OBGYN Weighs in on Circumcision

Department Chair, Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson was recently quoted in a Quartz article regarding circumcision.  To read the full article, click here

Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders - Chelsea, MI

Wednesday November 9th
Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main Street, Chelsea, MI  48118
All are welcome to this free event! Join us for light refreshments and hear University of Michigan urogynecology team talk about bladder and pelvic health. Bring questions and gain the knowledge and confidence you need to make your pelvic health better!
Questions? Call 734-936-8886, or email us! Visit for more info

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grand Rounds Speaker Series

As part of the Department’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan, there will be grand round sessions dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. Eleven individuals have been identified from academia and community based organizations to speak to us about their work promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare.

An Interview on Candida Treatment

In the United States, 75% of women will have a vulvovaginal Candida infection during their lifetimes. In any one year, this means 13 million women will have the vaginal itching, burning, swelling, painful urination, and painful intercourse associated with yeast infections.  Vulvar disease expert, Dr.

How Can Women Suffering Silently From Childbirth Injuries Find Healing?

University of Michigan urogynecologists, Dr. Dee Fenner and Dr. John DeLancey weigh in on childbirth injuries and understanding the long term effects of delivery through research.  To read the full article in U.S. News, please click here.

Dr. Fenner - UMHS New Chief Clinical Officer

On Aug. 1, Dee Fenner, MD, the Harold A. Furlong Professor of Women’s Health, stepped into a new role at UMHS.

Dr. Fenner began her work as the new chief clinical officer for University Hospital and the Cardiovascular Center.

5 Questions With a Nurse-Midwife

OBGYN's Lisa Kane Low was recently installed as president of the American College of Nurse Midwives.  This prestigious designation comes on the heels of U-M’s Nurse-Midwifery program being named the No. 1 program in the country by U.S. News & World Report in their review of master’s specialty programs.
To read Lisa share her thoughts on the field of nurse-midwifery, the role of doulas and how midwives are changing the face of women’s health, click here

Coping with Stillbirth and Infant Loss

The University of Michigan was mentioned in a recently published article in the Wall Street Journal regarding new programs for parents experiencing stillbirth and infant loss. To read the full article, click here

Ovarian Cancer Chemo Resistance

Research by Dr. J. Rebecca Liu, associate professor of OBGYN, and Dr. Weiping Zou, professor of surgery, explored why ovarian cancer becomes resistant to chemotherapy over time — potentially leading to new therapies that could enhance treatment.  They were recently quoted in Tech Times. To read the full article, click here

Another Milestone for the UM-Ghana Partnership

On March 15, 2016, Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was a special guest of honor at the matriculation ceremony of the first private medical school in Ghana, the Family Health Medical School (FHMS) at the Family Health Teaching Hospital in Teshie (Accra). The ceremony was attended by several ministers of State, dignitaries, and doctors from across Ghana.


For the full article, click here

Zika Virus Found in Fetus With Severe Birth Defect

Dr. Marjorie Treadwell, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Aubree Gordon, assistant professor of epidemiology, said that the recent discovery of Zika in the brain of a fetus with severe birth defects strengthens the evidence that the virus is causing microcephaly. To read the full article with Dr. Treadwell's comments, please click here

Are Doctors Telling Too Many Women 'You're Having A Big Baby'?

Dr. Katherine Pasque commented on research that suggests medical professionals overestimate the number of women who are pregnant with large babies — contributing to an increased likelihood that they undergo C-sections or induction. 
To read the full article in the Huffington Post, please click here

Dr. John DeLancey addresses stigma of pelvic organ prolapse in Washington Post

Dr. John DeLancey, was interviewed by the Washington Post for an article about pelvic organ prolapse called “The hidden medical epidemic few women have been willing to talk about, until now.”
“This is a stigmatized condition,” DeLancey told the Post. “It’s nothing people would talk about in polite company…. And because nobody talks about it, everyone thinks they’re the only one.”

U-M Obgyn-led project finds more maternal deaths than estimated in Ghana

Novel approach to accurately track maternal deaths to be highlighted by one of the world’s leading health journals
A new community-based approach to more accurately identify maternal deaths in rural communities found nearly three times as many deaths in one Ghana district as the current system reports.

