medical school at University of California in San Francisco and residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.  She is board certified in obstetrics & gynecology.  She has special interest in counseling patients about prenatal testing options and contraception.  When not at work, she enjoys cooking new recipes, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Holly Powers, CNM, MS Undergraduate:  University of Pittsburgh – 1983 (BA) Undergraduate: BSN: University of Michigan – 1996 (BSN) Graduate MS:  University of Michigan – 1999 (MS) Holly joined the faculty in 2001 and is currently working as a triage coordinator on Labor and Delivery at the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Before that, she worked in full scope nurse midwifery practice at the University of Michigan. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing. She precepts both midwifery and medical students in triage.

Margaret R. Punch, M.D. Undergraduate:     University of Michigan – 1984 Medical School:  University of Michigan Medical School – 1986 Residency:           University of Michigan – 1990 Margaret Punch, M.D. joined the faculty in 1990 and is a Clinical Professor. She is active on a departmental and medical center level with issues related to ambulatory care.  She has been the Division Director of the Women’s Health Division for more than 10 years.  She is an Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Care for the Faculty Group Practice.  Dr. Punch is part of the MiChart Leadership Team helping to implement the Epic electronic medical record and revenue cycle systems across the University of Michigan Health Systems.  In 2014, Dr. Punch passed the certification exam for board certification in the new specialty of Clinical Informatics.

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F a c u lt y Elisabeth H. Quint, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Leiden Medical School – 1981 Medical School: University of Leiden Medical School – 1985 Residency: University of Michigan – 1991 Elisabeth Quint, M.D. joined the faculty in 1991 and is currently a Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Faculty. She is director of the department’s Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship. Her areas of clinical expertise and research are Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and gynecologic care for women with disabilities. Her adult practice focuses on women with fibroids and abnormal bleeding in the Hysterectomy Alternatives (HALT) clinic. She is Past President of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

John F. Randolph, Jr., M.D. Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University – 1976 Medical School:  University of Cincinnati – 1980 Residency:     University of Michigan – 1984                                         Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship:   University of Connecticut – 1986                                          Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility John F. Randolph, Jr., M.D. joined the faculty in 1986 and is currently Professor and Director of the ABOG-approved Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.  He is experienced in the evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of female infertility and reproductive hormone disorders with special interests in hormone therapy, complex endocrinopathies, and in the problems of the later reproductive years and menopausal transition.  His particular research interests include reproductive aging, the relationship of sex steroids and aging, and the study of the perimenopause. He is an investigator in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), the national study of the menopausal transition, and Co-director of the Center for the Integrated Approaches to Complex Diseases.

R. Kevin Reynolds, M.D. Undergraduate: Stanford University – 1978 Medical School: University of New Mexico – 1982 Residency: University of Vermont – 1986 Fellowship: University of Michigan – 1991 Gynecologic Oncology Kevin Reynolds, M.D. joined the faculty in 1988 and is currently the George W. Morley Professor and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He is also the gynecologic oncology fellowship program director. Dr. Reynolds is actively involved in maintaining and improving upon the Gynecologic Oncology Division strength as a clinical service while continuing to expand and improve training, basic science, and clinical research programs. Dr. Reynolds serves on committees responsible for development of national treatment guidelines through the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. His research interests include: 1) new surgical techniques for improved treatment of gynecologic malignancies including extensive use of laparoscopy, robotics, and fertility sparing surgery 2) improvement of surgical education using simulation, and 3) translational clinical research for treatment of cervical, endometrial, ovarian, vulvar and gestational trophoblastic tumors.

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F a c u lt y Natalie Saunders, M.D. Undergraduate: Michigan State University – 1998 Medical School: University of Michigan – 2002 Residency: University of Michigan – 2006 Natalie Saunders, M.D. is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Vulvar Diseases. Her practice includes general obstetrics and gynecology with a special interest in obstetrics care, breast feeding, and vulvar diseases.  Her interest outside of medicine includes spending time with family, fitness, travel, and cooking.

Lisa Scheiman, M.S., C.N.M. Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1983 Graduate: University of Illinois at Chicago – 1988 Lisa Scheiman joined the faculty in 1994.  In addition to her love of helping families welcome their new family member into the world, she is the coordinator of the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program ( SANE) Her main area of interest and research pertains to the care of women who present for exam after sexual assault and issues related to violence against women. She is a member of a multidisciplinary community sexual assault response team dedicated to developing policies that assist agencies in providing compassionate, integrated care to survivors of sexual assault.

Megan O. Schimpf, MD  Undergraduate:      University of Michigan – 1997 Medical School:  University of Michigan – 2001 Residency:     University of Connecticut – 2005 Fellowship:  Hartford Hospital – 2008 Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Schimpf joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in January 2012 as an associate professor after working at the University of Pennsylvania and training at the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital. She is the Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) Medical Director of the Von Voigtlander Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic and worked on implementation of the electronic medical record in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas. Surgically, Dr. Schimpf specializes in robotic repair of prolapse in addition to vaginal surgery for complex cases. Her research interests include systematic reviews on surgical outcomes, leadership, perioperative care and overactive bladder treatment. 

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Undergraduate: Haryana Agril University, India – 1976 Doctorate: Punjab Agril University, India – 1982 Post-Doctoral: Cleveland Clinic Foundation – 1989 Graduate: Western Michigan University – 2002 Dr. Shah joined the faculty in 2013 as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the IVF/Andrology and Endocrine laboratories. He is board certified as a High- complexity Clinical Laboratory Director by the American College of Embryology. His expertise includes all aspects of in vitro fertilization such as gamete microsurgical techniques, gamete embryo and ovarian tissue cryopreservation, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. He is a member of several national and international professional organizations including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American Society of Andrology, European Society of Human Reproduction, and American Association of Bio-analysts. He also serves as an inspector of the College of American Pathologist’s Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program and has authored several research articles and book chapters. Dr. Shah holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

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F a c u lt y Bethany Skinner, MD Undergraduate:  Ohio State University – 2001 Medical School: Case Wesern Reserve University – 2005 Residency:  University of Colorado – 2009 Fellowship: Indiana University – 2011 Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Dr. Skinner received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University.  She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado.  Dr. Skinner then pursued fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Indiana University.  Following her fellowship, she joined the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery here at the University of Michigan.  Her research interests include determinants of route of hysterectomy and surgical education.

Gary D. Smith, Ph.D. Undergraduate:  Oregon State University – 1987 Graduate:        Washington State University – 1993 Post-Doctoral:  Oregon Regional Primate Research Center – 1995 Gary D. Smith, Ph.D. joined the faculty in 1998 and is currently a Professor. Dr. Smith also has a joint appointment in Physiology and Urology and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director. In 2009, he co-founded the A. Alfred Taubman Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies. In 2013, this program was re-organized to focus primarily on derivation of disease specific human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and was renamed MStem Cell Laboratory. As Director of MStem Cell Laboratory Dr. Smith oversees hESC production, expansion, characterization, NIH registration, and facilitates and actively collaborates with UM physician scientists in the use of these disease specific hESCs to understand the pathophysiology of single gene disorders. In addition, work in his research laboratory focuses on regulation of mammalian gamete, embryo, and embryonic stem cell development and function. Specifically, investigations include: intracellular regulation of oocyte meiosis and chromatic remodeling, sperm surface proteins and immuno-contraception, molecular regulators of embryo development, and derivation of novel hESCs as models for developmental and adult diseases. Studies in his laboratory range from very basic in nature to translational research aimed at introducing new or improving existing means of preserving fertility, treating infertility, cell replacement therapies, and improving human health.

Roger Smith, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1989 Medical School:   University of Michigan – 1992 Residency:   Blodgett Memorial Hospital – 1996 Roger Smith, M.D. joined the faculty in 2004 and is currently an Assistant Professor. He is director of Quality Improvement in the Ob/Gyn department.  Dr. Smith practices general obstetrics and gynecology and has special interests in family planning, cervical disorders and office procedures.   

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F a c u lt y Yolanda Smith, M.D. Undergraduate:  Duke University – 1985 Medical School:  Wake Forest University School of Medicine – 1989 Residency:  Brigham and Women’s Hospital & University of Michigan Medical Center – 1993 Fellowship:  Johns Hopkins University – 1995 Reproductive Endocrinology Yolanda Smith, M.D., M.S. joined the faculty in 1995 and is currently a Professor.  She serves as Research Director of the University of Michigan Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Program.  Dr. Smith’s research interests include neuroendocrinology and pediatric/adolescent gynecology.  Her research endeavors include studying the neuronal effects of hormones and metabolic markers in women. This work focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying hormone regulation of cognition, mood and stress response. Dr. Smith currently serves as a Council member of the Society for Reproductive Investigation.  

