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
The basic science "bench" laboratory program consists of classics physiologic studies in reproduction-related areas and advanced molecular biology techniques. It serves to advance knowledge in targeted as aspects of human reproduction and as a training and education opportunity for medical and other students, Obstetrics and Gynecology residents, and fellows in the subspecialty training programs. Three full-time research faculty are complemented by additional personnel, including Senior Research Associates, Research Biologists, post-doctoral fellows, and laboratory technologists. Clinical faculty are also afforded the opportunity to conduct basic science research, either in conjunction with the established laboratories or through their own direction. Laboratories include access to state-of-the-art equipment, either maintained within one of the Departmental laboratories, or though cooperative arrangements with other Departments or University-based shared equipment. Students, residents, and fellows rotate through the laboratories under the supervision and instruction of the research faculty.
The faculty in the Division include William H. Catherino, MD, Ph.D., T. John Wu, Ph.D., Viqar Syed, Ph.D. Dr. Catherino’s primary interests involve topics related to reproductive endocrinology, with special interest and expertise in uterine leiomyomata (fibroids). Dr. Wu’s primary interests involve reproductive neuroendocrinology, including investigation of the involvement of the central nervous system in reproductive physiology. Dr. Syed’s primary interests involve basic science and translational research in gynecologic oncology; Dr. Syed maintains an active collaboration with investigators in the US Military Cancer Institute. Further information regarding each of these investigators and their labs are available by referring to the links below.
The research program in clinical sciences in Obstetrics and Gynecology is conducted largely at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) with active support and partipation b the USUHS faculty. Study design, data analysis, and statistical calculations are generally conducted at the USUHS or with the assistance of USUHS faculty. The initiative supports the advancement of clinical knowledge, the recruitment and retention of the best and brightest clinical faculty at the teaching hospitals, and the educational requirements for accreditation of the Residency Program. The Department hosts and supports through its endowment at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation the research and education of the residents in training as well as the annual Resident Research Day Program. I the past three years, these programs have had an average of twenty-one presentations of original clinical and bench laboratory research conducted and presented by the residents with faculty encouragement and direction. Nearly all of the projects are of such caliber that they are subsequently presented at national specialty meetings and often lead to publication in the major journals of obstetrics and gynecology.
The Department initiative in the study of the principles of education in Obstetrics and Bynecology has led to publication and presentation of three to five papers a year in this area. Authors include the USUHS facullty together with faculty at the Clinical clerkship training sites such as NNMC and WRAMC, Tripler Army Medical Center, and the integreted Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center (WHMC) program in San Antonio. Residents are often brought into these projects so as to enhance their understanding of and commitment to the education process. This effort has led to the national recognition of the USUHS as a leader and innovator in education among the academic departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the U.S.