Dear Team,

Happy end of July and hello to the long hot days of August. Welcome to our new learners, faculty, and staff. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and taking time away with family and friends.

August is the month to “pause” our regular meetings. So enjoy the extra time and we will hit the ground running in September!



Dee E. Fenner, MD

New Research from Dr. Stroumsa

Transgender people more likely to be admitted when seeking emergency care

Research suggests transgender and nonbinary people are significantly more likely than cisgender peers to be admitted following a visit to the emergency department.

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Additional Coverage

Check out the Press Release from the Endocrine Society and the terrific coverage in media outlets, including STAT News,, and the Good Men Project.

Michigan Mother-Infant Pairs Study

PFAS research in the Michigan mother-infant pairs study, supported by ITS, SPH, MM, AGC

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a class of chemicals that have been around since the 1940s and became more broadly used in the post-war 1960s era. PFAS are in our homes, offices, water, and even our food and blood. PFAS break down slowly and are difficult to process, both in the environment and our bodies.

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Dr. Admon Interviewed by Scientific American

Why Maternal Mortality Rates Are Getting Worse Across the U.S.

A new study shows U.S. maternal mortality rates are increasing, and health care providers and advocacy groups are racing to build better care for new parents

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Melisa Scott on Black Maternal Health

Melisa Scott, CNM, represented the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Nurse-Midwifery Division at a discussion with Congresswoman Slotkin on black maternal health on July 7th.

Dr. Liang & Team in JAMA

In their newly published JAMA article, Angela Liang, MD, Catherine Gliwa, MD, Charisse Loder, MD, Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH, and Roger Smith, MD, found that recent policy changes limiting abortion access may have increased patients’ sense of urgency for seeking sterilization. The authors call for family planning services that facilitate patients’ ability to choose the timing and methods of contraception that best suit their goals.

Congratulations, Dr. Harris!

Lisa H. Harris, MD, PhD, has been named the recipient of The Greenwall Foundation’s 2023 Bernard Lo, MD Award in Bioethics. The Lo Award recognizes Dr. Harris for forging connections across division through bioethics. It conveys a cash prize of $25,000.

“Throughout her career, Dr. Harris has done critical work to reduce polarization around the issue of abortion. Bioethics, with its long-held focus on profoundly contested issues, has a key role to play in mitigating the deepening divides in our society. Dr. Harris’s empirical and conceptual work serves as an inspiring model for how to successfully forge connections by embracing nuance and finding common ground,” said Greenwall Foundation President & CEO Michelle Groman, JD.

Hear more from Dr. Harris about the importance of forging connections across divides in the latest installment of The Greenwall Foundation's Bioethics & video series.

2023 Doximity Rankings

The Doximity Residency Navigator results are in for 2023-24 and the Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program is ranked #10!

Doximity’s Residency Navigator is a tool that assists medical students with making informed residency-related decisions. It also offers transparency to applicants throughout the residency match process. Its system is based on current resident and recent alumni satisfaction rates, as well as reputation data and objective data.

Dr. Crissman Named a Health Care Hero by Crain's Detroit

Halley Crissman, MD, MPH, has been named one of Crain’s 2023 Healthcare Heros for her work to expand access to gender-affirming hormone care in her role.

Dr. Crissman is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Gender Affirming Care at Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI). In May 2022, PPMI began offering gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) at their first clinic location and has now expanded to offering hormone care at all 13 of their family planning clinics across the state and via telehealth care. They have trained more than 20 advanced practice providers in GAHT, seen >1500 new patients for hormone care in their first year, and can offer visits within a few days of booking. They are guided by an incredible 18-person community advisory board and a staff member who serves as a dedicated gender-affirming care coordinator.

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Dr. Peahl Receives New Funding to Address Social Needs

Congratulations to Alex Peahl, MD, MSc, and her team on receiving over $150,000 to better understand the landscape for addressing social needs in prenatal care. 

Dr. Peahl and the Obstetrics Initiative will launch a one-year pilot program to improve intergenerational health equity by addressing social needs in pregnancy. Key deliverables include the first-ever statewide comprehensive report on prenatal social needs practices and the first pregnancy-specific social needs toolkit including care assistance and adjustments. 

Dr. Malone Receives 2023 SASGOG Faculty Award

Anita Malone, MD, MPH, was awarded a 2023 Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG) Faculty Award.

This award recognizes Dr. Malone's commitment to excellence in the clinical care of women and the career development of academic specialists in obstetrics and gynecology.

New Book from Dr. Morgan & Team

Helen Morgan, MD, and Kelly Paradis, MD, began a Wellness Office grant-funded project to create a community of awareness, insight, and compassion for all parents and would-be parents working in the healthcare profession at Michigan Medicine.

In October 2021, they launched an effort to collect narratives about the intersection of parenting and careers in healthcare. Soon after, stories were submitted by faculty and staff across the health system, including our own Megan Kahn, CNM, and Arthi Ramakrishnan. These stories shared common threads of joy, worry, and struggle among parents with demanding healthcare careers.  

The book Parenting on the Frontlines: Stories of love, loss, and wonder captures these narratives to normalize and destigmatize the shared experiences of balancing the journey of parenthood with a career in medicine. Sarah Block, BGS, was the editor. The Wellness Office hosted a book panel discussion last week with the contributing authors.

Dr. Hammoud Recognized by the Alliance for Clinical Education

Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA, is the 2023 recipient of the Alliance for Clinical Education Louis N. Pangaro Medical Educator Award.

This award recognizes a faculty member who has focused their career on the clinical education of medical students. The award also recognizes sustained contributions to building interdisciplinary collaboration.  

New Staff Members:

  • Colleen MacCallum-Bridges, Statistician Senior

OBGYN Department Picnic

We hope to see you at the Annual Department of OBGYN Picnic!

Date: August 5, 2023

Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Olson Park

This year, we are continuing our tradition of service through donations to SafeHouse Center, a non-profit that provides safety, support, advocacy, and resources for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families. Please consider donating online (view their wishlist) or bringing a donation to the picnic.

Save the Date!: OBGYN Faculty Retreat

We are excited to launch quarterly OBGYN Faculty Retreats!

Date: September 8, 2023

Time: Afternoon

Location: Palmer Commons

At the half-day event, we'll address faculty leadership development, DEI, and community. We will end the afternoon with a happy hour. Please let us know if you will be able to attend!

31st Annual Primary Health Care of Women Conference

Mark your calendars now to join us for the 31st Annual Primary Health Care of Women Conference! The course will be held at DoubleTree on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, but you may attend the conference virtually. 

This annual conference will feature the latest updates in women’s health care from leading experts in the field. Topics include assessing cardiac risk in women, pharmacogenetic testing, uses of GLP-1 agonists, care of women with disabilities, problems with puberty, and more! 

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REI Summer Social

On Sunday, July 16th, the REI division members and their families gathered for an afternoon of socializing and fun. A great time was had by all, and we are looking forward to more division-wide events in the future!

Thank you to Yolanda Smith for hosting the event at her home, and thank you to Brian Hurd, Michaela Mandernach, Ron Schindler, Lindsay Brennan, Lesley Farrell, Haley Bohmer, and Rebecca Hayslip of the planning committee.

MHealthy Updates

  • Looking for a dish to bring to your next summer party? Try out this delicious 300-calorie Spicy Turkey Sausage and Kale Chili!
  • MHealthy offers courses on a variety of well-being topics, including financial well-being, controlling asthma, sleep, nutrition, and many more!
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