UNC OB/GYN Grand Rounds

Dr. Leon Speroff - The title of the lecture is "A Good Man: Gregory Pincus and The Development of Oral Contraception"

When Mar 23, 2011
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 4th Floor Clinic Auditorium
Contact Name Jennifer Davis
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Leon Speroff, MD, has played a dynamic role in the field of reproductive endocrinology from its inception.  A keen observer and gifted raconteur, Dr Speroff has contributed enormously to the subspecialty through his prolific writing and decades of teaching.

As the senior author of Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, and coauthor of A Clinical Guide for Contraception, Speroff examined all the research in each field in ways and summarized it for physicians and lay persons as well.

Speroff also served as president of the American Fertility Society (now the American Society for Reproductive Medicine). He was the founding president of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists.  He served on the editorial boards of 14 specialty journals in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive medicine.  The Lifetime Cable channel featured him as the host of their television program on obstetrics and gynecology.

Speroff received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and his training in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

After serving two years in the United States Air Force, he became a fellow in the training program for steroid biochemistry at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury, Mass. He later served as a research associate with Raymond Vande Wiele, MD, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

Dr. Speroff taught at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he became assistant chairman and director of the gynecologic endocrine laboratory, and at Case Western Reserve University, where he was appointed chair of reproductive biology, before coming to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

A true Renaissance man, Speroff is an expert in more than reproductive medicine. He authored a biography of Carlos Montezuma, MD, an American-Indian physician who was a prominent activist for Indian rights in the early 1900s.  He also wrote The Deschutes River Railroad War, the compelling story of two competing railroads that built tracks on opposite banks of the same river.

After his stint as chair at Case Western, he returned to OHSU, where he now is a professor emeritus of OB/GYN. In addition to the Carlos Montezuma biography and the book about The Deschutes River Railroad War, his books include A Slow-pitch Summer: My Rookie Senior Softball Season (a memoir of experience in playing softball in a senior league), and A Good Man: The Man, His Story, The Birth Control Pill, which is the basis for his lecture on March 23.

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