The University of Massachusetts Medical School and its clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is an academic medical center with a research agenda focused on the advancement of women’s reproductive health across age, specialty and geographic spectra. Consistent with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s vision, the research division’s vision is that of scientific advancement through creative thinking and innovation to yield an understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of women’s reproductive health for the pursuit of knowledge and the benefit of women everywhere. The core ideology of this division is ‘Advancing the reproductive health and well-being of women and subsequently their children and their families through evidence-based investigation’. As an academic department, all faculty are encouraged to participate in and contribute to this core ideology acknowledging that some will achieve independent-investigator status and others will be more clinically and educationally productive while contributing to the department’s research reputation through publications and mentorship of trainees.
Departmental research initiatives, while under the broad auspices of women's health, are quite diverse, and include ongoing investigations in and involvement with:
- the National Children’s Study
- the Gynecologic Oncology Group
- the Eleanor L. Hunter Tumor Registry for Serous Carcinoma of the Peritoneum
- Angiogenic biomarkers and the prediction of preeclampsia
- Modifiable behaviors and adherence to gestational weight gain
- Pelvic reconstructive surgery: short and long-term outcome data
- Stem cell research in pelvic floor injury utilizing an animal model
The Department is committed to supporting both clinical and basic research, and to the integration of research activity into our educational mission, which includes intern/residency training and a fellowship program in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology).