Professor Eli Y Adashi is presently tenured Professor of Medical Science and former Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAM), the Association of American Physicians (AAP), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
A Reproductive Endocrinologist and ESHRE member for many years, Professor Adashi served our discipline as President of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, President of the prestigious research body, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) and President of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS).
He was a trainee graduate of the Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship programs at John Hopkins University (JHU) with Professors Howard and Georgeanna Jones and then with Professor Samuel S.C. Yen at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Professor Adashi has focused his research on ovarian biology for which he received continuous National Institute of Health (NIH) funding from 1985 to 2005 including a Research Career Development Award. More recently, Professor Adashi has focused his attention on matters at the nexus of medicine, law, ethics, and social justice.
Mentor to over 50 postdoctoral trainees, Professor Adashi authored or co-authored over 350 peer-reviewed publications and over 120 book chapters/reviews. Professor Adashi also co-edited or edited 16 books in the general area of reproductive medicine with special emphasis on ovarian biology. As per Google Scholar, Professor Adashi’s published work has an ‘H’ score of 74. Professor Adashi’s most cited article received a total of 1049 citations which recognize his ground-breaking research on the role of the insulin-like growth factor system in the ovary.
Dr. Adashi is characterized by his special commitment to developing the next generation of researchers. He has both a natural gift and steady devotion to identifying and nurturing the most promising researchers and thought leaders, providing them with sustained guidance and opportunities throughout their careers.
Eli Adashi mirrors the 4 Thucydidean virtues of intelligence, conscience, gravitas and critical thinking. He provides both praise and critical feedback on research accomplishments. He is always fluttering in the background and there to assist, but never controlling. This quality is probably one of the most under-appreciated aspects of his career in reproductive medicine.
He has given considerable energy, focus and commitment to areas of primary research, publication and teaching. He has evolved very actively into medical education, ethics and the defense of women’s right to autonomy and equitable access to reproductive rights He is an exemplary figure best known as a shining example of the innovative and dedicated clinician Scientist. He serves as an excellent role model for younger peers in ESHRE.