ANN ARBOR, Mich.– Dee Fenner, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, after approval by the University of Michigan Board of Regents today.
Fenner joined U-M as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in 2001. She was promoted to her current academic rank of professor in 2006, and was also appointed as professor in the Department of Urology in 2008. During her tenure, she has served as the associate chair for Surgical Services and as director of the Division of Gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Since Sept. 2016, she has served as Chief Clinical Officer for University Hospital and the Cardiovascular Center, providing operational leadership in conjunction with the chief nursing officer and executive director.
"Dr. Fenner’s clinical and academic impact and contributions have been significant, to both Michigan Medicine and to the entire field of study and practice,” says Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president of medical affairs at the University of Michigan and dean of its Medical School.
Fenner is highly regarded in the field, having received the 2017 Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Life Time Achievement Award and the 2015 American Urogynecologic Society Life Time Achievement Award. She has consistently served in leadership roles in numerous prestigious academic and medical organizations, including Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2012 and Vice-President of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2016. She is also a recipient of National Institutes of Health and other funding resources to support her research, specializing in pelvic disorders and fecal incontinence.
Prior to joining Michigan, Fenner served on the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington and at Rush Medical College in Chicago.
Her new appointment begins Jan.1.