Faculty and Other Academic Appointees

Jacques Abramowicz, MD

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director of Ultrasound Services

Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Research Summary: Dr. Abramowicz's research largely focuses on the bioeffects and safety of ultrasound, specifically in obstetrics.  Consequently, he serves with several international associations responsible for determining safety guidelines for nonionizing radiation.  Together with Dr. Barua (Rush University), Dr. Abramowicz also uses ultrasound to characterize early ovarian cancer in a unique ovarian cancer model; the egg-laying chicken, which is the only animal that develops spontaneous ovarian cancer similar in histology, metastatic spread and serum antigens to human cancer. . He and Dr. Barua have also described the use of ultrasound contrast agents, targeted to various antigens or factors expressed by the tumor.
View a partial list of Dr. Abramowicz’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.


Rebecca Brooks, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Section of Gynecologic Oncology

Research summary: Dr. Brooks's most recent research focuses on genetic differences that influence the risk of metastatic disease in women with endometrial cancer, and metastases in general.  Her other recent research involves the influence of medical comorbidities on treatment tolerance, cancer outcomes, and resource allocation.
View a partial list of Dr. Brooks' publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database


Julie Chor, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research

Research Summary: Dr. Chor currently serves as the primary investigator on several studies that examine the impact of doulas (nonmedical labor coaches who offer emotional and informational support) on different aspects of pregnancy. In the past, she has studied reproductive health experiences of women with cardiovascular disease and other medical conditions
View a partial list of Dr. Chor's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database


Melissa Gilliam, MD MPH

Ellen H. Block Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics
Vice Provost, Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity

Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research

Research summary: Dr. Gilliams's research focuses on understanding how adolescents use contraception and make other health care decisions. In an effort to aid at-risk teens, Dr. Gilliam established the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3). Part of this program involves empowering teens to address social issues through games, narratives, and design. Dr. Gilliam and her research group also conduct clinical trials of new methods of contraception.
View a partial list of Dr. Gilliam’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database


Sadia Haider, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Chief, Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research

Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research

Research Summary: Dr. Haider’s research seeks to address gaps in contraception access and provision that are due to provider and systematic barriers.  She has several funded studies that utilize an interdisciplinary approach to test innovative strategies which aim to improve contraception provision to postpartum and adolescent women.  Additionally, Dr. Haider has ongoing research efforts focused on the unique needs for and barriers to contraception and sexual health for HIV-vulnerable women and sexual minority women. 


Hilary Kenny

Research Associate (Assistant Professor)

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Research summary:  Dr Kenny's research has focused primarily on the development and utilization of a novel complex three-dimensional culture system that reconstructs the lining of the peritoneal cavity in vitro. This culture system has been successfully adapted to high thoroughput screening for use in drug discovery.
View a partial list of Dr. Kenny's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database


Ernst Lengyel, MD, PhD

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Section of Gynecologic Oncology
See the Lengyel Laboratory

Research summary: Dr. Lengyel leads the ovarian cancer research lab in the Department of Ob/Gyn.  His research group utilizes molecular biology techniques, animal models, and patient datasets to understand the important steps in ovarian cancer progression. This knowledge is then used to develop novel therapies for ovarian cancer patients.
View a partial list of Dr. Lengyel's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.


Stacy Lindau, MD, MAPP, FACOG

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medicine-Geriatrics

Section of Gynecologic Oncology
See the Lindau Laboratory

Research summary: Dr. Lindau’s research applies the interactive biopsychosocial model - one that considers the individual in relation to her partner, parent or caregiver, and community - and a life course approach to her research, clinical care, and teaching. She focuses on problems in two realms: sexuality in the context of disease and aging, and creating tools to promote the health of people living in poverty.
View a partial list of Dr. Lindau's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database


Sarosh Rana, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Chief, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
See the Rana Preeclampsia Laboratory page

Research Summary: Dr. Rana's research focuses on the pathogenesis of preeclampsia, a common hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. She is particularly
interested in elucidating the role of angiogenic biomarkers in the prediction of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes. Dr. Rana conducts national and international translational studies.
She is currently the director of a one year non-accreditted fellowship program, the OBGYN Transitional Research Fellowship. 
View a partial list of Dr. Rana's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

 


Iris Romero, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Section of General Obstetrics & Gynecology
See the Romero Laboratory

Research summary: Dr. Romero's research group evaluates the metabolic changes that occur in tumors and the tumor microenvironment and uses this knowledge to identify novel treatments.  For cancer therapeutic development, Dr. Romero focuses on drugs that are already FDA approved for non-cancer indications and determines if they have protective effects in gynecologic cancers.  Using this approach, her group has made significant progress with testing statins and metformin as potential metabolically-targeted therapeutics for gynecologic cancers.

View a partial list of Dr. Romero's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database