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

Inaugural Lecture: "Professionalism and Abortion: Challenging students and residents to learn self-awareness and empathy”, Jody Steinauer, M.D., M.A.S

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Dr. F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries
Champions for Women’s Reproductive Health

Wallie Jeffries grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Webster Groves High School in Missouri.  He attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1953 and graduated from medical school in 1957.  As an undergraduate at Michigan, he was a varsity swimmer. Wallie still competes and has won national and world championships for his age group.  He was a member of the 1952 NCAA All American Swim Team, Captain of the Michigan Swim team in 1953, and active member and President of the Graduate M Club.  Dr. Jeffries completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan in 1962 and became an Instructor.  In 1964, he moved his practice activities to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital which was his base for the remainder of his professional career.  He was Residency Program Director from 1968 to 1979, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1978 to 1988, and Chief of the Medical Staff from 1992-1993.  In addition, Wallie has been active in community activities including membership on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Mid-Michigan from 1999 to the present.  He served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan from 1977 to 2000 and developed with J. Robert Willson in 1974 the junior medical student clerkship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.  He has been President of the Washtenaw County Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, member of the Committee on Maternal Fetal Medicine from the Michigan State Medical Society, and from 1986 to 1994 was a member of the Learning Resource Commission of ACOG in charge of the development and publication of all technical bulletins for the College. 

Wallie could not have done this without the strong support of Janet Odle Jeffries.  Janet lived in Vandalia, Ohio with her parents both school teachers.  She graduated as class salutatorian from the Vandalia - Butler High School.  Thus she went to the Ohio State University and graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing.  After working several years in medical-surgical, labor and delivery, and public health nursing, Janet enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and received a Master in Public Health Nursing.   Following graduation and remaining in Ann Arbor, Janet worked at the Washtenaw County Health Department and the Veteran's Administration Hospital, where she was the supervisor of the outpatient department and director of home health care programs.  In 1968, Wallie entered the picture, and Janet gave up her profession to become step mother to his three children. Because of her assuming the care of the children, Wallie could become the Residency Program Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1968, leading to his other teaching and medical staff work.  Their son was born in 1970 and attended the University of Michigan and is now a practicing physician in Ann Arbor. In 1976 and 1977, Janet was an instructor in the School of Nursing in the Department of Maternal-Child Health at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jody Steinauer is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, Director of Clinical Research at San Francisco General Hospital, Director of Family Planning Research at SFGH, Research Director of the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning, and Associate Director of the UCSF Fellowship in Family Planning. After residency she completed fellowships in Clinical Research and Family Planning in the Departments of Medicine and Ob-Gyn, respectively, during which she completed a Master’s Degree in clinical research in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her research focuses on three areas: Understanding contraceptive decision-making and studying interventions to reduce unintended pregnancy in women at high risk of unintended pregnancy, training in and provision of family planning services by physicians, and understanding risk factors for and studying interventions to prevent complications of pregnancy termination.