Department Chair discuss the risks of religious directives in ‘Time’ op/ed

“Medical professionals are trained to act swiftly and with the best interests of our patients in mind,” says Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., U-M’s chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology, in an op/ed published this week in “Time.”
“It’s not in the best interests of anyone, not least of all the people seeking our help, to have those decisions questioned by non-medical entities.”
Read Dr. Johnson’s full column by clicking here

Washington Post quotes Dr. Michelle Moniz on LARC after delivery

Dr. Michelle Moniz, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, says that giving low-income mothers an intrauterine device or contraceptive implant right after having a baby would significantly reduce the number of children born into poverty. She was recently quoted in an article in the Washington Post.
To ready more, click here

Former Ethiopia hospital CEO named to lead global center for women’s health

Maternal health champion Lia Tadesse has been named as executive director of U-M’s Center for International Reproductive Health Training.  The former hospital executive will play a key role in improving maternal health in Ethiopia as the new executive director of the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) at the University of Michigan.

Ghana Symposium: A Response to JFK's Challenge, 10/14, UM Union

Save the date for the Ghana Symposium: A response to JFK's challenge, October 14, UM Union Pendleton Room.
See the chilling promotional video here:

Zingerman's founders head to Ethiopia to work with CIRHT

Zingerman's co-founding partner Ari Weinzweig and colleague Ann Lofgren were recently invited to Ethiopia to work with the new Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) led by the U-M Health System’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Dr. Senait Fisseha and her colleagues. The pair conducted several sessions on leadership, change, and organizational culture. 
To read the full story on Zingerman's website, click here

English major saves former OBGYN chair with CPR

Rudi Ansbacher, M.D., former chair of the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse.  Somehow he still clung to the pool’s lane line.
“A split second and things may have gone differently,” said Julia Walsh, the lifeguard on duty at the U-M North Campus Recreation Building, fighting back tears. “I’m glad it turned out so well.”
To read the full story, and see the reunion between Dr. Ansbacher and Julia, please click here

Dr. Maya Hammound interviewed about medical education on Osmosis blog

Hammoud Maya, M.D., was recently interviewed by the Osmosis Blog, whose mission is "innovating education through science, technology and collaboration."
To read the full article, please click here

3D model to help researchers study pelvic floor disorder linked to childbirth

It’s a mysterious condition often linked to childbirth that causes distress and discomfort and requires surgery for more than 200,000 women a year – but there’s no good way to study it.

Dr. Catherine Kim discusses women’s heart attack risk in U.S. News & World Report

Research by Catherine Kim, M.D. M.P.H., associate professor of internal medicine, epidemiology, and obstetrics and gynecology at U-M, found that postmenopausal women have a lower risk of dying from heart attack than do men of similar ages.

UMHS launches website to educate physicians on new breast density la

On June 1, the Michigan Breast Density Notification Law went into effect, which requires radiologists to notify a woman and her primary care physician should dense breast tissue be identified on her mammogram.

In addition to raising a woman’s awareness, the law suggests that the information be discussed with their health care provider to decide if supplemental imaging, in addition to their mammogram, should be considered based on their individual risk.

For women even a small co-pay for contraception can be a big deal

Dr. Vanessa Dalton and Dr. Lauren MacAfee wrote a piece for "The Conversation" about how new Affordable Care Act guidelines on insurance coverage of contraception may impact women. Their article addresses concerns that some insurers are restricting access to certain forms of contraception and that it could negatively affect many women across the U.S.
To read the full article, please click here

Ghana library named after department chair for devotion to curbing global maternal deaths

“People enter our lives and leave without making any impression, but Tim has made such an impeccable impression on the hearts and souls of every one he met in Ghana and West Africa” – Yao Kwawukume

It was a basic human need that compelled University of Michigan Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson to devote his life to global maternal health: Far too many women around the world were dying of preventable deaths.

OB/GYN Endows $50,000 Student Award Fund for Medical Students: Timothy R. B. Johnson Global Women's Health Award and Furlong Miller Leadership Award

The Department of OB/GYN has a long history of leadership in medical education and is proud to now be able to recognize graduating seniors for their demonstrated commitment to global women’s health and leadership in medical education, respectively. Currently, the Department recognizes its seniors with the J. Robert Willson Award and the Warner Goldberg Award for Excellence and Commitment to Women’s Health. With the addition of the $50,000 endowed Senior Student Award Fund we will continue to recognize graduating seniors in perpetuity.

