Advisory Committee

WRHR Program Principal Investigator

C. Matthew Peterson, MD

Matthew Peterson, M.D., is a Reproductive Endocrinologist in the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Peterson received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1977 and his M.D. from the University of Utah in 1981. His residency training in obstetrics and gynecology was accomplished at M... Read More

Research Interests: Effects of Environmental Exposures on Reproduction, HPMA copolymer delivered chemotherapy and photosensitizers for the treatment of ovarian cancer, Heredity of Common Gynecologic Disorders- PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Infertility Disorders, Male Factor Infertility, In Vitro Fertilization, Novel Treatments for Gynecologic Malignancies, Ovarian Biology and Epigenetic Modifications, Predictive Preclinical Models of Cancer, Reproductive toxicology, Targeting mechanisms to enhance drug delivery and efficacy

Specialties: Adolescent Gynecology, Endometriosis, Gynecological Surgery, Gynecology, In Vitro Fertilization, Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, Pediatric Gynecology, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Tubal Ligation Reversal, Women's Genetic Counseling

Residency: Maricopa Medical Center

Medical School: University of Utah

Email: c.matthew.peterson@hsc.utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-3834

WRHR Program Research Director

Michael W. Varner, MD

Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Michael W. Varner, MD joined the Department in 1987 and currently serves as the HA and Edna Benning Endowed Presidential Professor and Vice-Chair for Research. His major interests lie in clinical trials and research administration. He has facilitated research, education, and clinical collaborations between the Department and Intermountain Healthcar... Read More

Research Interests: Pregnancy, High-Risk

Specialties: Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Residency: University of Iowa

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Email: michael.varner@hsc.utah.edu

Phone: 801-585-5156

Committee Members

D. Ware Branch, MD

Dr. Branch is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who treats high-risk pregnancy patients. He is internationally recognized for his research and focus on special interests within his specialty, including antiphosphilipid syndrome (APS), thrombotic disorders in pregnancy, and recurrent pregnancy loss. He has been in practice as a high-risk pregna... Read More

Research Interests: Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Pregnancy Complications, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Thrombotic Disorders in Pregnancy

Specialties: Genetics/Fetal Diagnosis, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Placenta Accreta, Recurrent Miscarriage

Residency: Medical College of Virginia Hospital

Medical School: Medical College of Virginia

Email: dwbranch@gmail.com

Phone: 801-581-8425

M. Sean Esplin, MD

M. Sean Esplin, MD is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He joined the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division in 2000, after completion of his Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Espli... Read More

Research Interests: Inflammation in Preterm Birth, Molecular Genetics of Preterm Labor and Delivery, Obstetric Complications, Preterm Birth

Specialties: Genetics/Fetal Diagnosis, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine

Email: Sean.Esplin@imail.org

Phone: 801-581-8425

Ingrid E. Nygaard, MD, MS

Ingrid Nygaard, MD, MS (Epidemiology), is a tenured Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. She no longer has a clinical practice, but instead, focuses on research related to pelvic floor disorders.  Nygaard is Past-President of the American Urogynecologic Society and of the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Societ... Read More

Research Interests: Epidemiology, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Related to Childbirth, Surgical Randomized Trials, Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Prolapse

Specialties: Epidemiology, Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Prolapse, Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Residency: University of Michigan

Medical School: University of Missouri Health Sciences Center

Email: ingrid.nygaard@hsc.utah.edu

Robert M. Silver, MD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Robert M. Silver, MD is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center who joined the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division after completing his fellowship there in 1994. He is serving as the Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and as Co-Director of Labor and Delivery at the UUH... Read More

Research Interests: Cesarean Section, Immunologic Diseases, Medical Disorders in Pregnancy, Placenta Accreta, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Stillbirth, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

Specialties: Genetics/Fetal Diagnosis, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Placenta Accreta, Recurrent Miscarriage

Residency: University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania

Email: robert.silver@hsc.utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-8425

David K. Turok, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of Family Planning

David Turok, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Practice. His areas of clinical interest and expertise include all aspects of women's healthcare, particularly family planning.... Read More

Specialties: Contraception and Family Planning, OB/Gyn, General, Women's Health

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Email: david.turok@hsc.utah.edu

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Michael Varner
Program Director

Robert Silver
Principal Investigator

For questions about the WRHR program, please contact

Leanne Johnston
Administrative Coordinator
Email: Leanne.Johnston@hsc.utah.edu