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The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UTMB has experienced tremendous growth in the last 20 years, with significant expansion in all 3 areas critical to our mission: patient care, research, and education.

Patient Care

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology offers a full range of services related to pregnancy and other areas of women's health, including fertility, child health, family planning, gynecologic surgery, and breast and cervical cancer screening. In 2012, the department completed a full renovation of the Labor & Delivery area, which now includes 35,000 square feet of state-of-the-art patient rooms, nurseries, operating rooms, nursing work areas, and offices. Our doctors, nurses, midwives, and staff provide care to women at more than 40 sites in Galveston, on the mainland Gulf Coast, and in communities spread across the eastern part of Texas from McAllen to Nacogdoches.

In addition to general obstetrics and gynecology, UTMB provides a number of specialty patient services:

  • Our Maternal and Fetal Medicine division is recognized nationally as a top provider for women with high-risk pregnancies and prenatal diagnoses.
  • The Pelvic Health & Continence Center provides specialty multidisciplinary care focused on diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders in both women and men.
  • The University Fertility Center houses an on-site operating suite, a state-of-the-art IVF laboratory, andrology and hormone labs, and facilities for in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer.
  • We offer access to subspecialists in the fields of Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Pediatric/Adolescent Gynecology, Reproductive Infertility Endocrinology, and Certified Nurse Midwifery.
  • Our Gynecology Division’s robotic surgery program has been recognized and certified as a Center of Excellence by the AAGL.


Our faculty’s participation in clinical and basic science research provides our patients access to the most current and effective evidence-based diagnostics and treatment available. On average, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is involved with 30 or more research grants each year.
The department has earned spots in 2 current national collaborative research networks, the Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Units (OPRU) Network and the Multicenter Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network (MFMU). Our Maternal-Fetal Pharmacology and Biodevelopment Laboratories are perhaps unequalled in their range of specialties for investigating the interaction between therapeutic drugs and pregnancy. Of particular note, UTMB is home to the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health, a university-wide organization funded by the National Institutes of Health to promote, stimulate, and support interdisciplinary research related to women’s health across the life span.


UTMB’s School of Medicine boasts the ninth largest medical enrollment in the country and graduates approximately 230 physicians per year. Obstetrics & Gynecology is one of the original departments of the Medical Branch, providing over 100 years of specialty training. The department’s 4-year residency program offers training in obstetrics and gynecology via didactic teaching, simulation and surgical training, clinical experience, and research opportunities. Our graduates pass the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology examinations and successfully match into subspecialty fellowship programs at a high rate. UTMB’s Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship program provides additional clinical training in high-risk obstetrics and clinical and basic science research, with the option of earning a PhD.

Our medical doctors and scientists extend their learning on a continual basis through participation in national and international professional organizations, collaboration with colleagues, and research. The department also holds grants to support 2 formal training programs for faculty, the Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) and Building Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health (BIRWCH) programs.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is to conduct significant research, develop and maintain a scholarly educational environment, and provide quality, state-of-the-art healthcare for women and their families.



Featured Videos

Dr. Gary Hankins, Professor and Chairman

Dr. Russell Snyder, Vice Chair

Dr. George Saade, Chief of Obstetrics & MFM

Dr. Kilic on the Robotic Simulator Training Study