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Ohio State’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has more than 40 clinical faculty and research scientists offering the region’s most advanced care and leading research, while training future Ob/Gyn physicians.

Our specialists have extensive training and conduct research in the following subspecialties: maternal fetal medicine, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, gynecologic oncology, reproductive biology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Ohio State is proud to share our vast experience and leadership with patients and future medical students, residents and fellows. In fact, one of the world’s leading experts on the complications of diabetes and pregnancy is an Ohio State Ob/Gyn faculty member and also leads the Medical Center as our chief executive officer.

Learn more about the accomplishments and background of our acclaimed faculty:

Department Leadership


Mark B. Landon, MD
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Richard L. Meiling Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Cornell University Medical College
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Jeffrey Fowler, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
John G. Boutselis, MD, Chair in Gynecology
Fellowship: UCLA School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical School
Medical School: Northwestern University
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Catalin S. Buhimschi, MD
Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Yale University
Residency: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Carol Davila”
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Jay Iams, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Frederick P. Zuspan, MD, Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: University of New Mexico, Phoenix Hospitals,
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: University of Wisconsin Medical School
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Lisa M. Keder, MD
Division Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Residency: Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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David Cohn, MD
Division Director, Gynecologic Oncology
Fellowship Director
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gertrude Parker Heer Chair in Cancer Research
Fellowship: Washington University
Residency: University of Washington Medical Center
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Andrew Hundley, MD
Division Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospitals
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
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General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Lisa M. Keder, MD
Division Director
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Residency: Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Michael Blumenfeld, MD
Clinical Director, Center for Women's Health
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Deborah Bartholomew, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: David Grant USAF and University of California-Davis
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
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Cynthia Evans, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Melissa Goist, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
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Geri Hewitt, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Michelle Isley, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Oregon Health and Science University
Residency: The Ohio State University/Mt. Carmel Health
Medical School: University of Minnesota School of Medicine
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Arthur R. James, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: Nationwide Children’s Hospital; University of Texas-Houston
Medical School: Washington University
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Jacqueline Rohl, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: University of North Carolina
Residency: MetroHealth Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Medicine
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Rebecca Rudesill, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: Winthrop University Hospital
Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine

Linbee Sayat, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Jonathan Schaffir, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital
Medical School: Brown University
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Katherine Strafford, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
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Wayne Trout, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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Valerie Waddell, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: Texas Tech
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Brett Worly, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Gynecologic Oncology

David Cohn, MD
Division Director, Fellowship Director
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gertrude Parker Heer Chair in Cancer Research
Fellowship: Washington University
Residency: University of Washington Medical Center
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Floor Backes, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / University of Groningen
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Larry Copeland, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
William Greenville Pace III and Joan Norris
Collins-Pace Chair for Cancer Research
Fellowship: University of Texas-MD Anderson
Residency: McMaster University
Medical School: University of Western Ontario
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Jeffrey Fowler, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Co-Director, Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
John G. Boutselis, MD, Chair in Gynecology
Fellowship: Gynecologic Oncology, UCLA School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai
Residency: The Ohio State University Medical Center
Medical School: Northwestern University
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David O'Malley, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Ritu Salani, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
Residency: Emory University Hospital
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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Maternal Fetal Medicine

Catalin S. Buhimschi, MD
Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Yale University
Residency: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Carol Davila”
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Michael Cackovic, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Yale University
Residency: St. Luke's Hospital
Medical School: Hahnemann University School of Medicine
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David Colombo, MD
Director, Cardiac Disease and Pregnancy Program
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: University of Chicago Medical
School and The Ohio State University Medical Center
Medical School: The Ohio State University Medical Center
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Antonette Dulay, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Yale University
Residency: New York Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

Edmund Funai, MD
Chief Operating Officer, OSU Health System
Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Medicine
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: Lenox Hill Hospital
Medical School: New York Medical College
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Steven G. Gabbe, MD
CEO, Wexner Medical Center
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowships: Boston Hospital for Women and Harvard Medical School
Residency: Boston Hospital for Women
Medical School: Cornell University Medical College
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Jay Iams, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Frederick P. Zuspan, MD, Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: University of New Mexico,
Phoenix Hospitals, The Ohio State University Medical Center
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
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Courtney Lynch, PhD
Director of Reproductive Epidemiology
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Epidemiology and Pediatrics
Fellowship: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development, National Institutes of Health
Doctorate: Johns Hopkins University

