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News Archive (2007)

Dr. Richard Leach Appointed to New Role

December 2007

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has appointed Richard Edmund Leach, MD, as department chair for obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology. Leach’s appointment marks the first Grand Rapids-based research endeavor for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine that focuses on women’s reproductive health. 

Dr. Leach is nationally recognized for his research in the field of reproductive biology and studies conditions and diseases that affect women and fertility, such as endometriosis and miscarriage. As department chair, Dr. Leach will strengthen critical links in OB-GYN educational, research and clinical programs across the six MSU College of Human Medicine community campuses statewide.

“Dr. Leach comes to us with unparalleled qualifications as a leading researcher in the field of reproductive biology,” said Marsha D. Rappley, MD, dean, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “It is through the support and resources of our Grand Rapids partners that our college has the tremendous opportunity to attract and recruit the nation’s top researchers, like Dr. Leach.”

A recipient of several National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) grants, Dr. Leach recently received NICHD support for investigating the underlying causes of early pregnancy loss. He serves as an expert on in vitro fertilization (IVF) on several national committees including the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

Dr. Leach received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at William Beaumont Hospital. He completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Mayo Clinic in 1990. Dr. Leach is Board Certified in obstetrics and gynecology with subspecialty certification in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Leach holds two patents, and has published more than 100 abstracts and 49 peer reviewed manuscripts.