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November 16 – 18, 2021

Magee-Womens Summit Speakers

Summit Session Speakers

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Father Paul Abernathy

CEO

Neighborhood Resilience Project, Pittsburgh

Pastor

St. Moses Orthodox Church

November 16, 2021 — 3:40-4:40 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Forging Transformative Community Partnerships
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Tracy L. Bale, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health & Brain Development

University of Maryland School of Medicine

November 18, 2021 — 8:15-8:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Extracellular Vesicles as Stress Signals: Identifying Novel Biomarkers in Reproductive Health

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are a novel signaling mechanism involved in numerous reproductive processes and the transmission of parental life experiences across generations. The protein and sncRNA content of EVs is altered by stress and trauma and can impact the course and rate of embryo and fetal development.

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Ceci Connolly

CEO

Alliance of Community Health Plans

November 18, 2021 — 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Telehealth and Digital Engagement in 2025
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Mary E. D'Alton, MD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief

New York Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

November 17, 2021 — 8:45-9:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Scientific Pathways to Women's Health
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Benjamin S. Danielson, MD

Pediatrician and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

University of Washington School of Medicine

November 16, 2021 — 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat: Confronting Structural Racism in Health Systems
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Toren Finkel, MD, PhD

Director, Aging Institute

UPMC and University of Pittsburgh

Professor of Medicine
G. Nicholas Beckwith III and Dorothy B. Beckwith Endowed Chair of Translational Medicine

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

November 17, 2021 — 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Therapeutic Manipulation of Autophagy and Metabolism
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Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Director

Preventative Genomics Clinic

Associate Physician and Geneticist

Brigham and Women's Hospital

November 18, 2021 — 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Keynote Speech: The Path to Preventative Genomics
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David A. Haig, PhD

George Putnam Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Chair, Australian Studies Committee

Harvard University

November 17, 2021 — 10:30-11:00 a.m.

The Pathological Physiology of Pregnancy

Unlike other important physiological processes, complications often arise during the brief nine months of pregnancy. This difference arises because pregnancy involves an interaction between two genetic individuals with divergent evolutionary interests.

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Laura Helmuth, PhD

Editor-in-Chief

Scientific American

November 17, 2021 — Magee Prize Dinner

Keynote Speaker
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Sharon Hillier, PhD

Richard Sweet Professor of Reproductive Infectious Disease
Vice-Chair, Faculty Affairs

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Reproductive Infectious Disease Research

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

November 18, 2021 — 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Communicable (Infectious) Diseases and Human Communities
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Leroy Hood, MD, PhD

Senior Vice President / Chief Science Officer

Providence St. Joseph Health 

Chief Strategy Officer and Professor

Institute for Systems Biology 

November 17, 2021 — 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Precision Population Health Beyond the Human Genome Program - A Paradigm Change for Pregnancy
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Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD

Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine

MacDonald Women's Hospital / University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Professor, Departments of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

November 18, 2021 — 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Postmenopausal Sexuality: Not an Oxymoron
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Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH

Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
Jonas Salk Chair in Population Health

University of Pittsburgh

November 17, 2021 — 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Shaping Metabolism Keynote:
The Triple Risk Burden — Environmental Exposures, Pregnancy, Disparities
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Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH

Strategic Advisor to the CEO and Response Lead

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

November 17, 2021 — 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Lunch Conversation: How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Speaker will be presenting virtually.

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Christos Mantzoros, MD, DSc, PhD h.c. mult.

Professor of Medicine

Harvard University

Chief, Endocrinology

VA Boston Healthcare System

November 17, 2021 — 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Shaping Metabolism Keynote Speaker:
Linking Energy Sufficiency and Reproduction in Humans: The Role of Leptin and Activin

Speaker will be presenting virtually.