Laura Sproat, MD Undergraduate:  University of Pittsburgh – 1999 Medical School:  University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine – 2005 Residency:  MetroHealth/Cleveland Clinic – 2009 Dr. Sproat is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   After studying history and philosophy of science plus biology at the University of Pittsburgh, she relocated to Philadelphia for medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her husband.  After a stop in Cleveland for residency at the MetroHealth/ Cleveland Clinic program, she returned to the City of Brotherly Love to practice for four years while her husband was working as a physician scientist at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Sproat and her husband relocated when his career as a translational researcher in the field of pancreatic cancer brought him to Ann Arbor.  While she may have relocated a few times, no matter where she goes, Dr. Sproat remains a loyal Pittsburgher.  Go Steelers!

Caren Stalburg, M.D. M.A. Undergraduate:  University of Michigan – 1988 Medical School:  University of Michigan – 1992 Residency:  University of Michigan – 1996 Master in Higher Education: University of Michigan -- 2006 Caren Stalburg, M.D. M.A. joined the Ob/Gyn faculty in 1996 and has a Master in Higher Education from the Center for the Study of Higher and PostSecondary Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities at the West Ann Arbor Health Center, she is the Chief of the Division of Professional Education in the Department of Learning Health Sciences. She is actively involved in medical student and resident physician education, and has scholarly interests in the development of faculty as educators, open on-line educational resources, and instructional methods and curriculum design. When not at work, Dr. Stalburg is an avid college sports fan and finds every opportunity to just have fun.

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F a c u lt y Alexandra Minna Stern, M.A., Ph.D. Undergraduate:    San Francisco State University – 1990 Graduate:               University of California at San Diego – 1993 (M.A.) University of Chicago – 1999 (Ph.D.) Alexandra Minna Stern, Ph.D, joined the faculty in 2002 and is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in UMMS and of American Culture, Women’s Studies, and History in the College of LS&A. Her research has focused on the history of reproduction, gender, genetics, and health inequalities. She is the author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (2005), which won the Arthur Viseltear Award from the American Public Health Association, and Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America (2012), which was named an Outstanding Title in the Health Sciences by Choice magazine. Dr. Stern is currently PI of a project analyzing 15,000 sterilization orders processed by the state of California during the eugenics era of the 20th century, and of a Ford Foundation project assessing reproductive justice organizations in Michigan with the goal of strengthening infrastructure and building capacity. She directs the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, co-directs the Reproductive Justice faculty program housed in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and is active in the department’s Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice program.

Marjorie Treadwell, M.D., M.S. Undergraduate:  University of Michigan – 1978 Graduate:     Wayne State University – 1980 Medical School: University of Michigan – 1984      Residency:        Wayne State University – 1988 Fellowship:    Wayne State University – 1990 Maternal Fetal Medicine Marjorie (Marcie) Treadwell, M.D. joined the faculty in 2006 and is currently Clinical Professor and Director of the Fetal Diagnostic Center. She attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Michigan and, after developing special expertise in the field of prenatal ultrasound and fetal therapies, returned to Ann Arbor to be part of the Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy Center.  Since she joined the U of M team, the Fetal Diagnostic Center has become accredited by the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine and is a destination for patients with a wide range of fetal conditions benefiting from prenatal interventions.  She is a member of the League of Clinical Excellence at University of Michigan.

Amy Tremper, MD Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) – 1978 Medical School: UCLA – 1985 Residency: University of California Irvine (UCI) – 1989 Amy L Tremper joined the faculty in 1990 and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor. She went to medical school after training and working as a Physical Therapist .Her interests include Exercise in Pregnancy and menopausal issues affecting women. She has a strong interest in teaching from middle school to medical school. She travels yearly to Kenya with a group from the University of Michigan where she teaches health and sex education, works with Kenyan health care professionals and mentors U of M medical students. She serves on the board of The Michigan Kenya Partnership which promotes education, health and entrepreneurship in the Meru region of Kenya. She is married to the Chair of Anesthesia at U of M and has 2 grown sons who graduated from U of M. In her spare time she reads, gardens and raises chickens and sheep on their farm.

