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Obstretrics Director, Sonia Hassan M.D.Title

  • Associate Dean for Maternal, Perinatal and Child Health, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Director, Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care & Research, Perinatology Research Branch

Education and Training

  • M.D. - Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University, Hutzel Women's Hospital
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University, Hutzel Hospital

Research Accomplishments

  • Lead investigator of a multi-center, international, randomized clinical trial of progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth. The results of this study demonstrated that the use of vaginal progesterone decreased the rate of preterm birth before 33 weeks of gestation and respiratory distress syndrome
  • Published the first genome-wide evaluation of the uterine cervix after term labor
  • Description of the transcriptome of the ripe uterine cervix
  • Children’s Research Center of Michigan Research Award: “Fetal Growth Impairment and Maternal Microchimerism”
  • Authored and co-authored over 300 peer reviewed publications and 10 chapters

Awards and Recognitions

  • November 2015 Healthcare Professional of the Year, National Arab American Medical Association - Michigan Chapter
  • 2014 The Detroit News Michiganian of the Year
  • 2014 Winner for Advancements in Health Care, Crain's 13th Annual Health Care Heroes Awards
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activity Director American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District Meetings (2001-present)
  • Chair of Mayor Mike Duggan's City of Detroit Preterm Birth Reduction Plan (2014-present)

Research Interests

  • The uterine cervix transcriptome
  • Intra-uterine infection and its association with a sonographic short cervix
  • The uterine cervix and cervical biology in premature labor, cervical insufficiency, and labor at term
  • The use of progesterone in the prevention of preterm birth
  • Longitudinal studies of biomarkers to predict adverse pregnancy outcome