We pride ourselves on providing our patients with all of the benefits of academic medicine in newly remodeled, comfortable and pleasant clinical practice settings. We focus intently on patient satisfaction and safety. Our physicians and physician scientists are renowned experts in their respective fields. We have advanced modern obstetrics and gynecology and pioneered many viable innovative treatments and practices currently in use today, including:
- Developing one of the first In Vitro Fertilization programs in the Unites States
- Revolutionizing the triple screen for the detection of fetal genetic disorders
- Establishing the concept of Rooming In: The first unit opened in October of 1946
- Advancing fertility sparing chemotherapy treatments
- Creating a comprehensive patient safety program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Griswold v Connecticut: A landmark Supreme Court case regarding fundamental rights to privacy
- First use of penicillin in the United States: Patient lived a long and happy life after sepsis resulting from miscarriage
We complement our clinical care with a comprehensive clinical research program. Some examples of our innovation in clinical research include:
- The treatment of endometriosis-associated pain
- A new emphasis on therapeutic vaccines in Gynecologic Oncology
- A trial of a novel device addressing sexual dysfunction for our Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery patients
Our research groups conduct their investigations into all areas of Reproductive Sciences, covering both basic and translational laboratory research, in modern, newly renovated research space. We are making important discoveries in the following areas of reproductive health research:
- Cancer Biology: Aberrant expression or regulation of steroid hormone receptors, the epidermal growth factor receptor, and cell signaling proteins in ovarian, breast, and uterine cancer.
- Reproductive Neurosciences: Learning and memory effects of xenoestrogens, such as the prevalent packaging compound bisphenol A (BPA); gut and peripheral hormone influences on wakefulness and excessive feeding behaviors; and estrogenic influences on synaptic function.
- Reproductive Physiology: Aberrant signaling pathways in polycystic ovarian syndrome; the etiology and regulation of endometriosis; characterization of uterine stem cells; and the endocrine regulation of reproductive tract gene expression.
- Maternal-Fetal Sciences: The interaction of uterine, placental and immune cells in the etiology and pathophysiology of preterm delivery, preeclampsia, and intrauterine growth restriction; proteomic and gene array methodologies to identify novel markers of prematurity and preeclampsia; and the role of extracellular matrix remodeling in the placenta and myometrium.
- Gamete Biology: Translational control of gene expression in the mammalian oocyte and early embryos; stress and nutrition pathways controlling the growth and death rates of ovarian follicles; and paternal effects on reproductive outcome.