SIU Med School Names Obstetrics/Gynecology Chair
Dr. J. Ricardo Loret de Mola has been named associate professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He succeeds Dr. William H. Schultz, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who has been serving as interim chair.
Loret de Mola’s clinical and research interests are in the care of couples not able to have children. He comes to SIU from MacDonald Women’s Hospital of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as chief of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility division (2000-07). He also was director of the MacDonald fertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF) center and its laboratory. He previously was on CWRU’s faculty as assistant director of its obstetrics and gynecology residency (1996-99).
"The academic and research experience that Dr. Loret de Mola brings with him, coupled with his energy and vision, will guide the department during a period of expected growth,” said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, Ph.D., dean and provost, in announcing the appointment. “Along with both of our affiliated hospitals, St. John’s and Memorial, Springfield is providing comprehensive health care for women in the region and SIU’s ob/gyn department will continue to play an active role in expanding those services.”
Previously, Loret de Mola was the director of the oocyte donor program at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) (1999-2000) and on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (UPSM) (1994-96).
Loret de Mola completed a two-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UPSM (1996). He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology, including a year as chief resident, at CWRU (1994). He earned medical and bachelor’s degrees at the Monterrey Institute of Technology (1988, 1983).
Loret de Mola also completed a two-year fellowship at the Association of American Medical College’s Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (2002) and a two-year research fellowship in pharmacology at CWRU as a scholar of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (1998).
Loret de Mola is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His memberships include the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He currently serves as president of the Hispano-American Biomedical Association.
The author of more than 90 scientific publications and six book chapters, Loret de Mola serves on several editorial boards or as a reviewer for various scientific publications including Fertility Today, My Doctor, Fertility and Sterility, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Human Reproduction. He has received research grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health, the Cleveland Research Institute, UTHSCSA and various pharmaceutical companies.
A native of Mexico, he and his wife, Emma Loret de Mola, have three daughters, Emma,
Erika and Estefania.