Baby fat: Why you shouldn't eat for 2 during pregnancy

Dr. Michelle Moniz, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar was recently featured in a special maternity section of the Detroit Free Press about healthy weight gain during pregnancy.
“I talk with every obstetric patient about this problem because all women are at risk for unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy, and most women during their pregnancy gain more weight than we recommend, regardless of whether they start pregnancy at a healthy weight or obese,” Moniz told the Free Press.

Obgyn training in Sub-Saharan Africa bolstered by new collections shared both online and offline

High-quality, obstetric care is a critical factor in reducing maternal and newborn deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, but local barriers like the availability of training materials, licensing costs and unreliable Internet access can prevent incoming obstetricians and gynecologists and midwives from being trained with the best educational materials available.

Obgyn chair co-authors chapter of Disease Control Priorities volume

Improving access to surgical care could save 1.5 million lives per year in poor countries, according to findings released last week by the Disease Control Priorities Network at University of Washington’s Department of Global Health.

What Do Religious Women Think of the Contraceptive Mandate?

A study on the relationship between religion and support for contraceptive health coverage by OBGYN's Robert Wood Johnson scholar, Elizabeth Patton, M.D., M.Phil, M.Sc. was featured in The Atlantic on Sunday.

The piece highlighted data from Patton’s study suggesting that despite opposition from religious employers on employer-provided birth control coverage, Catholic women were among the most supportive of the policy.

President Mark Schlissel discusses U-M’s collaborative approach to global engagement

Michigan’s long-term commitment in West and East Africa provides a rich model for symbiotic global education, argues University president, Mark S. Schlissel. Research universities have enormous potential to deliver meaningful change in areas of the world facing severe resource challenges. Global education that focuses on mutual benefits among partners is the key that can unlock that potential.

Religion and support for birth control health coverage can mix

New research debunks the assumption that a woman's religion predicts her views on policies affecting reproductive health care such as insurance coverage for birth control. Even with policies sometimes characterized as going against Christian views, religious women's opinions are mixed, the U-M study shows. To read the full article, click here

Risk of unexpected sarcoma being discovered after hysterectomy appears fairly low

Uterine sarcoma – a potentially aggressive type of cancer that forms in tissues in the uterus – was found in 0.22 % of women following a hysterectomy for benign conditions, a new large-scale study by the University of Michigan departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgery finds.

U-M center launches first phase of reproductive health training in Ethiopia

Since leaving Ethiopia as a teenager to pursue medical school in the U.S., University of Michigan reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist Dr. Senait Fisseha has dreamed of returning to the country she grew up in to make a difference in women’s health.

Stem cell success: One couple’s effort to protect their son from fatal nerve disease will help other boys too

In U-M MStem Cell lab, donated embryo leads to stem cell line that generates nerve cells for U-M scientists & others worldwide to study

University of Michigan alumna Brooke Kendrick and her husband Stephen were ready to start a family.

But a devastating inherited nerve disease runs in her family, affecting her brother and threatening to kill or cripple any male child she has. So, the couple chose to conceive via in vitro fertilization, to have their embryos tested for the genetic defect, and to implant only disease-free ones.

Annual Pelvic Floor Research Group (PFRG) Day, 2/4/15

The annual Pelvic Floor Research Day at the University of Michigan has become an important forum for the many researchers across the university to gather and exchange ideas and interests concerning the many ongoing projects at our institution. Each year we have convened investigators and staff for a day long series of presentations and discussion.
PFRG Day 2015 will be Wednesday, February 4th in Palmer Commons at The University of Michigan.

Nearly 1 in 5 women who undergo hysterectomy may not need the procedure

A University of Michigan-led study of nearly 3,400 women in Michigan shows that one in five who underwent a hysterectomy may not have needed it.
The findings, which appear in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, indicate that alternatives to hysterectomy are being underused and that treatment guidelines are often not followed.

$25 M grant backs U-M project to curb maternal deaths in Ethiopia, other developing nations

New center to train health professionals in resource-poor countries in comprehensive family planning services, helping lower maternal mortality
With a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor, the University of Michigan will begin training doctors in Africa in reproductive health services not widely available to many women living in remote areas of the continent.

Ob/Gyn chair quoted in media for support of new nonprofit aiming to boost women’s access to health care

Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., was recently quoted by several media outlets for his support of a new nonprofit “Right to Health,” to help inform Michiganders on potential new laws that are seen as detrimental to women’s access to health care.

