Publications and Media

Faculty members in the Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute regularly publish research covering women’s health across the life course. We publish our work in scientific journals and are featured in the media.

Highlighted Publications

Pain perception during transabdominal chorionic villus sampling: a randomized trial comparing topical ethyl chloride anesthetic spray and lidocaine injection.
Patricia Rekawek, Joanne Stone, Brittany Robles, Katherine Connolly, Catherine Bigelow, Francisco Tudela, Angela Bianco
April 2019 

Racial Segregation and Inequality of Care in Neonatal Intensive Care Units Is Unacceptable
Elizabeth Howell, Paul Hebert, Jennifer Zeitlin
March 2019 

Funding for Abstinence-Only Education and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention: Does State Ideology Affect Outcomes?
Ashley M Fox, Georgia Himmelstein, Hina Khalid, Elizabeth Howell
March 2019 

Concordance of cancer registry and self-reported race, ethnicity, and cancer type: a report from the American Cancer Society’s studies of cancer survivors
Tracy M. Layne, Leah M. Ferrucci, Beth A. Jones, Tenbroeck Smith, Lou Gonsalves, Brenda Cartmel
January 2019 

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Neonatal Outcomes—Reply
Teresa Janevic
February 2019 

Primary breast cancer of the vulva with concurrent breast and endometrial cancers: A case report and literature review
Sue Li, Melissa Schwartz, Sedef Everest, and Stephanie V. Blank
February 2019 

Association of Race/Ethnicity With Very Preterm Neonatal Morbidities
Teresa Janevic, Jennifer Zeitlin, Nathalie Auger, Natalia N. Egorova; Paul Hebert, Amy Balbierz, Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP
September 2018

Breastfeeding and lithium: is breast always best?
Megan Galbally, Verlee Bergink, Simone N. Vigod, Anne Buist, Philip Boyce, P Satish Chandra, Rolland Kohan, Louise M. Howard
July 2018

Reduction of Peripartum Racial and Ethnic Disparities: A Conceptual Framework and Maternal Safety Consensus Bundle
Elizabeth A. Howell, Haywood Brown,  Jessica Brumley, Allison S. Bryant, Aaron B. Caughey , Andria M. Cornell, Jacqueline H. Grant, , Kimberly D. Gregory, Susan M. Gullo, Katy B. Kozhimannil, Jill M. Mhyre, Paloma Toledo, Robyn D’Oria, Martha Ngoh, William A. Grobman
May 2018

Differences in Morbidity and Mortality Rates in Black, White, and Hispanic Very Preterm Infants among New York City Hospitals
Elizabeth A. Howell, Teresa Janevic,  Paul L. Hebert, Natalia N. Egorova, Amy Balbierz, Jennifer Zeitlin
March 2018

In the News

Society of Gynecologic Oncology 50th Anniversary: Stephanie V. Blank, MD
SGO - June 21, 2019
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology celebrates 50 years and reflects on the major milestones and accomplishments in the fight against women's cancer. Stephanie V. Blank, MD, shares her thoughts on the outlook for the subspecialty.

Beyoncé’s Honesty Highlights Racial Disparities in Maternal Healthcare
Healthline – May 1, 2019
Singer, Beyoncé, discusses her experience with pregnancy complications. Black women are at a heightened risk for these complications and Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, comments on the factors contributing to racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes.

The Blavatnik Family Women's Health Research Institute Bi-annual eNewsletter
April 2019

Inaugural Symposium Explores Women’s Health
Mount Sinai – April 15, 2019
The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai held its inaugural symposium – “Cutting Edge Topics in Women’s Health,” with keynote speaker, Vivian Pinn, MD.

How to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States
JAMA – April 2, 2019
In this podcast Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, explains the ways to address the problem of high maternal mortality rates and their preventability.

Black Infants in NICUs Receive Different Quality Treatment, According To New Research
Romper – March 25, 2019
Dr. Elizabeth Howell, Founding Director, The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai highlights that 40 percent of the Black-white racial disparity in preterm neonatal mortality rates can be explained by segregation and inequality of care in NICUs across the U.S.

Race Affects Health Care of Even the Smallest and Youngest
US News – March 25, 2019
Dr. Elizabeth Howell co-authored an editorial in JAMA Pediatrics on disparities in quality of care affecting the health of newborns, and especially, premature babies.

Failure to Complete Primary Education Tied to Onset of Maternal Mental Illness
MD Magazine – March 21, 2019
Dr. Veerle Bergink, Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai discusses her study: “Our hypothesis was that children are at higher risk of impaired functioning if the mother was ill during these critical periods and our results support this hypothesis.”

Can you get your period while pregnant?
Women's Health - January 15, 2019
Joanne Stone, MD, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System discusses spotting during pregnancy.

Parents Might Pass the Effects of Prozac on to Future Generations
PBS – December 10, 2018
“These findings show clearly that this is a topic that warrants further investigation in humans,” she adds. “We need to have these discussions. It’s a medical issue, but it’s also a societal issue,” says Dr. Veerle Bergink, a psychiatrist specializing in maternal mental health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

'Striking' disparities in preemies' health may be bigger than thought, study suggests
CNN-September 10, 2018
A new study suggests that black and Hispanic premature babies, compared with white premature babies, had a two- to four-fold increased risk of four severe neonatal health problems.

Crain's Notable Women in Healthcare
Crain’s New York- September 5, 2018 
Dr. Elizabeth Howell, System Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Obstetrics Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, has been named one of Crain’s inaugural Notable Women in Health Care in New York City. Dr. Howell is one of 78 women chosen by Crain’s New York Business to honor female professionals working in healthcare whose contributions have significantly influenced New York City. 

Serena Williams’ health scare prompts national discussion
NBC’s Today Show- January 16, 2018
Tennis superstar, Serena Williams, is speaking out about the harrowing post-delivery scare that almost killed her, sparking a discussion that she hopes will lead to change.  . Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, Professor and Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine, mentions the increasing mortality rate among American women, particularly black women.

Serena Williams shares her harrowing childbirth story
NBC News- January 15, 2018
Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, Professor and Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine highlights efforts needed to be made in closing maternal complication gaps among African American women and their counterparts.  Dr. Howell also stresses the importance of women advocating for themselves within the healthcare system.

Researchers Find Higher Infant Morbidity and Mortality Rates Among New York City Hospitals
Mount Sinai- January 2, 2018
Elizabeth Howell, MD, Director of the Women’s Health Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses how even though neonatal care has improved substantially over the past decade, racial and ethnic disparities in morbidity and mortality continue to exist.

Blavatnik Family Foundation Provides $10 Million Gift to Mount Sinai to Support Mission of Advancing Women’s Health
Mount Sinai – May 16, 2018
The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City has announced a $10 million gift from Len and Emily Blavatnik in support of research focused on women's health. Made through the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the gift will establish the Blavatnik Family Women's Health Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai.