Contact Information

Obstetrics and Gynecology


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Christopher M. Zahn, MD
Col (Ret), USAF, MC
Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Phone: (301) 295-3430
FAX: (301) 295-0419
Email: christopher.zahn@usuhs.edu

Obstetrics and gynecology is an exciting field of medicine! In the scope of one day, you could deliver a baby, perform a major life-altering surgery that ultimately allows a woman to return to her military mission, counsel a couple experiencing infertility, and discover and treat a precancerous cervical lesion! While it focuses only on women's health care, the specialty is broad. In obstetrics and gynecology, you will experience a balance of surgery, ambulatory care, and office practice while still managing pregnancy, delivery, and related complications. Obstetrics and gynecology also offers fellowship training opportunities in gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, and reproductive endocrinology and minimally invasive surgery.

The field of obstetrics and gynecology is challenging and exciting. There are a range of career opportunities, further training, and research. If you have additional questions, or would like more information, please contact Clerkship Director or Department Chair to schedule and appointment!

Mission

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

  • Instructs medical students in the principles of clinical obstetrics and gynecology in the classroom in the preclinical years and in the ambulatory and inpatient care settings in the clinical years;
  • Participates in the preclinical instruction programs of the basic science departments and in interdepartmental courses, promoting the principles of women's health in general and obstetrics and gynecology in particular;
  • Provides guidance and leadership for medical student interest groups, honor societies, and other student-led academic programs;
  • Participates as a sponsor of the National Capital Uniformed Services Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program, and the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Program; Female Pelvic Medicine and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program;
  • Provides direct faculty participation and support to the day-to-day instruction of residents and on-site clinical care at the teaching hospitals in the capital area;
  • Responds to Department of Defense initiatives and departmentally identified academic needs in developing and presenting University sponsored continuing education courses for physicians and other health care providers in military and Public Health Service clinical practice settings;
  • Develops and conducts laboratory and clinical research in the areas of gynecologic oncology and pathology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, maternal fetal medicine, and health care delivery systems;
  • Provides structured instructional opportunity in basic laboratory research for interested medical students, residents, and fellows.