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F a c u lt y Shitanshu Uppal, M.B;B.S Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences – 2004 Internship: University of Pennsylvania – 2007 Residency: Temple University Hospital – 2011 Fellowship: University of Wisconsin, Madison – 2014 Gynecologic Oncology Shitanshu Uppal joined the faculty in 2014 after completing his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology. His clinical effort is in treatment of gynecologic malignancies with minimally invasive surgical options. He is actively involved in the surgical outcomes research as well as health services research. His particular interests include optimizing surgical outcomes for complex oncologic surgeries, training residents and fellows utilizing novel educational interventions as well as advancing evidence based cost-effective oncologic care. Dr. Uppal is also involved in improving end of life care for patients with advanced gynecologic malignancies and is working closely with the palliative care team at the University of Michigan.

Cosmas J.M. Vandeven, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Leiden – 1980 Medical School: University of Leiden – 1986 Residency: Henry Ford Hospital – 1991 Fellowship: Duke University – 1993 Maternal Fetal Medicine Cosmas Vandeven, M.D. joined the faculty in 1993 and is currently the J.Robert Willson Professor of Obstetrics and Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. He was born and raised in the Netherlands. His research focused on the role of the vascular endothelium in blood pressure regulation, specifically in patients with pre-eclampsia. Dr. Vandeven is actively engaged in medical student, resident and fellow education, addressing the physiologic changes associated with pregnancy. Clinically, Dr. Vandeven is particularly interested in medical complications in pregnancy like collagen vascular disease, hematologic disorders and critical care. Dr. Vandeven serves in many UMHS and departmental administrative activities and committees.

Barbara Van Kainen, DNP, CNM Undergraduate: Wayne State University – 1989 Undergraduate:  Wayne State University – 1992 Midwifery:   University of Michigan – 1997 Doctorate: Oakland University – 2013  Barbara joined the Nurse-Midwifery group in 2010 as a triage coordinator.  Prior to this she worked in a large urban tertiary care center as well as a small rural private practice.  Barbara’s professional interests include graduate nursing and medical education, translating research into practice, and adolescent healthcare access and rights issues.

Stephanie Young, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1989 Medical School: Wayne State University – 1996 Residency: William Beaumont Hospital – 2000 Stephanie Young, M.D. joined the faculty in 2001 and is currently a Clinical Instructor. Her interests outside of medicine include family and travel.

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F a c u lt y Ruth Zielinski PhD, CNM, FACNM Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 1992 Midwifery: University of Michigan – 1995 Doctoral: University of Michigan – 2009 Ruth Zielinski has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for 20 years. Prior to joining the UM nurse-midwifery service in 2013 in a part time position, Ruth practiced midwifery in a variety of settings including federally funded health centers and also co-owned a full scope midwifery practice. Ruth also teaches midwifery full time at University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her research accomplishments include her dissertation, Private Places: Private Shame which won the ProQuest distinguished dissertation award. She has presented and published on topics such as body image, sexual health, pelvic floor outcomes following birth, Centering Pregnancy and out of hospital birth. Ruth has a passion for international women’s health and her recent international work includes teaching Home Based Life Saving Skills in South Sudan and midwifery education in Myanmar. Ruth is also very involved in the midwifery professional organization – the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Ruth has 4 children and one very precious grandbaby.

Lauren Zoschnick, M.D. Undergraduate: Oakland University – 1978 Medical School: Wayne State University – 1983 Residency: William Beaumont Hospital – 1987 Lauren Zoschnick, M.D. joined the faculty in 1990 and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Ob/Gyn Clinics.  Dr. Zoschnick is particularly interested in cervical disorders and runs a Colposcopy clinic at the Cancer Center.  He is a member of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) and is a member of their Resident Education Committee. He is also interested in women’s preventive health and writes and lectures on topics including hypertension, exercise, osteoporosis, and cervical cancer prevention. 

