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DIRECTOR - SONIA S HASSAN, M.D.

Obstretrics Director, Sonia Hassan M.D.Title

  • Associate Dean for Maternal, Perinatal and Child Health, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship, Perinatology Research Branch / Wayne State University / Detroit Medical Center
  • Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Director, Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care & Research, Perinatology Research Branch
  • Associate Director, Combined Maternal-Fetal Medicine/Medical Genetics Fellowship

Education and Training

  • M.D. - Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University, Hutzel Women's Hospital
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University, Hutzel Hospital

Research Accomplishments

  • Lead investigator of a multi-center, international, randomized clinical trial of progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth. The results of this study demonstrated that the use of vaginal progesterone decreased the rate of preterm birth before 33 weeks of gestation and respiratory distress syndrome
  • Published the first genome-wide evaluation of the uterine cervix after term labor
  • Description of the transcriptome of the ripe uterine cervix
  • Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program of NICHD (2002-2006)
  • Children’s Research Center of Michigan Research Award: “Fetal Growth Impairment and Maternal Microchimerism”
  • Authored and co-authored more than 210 peer reviewed publications and 8 chapters

Principal or Alternate Investigator on the following projects

  • Principal Investigator for the North American Fetal Therapy Network at Wayne State University

Awards and Recognitions

  • Young Investigator's Award - The Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Certificate of Merit Award - The Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • J. Bay Jacobs 2007 American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF) Travel Award, The American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS), Washington, DC
  • Academic Achievement Award, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University
  • Chair of the Prematurity Interest Group of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (2009-2010)

Research Interests

  • The uterine cervix transcriptome
  • Intra-uterine infection and its association with a sonographic short cervix
  • The uterine cervix and cervical biology in premature labor, cervical insufficiency, and labor at term
  • The use of progesterone in the prevention of preterm birth
  • Longitudinal studies of biomarkers to predict adverse pregnancy outcome