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Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD

Charles and Linda Wilson Professor, History of Medicine
Director, Humanities in Medicine Program

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

November 16, 2021 — 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: History as a Blueprint for Medical Self-Determination
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Nathan Price, PhD

CEO

Onegevity Health

November 18, 2021 — 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Healthy Minds Through Transitions Talk:
Data to Health in the Post COVID-19 World

 

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Roberto Romero, MD, D.Med.Sci

Chief, Perinatology Research Branch

NICHD/NIH

Director, Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Intramural Division

NICHD/NIH/DHHS

November 17, 2021 — 11:00-11:30a.m.

The Unique Nature of Obstetrical Disorders

Speaker will be presenting virtually.

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Nanette Santoro, MD

Professor and E. Stewart Taylor Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Colorado School of Medicine

November 18, 2021 — 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight Talk: Healthy Minds Through Transitions
Help! Menopause Just Stole My Waistline!
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Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD

Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
John and Gertrude Petersen Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Clinical and Translational Science

University of Pittsburgh

November 17, 2021 — Magee Prize Dinner

Keynote Speaker
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Rebecca Thurston, PhD

Pittsburgh Foundation Chair, Women's Health and Dementia
Director, Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory
Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, Epidemiology and Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

November 18, 2021 — 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Menopause and Sexual Health Keynote:
Heart and Minds: The Importance of Menopause for Women's Cardiovascular and Brain Health
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Michelle A. Williams, ScD

Dean of the Faculty
Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

November 18, 2021 — 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Redefining the Future of Women's Health and Wellness

Speaker will be presenting virtually. Panel discussion to follow.

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Katherine Wisner, MD

Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

November 18, 2021 — 9:15-10:00 a.m.

Healthy Minds: Mitigating Melcancholy in Motherhood

Check back for more information in the coming weeks.

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Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology
Director, Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine
Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine - Neurology

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

November 18, 2021 — 8:45-9:15 a.m.

Healthy Minds Through Transitions Keynote:
Sleeping Well and Staying in Rhythm: Implications for Brain and Cardio-metabolic Health

Speaker will be presenting virtually.

Program Directors

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Michael Annichine

Chief Executive Officer

Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation

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Bob Edwards, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist
Milton Lawrence McCall Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

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Yoel Sadovsky, MD

Executive Director

Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation

Elsie Hilliard Hillman Chair of Women's Health Research
Distinguished Professor of OB-GYN, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Moderators and Participants

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Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH

Associate Vice President, Population Health and Clinical Transformation

UPMC Health Plan

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Richard Beigi, MD, MSc

President

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

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Ronald Buckanovich, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Janet M. Catov, PhD, MS

Associate Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Tracey Conti, MD

Chair, Department of Family Medicine

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC

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Anthony (Tony) DiGioia, MD

Founder and Medical Director

Bone & Joint Center at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

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Nicole Donnellan, MD

Assistant Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

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David Ewing Duncan

American Journalist and Author
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Francesca L. Facco, MD, MSCi

Assistant Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Lynne Hayes-Freeland

Journalist
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Alisse Hauspurg, MD

Associate Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Eldin Jašarević, MD

Assistant Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Dawndra Jones DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer
Vice President, Patient Care Services

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

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Elizabeth Krans, MD, MSc

Associate Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Mellissa Mann, PhD

Associate Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Mary O'Connor, MD

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Vori Health

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Hyagriv Simhan, MD, MSCR

Executive Chair, Obstetrics

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director of Clinical Innovation, Women's Health Service Line

UPMC

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Judith Yanowitz, PhD

Associate Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Magee-Womens Research Institute

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Halina Zyczynski, MD

Chair, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
Director, Women's Health Service Line

UPMC Hamot

Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Urogynecology, Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

University of Pittsburgh

External Advisory Committee

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Ursula B. Kaiser, MD

Senior Physician
George W. Thorn, MD Distinguished Professor in Endocrinology
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Director

Brigham Research Institute

Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

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Louis Muglia, MD, PhD

President and CEO

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Adjunct Professor

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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Jerome F. Strauss III, MD, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Former Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System and Dean

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

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Rebecca Thurston, PhD

Pittsburgh Foundation Chair, Women's Health and Dementia
Director, Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory
Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, Epidemiology and Psychology

University of Pittsburgh