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Bulley Joann Burke James Burke William Burkons David Burns Jessica Burnett Tatnai Cainelli Steve Callan Nancy Campbell Colin Campbell Elizabeth Candy Jon W. Casey Colleen Chamberlain Donald Chambers Claudia Chames Mark Chen Lee-may Chi Alice Chien Edward Chisdak Jamie Choo Yew Chou Queena Chrisman Camaryn Christman Greg Ciotti Mary Clark Natalie Claud David Cofer Kenneth Cohen Stephen Collin Jennifer Comstock Chris Barthel Jeness Connor G. Patrick Couch Frances Crawford Lisa Crosby Erin Crosby Paul Curran Diana Cyr Ronald Dahl Stephanie Dalton Vanessa Davidson Brent Davies Pam Davis Kevin Davis Keith Day Lori DeGrood Rossana DeKeyser John DeLancey John and

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Dendrinos Melina DeVries Lisa A. Dickson, II James Dindoffer Timothy Dombrowski Michael Dohm-Palmer Nicole Domino Steve Drenchko, Jr Peter Drescher Charles Dungy-Poythress Lauren Dunn Linda Echenberg Robert J. Eckenrode Rita Ehrenberg Stacy Ellington, Jr Joseph Engstrom Karen Ernst Susan Eyvazzadeh Aimee Farrell Scott Fenner Dee Fink John Fisseha Senait Fleming William Ford Jack Foster Douglas Friedenstab Allen Frost Sara Furlow Mandi Gago L. April Garnett Benjamin Gasperut Adrian Gaydos Thomas Gell Jennifer Giuffre Patricia Goldberg Edward Hansen Katie Gossett Dana Gossner Gabrielle Gottwald Sandra Gove Norman Gretz Herbert Griffin Jennifer Griffith Anna Groat Tina Grossman Thomas Grossman Bill Haefner Hope Hage Marvin


N o r m a n F. M i l l e r S o c i e t y M e m b e r s Haines James Hammoud Maya Hanlon-Lundberg Kathleen Harris Lisa Hartman Robert Hassouneh Samar Hayashi Robert Hayes Kristin Headbloom Paula Hedmark Connie Heidtke Clare Heimonen Nancy Helder Louis Hersh Camilla Himebaugh Karen Hoffman James Hoffman Mark Homa Lori Hong Linda Hopkins Michael Horlacher James Horner Don Hovelson Sonia Howard Denise Hrozencik Donna Hsu Yvonne Huang Melinda Hubbell George Huberty Patricia Hubley Jeffrey Huebner Marcus Jacobs J. Curt Jaffe Robert Jarrett, II John Jeffries F. Wallace Jelovsek Frederick Johnson Timothy R.B. Johnson Steve Johnson Crista Johnston Carolyn Huntsberger Amelia Jones Jody Junn Justin Kahn Chava Kalstone Charles Kaskowitz Alexa Kauffman Kimberly Kavoussi Shahryar

Kearney Rohna Keene Carl Keeton Kristie Kempner Samantha Kercher Marley Keye William Khater Russell Kim Jin Hee Kipersztok Simon Kirkpatrick Douglas Ko Angela Kohut Karen Kolwitz Ann Komesu Yuko Krans Elizabeth Krapohl Andrew Kreske Allison Kueck Angela Kumetz Layne Kutcipal Richard Kwok Roland La Ferla John Tantisiras Laiprasert Joann Lalley Jessica Palladino Christie Lance Audrey Langen Elizabeth Lanham Michael Laros Russell Larson Kindra Lau Rebecca Lawler Michael Lebovic Daniel Lee Milton Lelle Ralph Lennox John F. Lenzi Tiffanee Leopold Kathryn Lewicky-Gaupp Christina Liang Angela Lieberman Richard Lilja James Lim Courtney Little Kenneth Liu J. Rebecca Loar Paul Long G. Bridget Longman Ryan

Lorenz Robert Lowder B. Kerry Maben-Feaster Rosalyn Manahan Kelly Manber Yvonne Maney Rhonda Marcovici Iacob Margulies Rebecca Marley James Marsh Courtney Martin, Jr. James Marzano David Maslovich Mark Mason Tina Mass Karen Masserman Jay S. Matsuka Catherine McCarthy Jenifer McCullen Jennifer McGaw Terrence McLean Karen McKay Doug McMurray Richard McMurtrie Daniel McNeeley S. Gene Medders John Mehari Kathleen Menge Alan Menon Mangaladevi Menon Jairam Miller Audrey Miller-Pinti Kristine Mitchell Tina Mmeje Okeoma Monroe Scott Montville Christopher Moon Henry Moravek Molly Morgan Helen Morgan Daniel Morris Lisa Morrison Laura Mowers Erica Mozurkewich Ellen Musich John Nath Holly Newman Alan Newton Charles

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N o r m a n F. M i l l e r S o c i e t y M e m b e r s Nguyen Toanh Nicholson Jane Nijjar Biba Nolan George Norman Donald Nugent Clark Nygaard Ingrid O’Broin Seamus O’Leary Sharon Olender Irving Opipari Anthony Oshinowo Adeoti Osborn Camille Osborne Janet Padin Cheryl Pagano-Thoms Judith Palfey Kim Panter Nancy Paradis-Fiedler Cheryl Parker John Parker Willie Pasque Katherine Patel Divya Patzkowsky Kristin Pearl Michael Pearlman Mark Pearse Warren Peery James Pelish Tamara Pennington Katy Perni Uma Perry Julie Perucchini Daniele Peters William Peterson Edwin Peterson Ronald Phang Laura Phipps Maureen Pinkerton Brett Portz Douglas Postmus Roger Prado Lydia Pridjian Gabriella Priebe Anna Przybyla Rachael Punch Margaret Quigg-Hillyer Mary Helen Quint Elisabeth

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Randolph, Jr. John F. Ransom Scott Rasool Nabila Rayburn William Reetz Scott Rehman Khurram Reid Gary Reid Thomas Reynolds R. Kevin Reynolds A. Gordon Rezek Youssef Rhode Jennifer Richards Brooke Roberts James M. Rodriguez Lorna Rodriguez-Arroyo Jesus Roe Robert Romero Vivian Rosenbaum-Smorgick Naom Routman Jamie Ruch Anne Ryan Catherine Salari Kataneh Salmeen Kirsten Salzberg Moore Susan Sanborn John Sanborn Scott Sandin Howard Saunders Natalie Schemmel Mark Schimpf Megan Schlaff William Schleicher David Schleicher Beth Schneider Jan Schnerre Susan Schoen Walter Pulaski Heather Senapati Sangeeta Senapati Suneeta Shadigian Elizabeth Shah Divya Shank Jessica Sharp Kristin Sheinberg Michael Shier Janice Simmen Angela Simon Nancy

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Simon Armity Skinner Beth Skorupski Josh Skrentner Pamela Smith Yolanda Smith Roger Smith Gary Smith Tovia Snyder Donald Song Arleen Soto-Albors Carlos Speights Steven Spence Michael Spicer Maccannon Deidre Stalburg Caren Oakes Meghan Stanwood Nancy Starr Robert Stasenko Marina Stauffer Dwight Stemmerman Debra Stewart John Stocker Robert Strohbehn Kris Sweet Richard Swenson Carolyn Szekely Daniel Sznajder Katharine Talmage Lance Tamulski Thecla Taylor Linda Terada Keith Termin Charles Thiele Scott Thielking Paul Tidwell John Toft Kate Toglia Marc Tolsma Ryan Luther Lisa Treadwell Marjorie Tremper Amy Trowbridge Elisa Vandeven Cosmas Verburg Daniel Vicari-Block Joanne Wagner K. Steven Wahl Heather


N o r m a n F. M i l l e r S o c i e t y M e m b e r s Walsh Marti Wallet Sarah Wang Karen Wechter Mary Ellen White Curtis White Kimberly Wible-Kant Joann Wilder Jeffrey Wilkis Joseph Will Matthew Williams Jennifer Williams Meredith Winer Ira Wishart Matthew Witthoeft Laura Wolf Lynda Wolfe Taida Woodruff Stephen Woodworth Steven Work Bruce Wright Kurt Wright Cameual Wynne, II Ernest Xu Xiao Yashar Cathryn Yoonessi Mahmood Young John Young Stephanie Youngs David Yousuf Aisha Zabrensky Karen Zaid Eisha Chakrabarti Alana Zamboni-Cutter Kathy Zanotti Kristine Zapata Mya Zinsser Michael Zoschnick Lauren

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