Meet the Director

Now more than ever is the time to focus on advancing science in women’s health. This need is acute across the life course, from pre-adolescent girls to post-menopausal women and geriatric care. Given Mount Sinai’s unmatched clinical reach and demonstrated research expertise, the Women’s Health Research Institute is positioned well to find solutions to common women’s health problems, to close gaps in quality of care that often exist in underserved populations, and to improve the health and well-being of women in New York City and beyond."

Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP, Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, is the Mount Sinai Health System Vice Chair for Research as well as a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science. Dr. Howell is also Associate Dean for Academic Development and a Professor in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy.

In her quest to bring the finest in health care to all women, Dr. Howell has been a leader in the cause of women’s health care, especially for those who are currently underserved. She is a sought after speaker on areas ranging from infant mortality and postpartum depression to disparities in women's health. She has conducted extensive research on maternal morbidity and mortality in New York City and the alarming racial and ethnic disparities that exist.

Dr. Howell has a national reputation as an expert in quality of care, and racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health. Her track record of NIH research funding is extensive. She has served on several expert committees including Institute of Medicine committees on postpartum depression and LGBT health, Joint Commission panels, NIH expert panels, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists national committees, international external scientific advisory boards, NIH study sections, and editorial boards.

Founding the Women’s Health Research Institute is a natural extension of Dr. Howell’s broad and actionable research focus and her commitment to improving health outcomes. As she builds this unique Institute within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Howell will establish partnerships with research and clinical practice colleagues across the Mount Sinai Health System who share her goal to improve the health and well-being of women.