Board Profile

Phyllis C. Leppert, CNM, MD, PhD

  • :FNU Board Member
  • :April 01, 2020
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Dr. Leppert is a graduate of Columbia University’s then department of Nursing and received her BS and MS there. Her certificate in nurse-midwifery was from Maternity Center Association.  Her MD was awarded by Duke University where she also completed two years in pediatrics before moving to Yale where she did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology.  She was the first obstetrician-gynecologist to become a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  Having completed a Fellowship in Obstetrics at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, she then became a member of their faculty until she moved to the University of Rochester , in upstate New York where she was Associate Professor of Obstetrics as well of Nursing and Community Health and the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rochester General Hospital.   This was followed by a move to Buffalo where she served as Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at SUNY Buffalo.  After serving as Chief of the Reproductive Sciences Branch at NICHD for seven years she became Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine and Vice-Chair for Research of that department.   Dr. Leppert worked as a pediatric nurse and public health nurse in NYC and did an internship at King’s County Hospital. She taught nurse-midwifery at Yale and Columbia.  During her career in medicine she was involved early on with the CNEP program and was an advocate for nurse-midwifery practice.   Her PhD was under Dr. Ines Mandl, a leading researcher and scholar in the field of extracellular matrix and she has made contributions to the understanding of the role of collagen and elastin in the uterus.  She is currently Emerita Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke School of Medicine and President of the Campion Fund, a non-profit organization supporting fundamental research in reproductive sciences.