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The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital has been recognized for advancing the science and the quality of care for women since 1891.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is the third-largest admitting service at Mass General with a faculty of more than fifty. Our clinical and research team is a leader in advancing such health concerns as gynecologic oncology (including cancers of the ovary, cervix and endometrium), menopause, high-risk obstetrics, infertility and reproductive medicine and urogynecology. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our service in the top one percent of the nation.
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has earned its reputation as an international leader in women's health by:
Jeffrey Ecker, MD, appointed chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2015, has made women's health care his life's work. A member of the Maternal Fetal Medicine faculty at Mass General for more than 18 years and professor of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ecker’s academic interests are in understanding and optimizing pregnancy outcomes often as part of collaborative research efforts. In addition, Dr. Ecker has studied and written widely about issues in reproductive ethics including appropriate limits to conscientious objection in reproductive medicine and the legal and moral challenges to maternal autonomy during pregnancy.
Dr. Ecker’s clinical and academic work is reflected in local and national leadership roles. He was a founding member of the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative and is past-president of the Obstetric Society of Boston. He has served as chair of the Committee on Ethics for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and has been a member of the ethics committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. He currently serves as chair of ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice and is a member of both the Publication Committee of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Obstetric Expert Panel for Leapfrog, a national quality measurement consortium.
Patient care available through the Mass General Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology includes:
We offer women advanced care for the full range of gynecologic health issues, including prepregnancy genetic counseling, contraceptive management and treatments related to more complex and chronic issues.
We provide a wide range of assisted reproductive technologies - including in vitro fertilization, single-embryo transfer, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, male infertility factors and egg, sperm and embryo cryopreservation - and consistently achieve excellent outcomes, delivering results that are among the highest in the nation.
Our team works in partnership with each woman to meet her needs and preferences from early pregnancy through birth. For patients with preexisting conditions or who develop complications, our maternal-fetal medicine specialists consult on your care.
We seek to identify structural defects, genetic syndromes and chromosomal disorders early in pregnancy and offer early risk assessment in the late first trimester, which does not use amniocentesis.
We provide comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment for problems caused by changes in the pelvic floor, including urinary incontinence, using the most advanced nonsurgical and surgical options.
Our multidisciplinary team works with each patient to develop an individualized treatment strategy for a variety of gynecologic cancers.
We perform sophisticated procedures that require smaller incisions, produce barely visible scars and promote shorter recovery time and fewer complications than traditional surgery.
As an integral part of our departmental mission, the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Global Health Program addresses the unmet promise of health care for all women throughout the world, care, education/training and innovation/research. The program strives to ensure that our efforts will be guided by the locally relevant needs of our partners and the women they serve, and by a professional responsibility and leadership opportunity to help address the unmet promise of health care for all women throughout the world.
The Vincent Memorial Hospital, dedicated to the care of sick and impoverished women, was founded in 1891 by the friends of Mary Ann Vincent as a memorial to the generous Boston actress. This hospital grew quickly over the next 50 years, and in 1941, chief of staff Joe Vincent Meigs, MD, and the Vincent Trustees recognized the tremendous potential of merging their hospital with the broad resources available at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a result, Vincent Memorial Hospital became Mass General’s gynecology service but initially retained its own hospital identity and staff.
The continuing collaboration today between the OB/GYN Department and the Vincent Memorial Hospital has helped sustain our missions of research and fellowship education.
Learn more about the history of OB/GYN at Mass General.
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