Michael P. Diamond, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, William H. Brooks, MD, Distinguished Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Dean for Research, Medical College of Georgia, Senior Vice President for Research, Augusta University
Dr. Diamond completed undergraduate studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the same institution; and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He has specific expertise, interest, and experience in many areas of investigation including the development of postoperative adhesions, surgical treatment of uterine fibroids and endometriosis, oxidative stress, carbohydrate metabolism, androgen physiology, and the induction of ovulation. Dr. Diamond has extensive experience in research study design, organization, and implementation. He has a long track record of conduct of prospective clinical studies, as well as randomized controlled clinical trials. He has played leading roles in design and conduct of the preclinical/clinical studies leading to FDA approval of the first two agents for reduction of postoperative intraabdominal adhesions approved and available in the United States (Interceed and Seprafilm).
Dr. Diamond is an internationally renowned clinical and translational investigator, who is recognized for many scientific contributions, including within the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. His contributions include publications of over 525 peer reviewed manuscripts, 135 chapters, and 840 abstracts. Additionally he has edited or co-edited over 20 books and journal issues, and has given over 800 scientific presentations. Dr. Diamond has also been extensively involved in health care provider education, including participating in the training of medical students and OB/GYN residents. He has also served as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Director, in total training over thirty REI fellows.
Dr. Diamond has been funded by six NIH Institutes, including NICHD to conduct randomized clinical trials utilizing the euglycemic, hyperinsulinemic clamp and hyperglycemic clamp techniques to evaluate the role of androgens on insulin sensitivity in men and women. He serves as AU’s PI on the NICHD Cooperative Reproductive Medicine Network grant which has conducted clinical trials on diagnosis of luteal phase defects, ovulation induction for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, and ovarian stimulation for unexplained infertility. He also serves as AU’s PI for the NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development grant, which trains obstetrician/gynecologists to become independent investigators. He has also participated in the NICHD National Cooperative Program for Infertility Research examining hormonal perturbations in women with otherwise “unexplained” infertility, as well as collaborated in trials examining the effect of organochlorines on male factor infertility funded by NIEHS, studies examining the effect of testosterone replacement on cognitive function in hypogonadal men funded by NIA, and the effect of sex steroids and gender on apnic thresholds funded by the VA. Dr. Diamond has also served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on over forty-five commercial clinical trials on diverse topics including postoperative adhesions, uterine fibroids, ovulation induction, menstrual migraines, osteoporosis, endometriosis, and sexual dysfunction. He has served on multiple study sections and special review committees for the NIH, as well as a member and subsequently a consultant to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Device Panel of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration. He is a past President of his subspecialty Society, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons. He has served on the Board of Directors for many other national and international societies including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons, and the AAGL Advancing Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide.
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Robert D. Stager, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section Chief of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Director of Quality Assurance, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Stager returned to Augusta University to join the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in March 2014. He was previously at Augusta University from 1999-2005 when he acted in the roles of Associate Program Director and Program Director. Dr. Stager then moved the Ann Arbor, Michigan to be closer to family and take the position of Program Director at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital from 2005 thru 2014. He and his family couldn't resist the draw of the southern culture - especially the many friends and mentors in the Augusta community, and thus returned to join the General Division once again. Dr. Stager's hometown allegiance is with Cleveland, Ohio and he is hoping a new era is ready to begin for Cleveland sports teams! His undergraduate degree in Cell & Molecular Biology is from Purdue University followed by Medical School at Ohio State. After residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, he was in private practice in rural Medina, Ohio for several years before beginning his academic career at Augusta University in 1999. He enjoys the teaching atmosphere and working with residents and is very excited to be back in Augusta.
