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PROFILE: Fertility Specialist Works Medical Miracles

Date: Nov. 13, 2000
By: April Meyers

Video special
Channel 9 Replay: 5 p.m. Sunday Jan. 14, 2001
Watch a replay of the Channel 9 Web cast
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The following is a profile of a UC faculty member featured in the Channel 9 special "One Day: University of Cincinnati." Find out about other featured students and faculty at

Dr. Michael Thomas, MD, doesn't just attend to his patients, he also plays an important role in educating and interacting with the community. For Thomas, his career goes beyond practicing medicine and into creating, shaping and changing lives. Thomas is a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center.

Dr. Michael Thomas

"It's a great feeling," Thomas said. "Making life, helping people get pregnant who want to get pregnant, there's nothing better."

Captured in the video, Thomas accompanies two couples in their journey toward parenthood. During the documentary, television viewers witness first-hand the momentous discovery: will there be a new addition to these families? On camera, Thomas is natural. After all, one of his first career ambitions was to be a television producer.

"When I was in high school I either wanted to go to medical school or become a big shot TV producer," he said. "After Working at a Chicago television station during college, I decided that medical school was a better choice." Thomas is a graduate of Northwestern University and earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

As the director of in-vitro fertilization program and co-director of the UC Medical Center for Reproductive Health and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Thomas provides education and assistance for women's health issues.

"I enjoy my job," Thomas said. "It is an honor to be able to help other people, especially women. Women's health issues affect every family." Thomas confronts the many sides of obstetrics and gynecology including teen sexuality and pregnancy, contraception as well as in-vitro fertilization.

surgery team

"I look forward to many more rewarding years here at UC. I work with many people in and out of medicine who impress me," he said. "I hope the people of Cincinnati realize how fortunate they are to have a world class institution in their backyard. I feel very lucky to be here and to be a part of the history of the university," Thomas said.

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