Seven years ago, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine had approximately 35 physicians and scientists, morale was low, and the OB-GYN clerkship was struggling. We lost our gynecology oncology fellowship, and several subspecialty divisions were unstable, lacking providers and expertise.
By the end of 2022, the department has grown to over 55 physicians and scientists, and our clerkship is one of the most highly ranked clinical rotations. We established a new midwifery practice, expanded our research enterprise, and have grown our generalist and subspecialty divisions to be the leading referral site in the state for complex women’s healthcare.
The accomplishments of our team in this short time are incredible. In this report, you will read about several of our noteworthy achievements, awards and faculty promotions as well as new grants and projects. Several of the department’s leaders in the area of education and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) have now been elevated to high-level leadership positions within IU School of Medicine and its partner health systems.
Our graduating residents interested in pursuing subspecialty fellowships are matching at terrific programs, and others interested in private practice are highly sought after. We have expanded our Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowships, and our application to re-start our Gynecology Oncology Fellowship has been submitted and is currently under review.
Thanks to the leadership of Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Kelly Kasper, and our division directors, our generalists and subspecialty groups are growing and expanding their clinical scope. Our research leaders, Drs. David Haas and Brenda Smith, are elevating our research footprint, and we hope to be in the Top 10 in the country for NIH funding to OB-GYN departments in the next few years. Dr. Sara Quinney is already No. 5 in the nation, bringing in millions of dollars of research funding to OB-GYN and IU School of Medicine. It is really an honor and a privilege to lead such an inspiring group of colleagues.
Coming out of a pandemic is challenging, and staff shortages continue. But the Department of OB-GYN continues to make its mark. I look forward to the years ahead and continuing our steady rise in stature – all except its department chair, who remains a towering 5 feet 5 inches tall!
Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD
Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor & Chair