Courtney Lynch, PhD, is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, epidemiology and pediatrics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Born and raised just outside of Columbus, Dr. Lynch earned her master’s degree in public health at Ohio State and graduated with a specialization in epidemiology and biostatistics in 1999. Dr. Lynch received her doctorate in maternal and child health epidemiology from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD in 2003. At Hopkins, she was the recipient the Outstanding Doctoral Student and Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Dr. Lynch completed a predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH). She remained at the NIH as a staff scientist until 2008, where she was responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of several large multicenter studies, including the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment (LIFE) Study. She then returned to The Ohio State University.

Dr. Lynch’s primary research interest is the identification of modifiable risk factors for fecundity impairments, including fertility and early pregnancy loss. Her secondary research focus is the comparative effectiveness of obstetric interventions.  She is heavily involved in graduate and medical education as well. 

Dr. Lynch teaches and advises PhD students in epidemiology and oversees the epidemiology and biostatistics curriculum for Ohio State’s College of Medicine. Dr. Lynch has authored more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited to present her work both at the national and international levels. She is on the advisory boards for several statewide maternal and child health-oriented organizations and currently serves as the secretary for the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research.

Kara Markham, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine
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Wanjiku Musindi, MD
Clerkship Director, Student Education
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: Emory University School of Medicine
Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Richard O'Shaughnessy, MD
Director, Fetal Treatment Program
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital,
Washington University, St. Louis School of
Medicine, The Ohio State University College of
Medicine - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical School: The Ohio State University
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Mona Prasad, DO, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: The Ohio State University Medical Center
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic
Medicine of Midwestern University
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Britton Rink, MD
Director, Prenatal Genetics and Ultrasound
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: The Ohio State University
College of Medicine - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
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Philip Samuels, MD
Residency Director
Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical
School, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Cynthia Shellhaas, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship/Residency: Akron General Medical
Center, Duke University School of Medicine
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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Stephen Thung, MD
Clinical Chief of Obstetrics OSU Wexner Medical Center
Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinical Practice
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Northwestern University
Residency: New York University/Bellevue Hospital
Medical School: New York University
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Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Andrew Hundley, MD
Division Director
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospitals
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
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Brook McFadden, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: University of New Mexico Health Science Center
Residency: University of Colorado Health Science Center

Reproductive Biology & Vaccine Research

Pravin T.P. Kaumaya, PhD
Division Director
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Doctorate: University of Portsmouth

Pravin T. P. Kaumaya, PhD, is professor and director of the Division of Vaccine Development in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Born on the island of Mauritius, Dr. Kaumaya obtained his doctorate at University of Portsmouth, was a postdoctoral associate at University of Texas at Austin and research associate and assistant professor at Northwestern University.

Since he joined the Department of Ob/Gyn at Ohio State in 1989, he has trained, mentored and graduated many students: undergraduate students (24), graduate students (25) and postdoctoral fellows (12) who are now successful and productive scientists in today’s workforce at both academic and industry related jobs.

Dr. Kaumaya is internationally recognized as an expert in the fields of peptide vaccine research with emphasis on peptide vaccines for cancer, viral diseases as well as peptide therapy for autoimmune diseases. He is an inventor on several issued and pending patents for peptide vaccines and therapeutic technologies.

He has lectured worldwide and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in major scientific journals. Dr. Kaumaya is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and he was recently elected as the treasurer of the American Peptide Society.

Dr. Kaumaya investigates how patients’ immune systems can be directed to recognize and kill their own cancer cells. He has devised novel treatments that combine both prophylactic and immunotherapeutic approaches as well as integrating preclinical and clinical research. He has developed innovative immune intervention strategies based on the hypothesis that the design of unique peptides can recapitulate the exquisite 3-dimensional structure of the tumor antigen when combined with a “promiscuous” T cell activating species. 

