Mary Polan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Adjunct Professor
General Obstetrics & Gynecology

To schedule an appointment: (212) 326-5765

Practice Location(s)

Columbia Ob/Gyn Midtown

51 West 51st St, 3rd FL

(between 5th and 6th Ave)

New York, NY 10019

Biography

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 is currently an Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Columbia University School of Medicine.

Dr. Polan specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and hormonal issues related to gynecology patients and menopause. She received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and M.D. from Yale University and completed her residency and Reproductive Endocrine Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Polan received her M.P.H. (Maternal and Child Health Program) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Polan’s research has involved ovarian and urologic function with many publications in both areas. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has served on a number of NIH and university committees. She has a long-standing interest in women’s health research and has been actively involved in international public health. She initiated The Eritrean Women’s Project in 2001; she has maintained this surgical project in Eritrea to repair fistulas resulting from traumatic births.

Education

Board Certified: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Residency Training: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Fellowship Training: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Research

Awards

Phi Beta Kappa
Member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Women's Enews "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" for founding the Eritrean Women's Project to repair vesico-vaginal fistulas in Africa, 2005
Americans for UNFPA Award for Fistula Repair and Prevention in Eritrea, 2009