Jennifer T. Allen, MD, FACOG, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Allen joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in July 2014. She grew up in Columbia, SC, where she attended the University of South Carolina Honors College and obtained a degree in Biology. She continued her medical education in Charleston, SC at the Medical University of South Carolina and received her medical degree in 2010. She completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Augusta University, and now lives in Evans, GA where she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three dogs. She has also enjoyed medical mission trips to places such as Honduras, Romania, Uganda, and Mexico and is looking forward to scheduling her next trip soon. Her clinical interests include pre-invasive cervical disease and global health, as well as robotic and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
Kelli M. Braun, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Dean of Admissions, Medical College of Georgia, Director of Simulation and Virtual Education, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Braun joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in July 2008 after completing her residency at the Augusta University. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Georgia, and then attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. She currently serves as the Assistant Director for Medical Student Education for the department and offers two clinical offices, one on campus and one in Evans. Dr. Braun is the Co-Director of Quality for the Department. In addition, she is the Director of Simulation Training and Virtual Education for the Residency Program. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including total laparoscopic hysterectomy as well as gynecologic office procedures.
Manish Jain, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Jain joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in August 2015 after moving to Augusta from Detroit, Michigan. While in Detroit Dr. Jain served as Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Director at Wayne State University/Hutzel Women’s Hospital and the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Wayne State University Physician Group. He is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and completed his residency training at Wayne State University/Hutzel Women’s Hospital in 2001. Dr. Jain and his family finally tired of cold winters and have settled into Evans. He enjoys spending time with his wife, sons, and dog. Dr. Jain is currently seeing patients both on campus and in Evans. His professional interests include office surgery and procedures, minimally invasive hysterectomy, high-risk obstetrics, and contraception.
Erin Z. Latif, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Student Education, Medical College of Georgia
Dr. Latif joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in July 2006 just after completing her residency at Augusta University. She completed her undergraduate education at Birmingham-Southern College prior to attending medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. She currently runs an active OB-GYN practice, with offices on campus and in Evans, Georgia, in addition to serving as Director of Medical Student Education for the department. Professional interests include improving the health of teens in the CSRA, contraceptive and hormone therapy, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
John R. Lue, MD, MPH, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Lue joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in May 2008. He came from a large private practice where he was a senior associate and now serves as an advisor. He graduated from Mercer University with a degree in biochemistry and received his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. He has served as the Chair and Vice-chair for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta Georgia, a level-three Perinatal Center. He has formerly been on faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine and at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He specializes in laparoscopic surgery and bloodless medicine. He believes that nothing is more important in a person's life than faith and family.
Samuel Jones Miller, MD, Ph.D, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Miller a general obstetrician, gynecologist with over 40 years of clinical experience joined the Curriculum Office at Augusta University in May 2015. Dr. Miller has been the Regional Site Clerkship Director of OB/GYN at the Southwest Campus for the last 5 years before joining the Curriculum Office. Dr. Miller is responsible for the Curriculum in year 3 and enjoys being actively involved in the teaching of student whether in the classroom or in a clinical environment. Dr. Miller completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry/Math from The University of Alabama. Dr. Miller then completed a PhD in Biochemistry and MD from The University of Alabama in Birmingham. After completing his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, he spent 12 ½ years in the US Navy stationed at several places around the world. Upon leaving the Navy, Dr. Miller was in the private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in La Grange, Georgia. He has been on the faculty of The University of Alabama, Emory University, Georgia State University, Troy State University as a Clinical Faculty member for medical student’s, PA students, and Nurse Practitioner students. Dr. Miller was the Regional Site Clerkship Director for OB/GYN for the SW Campus for 5 years. His clinical interests are in the area of benign gynecologic diseases and menopause. Educational Research interests are in Interprofessional Education and Evidence Based Medicine.
Renee Page, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Dean of Curriculum, Medical College of Georgia
Dr. Page joined the faculty in 2015. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She then matriculated to Emory University School of Medicine, obtaining her Doctor of Medicine in 1999. Dr. Page then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University/Hutzel Women’s Hospital in 2003, after which she took a faculty position in the same department. During that time, she developed an interest in academic medicine and became Clerkship Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship at Wayne State, supervising students on 8 different campuses in the Detroit area. Dr. Page then became Assistant Dean of Clinical Education in 2010 at Wayne State, during which she oversaw 600 medical students on their clinical rotations and maintained a busy faculty practice. In 2013, she left Wayne State and joined a private practice in gynecology based in Brighton, Michigan. In 2015 she was honored to join Medical College of Georgia as Associate Dean of Curriculum and renew her career path in academic medicine. Dr. Page’s clinical interests are ectopic pregnancy, office hysteroscopy, high-risk obstetrics, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
Adam Pyrzak, MD, Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Pyrzak joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2017. He grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia and obtained his Doctor of Medicine in 2013. Following medical school, he completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Augusta University.
