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Rudi Ansbacher
Regents' Proceedings 179

Rudi Ansbacher, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2001, after a most productive career as a teacher, mentor, and clinician.

Dr. Ansbacher graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1950 and then went on to receive his B.A. degree from Virginia Military Institute in 1955, his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1959, and his M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1970. Between 1959 and 1966, he completed an internship at the University of Virginia Hospital and residencies at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, California. From 1966-69, he served as a staff physician at the U.S. Army hospital in Okinawa and completed a postgraduate course at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.

From 1969-71, while earning his M.S. degree, he was also a research fellow at the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. From 1971-77, he was on the medical staff at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and was also a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Baylor College of Medicine. From 1977-80, he served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and clinical associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1980 as professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

During Dr. Ansbacher's tenure at the University of Michigan he has served as acting and interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has played an active role in the residency-training program and has been a mentor to numerous junior faculty members. He has over 200 publications in the areas of andrology, infertility, and climacteric endocrinology, and has been active in numerous professional organizations. In recognition of his outstanding teaching, Dr. Ansbacher was selected four times by the graduating resident physicians to receive the Silver Speculum Award: in 1988, 1991, 1996, and 2000.

The Regents salute this faculty member by naming Rudi Ansbacher professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology.