Ann Word, M.D.
Ann Word, M.D.

Ann Word, M.D.

  • Mary Dees McDermott Hicks Chair in Medical Science
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology - Fertility
  • Gynecology
  • Obstetrics


R. Ann Word, M.D., is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Basic Reproductive Biology Research. She is also a member of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences.

Dr. Word is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.  Her research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of extracellular matrix remodeling of the female reproductive tract during pregnancy, parturition, and puerperium as well as the pathological conditions of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and injury of the external anal sphincter.  

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1988-1990), Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Medical School - University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Residency - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1980-1983), Ob/ Gyn
  • Residency - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1979-1980), Family Medicine
  • Internship - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1978-1979), Family Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • The Perinatal Research Society, elected 1994
  • The Endocrine Society, Member 1992
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, 1994
  • Society of Gynecologic Investigation, Council Nomination, 2004
  • Fellow-American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologist,
Honors & Awards
  • Women's Mortar Board 1974, Texas Christian University, 1974-1975
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1975, Texas Christian University
  • NIH Postdoctoral National Research Service Award 1988, Physiology of Reproduction - 1988-1990
  • Physician Scientist Award 1990, American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1990-1992
  • Ginger Simmons Research Grant Award 1999, American Heart Association - "Smooth Muscle Caldesmon" 1999
Books & Publications
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Smooth Muscle Contractility
  • Preterm Cervical Ripening
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Parturition

Clinical Focus

  • Gynecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Urinary Incontinence Screening

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