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Dr. Richard Legro's primary interests as a clinical and translational researcher have been in the field of reproductive endocrinology and human infertility. He has a long-standing interest in all aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrinopathy in women. His studies have focused on the diagnosis, treatment and genetic/environmental causes of PCOS, as well as on improving infertility diagnosis and treatment. He has worked with multiple clinical trial/research groups to develop novel and important investigator-initiated, multi-center trials to answer clinical questions about the role of lifestyle modification, medical agents and surgery to improve human reproductive function and treat infertility.
Through these studies, Dr. Legro has pioneered the tracking of outcomes in mothers from preconception through pregnancy to the postpartum period, and infants from birth onward. He has been the principal investigator on many National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grants, including a lead investigator of the Reproductive Medicine Network for 20 years, and has been continuously funded by the NIH for 25 years.
Teaching and educational interests
Dr. Richard Legro participates in the training of medical students, residents and fellows in obstetrics and gynecology and is a member of Penn State's graduate faculty. He has mentored multiple medical students in original research projects in women’s health and has had an NIH K24 mentoring grant to support this activity.
Dr. Richard Legro's clinical interests overlap with his research interests:menstrual disorders in women, with an emphasis on polycystic ovary syndrome as well as human infertility.
Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2019
Fellow ad eundem, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, United Kingdom, 2017
Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG), 1996
Subspecialty-certified in reproductive endocrinology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996 (recertified annually)
Leadership in a New Era of Health Care, Participant, Wharton School of Business
34th Annual Short Course in Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics, Participant, Jackson Laboratory
Reproductive Endocrinology, Fellowship, University of Southern California
1991 → 1993
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Residency, Magee Women's Hospital
1987 → 1991
MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
… → 1987
Editorial Editor, Fertility and Sterility
2020 → …
Member, Investment Subcommittee, The Endocrine Society
2019 → …
Associate Editor, Human Reproduction Update
Secretary-Treasurer, The Endocrine Society
2016 → 2019
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Seminars in Reproductive Endocrinology
2015 → 2020
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Legro, R. S., Nov 2021, In: Fertility and sterility. 116, 5, p. 1225-1226 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-reviewOpen Access
A positive serum pregnancy test in a patient on the potent teratogen lenalidomide: a distressing result provides a valuable learning opportunityHelm, M. F., Koc, Z., Washington, A., Legro, R. S. & Miller, J. J., Mar 2021, In: International Journal of Dermatology. 60, 3, p. e96-e98
Research output: Contribution to journal › Letter › peer-review
Coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination in women seeking pregnancy or in early pregnancy: What is there to debate?Legro, R. S., Jul 2021, In: Fertility and sterility. 116, 1, p. 15 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review
Developing a core outcome set for future infertility research: an international consensus development studyCore Outcome Measure for Infertility Trials (COMMIT) initiative, Jan 2021, In: Fertility and sterility. 115, 1, p. 191-200 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Effects of Oral Contraception and Lifestyle Modification on Incretins and TGF-ß Superfamily Hormones in PCOSShah, A., Dodson, W. C., Kris-Etherton, P. M., Kunselman, A. R., Stetter, C. M., Gnatuk, C. L., Estes, S. J., Allison, K. C., Sarwer, D. B., Sluss, P. M., Coutifaris, C., Dokras, A. & Legro, R. S., Jan 1 2021, In: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 106, 1, p. 108-119 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Chau, Vincent (Recipient), Chiang, Hui-ling (Recipient), Eisen, Howard (Recipient), Francis, Andrew (Recipient), Legro, Richard (Recipient), Machtay, Mitchell (Recipient), Norgren, Ralph (Recipient), Peterson, Blaise (Recipient) & Zelis, Robert (Recipient), 2021
Barber, Alistair (Recipient), Belani, Chandra (Recipient), Bixler, E. (Recipient), Eslinger, Paul (Recipient), Imamura, Yuka (Recipient), Legro, Richard (Recipient), Mailman, Richard (Recipient), Schiff, Steven (Recipient), Vgontzas, Alexandros (Recipient) & Wang, Hong-Gang (Recipient), 2019