Sunday, December 21, 2014

Diamond named Ob-Gyn Chair, VP for clinical and translational research

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Michael P. Diamond, Associate Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been named Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia and inaugural Vice President for Clinical and Translational Sciences at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Diamond, who will begin work in Augusta in February, also will be MCG’s Associate Dean for Research.

As Chair, Diamond will help enhance consultative services for physicians and patients, developing, for example, optimally efficient multidisciplinary clinics in areas such as high-risk pregnancy and dysfunctional uterine bleeding; support a parallel expansion of research that includes recruitment of basic and translational scientists with a successful track record of clinician collaboration; and support research, epidemiology and community outreach development in medical student and resident education.  As Vice President, he will help Senior Vice President for Research Mark Hamrick expand clinical research and develop and direct a General Clinical Research Center.

“Mike’s drive and success at pioneering therapies to improve women’s lives make him a tremendous asset to our state, our medical school and to our university,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean.

“He will lead a concerted effort to build the clinical research activity across the university, inspiring the type of interprofessional synergy that yields the next generation of preventive and therapeutic strategies,” Hamrick said. “This new role is particularly significant as we expand our scope of expertise and interest with the new consolidated university that will emerge in early 2013.” In January, GHSU and the liberal arts university Augusta State University are consolidating to become Georgia Regents University Augusta, a more comprehensive research university and academic health center.

An expert in designing and implementing clinical trials, Diamond has served as University Executive Director of Clinical and Translational Research at Wayne State University and Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translational Research for the School of Medicine, as well as Chair or Vice Chair of two of five of the Institutional Review Boards at Wayne State University.  Diamond is serving his fourth term as a consultant to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Device Panel of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He serves as principal investigator on Wayne State’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Cooperative Reproductive Medicine Network grant which has conducted clinical trials for polycystic ovary syndrome and unexplained fertility. He helped design and conduct preclinical and clinical studies that led to FDA approval of the first two agents for reducing postoperative intra-abdominal adhesions. Diamond also has been a principal or co-investigator on 45 commercial clinical trials on diverse topics such as uterine fibroids and osteoporosis. Additional research interests include oxidative stress, carbohydrate metabolism, androgen physiology and ovulation induction.  Diamond has over 425 peer-reviewed publications and has given over 750 scientific presentations worldwide.

He has served as President of the Environment and Reproduction Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and Chair of the society’s Androgen Excess Special Interest Group.  He is a past President of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.

Diamond has chaired numerous Special Interest Sessions on Clinical Research at the AAGL (formerly the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists) including the Special Interest Session on Clinical Research at the 2012 Annual Meeting. He is a member of the Surgical Collaborative in Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he represents the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Surgeons and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He also represents the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on the Liaison Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology and chaired the society’s Publications Committee. He has served on numerous study sections and special-emphasis panels of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

He is an Editorial Board member of journals including the Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine.

At Wayne State and Detroit Medical Center, Diamond also is the Kamran S. Moghissi Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship program.

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical School and completed an obstetrics-gynecology residency at Vanderbilt and a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. He and wife Meredith have five children.

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