A Century of Women at Yale School of Medicine

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A Celebration of Women

The Yale School of Medicine is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of women at the University, and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences would like to feature some of the women who have made medical and scientific contributions in the field of Women's Health.  

We are delighted to include a full listing of the incredible women faculty who are currently a part of our Department and who continue to make significant advancements in Science, Medicine, research, teaching and mentoring.

Please visit the Century of Women website: medicine.yale.edu/centuryofwomen


Edith B. Jackson

Edith B. Jackson, MD

Years active at Yale: 1923-1959

Dr. Jackson is being recognized as a pioneer in the treatment of infants and young children. She was a faculty member responsible for many of the advances in the care of infants and children throughout the world. She became well-known for her work in trying to humanize the delivery of services to children and families in hospitals and other human services institutions. She is best known for her success in establishing rooming-in for newborns so that they could be as close as possible to their mothers from the beginning. Throughout her life, Dr. Jackson was committed to providing the most sensitive care to parents and children. 

The Edith B. Jackson Child Care Program remains as a living memorial to her lifetime commitment to the welfare of infants and children.

Credit: Official Biography from Century of Women Site

Gertrude Van Wagenen

Gertrude VanWagenen, PhD

Years active at Yale: 1935-1975 

Dr. Van Wagenen is being recognized for her excellence as a scientist. She started the Yale Primate Colony in the 1930s. Her atlas of the macaque ovary was the first to document the number of oocytes in the ovary. The "morning after" pill was developed using the monkeys in collaboration with Professor John Morris. Primate colonies throughout the United States are descended from the Yale colony and have been instrumental in the development of oral contraceptives.

Credit: Official Biography from Century of Women Site

Virginia Stuermer

Virginia Stuermer, MD

Years active at Yale: 1954-2003

Dr. Stuermer is being recognized as a pioneering physician in women’s health. She is associate clinical professor emerita of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences. A Nebraska native, Dr. Stuermer is the daughter of a prairie nurse who visited patients by horseback, she made up her mind to become a doctor at age 4 and trained in her home state as well as New Jersey and Iowa before joining Yale’s Ob/Gyn department in 1954. Despite such obstacles as no break room with beds for women physicians attending childbirths, she gained a sterling reputation at Yale. She later became medical director of Planned Parenthood for Connecticut. Years before the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, Dr. Stuermer joined a committee of New Haven providers and clergy that had decided to set up an outpatient abortion clinic. She offered to allow the clinic to be run out of her own private offices at 2 Church Street South. It was the city’s first freestanding abortion clinic, and quite illegal. Regardless, she practiced unchallenged, and even after other area clinics opened when abortion was legalized, she continued to provide the service until she retired at age 79.

Please visit the Yale Medicine Magazine article detailing Dr. Stuermer's role in protecting and promoting reproductive rights. 

Credit: Official Biography from Century of Women Site

Mary Lake Polan

Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH

Years active at Yale: YSM Class of 1975; 1970-1990

Dr. Polan is being recognized for her talent in combining rigorous scientific research with a humanistic clinical approach in a career that has spanned women's health, clinical medicine, medical education and governmental organizations. Dr. Polan earned a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry in 1970, followed by a medical degree from YSM in 1975, then the first female graduate of our residency program,  and she completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. In 2001, she earned a master’s of public health degree in the Maternal and Child Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

She was at YSM until 1990, with intervals as a visiting professor in Iran in 1978 and China in 1986. In 1990, she moved to Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and is the Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor until 2005. 

Dr. Polan has published more than 130 articles, chapters, and books. At Stanford her focus has been on reproductive endocrinology and infertility and on gene expression patterns in uterine fibroids. Recently, she organized a team of surgical volunteers to travel to Eritrea to help repair damage caused by prolonged labor during childbirth. 

The National Institutes of Health appointed Dr. Polan co-chair of the Task Force on Opportunities for Research on Women's Health in 199. From 1995 to 1998, she was a member of the Director's Panel on Clinical Research and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1993. 

Credit: Official Biography from Century of Women Site

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Century of Women OBGYN Faculty Listing

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Sonya Abdel-Razeq, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Vikki Abrahams, PhD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Ayesha Alvero, MD

Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Stefania Bellone, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Katherine Campbell, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Medical Director Yale Maternal Fetal Medicine Practice

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Julia Cron, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Ob/Gyn Residency Program

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Jennifer Culhane

Associate Research Scientist

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Sabrina Diano, PhD

Richard Sackler Family Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, of Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience

Director, Reproductive Neurosciences Group

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Erica C Dun, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Linda Fan, MD, FACOG

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Gynecology Section

Co-chair Gynecologic Services Quality Assurance Committee

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Mindy Fishman, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Clare Flannery, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Co-Director, Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank (YURS)

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France Galerneau, MD, FRCS(C)

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Across the Lifespan Mastercourse, YSM

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Aileen Gariepy, MD, MPH, FACOG, MHS

Associate Professor of OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences

Director, Yale Fellowship in Familiy Planning, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

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Gloria Huang, MD, FACOG

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

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Yingqun Huang, PhD, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, FACOG

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Section Chief, Laborists and Midwifery

Medical Director, Obstetrics, Vidone Birthing Center, St. Raphael Campus, YNHH

Director of Medical Studies, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director of Electives, Yale School of Medicine

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Amanda Kallen, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Dawn Kelk, PhD, HCLD

Associate Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Pinar Kodaman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Advanced Endoscopic Reproductive Surgery Program

Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Elective

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Katherine Kohari, MD, FACOG

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Associate Medical Director

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Graciela Krikun, PhD

Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Heather Lipkind, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director of Postpartum Services

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Lisbet Lundsberg, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Urania Magriples, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Audrey Merriam, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

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Oluwatosin Onibokun, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Lubna Pal, MBBS, FACOG

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Director, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Program

Director, Menopause Program

Interim Section Chief, REI

REI Fellowship Director

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Shefali Pathy, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

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Mary Polan, MD, PhD, MPH

Professor of Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

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Elena Ratner, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Co-Chief, Section of Gynecologic Oncology

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Anna Sfakianaki, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and of Comparative Medicine

Director of Gynecologic Ultrasound Program

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Sangini Sheth, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Associate Medical Director & Director of Colposcopy and Cervical Dysplasia, Women's Center, Yale New Haven Hospital

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Michelle Silasi, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Nina Stachenfeld, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH, FACOG, FSFP

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing

Section Chief of Family Planning

Director, Fellowship in Family Planning

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Roslyn Tedja, PhD

Assoc Rsrch Sci/Scholar Ob/Gyn

Associate Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Shiny Titus, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

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Alla Vash-Margita, MD

Assistant Professor

Chief, Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

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Regan Welsh, MD, MS, FACOG

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Shannon Whirledge, PhD, MSc

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Yang Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor

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