Recent Updates

Kurt Barnhart Appointed Vice-Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of OBGYN

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Kurt Barnhart, MD, MSCE as Vice-chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective October 1, 2013. 

Dr. Barnhart brings his experience as a reproductive epidemiologist as well as his leadership experience as the associate chief for research in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and as assistant dean for clinical research operations in the Perelman School of Medicine.  In his new position, Dr. Barnhart will assist the departmental leadership with strategic planning and program development for clinical research to ensure that we continue to be well positioned and competitive for future funding opportunities.  

The department’s clinical research portfolio has grown over the past 8 years.  We have a well-established centralized research infrastructure, the Women’s Health Clinical Research Center, which provides support to our faculty and trainees.  But the challenge will be to sustain the progress we have made and to be poised to take advantage of new opportunities such as patient centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research.  We also want to enhance our clinical research training and mentoring programs for the faculty and house-staff.  Dr. Barnhart looks forward to meeting with many of you to best understand how he can help you achieve your research goals and work with you to strengthen our women’s health clinical research programs at Penn.”

Deborah A. Driscoll, MD
Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor and Chair Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3400 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19104

Clinical Trials Now Recruiting!

Active Clinical Trials

Fertility and the BRCA gene

Medical Management of PCOS

Non-hormonal intrauterine device

Research study for women with Heavy Menstrual Bleeding due to Uterine Fibroids


IUD study for current Mirena users

Research Study for Overweight Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)