ASRM Welcomes New Leaders
Date: October 27, 2023
Welcome to the 2023 ASRM Leadership!
Paula Amato, MD, took the reins as President of ASRM on October 18, 2023. Dr. Amato's extensive background, impressive achievements, and unwavering commitment to advancing reproductive medicine position her as an advocate for underserved populations and health equality.
Dr. Amato currently serves as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) and holds the title of Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Division at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Her journey to this leadership role is marked by academic excellence, having earned her medical degree and completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Toronto in Canada. She further honed her expertise through a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Amato also holds a Master of Clinical Research degree from OHSU.
Beyond her academic accolades, Dr. Amato actively contributes to the future of the field by serving as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her research efforts are focused on embryonic stem cells and gene therapy, cutting-edge areas with the potential to revolutionize reproductive medicine. Dr. Amato's dedication to pushing the boundaries of what's possible reflects her deep-seated commitment to improving fertility and reproductive health worldwide.
Dr. Amato steps into the role of ASRM President with commendations from her predecessor, Dr. Michael Thomas, Immediate Past President of ASRM. Dr. Thomas's endorsement of Dr. Amato speaks volumes about the confidence the ASRM community has in her leadership. He stated, "I am honored to be passing the torch to Dr. Paula Amato. Her commitment and passion are evident in the work she has done for not only ASRM, but for our entire field of reproductive medicine. ASRM is poised for a remarkable journey under her stewardship."
Joining Dr. Amato are distinguished professionals who will enhance the ASRM team in various leadership roles:
Robert E. Brannigan, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Urology in the Department of Urology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, has been elected as the Vice President of ASRM and is set to assume the role of President in October 2025. Dr. Brannigan has served in numerous roles within ASRM, including Director-at-Large on the ASRM Board of Directors (2016-2019), chair of the ASRM Research Committee (2010-2016), and chair of the ASRM Publications Committee (2018-2019).
Jessica B. Spencer, MD, Anne Winship Bates Leach Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, assumes the role of Secretary/Treasurer. In her service to ASRM, Dr. Spencer has held multiple leadership positions on committees and in special interest groups. She also served as chair of the ASRM Patient Education Committee in 2022.
Sangita K. Jindal, PhD, Professor and IVF Laboratory Director in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, steps in as a Director at Large. She previously served as the President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and currently serves on the ASRM Practice Committee.
Paul Lin, MD, Medical Director and founding partner of the Seattle Reproductive Surgery and the SART Medical Director for Seattle Reproductive Medicine, also joins as a Director at Large, bringing experience as the former President of SART. He currently serves as the SREI board representative to the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.
Steven Spandorfer, MD, an REI specialist at the Center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Weill Cornell Medical College, takes on the role of SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) President, with nearly two decades of involvement in the organization as a member and later as the chair of the Registry, Membership, and Validation Committees.
Kathleen Hwang, MD, Professor in the Departments of Urology and OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences at The University of Pittsburgh, assumes the role of SMRU (Society for Male Reproductive Urology) President. She is the Director of Male Reproductive Health and the Director of The UPMC Men’s Health Center, and a long-time member of ASRM, SRS, and SMRU.
Marina Gvakharia, MD, PhD, Director of Laboratories at Fertility and Reproductive Health Institute of Northern California, becomes SRBT (Society for Reproductive Biologists and Technologists) President, contributing her vast knowledge in laboratory aspects of reproductive medicine.
Erica Marsh, MD, MSCI, FACOG, Vice Chair of the Department of OB/GYN at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, assumes the role of SREI (Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) President. She holds the University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship and the S Jan Behrman Collegiate Professorship of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Marsh serves as the Associate Director of the Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research.
Mindy Christianson, MD, Section Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at the Cleveland Clinic and Practice Director of the Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center, takes on the role of SRS (Society for Reproductive Surgeons) President, offering her expertise in reproductive surgery.
With Dr. Paula Amato at the helm and a team of exceptional professionals by her side, ASRM embarks on a promising new year. Their collective expertise, dedication to equality in reproductive healthcare, and unwavering commitment to advancing the field promise significant progress in the quest to help individuals and couples build their families. Welcome to the newest memers of the ASRM Board!
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