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

Our vision for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is to be the leader in the clinical translation of cutting edge innovation and research to improve the health of the patients and communities that we serve. We are focused on ensuring that our research is translated to the health care needs of women across their life spans and in diverse communities. Our faculty members have achieved national recognition for this research. We have recruited accomplished researchers in women’s health, including physicians, nurses, sociologists, clinical translational scientists and epidemiologists focused not only on the medical aspects, but on the social disparities that threaten women’s health. Collaborating with each other and with our health care partners, we are:

  • Unraveling the causes and pursuing better treatments for infertility.
  • Seeking better therapies for endometriosis, a painful condition that afflicts as many as 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.
  • Studying the connection between endometriosis and endometrial and ovarian cancers and looking for possible genetic targets for treatment.
  • Identifying the mechanisms that cause uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • Developing novel detection methods for fetal and maternal disease with innovative treatment plans.
  • Researching inflammation as a cause of premature births and developing ways to prevent it.
  • Identifying novel therapeutic targets for cancer and complex diseases. Expertise in tumor biology to study tuberous sclerosis complex.
  • Examining the health implications of assisted reproductive technology, including whether it is associated with birth defects and later health problems in children and their mothers.
  • Leveraging the resources of other health care agencies and community groups to give Medicaid beneficiaries the best prenatal care in the most cost-effective way, thus helping assure that they and their babies will be healthy.
  • Working within families to erase health disparities and raise awareness among African-American, Latino and Arab women about the importance of screening and prevention of cervical cancers.

Our research and educational programs rest on three departmental pillars, which include supporting unparalleled health services to women at home and nationally, educating exemplary physicians and scholars, and discovering and disseminating innovative medical knowledge. We look forward to sharing with you the various departmental programs and the impact they have on the everyday lives of women.


Richard E. Leach, M.D., FACOG, FACS
Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology


Asgi Fazleabas - University Distinguished Professor

Asgi Fazleabas, Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, College of Human Medicine, named University Distinguished Professor in 2017. This recognition is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member at Michigan State University.



GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely in Michigan, putting them at risk of death or lifelong disability. Dr. Lee Anne Roman has dedicated her professional career to help improve those statistics by focusing her research on the under served in an effort to improve socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in maternal and child health outcomes. Dr. Roman is this year’s 2017 Impact Award Recipient and will receive her award at this year’s Signature Chefs Auction.

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An evening of culinary excellence Signature Chefs Auction, Grand Rapids

DATE: Monday, November 6, 2017 | Time: 5:30 PM
ADDRESS: 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Join us for our annual gathering of West Michigan’s finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Held in the Steelcase Ballroom at DeVos Place, you will enjoy tasting the signature dishes of local chefs before taking your seats for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. We encourage you to bid on one of our unique packages. Raise your paddle and give generously to save babies!

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$162,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society.

Mike Wilson, PhD, a Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology postdoc in Dr. Ronald Chandler's lab, has been awarded a three-year, $162,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society. The grant is to start January 1, 2018. Congratulations Mike on this very prestigious award!

Tae Hoon Kim, Ph.D. - Recipient of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Gynecologic SPORE for Uterine Cancer Career Enhancement Program

th kimEndometrial cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy of the female genital tract in the United States. Hysterectomy is typically the first line therapeutic strategy for endometrial cancer. However, there is an increasing demand for non-surgical treatments for endometrial cancer, especially for women who may encounter surgical complications as well as patients with advanced and recurrent endometrial cancer. The current alternative to surgical management of early stage endometrial neoplasia (complex hyperplasia with atypia and grade 1 cancer) is progesterone (P4) treatment, commonly via the Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System (Mirena IUD). However, a number of women have P4 refractory disease. Resistance to P4 treatment is the major hurdle of endometrial cancer. Therefore, identifying the molecular mechanisms of P4-resistance, with the goal of identifying alternative targets for non-surgical therapies is important. Read more ...

Professor Barbara Luke Sc.D, MPH, is the recipient of over $2.5 million NICHD/NIH Award



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The title of her project is "Assisted Reproduction and Child Health: Risk of Birth Defects, Mortality, and Effect on Grade School Performance." Her project began late September of 2016 and will continue on until May 30th of 2021.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the risk of mortality, birth defects, and effect on grade school performance among children conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF, the process by which an oocyte is fertilized by semen outside the body) and assisted reproductive technology (ART, all infertility treatments to achieve conception), their siblings, and non-IVF controls. This is the first time children conceived with IVF have been tracked through school age in the United States.


Frontiers in Epigenetics in Reproduction Symposium

image of Frontiers in Epigenetics in Reproduction Symposium brochure in pdf format Our first annual Frontiers in Epigenetics in Reproduction Symposium on May 12, 2017 in Grand Rapids was a success. This inaugural symposium focused on the Epigenetics on Maternal and Paternal Effects and was cosponsored by the Van Andel Research Institute and Michigan State University. There was a tremendous turnout and the speakers did a phenomenal job presenting.
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