Message from the Chief

One way to appreciate something is to imagine life without it. Without funding support from The Vincent Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital would lack many resources that help us advance women’s healthcare. Today, federal research grants are increasingly tight, so having the funds to sustain productive science is more important than ever.

How Your Support Advances Women's Health

How Your Support Advances Women's Health

The Vincent Memorial Hospital Foundation allows us to offer four of the nation’s strongest OB/GYN fellowships programs, in which young physician-scientists explore novel ideas and hypotheses. It also provides key funding to the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology (VCRB), where laboratory discoveries serve as the springboard for promising new clinical treatments. Among recent findings are the cellular signals exploited by an aggressive form of endometrial cancer, leading to clinical studies of a new drug to block these signals. VCRB scientists remain dedicated to finding cures for all forms of women’s cancers, understanding the microbiome and fetal neurodevelopment, and investigating mechanisms driving the timing of childbirth. When the coronavirus pandemic erupted in 2020, this solid foundation of expertise, mixed with our scientists’ flexibility and creativity, allowed our faculty to quickly establish the COVID-19 in Pregnancy research program, which includes a unique biobank that already has begun to answer questions about how COVID-19 affects women, their pregnancies and their babies..

Your ongoing support of The Vincent Memorial Hospital Foundation makes all this can happen. I thank you for your commitment and dedication.

Jeffrey L. Ecker, MD
Chief, Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joe Vincent Meigs Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School