Gynecologic surgeon receives prestigious honor

October 3, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

John DeLancey, M.D. – known as one of the world’s foremost surgeons and researchers studying pelvic floor disorders – was recently inducted Ad Eundem into the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The honor recognizes individuals who have demonstrated, through research or clinical commitment, major contributions to obstetrics, gynecology or reproductive health.

“This award recognizes the important critical contributions that many members of the University of Michigan have made to improving prevention and treatment for conditions that women suffer as a result of their unique role in birth,” said DeLancey, director of pelvic floor research and the Norman F. Miller Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Medical School.

"It would not have happened without the rich collaborative interdisciplinary environment at Michigan between many schools and disciplines or without the strong support of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department."

The London-based RCOG is devoted to improving women’s health care across the world, working with partners both in the United Kingdom and globally to improve the standard of care, encourage the study of obstetrics and gynecology and advance the science and practice of obstetrics and gynecology.

DeLancey, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), has authored more than 240 original research papers and has received more than $20 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health for his work improving treatment and prevention of women’s pelvic floor disorders.

He is the principle investigator for several major studies in the field, helping discover the fundamental causes of pelvic floor disorders that require surgery for 300,000 women in the U.S. and pelvic injuries to mothers during childbirth.

Last year, the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons awarded DeLancey with the Distinguished Surgeon Award, recognizing outstanding surgical leadership in gynecologic surgery. He has also served as president of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and American Urogynecologic Society as well as on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Female Pelvic Medicine/Reconstructive Surgery Division. 

DeLancey is the second department member to receive the RCOG honor. Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., chair of the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women, was inducted in 2007.