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Directory of Expertise in Women's Health

This list of over 75 faculty summarizes the breadth of work being conducted in women's health at UTMB. Contact Don Dietiker, x74918, to request a listing in this directory.

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photoCara Geary, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Research Interests: Investigating the role of gentle ventilation on neonatal outcomes; updating current Neonatology Clinical Database with an interface to the upcoming electronic medical record; investigating approaches to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Contact: 409-772-2815;


Bin Gong, MD, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow; Instructor
Department of Pathology

Research Interests: Fetal basis of dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm; Hyperthermia-induced upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor in cardiac tissue; Cardiac preconditioning with infrared laser irradiation heating

Contact: 409-772-8199;

photoJames Goodwin, MD
George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine; Director of Sealy Center on Aging

Research Interests: Patterns of cancer care in the elderly; barriers to health care delivery in the elderly; predictors of physical functioning and health in older populations.

Contact: 409-747-1987;

Hankins_2.gif (114033 bytes)Gary Hankins, MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Chief, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Research Interests: Clinical outcome studies; multiple facets of operative obstetrics; large animal physiology; acute effects of amniotic fluid embolism; uteroplacental blood flow dynamics; pathophysiology and genesis of amniotic fluid embolism; maternal/fetal pharmacology and pharmaco dynamics; placental perfusion. 

Contact: 409-772-1957;

hill.jpg (24081 bytes)Alice Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor, School of Nursing

Research Interests: Feeding and nutrition of preterm infants.

Contact: 409-772-8251;


Jacqueline Hirth, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor; Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Cancer prevention among women, disparities in cancer screening & prevention practices, HPV vaccine usage, and long-acting contraceptive methods.

Contact: 409-747-4978;

photoCaroline W.S. Jansen, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences

Research Interests: Musculoskeletal injuries, overuse syndromes, clinical research, tendon injuries, measurement, rehabilitation; rehabilitation of patients after breast cancer treatment.

Contact: 409-772-3068;

photoYow-Jiun (Jennifer) Jeng, PhD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Lysophospholipid and reproduction

Contact: 409-772-2220;


kumarSathish Kumar, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Maternal Vascular adaptations to pregnancy, Developmental programming of adult health and disease, Intrauterine growth restriction, Sex differences, Hypertension.

Contact: 409-772-2261;

kuoYong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Professor, Preventive Medicine & Community Health; Office of Biostatistics; Sealy Center on Aging

Research Interests: Cancer surveillance and screening with Medicare claims data; Ethnic differences in use of health care; Patterns and outcomes of hospitalist care; Effectiveness of nurse practitioner care.

Contact: 409-772-5276;

levine_LLyuba Levine, MD
Associate Professor, OB-GYN Oncology

Research Interests: Pain management; Cancer cachexia and anabolic interventions; Cervical carcinogenesis; Cervical dysplasia/neoplasia.

Contact: 409-772-0966;

photoRuth Levine, MD
Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Identification and management of anxiety disorders and major depression; Prevalence of major depressive symptoms in medical students; Anxiety disorders in women who are pregnant and postpartum; Efficacy of various medications in patients with panic disorder; social anxiety disorder; generalized anxiety disorder; posttraumatic stress disorder; major depressive disorder; and dysthymia; Educational program evaluation; Methods of assessment and remediation in psychiatry clerkships.

Contact: 409-747-9667;

photoLee-Jane Lu, PhD
Professor, Preventive Medicine & Community Health-Environmental Toxicology

Research Interests: Phytoestrogens; estrogen receptors; breast cancer.

Contact: 409-772-1730;

luxonBruce Luxon, PhD
Director, UTMB BIoinformatics Program; Scientist, Sealy Center for Stuctural Biology & Molecular Biophyics

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Systems Biology.

Contact: 409-747-6802;

Liz Lyons PhD

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Use of technology for health promotion and cancer control.

Contact: 409-772-1917;

photoKyriakos Markides, PhD
Annie and John Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging; Professor, Preventive Medicine & Community Health; Director, Division of Sociomedical Sciences; Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Research Interests: Longitudinal studies of Mexican-American elderly health care; depression; aging; social epidemiology; medical sociology; behavioral/social factors; demography; Hispanics.

Contact: 409-772-2551;

Christine McGrath, PhD
Assistant Professor, OB-Gyn Adolescent Gynecology

Research Interests: Human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccine, health disparities, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, maternal/child health & nutrition.

Contact: 409-747-2027;

menonRamkumar Menon, PhD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Preterm birth

Contact: 409-772-7596;


photoMaria-Adelaide Micci, PhD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology

Research Interests: Development of stem cell therapy for the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by loss or malfunction of enteric neurons. 

Contact: 409-747-3085;

photoTerumi Midoro-Horiuti, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Research Interests: Structural basis for allergenicity and environmental induction of plant allergens.

Contact: 409-772-3832;

photoGregg Milligan, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Research Interests: Herpes simplex; and vaccine and other preventive measures against genital infection.

Contact: 409-747-8145;

muirTristi Muir, MD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Director, Urogynecology

Research Interests: Pelvic health; Treating incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse; Educating women about their gynecologic health.

Contact: 409-772-2610;

cnbCarolyn Nelson-Becker, CNM
Director, Regional Maternal & Child Health Program, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Improving the lives of women and their families, by providing health care, counseling and education.

Contact: 409-772-2388; cnelsonb@UTMB.EDU

nowakowskiSara Nowakowski, PhD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Antepartum & postpartum depression; Insomnia; Depression; Insomnia and nocturnal hot flashes in menopause.

Contact: 409-772-3996; sanowako@UTMB.EDU

olsonGayle Olson, MD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests: Maternal Fetal Medicine

Contact: 409-747-4905;


photoKenneth Ottenbacher, PhD
Senior Associate Dean, School Allied Health Sciences; Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging

Research Interests: Outcomes related to functional disabilities; rehabilitation research; and rehabilitation outcomes.

Contact: 409-747-1635;

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