On April 24, 2014 Dr. Marcelle I. Cedars spoke at Eastern Virginia Medical School Grand Rounds as the featured speaker of the annual Shirley Dungan Kheel Memorial Lectureship. The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine sponsored of the lecture entitled: Ovarian Aging – How we measure it and what does it mean?
Dr. Cedars’ presentation included information on interpreting biomarkers of ovarian aging, the implications of reproductive aging on fertility and the somatic health risks associated with ovarian aging.
Dr. Cedars is the Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco.
About Shirley Dungan Kheel
1944 – 1994
Shirley Kheel was the mother of the fifth in vitro baby born at the Jones Institute, and the first born in New York. She came to the Jones Institute in the fall of l981 after reading in the newspapers of their pioneering efforts,
From the very beginning, even before any successful births, she was convinced that with the aid of modern medicine and the Drs. Joneses expertise, she could conceive another child. Her optimism and determination proved prescient and she was rewarded with the birth of a son, David Dungan Kheel on August 31, 1982.
During the years that followed, Shirley and Bob Kheel continue to support the Jones Institute to assure its success through excellence in medical education, innovative patient care and world-class research advances.
Shirley died of cancer on April 26, 1994. Her passion for helping infertile couples bear healthy children lives on through a memorial endowment established by her many friends and loving family, how important David and the Institute had been to her and her family. Each year a renowned scholar is invited to be recognized as the Shirley Dungan Kheel Memorial Lecturer.