Dr. Kaumaya has conducted a first man/woman NCI funded and FDA approved Phase I trial in cancer patients (Stage 4) with solid tumors in several indications (breast, ovarian, GIST) at the OSUCCC–James. The vaccine was well tolerated with little or no toxicity and with several patients receiving boosters and showing stable disease. The vaccine is designed to have the patients elicit highly efficacious antibodies and generation of immunologic memory that can delay, prevent and/or eradicate tumor growth and metastasis.

The development of “effective treatments to treat malignancy by either destroying all cancer cells or modulating and controlling metastases both with minimal harm to healthy tissue” is a major focus of research in his laboratory. Dr. Kaumaya’s laboratory is presently testing an improved second generation vaccine in a new NCI funded  Phase I clinical trial at the OSUCCC–James. This multi-peptide epitope approach bridges the synthetic, preclinical and clinical elements of vaccine development.

Vernon C. Stevens, PhD
Associate Director, Emeritus

Senior Research Associates

Kevin Foy, PhD

Jay Overholser, BS

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Elizabeth Kennard, MD
Division Director
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland MetroHealth
Medical School: Case Western Reserve
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Douglas Danforth, PhD
Program Director, Part one, LeadServeInspire Curriculum
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Post-Doctorate Fellowship: Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Doctorate: University of Arizona

Doug Danforth, PhD, is a senior scientist in the Reproductive Biology and Vaccine Research Division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is also the academic program director for Part One of the LeadServeInspire curriculum in Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y.,  and raised in upstate New York, Dr. Danforth graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Potsdam, following which he received his PhD in physiology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Danforth completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Gary Hodgen at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va.
He remained on the faculty at EVMS before becoming assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The Ohio State University in 1991. Dr. Danforth was promoted to associate professor in 1997, and served as IVF laboratory director from 1999 – 2001. In 2008, Dr. Danforth was appointed as director of the College of Medicine Independent Study Program.

Dr. Danforth has won numerous awards for teaching and research including The Ohio State University College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, Distinguished Educator Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, Preclinical Professor of The Year Award, ISP Professor of the Year Award.
He has been a faculty member of Alpha Omega Alpha since 2007, and was named an Ohio Distinguished Educator by Ohio Magazine in 2008. Dr. Danforth has received more than $3,500,000 in research and educational grants and awards, and has published more than 75 abstracts, 48 manuscripts, and 22 book chapters, proceedings or invited articles.

Chad Friedman, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: The Ohio State University Hospitals
Residency: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Gynecology Oncology Research Lab

Selvendiran Karuppaiyah, PhD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Post-doctoral Fellowship: Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, England
Doctorate: Queen's University
 
Selvendiran Karuppaiyah, PhD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Kurume Medical University, Japan
Doctorate: University of Madras, Institute of Medical Biochemistry, India
 
 

Perinatal Research Lab

William Ackerman, MD
Research Scientist
Fellowship: Laboratory of Perinatal Research at The Ohio State University
Residency: Riverside Methodist Hospital
Medical School: University of Cincinnati

William Ackerman, MD, is co-director of the Laboratory of Perinatal Research (LPR) and an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Born and raised in Louisville, Ky., Dr. Ackerman received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Ackerman completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Riverside Methodist Hospital and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Perinatal Research at Ohio State. His postdoctoral fellowship was supported in part by an individual National Research Service Award funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD.) Dr. Ackerman was then awarded a Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) through the NICHD, and joined the OSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an assistant professor in 2006.

