INCIID Insights Community Newsletter: January 2007 Online Angel Carolyn Coulam, MD Honored by INCIID
Carolyn Coulam, M.D. has been pioneering research in the area of reproductive loss for many years. Many patients who have been devastated by multiple pregnancy loss often have nowhere to turn. The loss of hope is devastating. Dr. Coulam not only provides hope for many but also provides sound guidance, experience and the acess to the science underpinning reproductive loss. She and her staff provide an extraordinary level of personalized care. Dr. Coulam’s rare combination of medical expertise, high tech treatment and compassionate care make her a true INCIID Angel.
Dr. Coulam is a well-respected as a reproductive endocrinologist, is board certified in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology and also in the sub-specialty of reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Coulam graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1967 with a degree in medicine and a master’s degree in biochemistry. She completed a rotating internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital at Dartmouth College, and her residency at the Mayo Clinic, where she remained for 17 years.
While on the staff of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Coulam was chair of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and established the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) program at this institution, in 1983. She became professor at the Mayo Medical School in 1984 and in 1985, was appointed chair of the Division of Reproductive Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1986, Dr. Coulam became the Medical Director of the Center for Reproduction and Transplantation in Indianapolis, Indiana, establishing the reproductive immunology and reproductive biology laboratories where she rapidly contributed to the scientific literature in the field of reproductive medicine, particularly as it related to recurrent pregnancy loss. In 1991, Dr. Coulam assumed the position of Director of Reproductive Immunology at the Genetics & IVF Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1996 she became National Director of Reproductive Immunology at the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) in Illinois, while at the same time, serving as Vice President of Medical Affairs, Director of Ultrasound, and as Associate Director of CHR in New York. In January 2000, Dr. Coulam joined SIRM as Medical Director and Director of Laboratory Research of SIRM-Chicago. Dr. Coulam has served as managing editor of the American Journal or Reproductive Immunology, and is currently the medical director for Infertility Times, a patient periodical. She has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals to her credit and has edited a major reference textbook entitled “Immunologic Obstetrics” published by W.W. Norton.
Today, Dr. Coulam is Director of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Research at the Rinehart Center for Reproductive Medicine, and Director of the Millenova Immunology Laboratories. Dr. Coulam has a world-renown reputation, spanning 30 years, for providing devoted care to her patients and for her contributions to medical/scientific education and research. Despite all of her accomplishments, she considers her greatest achievement to be the fact that she is the proud mother of 10 wonderful children.
It is with great pleasure, INCIID honors Carolyn Coulam, MD as January’s Online Angel