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Robert Sokol, M.D.Title

  • The John M. Malone, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair and Director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development
  • Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Education and Training

  • B.A. with Highest Distinction - University of Rochester, NY, Philosophy
  • M.D. with Honors - University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, Medicine
  • Internship and Residency – Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship - University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship - Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Former Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Editor-In-Chief, ACOG UPDATE, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Elected Member and Past President of the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars
  • Author and co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications, 130 books and chapters, and 930 miscellaneous and other articles
  • Editor of three books/monographs

Research Accomplishments

  • Established and directed an NIH-funded Fetal Alcohol Research Center at Wayne State University
  • Recipient of 15 national scientific research awards
  • Served on 17 doctoral dissertation committees
  • Participated on numerous study sections for NIAAA, NIDA, CDC on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; screening and treatment of alcohol abuse and in other areas
  • Founding Chair of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Foundation
  • Founding Member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation representing obstetrics and gynecology
  • Research and research administrative work supported with over $250 million dollars in grants and contracts
  • Instrumental in creating a Systems Biology Program in reproductive and perinatal medicine at Wayne State University

Principal or Alternate Investigator on the following projects

  • Project Site Manager: (NIH/NICHD. N01-HD-2-3342). Services in Support of the Perinatology Research Branch Division of Intramural Research
  • Contributing Investigator: (NIH/NICHD. U10 HD-39005). WSU Cooperative Reproductive Medicine Network Center
  • Principal Investigator at WSU and Co-PI for Obstetrics Subcontract: (NIH/NICHD. HHSN 267200700034C). Michigan Alliance for the National Children Study (MANCS)
  • Principal Investigator at WSU and Co-PI for Obstetrics Subcontract: (NIH/NICHD. HHSN 275200800007C). Michigan Alliance for the National Children Study (MANCS)
  • Investigator: (NIDA. DA 022419-01A2). Teens at Risk: Prenatal Cocaine and Postnatal Challenges
  • Mentor: (NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD. K12 HD-01254). Detroit Reproductive Career Development Research Center
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Biostatistics: (Merck Vaccine Division). Immunogenicity in Systemic Lupus.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for outstanding dedication and leadership
  • Recipient of the WSU Medical Alumni Weiner Award for outstanding service to the School of Medicine
  • Listed in “Best Doctor in America”
  • Elected Member, Academy of Scholars, Wayne State University; President (2006)
  • Named Chair in Honor – The Robert J. Sokol, MD Endowed Chair of Molecular Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University

Research Interests

  • Prenatal risk and long-term neurobehavioral outcomes
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • Impact of prenatal exposure to cocaine and other illicit drugs
  • Prevention Strategies
  • Computer applications in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Research administration and research training
  • Obesity