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Greetings from Our Program Director

Howard A. Zacur, M.D,. Ph.D.

Thank you for your interest in our program. Our Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship is approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology as a three-year program leading to sub-specialty certification in Reproductive Endocrinology. We are approved for one fellow per year for a total of three.

A Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship Program has existed within the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 1939. There are currently six full-time faculty members in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and myself. Each full-time faculty member interacts closely with fellows during their three years of training. Training in surgery and outpatient clinical diagnosis is provided during the first year of the fellowship, and selectively during the second and third years.

During the second and third years of fellowship, faculty members work closely with fellows directing their basic research efforts. Each fellow is required to take one graduate-level course in statistics and one graduate course in either reproductive biology or molecular biology/genetics. Fellows spend one month rotating in Medical Endocrinology and an additional month rotating in Pediatric Endocrinology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. A rotation in the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Laboratory is also required. During their training, fellows will be expected to acquire laboratory skills in radioimmunoassay techniques, cell culture, and molecular biology procedures. An active basic research program directed by Dr. John Gearhart exists within the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Hopkins and Dr. Gearhart and his staff are available to provide assistance to Reproductive Endocrinology fellows in the planning of research projects.

Our Division offers expertise in clinical reproductive endocrinology, reproductive surgery, and assisted reproductive technologies including GIFT, IVF, and intrauterine insemination. As a clinical unit, we have averaged 800 new patients per year with 1700 follow-up visits with over 100 inpatient and 370 outpatient surgical procedures per year. We have a very successful assisted productive technologies program with newly renovated space. A Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Program is also a part of this program.

Fellows are asked to be on-call for general gynecology averaging two nights per month, as well as on-call for telephone calls for reproductive endocrinology with faculty back-up.
Most graduates of the Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins has assumed academic faculty positions at other institutions, although some have assumed administrative positions in community hospitals as well.

We thank you for your interest in our program and look forward to receiving your completed application. If you have any additional questions, please let us know by emailing us at:


Howard A. Zacur, M.D., Ph.D.
Theodore and Ingrid Baramki
Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology