New Chair to lead women's health efforts at UH Manoa medical school

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Director of Communications
Posted: Jun 8, 2009

Jerris Hedges, M.D., Dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s John A. Burns School of Medicine, has appointed Dr. Lynnae Sauvage as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women‘s Health.

Dr. Sauvage, who has served as Interim Chair of OB-GYN since 2007, leads a team of practicing medical school physicians at Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children. "I look forward to working with JABSOM‘s leadership, particularly Dr. Hedges, to advocate for and advance women‘s health," said Dr. Sauvage. "We have great physicians and employees in the department and are committed to providing the best training for our medical students."

Dr. Sauvage heads the National Children‘s Study in Hawaiʻi, a long-term, first-of-its-kind project that will involve about 1,000 Oʻahu families, beginning next year. Researchers will monitor every aspect of child health and development, from before birth through age 21.

The goal is to identify genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health disorders and derive information to treat and prevent some of the nation‘s most pressing health problems, including autism, asthma, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. "The medical school is pleased to recognize the contributions of Dr. Sauvage. We are proud she has chosen to dedicate her career to the medical school and the people of Hawaiʻi," said Dr. Hedges.

Dr. Sauvage attended Georgetown Medical School. She completed her residency training and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of Southern California.

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