Chadburn B. Ray, MD, RPh, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Residency Program Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director, Global Health Program
Dr. Ray joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2006. After undergraduate education at the College of Charleston, he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He practiced retail pharmacy in Aiken, South Carolina and hospital pharmacy at the MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina before returning to medical school. He graduated from the MUSC College of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Ray is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program where he was Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Ray is the Residency Program Director for the department. His interests include high risk obstetrics, global women's health initiatives, and healthcare measures in resident education.
Barbara L. Henley, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Henley joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in August 2012. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1997 where she completed the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps and was honored as the Distinguished Military Graduate. She subsequently completed four years in the U.S. Army as an Environmental Science Officer. Upon honorable discharge as an Army Captain, Dr. Robinson completed her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2005. She then went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Robinson's professional interests include prolapse and incontinence, robotic surgery, and Sacro Neuromodulation.
Sharad A. Ghamande, MD, Section Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Ghamande joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faulty in 2000. He began his studies in 1986 at the Seth G. S. Medical College in Bombay, India with a focus on General Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is also specialized in gynecologic oncology and has become a champion in his fight against gynecologic cancer, which drives his commitment to being the principal investigator on numerous clinical studies at Augusta University. In 2004, Dr. Ghamande put together what is now the CSRA Cancer Support Group, which hosts special events and provides monthly meetings where patients, their families, and his staff have the opportunity to learn and share their thoughts on living with cancer. The cancer support group has been a tremendous gift in enriching and strengthening the lives of cancer patients, their families, and his staff. Dr. Ghamande enjoys a dual role as an Associate Professor and Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, as well as working in the private sector.
Bunja J. Rungruang, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Gynecologic Oncology,
Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Rungruang joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in August 2012. She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University in 2001. She subsequently completed her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2005. She then went on to complete her residency and fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
John J. Wallbillich, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Gynecologic Oncology, Women's Reproductive Health Research Scholar
Dr. Wallbillich joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in August 2016. He completed his undergraduate
studies at the University of Michigan 2004, and obtained his medical degree from the
University of Michigan Medical School in 2009. Dr. Wallbillich completed his residency
in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
in 2013. He then completed his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at The Ohio State
University in 2016.
Michael S. Macfee, MD, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Macfee joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 1997. He completed his medical degree at The University of Colorado in 1976. He then completed his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California in June 1980 and a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California in San Diego, California in June 1983. Dr. Macfee was the Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina from February 1994 through January 1997. Prior to directing there, he was associated with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for ten years. Dr. Macfee's specialty focus is in gynecologic oncology.
Hilde E. Coste, MD, Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Coste joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology department in 2015. She completed her undergraduate education at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania completing a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Dr. Coste completed her medical school and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Coste served as the chief resident during my final year of residency. Dr. Coste is currently working with the Gyn/Onc division as the Advanced Pelvic Surgery Fellow while also working as a part time clinical faculty in the OB/Gyn department. Dr. Coste's interests include minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
Paul C. Browne, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Service Chief, Women's Health, Section Chief of Material Fetal Medicine
Dr. Browne joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2012. He attended Duke University Medical School where he received the Lane Scholarship and completed his MD degree in 1981. Dr. Browne is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. He returned to Duke for a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In 1988, he joined the Emory University faculty and accepted a position as the Director of Obstetrical Ultrasound at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1993, Dr. Browne left Emory to begin a career in private practice and started Atlanta Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Browne specializes in the care of pregnant patients with serious medical complications. He is an expert in prenatal diagnosis and fetal management. Dr. Browne was recently awarded both American and European patents for a new form of labor monitor using electromagnetic field disturbance. He is the CEO of South Carolina WebEd, a non-profit which is dedicated to providing software support for the care of prenatal patients.
