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Anne Steiner, MD, MPH, Appointed New Chief of REI

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Anne Z. Steiner, MD, MPH, has been appointed as the new Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) beginning July 1, 2018. Dr. Steiner is nationally recognized as an infertility specialist and reproductive epidemiologist, and I am very pleased that she will be joining our leadership team.

Dr. Steiner currently is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility in the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She earned her MD from Emory University School of Medicine in 1998, magna cum laude. She completed both her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC, and a fellowship in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Steiner received her MPH from the UNC School of Public Health in 2003. She joined UNC as a Women’s Reproductive Health Scholar (NICHD K12) and has remained continually funded by the NIH since (R21, R01, U10 grants).

Dr. Steiner’s research focuses on reproductive aging, predictors of infertility, time-to-pregnancy cohort studies and fecundity. She recently completed Time to Conceive, a prospective, time-to-pregnancy cohort study, which enrolled over 750 women ages 30-44 evaluating markers of ovarian reserve are predictors of reproductive potential. The results of this study, published last year in JAMA and featured in the New York Times and Forbes, and on NPR and CNN, demonstrated that biomarkers of ovarian reserve are not predictors of reproductive potential in the general population, debunking anti-mullerian hormone as a "female fertility test." She is also the primary investigator for the NICHD Reproductive Medicine Network for UNC, whose goal is to conduct clinical studies to investigate problems in reproductive medicine, including female and male infertility.

Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Steiner also serves as an Associate Editor for Fertility and Sterility and as Scientific Editor for the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has served in multiple leadership roles in the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, including most recently as Scientific Program Chair in 2017, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.