Top Leaders in Menopause Care

In honor of Women in Medicine Month, we are saluting nine women who have made significant contributions to menopause research and setting the standards for menopause care. The list could go on and on, and limiting ourselves to these nine incredible women required a lot of discipline and difficult decisions. We look forward to next year and another opportunity to shine the spotlight on a new group of amazing women in women’s health and menopause!


Stephanie Faubion, MD, MBA

Dr. Faubion is the Penny and Bill George Director for Mayo Clinic's Center for Women's Health and Medical Director for The North American Menopause Society. She is trained in internal medicine and women’s health. Her research has included sex- and gender-based differences in disease, menopause, hormone therapy, healthy aging, and sexual health and dysfunction in women. She is particularly interested in the factors affecting menopause symptoms, sexual health and cancer, and premature and early menopause. Dr. Faubion also led the development of a clinical database: the Data Registry on Experiences of Aging, Menopause and Sexuality (DREAMS) with longitudinal data on over 7,000 women that help contribute to new research and discovery.


Gail Greendale, MD

Dr. Greendale is Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Research Director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Center. She is an Internist and Geriatrician with formal training in Epidemiology. The major emphases of her work include menopause and osteoporosis. She is a principal investigator of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), the largest study of the biological and psychosocial consequences of menopause in the U.S.


Risa Kagan, MD, FACOG

Dr. Kagan is Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, and a practicing Ob/Gyn at Sutter Health. She specializes in gynecology with particular focus on gynecologic surgery and women's health issues such as menopause and osteoporosis. She has contributed to over 44 research papers on menopause and women’s health. She serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of American Bone Health. She is also a principal investigator on numerous women’s health clinical research trials with the Jordan Research and Education Institute (REDI) of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Sutter Health Research Institute. Dr. Kagan is the author or co-author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of the journal Menopause.


Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD

Dr. Kingsberg is the Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at MacDonald Women's Hospital/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Professor in Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of expertise are sexual medicine, female sexual disorders, menopause, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and psychological aspects of infertility. Her primary research interests are in treatments for female sexual disorders and genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). She sits on the editorial boards of the journals Menopause and Climacteric. Dr. Kingsberg was a past president of The North American Menopause Society and is a past president of The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.


JoAnn Manson, DrPh, MD

Dr. Manson is Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health, Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health, Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief, Preventive Medicine at Brigham And Women's Hospital, and Co-Director, Womens Health at Brigham And Women's Hospital. Her interests are in women’s health and chronic disease epidemiology, particularly the role of lifestyle factors, micronutrient supplementation, and hormone replacement therapy as determinants of heart disease and stroke in women. Dr. Manson has contributed to more than 100 research publications.


JoAnn Pinkerton, MD

Dr. Pinkerton is Medical Director of Midlife Health Center, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She was also the Executive Director of the North American Menopause Society. Her research interests include hormone therapy, SERMS, menopausal therapies, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, nonhormonal treatment of hot flashes, loss of libido, decision-making about HRT. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed publications.


Nanette Santoro, MD

Dr. Santoro is Professor and E Stewart Taylor Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is the author of over 120 scientific publications and two books. Dr. Santoro’s major research interests include the reproductive endocrinology of premature, peri-, and postmenopause, infertility, and the physiology of gonadotropin-releasing hormone secretion. She has been involved with numerous large-scale industry- and government-supported clinical trials, including the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), and the Reproductive Physiology of Ovarian Failure.


Cynthia A. Stuenkel, MD

Dr. Stuenkel is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, an attending physician for their Endocrinology and Metabolism Service, and past president of The North American Menopause Society. In 1988, she created one of the first menopause clinics in the U.S. Dr. Stuenkel is particularly focused on the management of postmenopausal women and hormone therapy, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer prevention. She has contributed to over 58 research papers on menopause and midlife women’s health.


Rebecca Thurston, PhD

Dr. Thurston is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director, Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. The lab is devoted to understanding and enhancing women’s health at midlife and beyond. Her research work focuses on menopause and cardiovascular disease in women. Dr. Thurston is president-elect of The North American Menopause Society. She has contributed extensively to research on menopause, hot flashes, and cardiovascular disease. Most recently she published research findings on how sexual harassment and assault can affect women’s health for years.

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