Dr. Alan H. Decherney, a widely respected expert in reporoductive endocrinology, will discuss The History of Reproductive Endocrinology in the 20th Century at noon, Thursday, Feb. 13, during the Georgia Regents University President’s Lecture Series in the Natalie and Lansing B. Lee, Jr., Auditorium on the university’s Health Sciences campus.

Decherney heads the Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology/Reproductive Biology program at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.

Decherney served as the John Slate Ely Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Women’s Health Services at Yale University before coming to the NICHD. Prior to that, he was Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Fellow Ad Eundem of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and Chair of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies’ Interest Group on Maternal, Child and Human Development. He is Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, the Society for Reproductive Technology and the Society for Gynecological Investigation. He previously served as a member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He previously served as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Fertility and Sterility, Associate Editor for the New England Journal of Medicine and a member of the editorial board for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Decherney earned his medical degree from Temple University, completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in  in Immunology at Lister Institute in London.

The President’s Lecture Series was established to enrich the Georgia Regents University experience by inviting distinguished national leaders and scholars to speak on national, global, or overarching issues and trends of importance to the academic community in general, and academic health centers in particular. Each speaker is invited to share his or her expertise with the university and community, providing a forum for frank exchange of ideas.