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Department Chairs--The Early Years

Biographical and bibliographical information on the university's department chairs from the historical past.

Ezra Davidson, Jr., MD, Founding Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1971-1996

Dr. Davidson passed away on March 12, 2018. In June of that year, he was posthumously awarded the President's Medal at the thirty-fourth annual commencement ceremony. The biography below was published in the ceremony's program.


Pictured below is Dr. Davidson's account of his first impressions of the university, then known as the Charles R. Drew PostGraduate Medical  School, from the 1985 Annual Report, "Reflections."                                                                     


1: Trotman BW, Boyce JG, Dajani EZ, Davidson EC Jr, Scott VF. Highlights of the
14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for Academic Minority
Physicians, 2000. J Assoc Acad Minor Phys. 2001 Mar;12(1-2):95-7. PubMed PMID:

2: McCormick MC, Davidson EC Jr, Stoto MA. Preventing perinatal transmission of
human immunodeficiency virus in the United States. Committee on Perinatal
Transmission of HIV. Obstet Gynecol. 1999 Nov;94(5 Pt 1):795-8. PubMed PMID:

3: Scotti RJ, Davidson EC. Formal resident training in urogynecology and pelvic
floor disorders. A six-year survey. J Reprod Med. 1994 Aug;39(8):631-4. PubMed
PMID: 7996528.CDU Library Resource

4: Harris JL, Davidson EC Jr. Sociologic aspects of pregnancy. Curr Opin Obstet
Gynecol. 1992 Dec;4(6):797-801. Review. PubMed PMID: 1450341.

5: Davidson EC Jr, Fukushima T. The racial disparity in infant mortality. N Engl
J Med. 1992 Oct 1;327(14):1022-4. PubMed PMID: 1518537.

6: Hon EH, Fukushima T, Davidson EC Jr. Peripheral pulse pressure patterns in
pregnancy hypertension. Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Jul;78(1):152-8. PubMed PMID:

7: Davidson EC Jr, Gibbs CE, Chapin J. The challenge of care for the poor and
underserved in the United States. An American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists perspective on access to care for underserved women. Am J Dis
Child. 1991 May;145(5):546-9. PubMed PMID: 2042620.CDU Library Resource

8: Davidson EC Jr. A strategy to reduce infant mortality. Obstet Gynecol. 1991
Jan;77(1):1-5. PubMed PMID: 1984205.

9: Fukushima T, Ogunyemi D, Butler M, Davidson EC Jr. A beltless
tocodynamometer--a preliminary report. Obstet Gynecol. 1989 May;73(5 Pt 1):823-7.
PubMed PMID: 2704511.

10: Windom RE, Cefalo RC, Little GA, Davidson EC Jr. A vital concern. Public
Health Rep. 1988 Sep-Oct;103(5):441-2. PubMed PMID: 3140267; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC1478120.

11: Fukushima T, Flores CA, Hon EH, Davidson EC Jr. Limitations of
autocorrelation in fetal heart rate monitoring. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1985 Nov
15;153(6):685-92. PubMed PMID: 3904462.CDU Library Resource

12: Davidson EC Jr, Fukushima T. The age extremes for reproduction: current
implications for policy change. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1985 Jun 15;152(4):467-73.
PubMed PMID: 4014341.

13: Pearse WH, Davidson EC Jr, Fielden JG. Trends in obstetric-gynecologic
academic manpower--1983. Obstet Gynecol. 1985 Jan;65(1):147-50. PubMed PMID:

14: Savage EW, Thadepalli H, Rambhatla K, Roy I, Davidson EC Jr. Minocycline
prophylaxis in elective hysterectomy. J Reprod Med. 1984 Feb;29(2):81-7. PubMed
PMID: 6708031.

15: Thadepalli H, Savage EW Jr, Salem FA, Roy I, Davidson EC Jr. Cyclic changes
in cervical microflora and their effect on infections following hysterectomy.
Gynecol Obstet Invest. 1982;14(3):176-83. PubMed PMID: 6751950.

16: Jones NC, Savage EW, Salem F, Yeager C, Davidson EC Jr. Tuberculosis
presenting as a pelvis mass. J Natl Med Assoc. 1981 Aug;73(8):758-61. PubMed
PMID: 7265287; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2552690.

