Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Hodgen, a native of Frankfort, Indiana, is President of the
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
He was designated the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Professor of
Reproductive Medicine in 1992. Dr. Hodgen joined the faculty at
Eastern Virginia in 1984 after a fifteen-year appointment with the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a
division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda,
Maryland. During his last six years with NIH, he held the post of
Chief of the Pregnancy Research Branch. Prior to that he headed
the Endocrinology, Reproduction Research Branch.
Over the course of a distinguished research and teaching career,
Dr. Hodgen has authored or co-authored more than 500 original
scientific articles. He has also mentored scores of undergraduate,
graduate and postdoctoral students. Dr. Hodgen has dramatically
increased the new knowledge of reproductive endocrinology,
including studies on pregnancy recognition and follicular maturation.
Particularly noteworthy are his studies of in vitro fertilization,
surgical bypass of damaged oviducts and early genetic diagnosis of
embryos. In 1994, he conducted the world's first preimplantation
genetic diagnosis to prevent Tay-Sachs Disease.
Dr. Hodgen was elected president of the Society for Gynecologic
Investigation in 1994. He was the 1983 recipient of The
President's Scientific Achievement Award from the Society.
Eastern Virginia named him the 1995 Outstanding Scientist, and
he has dozens of invited lectureships and presentations for conferences
and universities worldwide to his credit. He is also widely
sought as a consultant and authority in his field. Dr. Hodgen has
served on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals on