Richard Leach, a national expert on in vitro fertilization and an academic researcher at Michigan State University School of Human Medicine, has been named chairman of the Henry Ford Medical Group. Department of Women’s Health Services. Leach will play a dual role and will continue to be president of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology of the College of Human Medicine of MSU.
The appointment is notable as it is the first announcement made since Henry Ford Health System and MSU ended their 30-year partnership in January. As part of the alignment, Henry Ford and MSU aim to transform health care, advance medical research, and address health disparities.
In her leadership role with Henry Ford Medical Group, Leach will oversee all clinical, research, and administrative services for women’s health, providing specialized and routine care in gynecology and breast health, obstetrics, infertility, cancer, and disorders. of pelvic health. Women’s Health also offers a diverse group of certified midwives who work closely with Henry Ford’s obstetricians and gynecologists.
“I am thrilled to have Dr. Leach join the medical group in this leadership role,” said Steven Kalkanis, MD, CEO of Medical Group Henry Ford and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Director.
“This role for Dr. Leach is seen as the beginning of joining Henry Ford’s recognized clinical and applied research experience with MSU’s intellectual research power, ”Kalkanis added. connecting Henry Ford’s leading women’s academic health services and research with resources from MSU’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology will accelerate the delivery of incomparable health services to all women and promotion of health equity. This firmly establishes our affiliation with Henry Ford-MSU as one of the top five programs funded by National Institutes of Health in the country. ”
Leach, who is certified in obstetrics and gynecology with subspecialty certification in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, will lead the women’s health research program at the Henry Ford-MSU Center for Health Sciences.
“MSU and Henry Ford are building a world-class community of experts, leaders and professionals like no other. This is the first step in this bold new partnership between our two institutions, “said Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., executive vice president of health sciences at MSU and chairman of the board of the Center for Health Sciences.” With the appointment of Dr. Leach, our region will have access to a world-class leader dedicated to improving the lives of our communities.Research and education in women’s health is a priority for our institutions and we are committed to being the first choice for women and families. ”
Leach joined MSU in 2008 as the first researcher hired for the new research on female reproductive health from the College of Medicine in Grand Rapids. Since then, she has recruited an elite team of researchers, and today MSU is among the country’s top women’s health research institutions. In 2020, the department’s researchers received about $ 10 million in NIH grants, the fifth-largest among 68 similar departments nationwide, according to the nonprofit Blue Ridge Medical Research Institute.
Leach graduated with a degree in medicine from Wayne State University and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beaumont Health and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Mayo Clinic. He is fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Surgeons, and American College of Clinical Endocrinologists.
The Henry Ford Medical Group, which is part of the Henry Ford Health System, is one of them largest group internships in the country with more than 1,800 doctors and researchers in more than 40 specialties. Doctors treat patients at Henry Ford Hospitals and outpatient medical centers in southeast Michigan and Jackson.
MSU has been providing health education for over a century. Combined, the colleges of human health (the College of Human Medicine, the College of Nursing and the College of Osteopathic Medicine) have about 2,000 medical students, 2,500 residents and fellows, more than 500 nursing students and 20,000 alumni, most of whom practice in Michigan. It is the only university in the country to have schools on campus graduated in allopathic and osteopathic doctors, as well as nurses and veterinarians.