The department of gynecology and obstetrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC recently named an endowed chair in honor of Daniel R. Mishell Jr., one of the school’s most esteemed faculty members.
“An endowed chair is one of the most prestigious positions a faculty member can attain at the university, and the Keck School of Medicine is honored to establish the Daniel R. Mishell Jr. Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology,” said Brian E. Henderson, dean of the Keck School.
“Establishment of this endowed chair will allow a new permanent chair of the department of ob/gyn to support faculty excellence, either through new faculty recruitment or to acknowledge existing strengths.”
Mishell, holder of the Lyle G. McNeile Professorship in Obstetrics, has been on faculty at the Keck School since 1969.
During his career at the Keck School, Mishell has held numerous positions, including chair and chief of professional services at the LAC+USC Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology.
An early pioneer of hormonal contraception, Mishell’s research has produced most modern contraceptive devices and hormonal methods, including various incarnations of pill form, implantable and injectable contraceptives. He also has led groundbreaking studies on infertility that resulted in technologies and tools to help women conceive, including the first birth via in vitro fertilization west of the Mississippi.
Dean Henderson, along with a number of Keck School department heads, faculty and former ob/gyn residents, gathered to commend Mishell on his many accomplishments and celebrate the new chair in his name at a reception held Nov. 13 at the Edmonson Faculty Center.
A recipient has yet to be named for the Daniel R. Mishell Jr. Chair.