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Stanford Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology research program lies at the nexus of what is current and what is possible for women’s health, seeking to answer the most human of questions. Our basic scientists navigate the complexities of reproductive endocrinology, stem cell biology, and ovarian cancer. Our translational researchers transform these discoveries into novel therapies for cancer therapy, and reproductive, perinatal, and regenerative medicine. Clinical community participation researchers investigate health outcomes across the lifespan and offer new treatment and research methodologies that allow women and sexual and gender minorities greater opportunity to take ownership of their health.

Our discoveries are driven by compassion and innovation, with a longstanding history of practice-changing breakthroughs in reproductive & stem cell biology and women’s health. We were among the first to pioneer embryo cryopreservation methodology and frozen blastocyst biopsy, affording new possibilities in fertility preservation and treatment. Our research teams have applied the use of pluripotent stem cells to novel treatments including smooth muscle cell regeneration, and developmental syndrome therapies. Our perinatologists were instrumental in the creation and application of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Our Family Planning researchers have revolutionized the access and affordability of birth control options, working at a global scale.

We have the privilege of residing at the heart of Stanford University and Silicon Valley, affording us the capacity for unique research partnerships. We collaborate both within the School of Medicine and across the University. Our physician scientists are uniquely poised to work with industry leaders to transform women’s health. Our location and collaborators precipitate diverse ideas and provide access to diverse populations, ensuring research that is truly interdisciplinary and innovative. 

Complex Family Planning

Expanding access to abortion and contraception through research that challenges the status quo.

Gynecology Oncology

Uncovering the future of treatment for women's cancers through breakthrough trials and immunotherapy.

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Advancing the care for maternal, placental and fetal disorders through innovative interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration.

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Developing groundbreaking techniques to understand and support reproductive health.

Reproductive, Stem Cell and Perinatal Biology

Building interdisciplinary research programs investigating the mechanisms of human reproduction, pregnancy, and pluripotent stem cell applications.

Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Investigating the underlying factors influencing pelvic health, and devising compassionate and novel treatment for female genitourinary conditions.