Robert B. Jaffe M.D.Robert B. Jaffe M.D., was known for his achievements in fetal/placental endocrinology and oncology, writing a seminal textbook of reproductive endocrinology, and as a teacher dedicated to training future OB/GYNs in basic molecular and cell biologic technologies. Dr. Jaffe was a long-time member of ASRM, serving on the editorial board of the journal Fertility and Sterility.
Dr. Jaffe’s awards include the President’s Mentorship and Distinguished Scientist Awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the Endocrine Society’s Sidney Ingbar Distinguished Award, Fellowship ad eundem from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, an NIH MERIT Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the ACOG Purdue Frederick Award for Excellence in Medical Research. He was inducted into membership of the Institute of Medicine as its first obstetrician/gynecologist and also served as editor-in-chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey; and on the editorial boards of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Gynecological Investigation, and Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology.
Dr. Jaffe received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and was an REI Fellow at the University of Colorado, continuing on as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology at the Karolinska Sjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden. He was an assistant professor of OB/GYN at the University of Michigan before becoming chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco. During his time at UCSF, he also was director of the Center for Reproductive Sciences and received sabbatical fellowships at the INSERM Laboratory in Paris and the Peptide Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.