Linda M. Street, MD, FACOG, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Dr. Street joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in August 2016 as Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Dr. Street, a graduate of Univeristy of Georgia, received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. She then completed her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Street has research interests in sleep disorders in pregnancy with particular interest in gestational obstructive sleep apnea and its consequences.
Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, FACOG, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Devoe joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 1983 as Associate Professor and Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine from 1984 to 2005. He became Professor with tenure in 1983 and served as Brooks Professor and Department Chair from 1995 to 2006. He retired in 2010 as Professor Emeritus and returned as a part-time faculty member in the Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Devoe received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency, and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Chicago, Chicago Lying-In Hospitals and Clinics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds active membership in several professional societies. Dr. Devoe has authored more than 200 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters. His research interests include computer applications in fetal monitoring, intrapartum and antepartum fetal assessment, and labor induction.
Lawrence C. Layman, MD, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics
Dr. Layman joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in July 1988. He is also a faculty member of the School of Graduate Studies, the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and the Neuroscience Program. He is board-certified in four specialties - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Clinical Genetics, and Clinical Molecular Genetics. Dr. Layman is a physician-scientist who has been a principle investigator on four NIH grants and has nearly 100 publications and 16 book chapters, as well as a number of educational contributions for national societies and the Faculty Development Plan for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the MD/PhD Admissions Committee and Co-Chairs the GHSU Institutional Grants Program while also a mentor to graduate students, medical students, residents, and faculty.
Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of IVF service and Fertility
Preservation Program, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics
Dr. Gavrilova-Jordan is an exceptional physician with a broad range of clinical skills and interests. She is a board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a Director of IVF Laboratory and a leader of the collaborative efforts in development of Augusta University fertility preservation program. Prior to joining Augusta University, she was a successful faculty and Director of IVF service at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Dr. Gavrilova-Jordan received her Medical Doctor degree with Distinction in Southern Russia. She performed her residency in OBGyn at Mayo Clinic and completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University Medical Center. She has received numerous honors, awards, and scholarships, and has published number of research papers. She is an excellent educator of medical professionals of the future, medical students and residents. Her clinical and research interests include assisted reproduction technologies, evaluation and effective treatment of infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids, robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy and laparoscopic surgery, reproductive tract anomalies, pubertal abnormalities, endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and fertility preservation options. Dr. Gavrilova-Jordan is a very compassionate doctor willing to go the extra mile for her patients to provide the highest quality of care.
Soumia Brakta, MD, Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics
Dr. Brakta joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in August 2014 after completing her MD and residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. She completed her undergraduate education at Loyola University of New Orleans where she was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society in 2003. Dr. Brakta is currently working with Dr. Michael Diamond in research efforts related to reproduction and infertility and is working under his mentorship to enhance and expand her OB/GYN and REI research profile. Current Research projects include uterine leiomyoma involving stems cells and exosomes, stem cell therapy for premature ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and PCOS. Dr. Brakta has been heavily involved in volunteer work since 2002 and is dedicated to community service.
Paul C. McDonough, MD, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics
Dr. McDonough joined the faculty in 1966. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of the Holy Cross in 1952 and Jefferson Medical College in 1956. He was stationed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the 7373D USAF Hospital in Chateauroux, France from 1957 to 1959. Upon completing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1964, he came to Augusta University as a fellow in reproductive endocrinology and joined the department as Director of Reproductive Endocrinology in 1966. He trained 33 fellows in Reproductive Endocrinology from 1975 to 1998 at Augusta University. He is a past recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Augusta University Research Institute and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He was awarded the President's Distinguished Scientist Award by the Society for Gynecologic Investigation in 1995. Dr. McDonough is certified by the ABOG, Reproductive Endocrinology and by the ABMG in clinical genetics and cytogenetics. For 24 years, he has been the Director of a Reproductive Endocrinology-Genetics course held each year in Washington, DC. The Paul G. McDonough Lectureship was established at MCG in 2000 by his former fellows.
