Virginia Beach, VA | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1995
Dr. Hodgen, a native of Frankfort, Indiana, is President of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He was designated the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Professor of Reproductive Medicine in 1992. Dr. Hodgen joined the faculty at Eastern Virginia in 1984 after a fifteen-year appointment with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. During his last six years with NIH, he held the post of Chief of the Pregnancy Research Branch. Prior to that he headed the Endocrinology, Reproduction Research Branch. Over the course of a distinguished research and teaching career, Dr. Hodgen has authored or co-authored more than 500 original scientific articles. He has also mentored scores of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. Dr. Hodgen has dramatically increased the new knowledge of reproductive endocrinology, including studies on pregnancy recognition and follicular maturation. Particularly noteworthy are his studies of in vitro fertilization, surgical bypass of damaged oviducts and early genetic diagnosis of embryos. In 1994, he conducted the world’s first preimplantation genetic diagnosis to prevent Tay-Sachs Disease. Dr. Hodgen was elected president of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation in 1994. He was the 1983 recipient of The President’s Scientific Achievement Award from the Society. Eastern Virginia named him the 1995 Outstanding Scientist, and he has dozens of invited lectureships and presentations for conferences and universities worldwide to his credit. He is also widely sought as a consultant and authority in his field. Dr. Hodgen has served on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals on reproductive endocrinology.