17: Pearse WH, Davidson EC Jr, Fielden JG. Trends in obstetric-gynecologic
academic manpower-1980. Obstet Gynecol. 1981 Aug;58(2):233-6. PubMed PMID:

18: Davidson EC Jr. An analysis of adolescent health care and the role of the
obstetrician-gynecologist. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1981 Apr 1;139(7):845-54. PubMed
PMID: 7211988.

19: Carey WB, McCann-Sanford T, Davidson EC Jr. Adolescent age and obstetric
risk. Semin Perinatol. 1981 Jan;5(1):9-17. PubMed PMID: 7209563.

20: Morris JA, Davidson EC, Makabali G, O'Grady JP, Anderson J, Hendrickx AG.
Sampling the fetoplacental circulation. IV. Preliminary experience in the
pregnant baboon (Papio cynocephalus). Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1980 Feb
15;136(4):531-6. PubMed PMID: 6153507.

21: Davidson EC Jr, Morris JA, O'Grady JP, Hendrickx AG, Anderson J, Kaback M,
Frazer R. Sampling the fetoplacental circulation. III. Combined
laparoscopy-fetoscopy in the pregnant macaque for hemoglobin identification. Am J
Obstet Gynecol. 1978 Dec 15;132(8):833-44. PubMed PMID: 153713.

22: O'Grady JP, Davidson EC Jr, Thomas WD, Esra GN, Gluck L, Kulovich MV.
Cesarean delivery in a gorilla. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1978 Nov 1;173(9):1137-40.
PubMed PMID: 738933.

23: Thadepalli H, Chan WH, Maidman JE, Davidson EC Jr. Microflora of the cervix
during normal labor and the puerperium. J Infect Dis. 1978 May;137(5):568-72.
PubMed PMID: 351071.

24: Morris JA, O'Grady JP, Hamilton CJ, Davidson EC. Vascular reactivity to
angiotensin II infusion during gestation. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1978 Feb
15;130(4):379-84. PubMed PMID: 629282.

25: Thadepalli H, Appleman MD, Chan WH, Maidman JC, Davidson EC Jr. Amniotic
fluid contamination during internal fetal monitoring. J Reprod Med. 1978
Feb;20(2):93-6. PubMed PMID: 625047.

26: Morris JA, Arce JJ, Hamilton CJ, Davidson EC, Maidman JE, Clark JH, Bloom RS.
The management of severe preeclampsia and eclampsia with intravenous diazoxide.
Obstet Gynecol. 1977 Jun;49(6):675-80. PubMed PMID: 865730.

27: Morris JA, Davidson EC Jr, Maidman JE, Arce JJ, Brown JE, Frazer R. Sampling
the fetoplacental circulation. II. Combined laparoscopy-fetoscopy in the pregnant
ovine. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1977 Jun 1;128(3):279-86. PubMed PMID: 140606.

28: Thadepalli H, Appleman MD, Maidman JE, Arce JJ, Davidson EC Jr. Antimicrobial
effect of amniotic fluid against anaerobic bacteria. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1977
Feb 1;127(3):250-4. PubMed PMID: 835621.

29: O'Grady JP, Hamilton C, Morris JA, Davidson EC. Sequential evaluation of the
supine hypertension or 'roll-over' test in a high risk population. Gynecol
Invest. 1977;8(5-6):282-7. PubMed PMID: 612493.

30: Thadepalli H, Rambhatla K, Maidman JE, Arce JJ, Davidson EC Jr. Gonococcal
sepsis secondary to fetal monitoring. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1976 Oct
15;126(4):510-2. PubMed PMID: 984114.

31: Morris JA, Davidson EC Jr, Maidman JC, Arce JJ, Brown JE, Frazer R. Sampling
the fetoplacental circulation. I. The pregnant ovine. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1976
Aug 15;125(8):1121-4. PubMed PMID: 986117.

32: Phillips LL, Davidson EC Jr. Procoagulant properties of amniotic fluid. Am J
Obstet Gynecol. 1972 Aug 1;113(7):911-9. PubMed PMID: 4635740.

33: Davidson EC Jr, Phillips LL. Coagulation studies in the hypertensive toxemias
of pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1972 Aug 1;113(7):905-10. PubMed PMID:

34: Brown FD, Davidson EC Jr, Phillips LL. Coagulation changes after hypertonic
saline infusion for late abortions. Obstet Gynecol. 1972 Apr;39(4):538-43. PubMed
PMID: 5018899.