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June 15, 2010

Changes in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is an area of great pride for the Health Center and a tremendous resource for the community. It encompasses the general Obstetrics and Gynecology practice, as well as nationally-recognized expertise in gynecologic oncology, advanced reproductive services and maternal-fetal medicine.

Later this month, James F.X. Egan, M.D., a renowned and highly regarded maternal-fetal medicine specialist, will step down as Chairman of the Department after six years of outstanding leadership. I am very pleased to announce that he will continue to work with medical students, residents and fellows in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine as an attending physician, teacher, and mentor.

At that time, Winston A. Campbell, M.D., the Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will serve as Interim Chair of the department and John F. Greene, Jr., M.D., Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology will continue as Residency Program Director.

Dr. Egan completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Springfield, MA for 11 years before completing a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Health Center in 1989. He joined our faculty in 1989 and served as Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Fetal Echocardiography at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center from 1989 to 2003. He returned to the Health Center as Vice Chair in 2003 and became Chair in 2004. He has a long standing interest in prenatal diagnosis and fetal echocardiography and is widely published on Down syndrome screening.

Dr. Campbell is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds the Physicians’ Health Services Endowed Chair in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. A 1977 graduate of the UConn School of Medicine, he did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and his Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UConn. He joined the faculty in 1983 and was appointed Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 1995. He has served on numerous departmental and medical school committees. His many publications focus on his clinical and research interests which include antenatal diagnosis, Down syndrome screening, HIV in pregnancy and preeclampsia.

Dr. Greene became Program Director in 2001 when the UConn and Hartford Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology residencies merged. He has presided over two successful reviews of our residency program. Both were awarded the maximum five year accreditation cycles from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Egan also wishes to thank his Associate-Chairs, Dr. Joel Sorosky of Hartford Hospital and Dr. Howard Shaw of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for their invaluable support of our academic and educational missions over the past six years. Their contributions to the training of our medical students, residents and fellows are essential for us to accomplish our educational goals.

Please join me in wishing the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology continued growth and success.

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine