Hassan Mohamed Harirah, MD, FRCSC, FACOGProfessor
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Harirah is a Professor in Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His educational background includes BS in Natural Science from Tanta University, Egypt (1978) and MD degree from Tanta University, Egypt (1983). He completed his Clinical & Anatomical Pathology and Obstetrics & Gynecology residencies at New York University School of Medicine and New York Medical College, respectively, followed by Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Harirah is a board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialty from the American board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Harirah is a devoted teacher who sees teaching as a sacred duty through which knowledge and skills can be passed to new generations of medical students, residents, and fellows. He demonstrated sustained teaching effort throughout his time at UTMB. Dr. Harirah's educational activities in the School of Medicine include the director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine-Acting Internship course, facilitator of Practice of Medicine Year-2 Course, and he is actively involved in the educational endeavor of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency and Maternal-Fetal medicine fellowship programs. Dr. Harirah is a distinguished faculty in teaching prenatal ultrasound and in-utero fetal interventions. As a mentor, he coached many fellows and residents, many of them have become academically productive faculty members at UTMB and other institutions.
Dr. Harirah has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Some of these include the Golden Apple Award Golden Apple Award for Medical Students Education, consistently from academic school years 2006 to 2013, and Outstanding Faculty Teacher of years 2005, 2008, and 2012. He has been selected a member of the Literature Alert Committee of the Pregnancy Foundation, Washington, DC. Dr. Harirah is a nationally and internationally recognized Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and medical educator. He is an invited speaker in many of scientific meetings and symposia in many universities in the United States and Canada, as well as ministry of health in the Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Harirah's service to the University includes; Institutional Core Measures Taskforce Committee, Clinical Practice Council, APT Committee, Institute for Translational Sciences Scientific Review Committee (ITS-SRC), Admission Committee- School of Medicine, and departmental Chair of Ob/Gyn Quality Management Committee.
Dr. Harirah is a physician scientist and is a scholar of the Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) program, and his research endeavor has been concentrated on finding the mechanism to the onset of labor and figuring out how to use it to stop preterm birth. His research elucidated the presence of an inhibitory tone within the layers of fetal membranes to suppress local prostaglandin production and maintaining uterine quiescence. Findings of his work were presented on the annual national meetings of WRHR scholars. One of the interesting findings the effect of catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) inhibitors on the local production of prostaglandins in human fetal membranes. This will open the door for the potential use of COMT inhibitors in management/prevention of preterm birth.