Ronald R. Magness, PhD Professor - UW Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madison WI

Ronald R. Magness, PhD

Meriter Hospital
202 S. Park (Meriter)
Madison, WI 53715

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Ronald Magness is the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of the Division of Reproductive Sciences and the perinatal research laboratories. Since his arrival to the department in 1994, Dr. Magness has been instrumental in establishing a world class department research program.


This work includes developing collaborative relationships with other departments and programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, providing mentorship to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty researchers and scientists, and obtaining research funding at the federal level. Currently Dr. Magness is the principal investigator on the department of OBGYN NIH Program Project Grant (P01 grant). He also is currently Principle Investigator of two individual R01 NIH research grants, one that has been in the funding cycle for more than 15 years. Dr. Magness is recognized nationally and internationally as a well published and experienced scientist in the field of Perinatal and Reproductive Science. In 1998, Dr. Magness was named a Vilas Professor through funds provided by William Vilas, a former University Regent and U.S. Senator. Vilas Professorships are awarded to faculty members whose research is recognized nationally and internationally for its quality and contributions to the research and educational achievements.


He is a past president of the Perinatal Research Society (2004), and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (2004-2007) and has served as a regular and/or ad hoc member of the Human Embryology and Development-1 (Pregnancy Newborn) NIH Study Section (for over 18 years), as well as numerous ad hoc review committees for grants in the USA USDA, American Heart, as well as the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian MRCs. Locally, besides his duty as Division Director, Dr. Magness currently is the Chai of the Department of OBGYN Research and Development Committee.


He is also served on or run numerous Chairs (OBGYN), Division Directors (MFM, Neonatology), and Junior Faculty Members (MFM, REI, Gyn Onc). Dr Magness has served on the University of WI-Madison Animal Care and Use Committee since 1995. He also is the Associate Chair of the Endocrinology Reproductive Physiology Training Program.