research overview

  • Medications used in women's health both preventive and therapeutic. Hormone therapy in menopause, contraceptive methods for women and men, interventions for treating uterine fibroids with and without heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, and unscheduled vaginal bleeding during use of hormonal contraception are major clinical areas of interest. Basic research involving the evaluation of the plasminogen activator system in the endometrium of women with a focus on the endometrial endothelial cells.


  • David F. Archer, MD is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with advanced certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He has been a Principal Investigator or Investigator on 337 Clinical Trials related to Women's Health for the past 32 years. He is a Principal Investigator for the NICHD Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network since 1996, and was the Director of the CONRAD Clinical Research Center for 30 years. He has also been involved in general gynecology clinical trials of endometriosis and uterine myomas using gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists, non-peptide gonadotropin releasing hormone antagonists, selective progesterone receptor modulators, and anti-fibrinolytic medication for management of pain, heavy menstrual bleeding and other clinical symptoms and physical findings.

    Dr. Archer is interested in the role of the plasminogen activator system in unscheduled endometrial bleeding in contraceptive users and women with heavy menstrual bleeding. The role of glycosylated Follicle stimulating Hormone in age related infertility, the menopause transition and menopause itself is a new focus of research.

    Dr. Archer is an active member of multiple national and international societies related to women's health. He has been an officer or member of the Board of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the North American Menopause Society, International Menopause Society, European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health and the Egon and Ann Diczfalusy Foundation.

selected publications

preferred title

  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

full name

  • David F. Archer, MD

recognition and awards

  • 2018- International Menopause Society Life Time Achievement Award
    2007- EVMS Deans Award for Achievement in Research
    Honorary member of the Royal Thailand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist
    Honorary Member the Chilean Climacteric Society
    Honorary Member the Romanian Obstetrical and Gynecology Society


Publications in VIVO