About Us

The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute is sponsored by Mount’s Sinai’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science and co-sponsored by the Department of Population Health Science and Policy. The goal of the Institute is to build a competitive research program and advance science as it relates to women’s health across the life course.

Our research agenda spans the spectrum of translational research and focuses on common and highly impactful health conditions that end the lives of women prematurely and significantly reduce their quality of life. Our research focus also spans the life course, from pregnancy complications such as eclampsia and gestational diabetes, to chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and depression, to gynecologic cancers.

Message on COVID-19

We trust in the potential of science to deliver solutions to the most complex and widespread challenges we face as a city, nation, and global community. Now more than ever, we are relentless in our dedication to advance science for women’s health and promote breakthroughs in clinical care. We are actively identifying ways in which we can contribute to the fight against COVID-19 and ensure that solutions reach all women and their families, particularly in underserved communities impacted by this disease. We will collaborate across the strong clinical and research departments at Mount Sinai and with partners in New York City to address the immediate and longer-term health needs of the population. We are resolute and confident in our collective ability to meet the challenges of this crisis. As a research team, we will work every day to contribute.

We acknowledge the women beginning their journeys as new and expectant mothers during this difficult time. The road through motherhood may look different than any of us could have anticipated, but we believe fully in the competency of our health care teams to provide high-quality prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care and to help women safely and confidently navigate this period. We send support and strength to women and mothers everywhere.

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
- Rosa Parks

Institute Leadership 

Under the leadership of Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, Director of The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute, we are reaching out to other leaders within the Mount Sinai Health System who share a common interest and goals in women’s health. In addition, the Institute has a Scientific Advisory Board which includes experts from both inside and outside the Mount Sinai Health System.

Internal Scientific Advisory Board 

The Internal Scientific Advisory Board, co-chaired by Michael Brodman, MD and Annetine Gelijns, PhD, JD, includes Mount Sinai senior faculty. The board plays an instrumental role in guiding the direction and growth of The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute.

Michael Brodman, MD

Annetine C. Gelijns, PhD, JD

Steven Burakoff

Barbara Murphy, MD

Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD

René S Kahn, MD, PhD

Rosalind J. Wright, MD

External Advisory Board

William Grobman, MD, MBA  

Jennifer Zeitlin, DSc, MA


The Institute is recruiting for the leadership of this center.