At a press conference launching the new group, Johnson said political language often interferes with patient-doctor relationships.

High Speed Birth! UM OBGYN Helps Deliver "Shepler's Baby"

University of Michigan OB/GYN Katherine Pasque has delivered many babies — but never on vacation or in a speeding ambulance.

Read full Mlive story here!

Quilt Donation to Childhood Gynecologic Cancer Association

Kelly Berch, an administrative assistant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology told her mother, Karen Berch, about the Childhood Gynecologic Cancer Association, a nonprofit organization for children and adolescents with gynecologic cancers.  Kelly's mother and cohorts made 13 quilts that were presented last week to Hope Haefner, M.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Barbara Getty, RNC, MS, both of whom sit on the obard of the Childhood Gynecologic Cancer Association. 

Michigan impacting healthcare in Ghana

Big Ten Network's LiveBIG blog featured an article on Dr. Frank Anderson's efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Click here to read more!

OBGYN Services to Start at Northville

 The U-M Northville Health Center brings great ObGyn care closer to home. Opening July 15, our newest building will offer primary and specialty care for the whole family.

Schedules are open and appointments can be scheduled now. We are happy to see new patients as well as established patients who find Northville more convenient. Patients can be scheduled through existing offices (vonVoigtlander ObGyn Clinic, Center for Reproductive Medicine, Livonia Center for Specialty Care, etc). If any question about where to call, you can always call 1-800-211-8181.


U-M leaders welcome Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Leaders from the University of Michigan, including Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson and Dr. Senait Fisseha, recently welcomed H.E. Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, the Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, who visited Ann Arbor this week as part of the expanding collaborations between the University and its Ethiopian partners.  To read more, please click here

Inaugural Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Program

Faculty Development is excited to announce the Inaugural Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Program. To learn more, click here

Doctors from U-M and Ghana create new partnerships for improving health in low resource countries

New “Charter for Collaboration” helps international health partners more effectively pool knowledge and resources to improve health programs in low income nations.  Click here for the full article

U-M OB/GYN chair quoted in AP, Detroit Free Press on bill to repeal abortion insurance law

Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., was quoted at a news conference this week held by lawmakers who introduced legislation to repeal a controversial new law that requires women to buy extra insurance in order to get health care for an abortion, even in the cases of incest or rape.
Johnson, Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, said the Michigan law requiring women to buy a separate health insurance rider for abortion coverage is having negative affect on patient care.

World Bank grant to train gynecologists in (Sub-Saharan) Africa

Elevate Health and the University of Michigan are honored to have received a World Bank grant to develop on a pilot project for the 1000+OBGYN consortium. The 1000+OBGYN consortium is an initiative to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity by training 1000 new obstetricians and gynecologists in Sub-Saharan Africa. Elevate will facilitate the development of the online course about “Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

New Book Focuses on International Partnerships to Reduce Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

A new book by Dr. Frank Anderson, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School, captures the compelling ideas, stories, and knowledge shared by international maternal health specialists who gathered during the 2012 meeting of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in Rome, Italy slightly more than a year ago.

UM OBGYN & Global Reach departments launch resident training program in Ethiopia

With funding from the CDC lead by Dr. Senait Fisseha, the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the UM Medical School Global REACH program started a partnership to strengthen maternal child health in Ethiopia.

U.S. News and World Reports - Women's Health is #5 in Graduate School rankings

Today, the annual Best Graduate Schools rankings are being published online by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Here are some highlights:

• The Medical School holds its spot at 10th in the nation among research-based medical schools, tied with the University of Chicago and the University of Washington.

• The Medical School’s rank among medical schools for primary care training rose sharply, from 20th last year to 8th this year, tied with the University of Minnesota

Inaugural Lecture of the F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professorship

The F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professorship in Reproductive Health

Commemoration of the Regental Approval
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, December 15, 2011

"We look forward to the future that is represented by this Professorship, by the people that are here now, the people who will follow" ~ James Woolliscroft, M.D., Dean, University of Michigan Medical School

The New Von Voigtlander Women's Clinic opens December 5, 2011

Here is a sneak peek of the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital (click on the photo for a slideshow):

We will be located on the 9th floor. 

Our new address will be: 
Von Voightlander Women’s Clinic
1540 East Hospital Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109