Dr. Richard S. Legro is the overall lead investigator of the study. He received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. His research and clinical practice are primarily focused on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He established at M.S. Hershey Medical Center one of the first clinics devoted to the treatment of PCOS
He is particularly interested in the familial contributions to the syndrome and the role of obesity, as well as developing treatments which improve fertility, the focus of the OWL-PCOS study. Dr. Legro is also the lead investigator of the multi-center sponsored trials Pregnancy in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome I and II. He has published over 175 articles in medical journals and books in the field of reproductive endocrinology. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Health through a variety of grants including the National Cooperative Program in Infertility Research the U54 Minority Reproductive Cooperative Program in Reproduction Research, the Reproductive Medicine Network as well as several investigator awards. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Human Reproduction, and Endocrine Reviews. He has received many awards including the Presidential Achievement Award from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.
Dr Legro is an avid runner and skier. He is a passionate Penn State Football fan and a member of Steeler Nation since birth.