Professor and Chair Emeritus
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Columbia University School of Medicine New York, NY
Mary Lake Polan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H served as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and was named the Katherine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in 1990 when she moved to Stanford from Yale University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Columbia University School of Medicine.
Dr. Polan special in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She has published more that 150 articles, chapters and books of research in this field. Dr. Polan served on numerous medical and health committees, including the Council of the Institue of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Aerican Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the American Medical Women's Association (WMWA). She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of many professional societies. She was also a member of the Scretary's Advisory Committee on Hman Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Polan received her bachelor's degree from Connecticut College, where she served on theBoard of Trustees from 2002 - 2009. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and M.D from Yale University and completed her residency and Reproductive Endocrine Fellowship Polan received her M.P.H. (Maternal and Child Health Program) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Polan is a director of Quidel Corporation, San Diego, CA, ad served as a director of Wyeth, Madison, NJ and Chair of Wyeth Science and Technology Committee until 2009. She has also serviced as a Director of several privately held device and diagnostic companies which were subsequently acquired by Johnson & Johnson and Cytyc, Corp. and is currently a member of health advisory boards for Proctor & Gamble Co. and Dupont, Corp.
Dr. Polan has a long standing interest in women's health and her research interests include her role of cytokines in implantation, the relationship of the central nervous system to peripheral genital response in secual function, and the impact of increased collagen and elastin turnover in female urinary incontinence. In addition, Dr. Polan has been activately involved in international public health and incontinence. In addition, Dr. Polan has been actively involved in international public health and initiated The Eritrean Women's Project in 2001; she has maintained this surgical project in Eritrea to repair fistulas resulting from traumatic births. During trips from October 2002 to the present, physicians have operated on more than 400 women and have begun education, intervention program to prevent fistulas. In 2010 Dr. Polan was named to the Board of Overseers of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.