The Stanford Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is one of the leading programs in the country and the world. Providing optimal service to women and their families is the paramount goal of our faculty and staff.

  1. Birth of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    First Stanford Maternity Hospital and Faculty, San Francisco

  2. Alfred Baker Spaulding, MD, First Chair Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Alfred Baker Spaulding, MD - Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair, 1912 - 1926

  3. Ludwig Augustus Emge, MD, Second Chair Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Ludwig Augustus Emge, MD - Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair, 1926 - 1947

  4. Palo Alto Hospital

    Palo Alto Hospital (now Hoover Pavilion) opened offering obstetric services.

  5. Charles E. McClennan, MD, Third Chair Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Charles E. McClennan, MD - Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair, 1947 - 1975

  6. Stanford Children's facility is the first neonatal intensive care unit to allow parent visitation

    Stanford creates the first neonatal intensive care unit that allows visitation by parents.

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  7. First human hybridoma cell line

    Stanford researchers, Henry Kaplan and Lennart Olsson, create cells to manufacture human antibodies for the improved diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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  8. Kent Ueland, MD, Fifth Chair Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Kent Ueland, MD - Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair, 1984 - 1988

  9. Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, pioneers cervical cancer prevention

    Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, helped pioneer the cervial cancer prevention approach knows as Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid, or VIA, a low-tech, low-cost alternative to the pap smear. In VIA, standard household vinegar is applied to a woman's cervix. 

  10. Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH, Sixth Chair Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH - Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair, 1990 - 2005

  11. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

  12. Stanford's Program for Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Urogynecology founded

    The Stanford Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery offers cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment options for women with complex pelvic floor disorders. 

    Learn more about the Stanford Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

     

  13. Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services

     

    The Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services opened in 1997 and today focuses on delivering the strongest possible start for pregnant women and their babies. 

  14. Egg freezing under an approved research protocol

    Stanford was a pioneer in developing an established method of fertility preservation, the cryopreservation of oocytes. 

  15. Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS, Seventh Chair Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS - Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair, 2005 - 2017

  16. Stanford Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Program established

    The Stanford Program for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology provides expert medical care to children and adolescents with female reproductive system (gynecologic) needs.

    Learn more about Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

  17. Stanford Family Planning Program established

    Stanford Family Planning offers comprehensive, compassionate reproductive care for women of all backgrounds.

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  18. Stanford Women's Cancer Center opens

    The Stanford Women’s Cancer Center offers advanced treatments for breast and gynecologic cancers, combining medical innovation with a commitment to supportive, attentive care. 

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  19. A new technique induces egg growth in infertile women, and one gives birth

    An in-vitro activation procedure developed by Aaron Hsueh, PhD, is used to induce egg growth in some infertile women, and one gives birth.

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  20. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford opened its new Main building

    Over a decade in the making, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford opened its new Main building and grounds.

  21. Leslee L. Subak, MD, Eighth Chair Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Leslee L. Subak, MD, Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair, 2017 - present

  22. New Stanford Hospital

    Scheduled to open in 2019, Stanford Health Care is building a revolutionary new hospital facility to accommodate advances in medical technology, increase capacity needs, meet new seismic safety requirements and transform the way that patient care is delivered.