F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Collegiate Professorship in Reproductive Health

Champions for women’s reproductive health
Dr. F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries 

Dr. “Wallie” Jeffries is a physician and a leader in the medical community. Janet Jeffries is a public health nurse and university lecturer.  Both are proud parents to four children, devoted University of Michigan alumni and outspoken champions for women’s health and reproductive rights.

Dr. Jeffries graduated from the U-M medical school in 1957, and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1962. Over his long and distinguished career,  he held numerous faculty, administrative, committee and board positions with the U-M, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Planned Parenthood, the Washtenaw County Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, the Michigan State Medical Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. An avid swimmer, Dr. Jeffries was once an NCAA All-American and U-M swim team captain. He still competes today and holds five records for his age group.

Janet Odle Jeffries graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in nursing. She later received a master’s degree in public health nursing from U-M.  She has held supervisory positions with the Washtenaw County Health Department and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. Mrs. Jeffries has also lectured in the U-M School of Nursing Department of Maternal-Child Health.

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffries are dedicated to the advancement of teaching and research in women’s reproductive health and family planning. Their generous commitment leads the effort toward establishment of a $500,000 endowment to fund this professorship.


  • The first endowed professorship in the United States dedicated to family planning and women’s reproductive health, including:
    • Contraception
    • The prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
    • Early and safe medical and surgical abortion
    • Genetic counseling, screening and testing
    • Early pregnancy loss
  • Promotes clinical research in reproductive health, benefiting women throughout the country.
  • Supports undergraduate, medical student, resident, and fellow education and training.
  • Serves as a model for resident education and training in reproductive health for statewide obstetrics and gynecology programs.
  • Recognizes the long-term, successful relationship between the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the University of Michigan, including student clerkships, resident training and exchange, and gynecologic oncology.
  • Acknowledges the important contributions of Dr. F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries too many individuals and institutions in the Ann Arbor community.

Lisa Harris, MD, PhD
All women deserve competent, compassionate care from physicians knowledgeable in the spectrum of women’s health issues.  This new professorship ensures that family planning and reproductive health continue to be an integral part of that care.

Clinician. Teacher. Researcher. Author. The diverse career of Dr. Lisa Harris exemplifies the clinical excellence and thoughtful, high-impact scholarship this professorship will support.

In 2000, soon after joining the faculty of the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Harris launched the first formal resident rotation in family planning. As a result, nearly all residents now receive training in these areas.  In 2005, she launched a post-graduate Fellowship in Family Planning, and in 2006 welcomed U-M’s first fellow.

Dr. Harris also serves on the faculty of the Department of Women’s Studies and as Co-Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Mid-Michigan Alliance.   She completed a PhD in American Culture at U-M in 2006, focusing her research on how clinical obstetrical and gynecological care – especially family planning and abortion – intersect with law, policy, politics, ethics and history.  She is currently completing a book on the history of reproductive technologies in the United States. 


Many experts around the world agree that family planning is the lynchpin for women’s reproductive health and human rights. Over the past seven years, the University of Michigan’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has provided cutting-edge education and training to future practitioners through an innovative collaboration with Planned Parenthood Mid-Michigan Alliance. However, unless we find sustainable funding sources, a challenging local and national political environment threatens these educational efforts.

To provide ongoing support for the teaching of family planning, we will launch the first endowed professorship in reproductive health. Named after Dr. F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries, the permanent endowment supports a faculty position at U-M collaborating clinically and educationally with Planned Parenthood Mid-Michigan Alliance. It will also provide funds for educational and research activities of medical trainees at all levels. Above all, this professorship helps ensure that women in Michigan, around the country, and throughout the world will continue to have access to physicians experienced in all facets of reproductive health.

Committee Co-Chairs

Daniel G. McMurtrie, MD
Timothy R. B. Johnson, MD

Campaign Committee

Dr. William and Ioma Addison
Jody Alexander, MD
Essel and Menakka Bailey
Dr. Ron and Mimi Bogdasarian
Dr. George and Patty Chatas
Mary Ciotti, MD
Dr. Jeffrey and Cynthia Colton
John O.L. DeLancey, MD
Norman Gove, MD
Steven and Sheila Hamp
Dr. Red and Peggy Hiss
Barbara Hooberman, MD
Mary Johnson, MD
Robert M. Kretzschmar, MD
Lori Lammerand
Judie and Jerry Lax
Evie Lichter
Margy Long
Bill and Sally Martin
Kristine Miller, MD
Dr. Gayle and Bruce Moyer, MD
Dr. Clark and Bev Nugent
Dr. Robert and Elizabeth Oneal
Bob and Jane Parker
Dr. James and Martha Poppy
Philip and Kathy Power
Paul Thielking, MD
Drema Townsend
Carl and Suzanne Van Appledorn
Jack and Marilyn van der Velde
James and Nancy White
James P. Youngblood, MD


Lisa Graham
University of Michigan Health System Office of Development
1000 Oakbrook Dr., Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
E-mail: grahamlm@umich.edu