The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science has a long-tradition of patient-oriented research. Faculty members have been recognized for pioneering work in diverse areas of women's reproductive health including: recognizing the link between estrogen replacement therapy and endometrial cancer (Gusberg); introducing platinum chemotherapy for the treatment of ovarian cancer (Cohen); developing chorionic villus sampling as a routine genetic screening test (Berkowitz, Goldberg, Desnick); demonstrating fetal-fibronectin as a marker for premature delivery (Lockwood); leading international studies that demonstrated zidovudine could interrupt mother-to-child HIV transmission (Sperling); and advancing minimally invasive techniques for the surgical management of gynecologic disease (Nezhat, Dottino, Rahaman).
The completion of an original research project is a requirement of third year residents in our training program. The fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, and Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery all incorporate 18 months of dedicated research time into their training programs as well.
The research interests of the department are broad (some are mentioned above). You can learn more about the active projects under each division's research information.