Dr. William Schlaff is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School (1977). Following graduation he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan (1981) followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Johns Hopkins. He was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins from 1981 through 1989 when he was recruited to found the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. Dr. Schlaff led the growth and success of the Division over the next 22 years. The Division was one of the first at the University of Colorado to develop an outreach satellite site (in Colorado Springs) and was appreciated as one of the most innovative and successful in the University. Academically the Division produced a number of accomplished fellows as well as numerous scholarly publications. Dr. Schlaff was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for research in the fields of both contraception and infertility from 1997 until his departure from Colorado in 2011. During that time he served the institution as Vice-Chairman of the Department for 17 years, as Chairman of the Promotions and Tenure Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Faculty Practice Plan and a leader of the Ambulatory Practice Directors Group, among other positions. At a national level he served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and as Chair of the Society’s CME Committee as well as Board Member and later President of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology. He serves as an Editorial Editor of Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the ASRM, and as a reviewer for many leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Schlaff has been an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Examiner for both general as well as subspecialty boards, and was elected to the Society for Gynecologic Investigation in 1993 and the American Gynecologic and Obstetric Society in 2003. He has been an invited speaker throughout the world and has published 175 scholarly papers and chapters as well as 3 books.
In 2011 Dr. Schlaff was recruited to Thomas Jefferson University to become the Paul and Eloise Bowers Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jefferson Medical College. He has been recognized annually as one of the Top Doctors in America for many years, and is routinely recognized by Castle Connolly and publications in both Denver and now in Philadelphia.