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Wayne State University/Perinatology Research Branch - Suzanne Jacques MDTitle

  • Professor, Department of Pathology, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Associate Director of Obstetric and Perinatal Pathology, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI

Education and Training

  • Graduate: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN. Degree awarded: M.D.
  • Baccalaureate: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. Degree awarded: B.S.

Postgraduate Training

  • Fellowship: Obstetric/Gynecologic Pathology, Hutzel Hospital, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 
  • Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Research Interests

  • Primary research interest is placental and perinatal pathology, and I have microscopically examined tens of thousands of placentas in the course of my career and participated in over 1000 fetal and neonatal autopsies at Hutzel Women’s Hospital.
  • Special interests include: 1) placental viral and bacterial infections, chronic inflammatory lesions, and placental vascular abnormalities. 2) Unexplained stillbirth, particularly in the third trimester of pregnancy, including reports of fetal neuropathologic abnormalities and their association with other autopsy findings and placental lesions, and exploration of the timing of onset of acute illness in stillbirth. 3) Case reports focusing largely on types and patterns of complex congenital anomalies identified in fetal autopsies, many of which are rare or unique.

Research Accomplishments

  • Published over 80 peer-reviewed original observations, case reports, and letters to the editor, the majority of which are in the field of perinatal pathology, including placental pathology and issues related to the fetal autopsy, as well as gynecologic pathology.
  • Primary presenter or a co-author of nearly 100 abstracts presented at national and international meetings.
  • Collaborations with many other faculty members, primarily in the Department of Pathology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University, and Perinatal Research Branch, but also with faculty at outside institutions, including the Amsterdam Placental Pathology Group, a workshop group convened to address the need for a consensus-determined protocol for sampling the placenta and collectively agreed upon definitions of placental lesions.