Karen B. Lesser, MD

Associate Professor, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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P.O. Box 245078

Tucson, AZ 85724-5078

Phone: 
(520) 626-2124
Email Address: 
klesser@email.arizona.edu
Education: 
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, 1987 (M.D.)
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, 1987-1991 (Residency, Obstetrics & Gynecology)
  • Brown University Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, 1991-1993 (Fellowship, Maternal & Fetal Medicine)
Honors & Awards: 
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, 1987 (M.D.)
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, 1987-1991 (Residency, Obstetrics & Gynecology)
  • Brown University Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, 1991-1993 (Fellowship, Maternal & Fetal Medicine)
Major Areas of Research Interest: 

Dr. Lesser joined The University Physicians in 1993 as a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine. Dr. Lesser is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist. Her research focuses on diabetes in pregnancy and pregnancy and exercise. A graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Lesser served her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Women and Infants Hospital at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the Director of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program at University Medical Center. Dr. Lesser is also a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Selected Publications: 

Lesser KB, Schoel SB, Kling PJ. Elevated zinc protoporphyrin/heme ratios in umbilical cord blood after diabetic pregnancy. J Perinatol. 26(11):671-6, 2006.

Lesser KB, Childers JM, Surwit EA. Transabdominal cerclage: a laparoscopic approach. Obstet Gynecol. 91(5 Pt 2):855-6, 1998.

Lesser KB, Garcia FA. Association between polycystic ovary syndrome and glucose intolerance during pregnancy. J Matern Fetal Med. 6(5):303-7, 1997.

Lesser KB, Gruppuso PA, Terry RB, Carpenter MW. Exercise fails to improve postprandial glycemic excursion in women with gestational diabetes. J Matern Fetal Med. 5(4):211-7, 1996.

Miller HS, Lesser KB, Reed KL. Adolescence and very low birth weight infants: a disproportionate association. Obstet Gynecol. 87(1):83-8, 1996.

NIH High School Student Research Program: 

-Stephanie-Marie Corrales, Pueblo High School, 1996

Last Updated: 
May 17, 2012