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Dr. PeipertWelcome to the Indiana University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

I am thrilled and excited to be the new Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). I look forward to the next few years as we grow the department to be one of the finest OB/GYN training programs in the nation.  Over the next few years, we will further develop our major missions: providing superb educational programs, evidence-based, high quality clinical care, and progressive clinical and translational research in women’s health. 

So what changes are in store in the next 3 to 5 years at IUSM?  First and foremost, we will continue to provide the highest quality, evidence-based care to the women we serve.  Our section of minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery will continue to provide state-of-the-art surgical care for women with gynecologic concerns.  Second, we will expand our educational efforts including a search for a new Vice Chair for Education for our department.  The department is actively recruiting for generalists, GYN Oncologists, REI-trained clinicians, MFM specialists, and promising scientists.  We hope to re-establish our fellowship in GYN Oncology, and to apply for a Fellowship in Family Planning.  Third, we will expand our efforts in research to further our knowledge of women’s health and disease, and prevention.  Dr. David Haas, our new Robert Munsick-endowed Chair, and Vice Chair for Research will expand our clinical and basic research efforts.  On-going work in obstetrics pharmacology, epigenetics, and pharmacogenomics will continue while we introduce new projects in emergency contraception, long-term contraception, and family planning.  In addition, our successful endeavors in pregnancy biobanking and clinical trials provide fertile ground and resources for trainee research, biomarker discovery, and improved clinical care.

Change is often difficult.  However, with change comes opportunities for innovation and growth.  I welcome our new Residency Program Director, Dr. Tony Shanks. Tony and I worked closely at Washington University (WashU) in St. Louis, and I believe together we made WashU a top-notch OB/GYN training program.  We intend to do the same at IUSM.  The match was highly successful, and this July we welcomed 10 new, outstanding physicians to our program.

Indiana University School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the country, and our residency is an outstanding training program for obstetrician-gynecologists.  Indiana University (IU) Health, one of the largest health systems in the country, will focus on population health.  Thus, our impact must extend to the entire state of Indiana, as we help shape women’s health care in our region.  The Department of OB/GYN will lead the charge to reduce adverse obstetric outcomes and infant morbidity and mortality, reduce unplanned pregnancy, prevent chronic diseases, and improve the outcomes of gynecologic cancers. Together with Indiana University’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, we will improve the health and quality of life for women in the state of Indiana. Our strong relationship with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health will provide the support to grow Maternal-Fetal Medicine and evidence-based obstetric care.  Lastly, the department maintains an active international program with our relationship with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. We hope to expand our clinical, educational, and research program in Kenya, as we grow our family planning and generalist divisions.

It is an exciting time in our department.  We invite you to explore our website and contact our department for more information.  Watch us grow and flourish as we improve the health of women in Indiana and beyond!

Warm regards,


Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD

Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and Chair



Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
550 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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