Established in 1993 by colleagues and friends of J. Donald Woodruff in his honor

Image Credit: Henry Cooper J. DONALD WOODRUFF, Med 1937, was a world-renowned surgeon and professor of gynecologic pathology and gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Woodruff served as president of the Continental Gynecological Society, the Maryland Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disease, the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, and the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was awarded honorary professorships by the University of Tucamen, Argentina; the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; and the University of Munster, Germany. Dr. Woodruff's publications include Novak's Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology; The Fallopian Tube; chapters in 27 textbooks relating to his specialty; plus 258 original papers. Widely considered to be the father of gynecologic pathology as a discipline, he pioneered the use of the microscope to advance the diagnosis of diseases. Before his death in 1996 at the age of 84, the university recognized Dr. Woodruff's many achievements by naming a lecture hall in his honor.


EDWARD E. WALLACH, the first J. Donald Woodruff Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, chaired the department for a decade and currently directs its Program in Assisted Reproductive Gynecology. Dr. Wallach's group was among the first to demonstrate contractility of the smooth muscle tissue in a pattern that correlated with ovulation. He developed an in-vitro perfused ovary preparation that enabled direct observation of the ovulatory process. In 1986, he was named chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Fertility Society, whose reports have significantly influenced the practice of in-vitro fertilization and set the standard in the field of embryo research and assisted fertilization in the United States. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, he has also served as president of the American Fertility Society and of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and as a director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Wallach chaired the Medical Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1991 to 1994.