Dr. Ackerman is a member of several professional and scientific organizations, including the Perinatal Research Society, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and the International Federation of Placental Associations. Dr. Ackerman has published more than 22 articles and book chapters, and is gaining national recognition in the field of perinatal biology. A strong proponent of team-based science, Dr. Ackerman has ongoing collaborations with investigators locally and nationally. Dr. Ackerman serves as a co-investigator on a NIH-funded project to study cellular repair mechanisms in the placenta, and has established promising partnerships with members of the Ohio State Center for Microbial Interface Biology to study intrauterine transmission of HIV-1 and Listeria monocytogenes. Dr. Ackerman has a long-standing working relationship with Dr. Douglas Kniss, and has contributed to defining the molecular mechanisms that underlie infectious and inflammation-associated preterm birth. More recently, with Dr. Kniss, other LPR members, and a team from Ohio State’s Mathematical Biosciences Institute, the group has discovered a novel role for the protein myoferlin in cell invasion and motility, which unearthed an exciting new area of research applicable to cancer biology, wound healing, and placental implantation.

Dr. Ackerman serves as a reviewer for several biomedical journals in his field, and was named an “Outstanding Reviewer” by the editorial board of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. For his contributions to the Independent Study Program in the College of Medicine, Dr. Ackerman received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 2010. He has participated in the laboratory training of more than 10 Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellows, in addition to graduate and undergraduate students, and presently serves on the development and implementation task force for the "Reproductive Disorders" block in the Lead. Serve. Inspire curriculum.

Irina A. Buhimschi, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology - The Ohio State University
Director, Center for Perinatal Research - The Research Institute @ Nationwide Children's Hospital
Graduate School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Medical School: University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”

Doug Kniss, PhD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Postdoctorate: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD/NIH)
at the National Institutes of Health
Doctorate: The Ohio State University

Douglas Kniss, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Kniss earned his doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he was awarded University and Presidential Fellowships by the Graduate School. He later conducted postdoctoral studies as a Pharmacology Research Associate Training (PRAT) Fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. 

In 1988, Dr. Kniss was recruited back to Ohio State by Steven Gabbe, MD, to establish the Laboratory of Perinatal Research (LPR).  The LPR is the basic and translational science arm of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ohio State. 

In addition to his own internationally recognized research program, Dr. Kniss is actively engaged in maternal-fetal medicine fellow and obstetrics and gynecology resident training. He also has served as dissertation or thesis advisor for nearly 20 graduate students and has trained 30 MFM fellows and a dozen residents. He has also trained 10 postdoctoral research fellows during his tenure at Ohio State, and countless undergraduate students and visiting scholars. 

In addition to being professor with tenure in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Kniss is also professor of biomedical engineering and pediatrics at Ohio State, and he is an associate member of the Center for Perinatal Research and a member of the newly created Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-based Therapy.

Dr. Kniss has been a funded investigator by NIH and other federal and private agencies since 1991. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews/book chapters and 120 scientific abstracts in a variety of areas in reproductive and perinatal biology.
For most of Dr. Kniss’ tenure as director, the LPR has concentrated on problems related to premature labor and inflammation resulting in maternal-fetal interface and placental dysregulation. Recently, his work has expanded into studies of the molecular regulation of cell motility in women’s cancers and trophoblast invasion during early development.

Dr. Kniss has established national and international research collaborations in Australia, the United Kingdom and at the Perinatal Research Branch of the NICHD. He is a reviewer for nearly 20 peer-reviewed journals, NIH study sections and several private and state research funding agencies. 

In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Kniss has also served as senior associate vice president for research and is currently director of the Campus Chemical Instrument Center, a comprehensive analytical core laboratory for NMR and mass spectrometry and proteomics. He has also chaired and been a member of numerous university, college and departmental committees, including the College of Medicine Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee (Chair, 2010-2011), Acting Chair (2010) of the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Chair of the Ad hoc entrepreneurship subcommittee to develop metrics for promotion and tenure, and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Mathematical Biosciences Institute. Dr. Kniss also chairs the Stem Cell Advisory Committee for the newly created Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-based Therapy. He has also served on the University Senate. 

Dr. Kniss is a scientific expert on matters of stem cell research and policy for the research universities in the State and frequently advises the Ohio Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

A member of several professional scientific societies, Dr. Kniss is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (the preeminent organization for bioengineering research advocacy and policy). Finally, in addition to his professional life, Dr. Kniss is also actively involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Board of Directors Member, Vice President for Strategic Planning and President-elect). 



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