Sonia Hassan, M.D. ’94, is the associate dean for Maternal, Perinatal and Child Health at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hassan received her medical degree from the WSU School of Medicine in 1994 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Detroit Medical Center/WSU. She is the director of the WSU Perinatal Initiative, a program established by the President’s Office and the Board of Governors. The initiative recruits physician-researchers and basic scientists with an emphasis on perinatal research. She has served as director of the Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care and Research in the National Institutes of Health’s Perinatology Research Branch since its inception. Dr. Hassan serves as the project site manager for the Perinatology Research Branch on behalf of WSU.
Dr. Hassan has written or co-written more than 250 publications. She was the lead author of a multi-center, international, randomized controlled trial of vaginal progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth, which demonstrated that the use of vaginal progesterone decreases the rate of preterm birth before 33 weeks of gestation by 45 percent and respiratory distress syndrome by 61 percent. The findings have since been adopted as best practices to prevent preterm birth by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Dr. Hassan has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Certificate of Merit Award from the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the J. Bay Jacobs American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation Travel Award, conferred by the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. She received the award for the Most Cited Publication in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 2011-2012 for the publication titled “Vaginal progesterone reduces the rate of preterm birth in women with a sonographic short cervix: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.”
Dr. Hassan was named co-chair for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s Healthcare Transition Team and was named director of the mayor’s preterm birth reduction plan, Make Your Date, launched in May 2014. She is co-chair of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Infant Mortality Advisory Council. Dr. Hassan was awarded the 2013 Prematurity Prevention Hero Award from the March of Dimes Michigan Chapter and was named winner for Advancements in Health Care in Crain’s Business Detroit’s 13th annual Health Care Heroes Award in 2014. In 2014 Dr. Hassan was named a Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News for her work in combating preterm birth. She also received the Wayne State University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.