Medical Education

Kelly Pagidas, M.D.C.M.

Kelly Pagidas, M.D.C.M.

Department Chair, Medical Education

Biography

Kelly Pagidas, MDCM, MA, FACOG, FRCSC, is the academic chair of Medical Education for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Dr. Pagidas previously served as a Professor Adjunct and Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. In her role as an academic chair, she will oversee faculty recruitment and retention in her department, among other responsibilities.

She began her career in higher education in 1995 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, Canada. In 1999, Dr. Pagidas was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island and also was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2013, she became a Professor/Division and Program Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Pagidas remained there until 2018 when she accepted two separate roles, one as Professor Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and another as a Professor, Tenure and Division Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine.

The Fort Worth M.D. Schools’ curriculum has been designed to implement communications training throughout all four years of medical school. This was one of the factors that attracted Dr. Pagidas to Fort Worth.

“It’s amazing that we’re adopting the world of acting artistry and teaching individuals to put themselves in the shoes of others,” Dr. Pagidas said. “Medical students don’t need to memorize as much as I did when I was in medical school because of technology. But what they need to do is be more open-minded and develop different communication styles because not every patient you see is going to fit one mold.”

Education

Dr. Pagidas received her medical degree in 1987 from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed her first residency in 1990 in the Department of Surgery at Montreal General Hospital’s McGill University Health Centre. She completed her second residency in 1993 in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Royal Victoria Hospital’s McGill University Health Centre.

She completed her fellowship in 1995 in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Royal Victoria Hospital’s McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Pagidas continued to work as an OB-GYN with a special interest in genetic screening and testing until accepting her role at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.

Dr. Pagidas is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. She has received 25 honors and awards throughout her career including 11 Excellence in Teaching Awards and three Top Hospital-Based Teacher of the Year Awards from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


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Research Interests

She has been an author in 42 peer-reviewed journals, along with having been published in 12 books or book chapters. Dr. Pagidas has traveled nationally and internationally to give 68 presentations throughout her career.