R. Ann Word, M.D., is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Basic Reproductive Biology Research. She is also a member of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences.

Dr. Word is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.  Her research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of extracellular matrix remodeling of the female reproductive tract during pregnancy, parturition, and puerperium as well as the pathological conditions of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and injury of the extrernal anal sphincter.  


Medical School
University of Texas Medical School at Houston (1978)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1979), Family Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1980), Family Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1983), Ob/ Gyn
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1990), Reproductive Endocrinology

Research Interest

  • Parturition
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Preterm Cervical Ripening
  • Smooth Muscle Contractility
  • Urinary Incontinence


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Transgene insertion on mouse chromosome 6 impairs function of the uterine cervix and causes failure of parturition.
Word RA, Landrum CP, Timmons BC, Young SG, Mahendroo MS. Biol Reprod Epub 2005 73 1046-1056
Immunosuppressive factors secreted by human amniotic epithelial cells.
Li H, Nidderkorn JY, Neelam S, Mayhew E, Word RA, McCulley JP, Alizadeh H. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005 46 900-907
Human myometrial gene expression before and during parturition.
Havelock JC, Keller P, Muleba N, Mayhew BA, Casey BM, Rainey WE, Word RA. Biol Reprod 2005 72(3) 707-19
Differential expression of protein kinase A, AKAP79, and PP2B in pregnant human myometrial membranes prior to and during labor.
Ku J, Word RA, Sanborn BM. J Soc Gynecol Invest 2005 12(6) 421-7
Effect of periurethral nerve injury on relaxation of the female bladder and urethra smooth muscle: Role of nitric oxide.
Wai CY, Boreham MK, Liehr P, Schaffer JI, Word RA. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003 189 1637-45

Honors & Awards

  • Ginger Simmons Research Grant Award
    American Heart Association - "Smooth Muscle Caldesmon" 1999 (1999)
  • Physician Scientist Award
    American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1990-1992 (1990)
  • NIH Postdoctoral National Research Service Award
    Physiology of Reproduction - 1988-1990 (1988)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Texas Christian University (1975)
  • Women's Mortar Board
    Texas Christian University, 1974-1975 (1974)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Fellow-American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologist,
  • Society of Gynecologic Investigation, Council Nomination, 2004
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, 1994
  • The Endocrine Society, Member 1992
  • The Perinatal Research Society, elected 1994