PCOS Staff

All members of our team are vital for your care and will work as a unit to make your experience a pleasant and successful one.


Pal, Lubna

Director, Program for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Program; Director, Menopause Program

Biography

Dr. Pal, MBBS, MRCOG, MS, is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. She is the Director the Program for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at Yale Reproductive Endocrinology. Her areas of clinical and research interests include ovulatory disorders including polycystic ovary syndrome and reproductive dysfunction of obesity, menopause, infertility and skeletal health. More recently, Dr. Pal’s research has focused on the multisystem...

Dr. Pal, MBBS, MRCOG, MS, is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. She is the Director the Program for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at Yale Reproductive Endocrinology. Her areas of clinical and research interests include ovulatory disorders including polycystic ovary syndrome and reproductive dysfunction of obesity, menopause, infertility and skeletal health. More recently, Dr. Pal’s research has focused on the multisystem implications of vitamin D with a specific focus on reproductive physiology.

Dr. Pal is a graduate of Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Pal received her initial postgraduate training in the United Kingdom (she is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, London, United Kingdom). She completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital. She then completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was on faculty at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Women’s Health, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, NY as an Assistant Professor from 2003 until October 2007. She was a recipient of the NIH-K12 Mentored Clinical Researcher Award, and attained a Masters degree in Clinical Research Methods from the Yeshiva University in 2006.

Dr. Pal is a member of the Androgen Excess Society as well as of the Endocrine Society, has previously served as a member of the New Initiatives and the CME Advisory committees of the Endocrine Society; in 2009, she was selected as the Menopause Special Interest Group representative to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Membership Committee and currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the ASRM Menopause Special Interest Group (2010). Dr. Pal is Board Certified in OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

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Kodaman, Pinar Hatice

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Advanced Endoscopic Reproductive Surgery Program

Biography

Dr. Kodaman is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Advanced Endoscopic Reproductive Surgery Program specializing in surgery for fibroids, endometriosis, and other female reproductive disorders. In addition to advanced endoscopic reproductive surgery, Dr. Kodaman’s interests include infertility, abnormal uterine bleeding, primary ovarian insufficiency, PCOS, and Asherman’s syndrome. Dr. Kodaman also...

Dr. Kodaman is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Advanced Endoscopic Reproductive Surgery Program specializing in surgery for fibroids, endometriosis, and other female reproductive disorders. In addition to advanced endoscopic reproductive surgery, Dr. Kodaman’s interests include infertility, abnormal uterine bleeding, primary ovarian insufficiency, PCOS, and Asherman’s syndrome. Dr. Kodaman also serves as one of the physicians in the PCOS Program at Yale where her focus is the cardiovascular risks associated with this endocrine disorder.

Dr Kodaman received her medical training at the Yale School of Medicine and her graduate degree in pharmacology from Yale University. She subsequently completed her internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, also at Yale.

Dr. Kodaman is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board eligible in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She has over 30 publications and multiple research interests, including the regulation of angiogenesis and the effects of oxidative stress on reproductive function. She serves as a reviewer for various scientific journals, has lectured at numerous meetings, and plays an active role in educating undergraduates, medical students, and residents at Yale.

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Greenfeld, Dorothy

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Psychological Support Services

Biography

Dorothy Greenfeld, LCSW, is the Director of Psychological Support Services at the Yale Fertility Center and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and is licensed by the state of Connecticut. She has counseled couples seeking parenthood through assisted reproduction in the Yale program since 1982.

Dorothy Greenfeld, LCSW, is the Director of Psychological Support Services at the Yale Fertility Center and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and is licensed by the state of Connecticut. She has counseled couples seeking parenthood through assisted reproduction in the Yale program since 1982.

Ms. Greenfeld is a founding member and former Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She was the first mental health professional in the nation to be appointed to the ASRM Ethics Committee and has served as mental health representative to the board of directors of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Ms. Greenfeld was the Connecticut State Representative to the board of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers. She has lectured around the world and has served on the faculty of several postgraduate courses focused on the psychological aspects of infertility.

Ms. Greenfeld has published numerous articles in leading scientific journals addressing the psychological aspects of in vitro fertilization, egg donation, sperm donation, gestational surrogacy, and disclosure to children about their donor gamete conception. She was the editor of a book on the psychological aspects of infertility, and written several chapters for textbooks on assisted reproduction. Her current area of research is on the transition to parenthood for couples who have achieved pregnancy through third party reproduction.

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Naqvi, Nighat

Medical Assistant

Biography

Nighat (Nikki) Naqvi joined Yale Fertility Center in 2006 and has almost 12 years of experience in women’s health. Nikki has been a vital part of the program for PCOS from its inception; she oversees the day to day logistics of the PCOS program working closely with the patients and members of the team, and is trained to conduct resting metabolic rate assessments.


Williams, Joanne

Clinical Research Nurse

Biography

Joanne Williams joined Yale Fertility Center in 2010 as a research nurse and coordinator for the Yale PCOS program. She has 10 years of experience in research as well as 20 years of nursing experience in perinatology and pediatrics. In her role as research nurse, Joanne helps with patient and participant recruitment in ongoing research protocols, providing nursing expertise for research related procedures. In her role as research coordinator, Joanne helps negotiate the various steps that are...

Joanne Williams joined Yale Fertility Center in 2010 as a research nurse and coordinator for the Yale PCOS program. She has 10 years of experience in research as well as 20 years of nursing experience in perinatology and pediatrics. In her role as research nurse, Joanne helps with patient and participant recruitment in ongoing research protocols, providing nursing expertise for research related procedures. In her role as research coordinator, Joanne helps negotiate the various steps that are critical to success of clinical research including support for protocol development and implementation, data collection and human subject protection.

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