Faculty and Staff

The faculty, staff, and advisors of the centers aim to fulfill the mission of the Institute by conducting translational research to improve women’s health care. The Institute promises to be a magnet for faculty who are committed to conducting relevant studies and training the future leaders in women’s health care.

Starting with its leadership and advisors and extending to the researchers, faculty, and staff, the Institute will explore and improve women’s health care issues in meaningful ways to make a difference globally. We will be recruiting additional faculty and staff over the coming months.


Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP directs and maintains the Institute, leading and inspiring faculty, researchers, and support staff. 


The initial wave of faculty participating in the Institute is an impressive list of doctors and researchers whose focus is on women’s health issues.

Omara Afzal, DO, MPH

Charles Ascher-Walsh, MD

Emilia Bagiella, PhD

Ann Marie Beddoe, MD

Emma K. Benn, DrPH, MPH

Verlee Bergink, MD, PhD

Nina Bickell, MD

Stephanie V. Blank, MD

Michael Brodman, MD

Francesco Callipari, MD 

Katherine T. Chen, MD

Alan Copperman, MD

Casey Crump, MD, PhD

Peter Dottino, MD

Natalia N. Egorova, PhD

Erin Figueroa, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Nathan Fox, MD

Faith Frieden, MD

Frederick Friedman, Jr. MD

Eric M. Ganz, MD

Annetine C. Gelijns, PhD, JD

Kimberly Glazer, PhD, MPH (Postdoctorate Fellow)

Ksenia Gorbenko, PhD

Marilyn J. Hammer, PhD, DC, RN, FAAN

Anne Hardart, MD

Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH

Hanna Y. Irie, MD, PhD

Adam R. Jacobs, MD

Lina Jandorf, MA 

Teresa Janevic, PhD

Reena Karani, MD

Tatyana Kushner, MD, MSCE

Tracy Layne, PhD, MPH

Yan Li, PhD

Whitney Lieb, MD, MPH

Dolores Malaspina, MD, MS, MSPH

Mary Ann McLaughlin, MD 

Sarah J. Miller, PsyD

Katherine Ornstein, PhD, MPH

Juan A. Peña, MD, MPH (Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow) 

Monica Prasad-Hayes, MD

Zoe Rodriguez, MD

Anya Romanoff, MD 

Ayesha Siddiqui, MD, MSc

Jamilia Sly, PhD 

Rhoda Sperling, MD

Julie Spicer, PhD

Joanne Stone, MD

Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD

Luciana Vieira, MD 

Ellerie Weber, PhD

Faculty Support

Amy Balbierz, MPH, Program Manager

Denise Berdebes

Anna Kheyfets

Jessica Overbey, MS (PhD candidate)

Stephanie Pan, MS

Heather Reis, MBA

Ashaki Smith