About Our Department
Department Chairman: Robert S. Schenken, M.D.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology incorporates four divisions (Gynecology-Oncology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Reproductive Research). In collaboration with the department Chairman, each Division Chief coordinates the academic, research and clinical responsibilities of their division.
The Department provides instruction to medical students during their second, third and fourth years of training. The second and third year courses are designed to introduce the student to basic physiology and pathophysiology of the female reproductive tract and to provide supervised experiences on the obstetrical ward, labor and delivery suite and the emergency room. The fourth year curriculum consists of electives in advanced techniques in women's health care.
The Department provides a Sex Education Program throughout Bexar County and surrounding areas to include 12 school districts, as well as 13 private schools. The UTHSCSA Sex Education Program has reached over 20,000 students since its inception. In addition to reaching the students, the program partners with parents, community organization, and faith leaders to increase public awareness of the ramifications of teen sexual activity.
The Department supports a fully accredited four year residency program consisting of 24 positions (six each year). The Department also offers fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Maternal Fetal Medicine. The fellowship program (link) is approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Members of the department are active in a wide range of basic and clinical research efforts. Extramural funding supports research efforts in sexually transmitted diseases, maternal fetal medicine, fetal programming, endometriosis, contraception, menopausal health, and gynecological malignancies. The department is a minority clinical center for the Women's Health Initiative.
The Centers for Pregnancy and Newborn Research, directed by Dr. Peter W. Nathanielsz and Dr. Leslie Myatt, was the first to demonstrate that the signals to start labor and delivery come from the fetal brain, not the mother. They have shown that fetal exposure to a sub-optimal intrauterine environment predisposes to obesity and diabetes not only in the first generation offspring but also in the second generation. This research has generated considerable interest and has been featured in Science and may nationwide publications such as Newsweek, the Economist, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal among others.
The UT Medicine Women's Health Center, located at the Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC) adjacent to the campus of UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, comprises the patient care facilities for the faculty physicians of the department. The UT Medicine Women's Health Center provides comprehensive health care for pregnant and non-pregnant women of all ages.
The UT Medicine Fertility Center is the principal clinical site for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. The Center is located at the UT Medicine Women's Health Center in the MARC. The Center provides state of the art services, including in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, donor gametes, and semen and embryo cryopreservation, and is an active member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.