Hyung Kim, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics
Hyung-Goo Kim studied chemical engineering and chemistry at the Korea University and University of Goettingen, respectively. He received his PhD at the Free University of Berlin in conjunction with Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in the field of Human Molecular Genetics. In the past, Kim and his group have successfully employed positional cloning strategy and candidate gene approach to elucidate molecular defects underlying various genetic disorders including intellectual disability, autism, Kallmann syndrome, Potocki-Shaffer syndrome. He worked on Developmental Genome Anatomy Project (DGAP) at Harvard Medical School for 5 years. His current focus is identifying new genes for Kallmann syndrome and neurological disorders such as autism, intellectual disability, and body integrity identity disorder. Since 2013 he is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia at the Augusta University.
Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACOG, Augusta University Director of Interdisciplinary Translational Research, Assistant Dean for Global Translational Research, Professor and Director Division of Translational Research
Dr. Al-Hendy graduated from Banha Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Banha, Egypt in 1986. After a one year internship at Banha University Hospital, he headed to Finland to earn his PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Turku, Turku, Finland. He then gained additional postdoctoral training in gene therapy and clinical molecular genetics at McMaster University and McGill University in Canada, before completing clinical residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan and fellowship training in laparoscopic surgery at Toronto University, both in Canada. Dr. Al-Hendy is double board certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In the United States of America, Dr. Al-Hendy has held various faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, Meharry Medical College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He now resides in Augusta, Georgia where he is currently an active gynecologist at Augusta University, with a clinical practice focus on treatment of uterine fibroids. He also holds the positions of Augusta University Director of Interdisciplinary Translational Research, MCG Assistant Dean for Global Translational Research, Professor, and Director of the Division of Translational Research. Dr. Al-Hendy utilizes the methods of basic, translational, and clinical research to address important medical diseases. Dr. Al-Hendy’s medical research interests focus on developing novel therapies including gene and stem cell therapy for premature ovarian failure, endometriosis, and particularly uterine fibroids. He is currently researching the utility of various nutritional supplements as possible non-surgical therapy for uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids negatively impact women’s health worldwide and burden resources through the high rate of hysterectomy, especially in women of color. In 2010, Dr. Al-Hendy was awarded the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s 2010 Ira and Ester Rosenwaks Award for his significant contribution to the field of translational Reproductive Biology, and in 2014 he received the Alpha Omega Alpha clinician scientist of the year award from the Medical Honor Society. Dr. Al-Hendy’s research is continuously funded by various agencies, such as NIH, NICHD, NCRR USDA, ODS, and other national and international organizations. He is currently serving as Chair of the NIH Integrative Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction IRG. To date, Dr. Al-Hendy has published more than 107 peer reviewed publications in high tier peer reviewed scientific journals, presented more than 200 presentations in national and international meetings, and has edited 4 medical books.
Sharad Purohit, PhD, Assistant Professor of Obstetics and Gynecology, Center for Biotechnology
and Genomic Medicine
Dr. Purohit joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2016. Dr. Purohit received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biochemistry in 1992 and 1994 respectively from India. He obtained his PhD degree at the Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India for Life Sciences in 2000, studying the membrane lipid and protein perturbation in oligospermia. Dr. Purohit attended his first Post Doc training at University of Montreal, in 2000. He then joined Dr. Jin-Xiong She’s lab at University of Florida and studied DNA binding domains of AIRE in 2001. Dr. Purohit moved to Augusta, Georgia in 2002, with Dr. She’s Team. His research focuses on identifying predictive and prognostic biomarkers for human diseases using high through put technologies of Mass spectrometry and Luminex bead array. He found several protein candidate markers which are risk factors for Type-1 diabetes and cervical cancer. He also continues to develop assays to improve the potential of existing biomarkers based on post-translational modification. For his research work he was awarded post-doctoral fellowship and career development awards from JDRF, NY. Currently he is a Co-I on NIH R21 Grant. At Augusta University he is a member of the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. He serves on editorial board of four journals and is reviewer for more than 15 journals.
Rick McIndoe, PhD, Regents' Professor of Obstetics and Gynecology, Associate Director
and GRA Distinguished Investigator for the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine
Dr. McIndoe joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2016.
Wenbo Zhi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Obstetics and Gynecology, Center for Biotechnology
and Genomic Medicine
Dr. Zhi joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2016.