Robert E Garfield


Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Arizona College of Medicine




Robert E. Garfield is an American academic and author with formal training in pharmacology (Ph.D., University of Alberta). He has collaborated globally with leading scientists and clinicians.  He has held positions as full professor in Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, Texas), St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona) and recently completed four years of study at Guangzhou Women and Children’s Hospital (Guangzhou, China). Presently he is a professor at the in University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix.

Garfield maintains an active research program focused on pregnancy from conception to delivery, including electrical activity of uterine muscle which controls uterine contractions during term and preterm labor, and dilation of the cervix. He has published over 500 peer reviewed papers, textbooks and about 1000 published abstracts at international meetings, and holds many patents on drugs and medical devices. He is most noted for his discoveries on the structure and function of the uterus and cervix, methods and devices to diagnose true labor at term and preterm and treatment of premature labor.  He has also mentored over 300 young investigators.  He has received many awards, honors and grant funding during his career.

Area of Interests

Obstetrics, Gynecology