John Yeh Named UB Chair of Obstetrics And Gynecology

By Lois Baker

Release Date: April 3, 2000 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- John Yeh, M.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota, has been named chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at UB, effective May 1.

Yeh holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned his medical degree from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine. Following a residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, he completed a fellowship in fertility and reproductive endocrinology at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Yeh joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1987 and spent 10 years there conducting research in the field of reproductive endocrinology, teaching and seeing patients. In 1997, he took the position at the University of Minnesota, where he was responsible for the department's research and strategic planning. He also served as executive director of the Women's Health Program at Regions Hospital in Minneapolis and was director of the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology.

A native of China, Yeh came to the U.S. with his family when he was 7. The family is steeped in the field of medicine. His father held a doctorate in biochemistry and worked at the Salk Institute. His grandfather, three sisters and several uncles are or were physicians.

Yeh's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1989. He is principal investigator on a grant to study the role of growth factors in human fetal ova development and has grants pending for cervical-cancer research.

He is co-author of a 1991 book, "Legal Aspects of Infertility," and is writing the manuscript for a book on growth factors in reproductive medicine. He also has published many research abstracts, book chapters and scientific studies in professional journals.