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Stephanie Teal, MD, MPHStephanie Teal, MD, MPH (President), Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine. Stephanie Teal joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1998, after completing her residency at the University of California, San Diego. In 2001, she left to pursue a fellowship in Family Planning Clinical Care and Research at Columbia University, returning to the University of Colorado in 2003. Her clinical and research interests are in contraception for women with complex medical issues, adolescent health, and family planning. Dr. Teal earned her MD in 1994 at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and her MPH at Columbia University in New York. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Tessa Madden, MD, MPHTessa Madden, MD, MPH (President-Elect), Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Fellowship in Family Planning, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis. Tessa Madden graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 2001 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2005. She then obtained her Masters in Public Health and completed a Fellowship in Family Planning and Contraception at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research interests include progestin contraceptives and management of irregular bleeding, contraceptive selection and continuation, and post-abortion contraception. She also has a strong interest in policy and advocacy and participated in the Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health Leadership Training Initiative Program.

Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPHTina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH (Treasurer), Senior Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research; Research Director, Women’s Health Research Institute. Tina Raine-Bennett is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Research Scientist in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Her research has focused on elucidating factors that influence contraceptive choice and continuation among high-risk women and improving access to emergency contraception. At KPNC she focuses on expanding research on women’s health and translating women’s health research into clinical practice within the Obstetrics and Gynecology departments in Northern California. Dr. Raine-Bennett is also currently a volunteer clinical faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was formerly a Professor and the Medical Director of a specialty clinic that helped teens and young women avoid unintended pregnancy. Dr. Raine-Bennett received her medical training at the University of California, San Diego, and post-graduate residency training and MPH at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship.

Sonya Borrero, MD, MSSonya Borrero, MD, MS (Secretary), Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science and Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Sonya Borrero’s specialization areas include women’s health, reproductive health equity, health services research, and women veterans. She is an internist and researcher whose research has mainly focused on understanding multilevel influences on contraceptive and pregnancy decision making in vulnerable populations with the goal of identifying targets for interventions to decrease risk for undesired pregnancy. She is also a core faculty member at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and a staff physician in the VA Pittsburgh’s women’s health clinic and has conducted research to investigate and improve family planning services for women veterans. Dr. Borrero received her MD from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and her MS from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in general medicine and women’s health.

Eve Espey, MD, MPHEve Espey, MD, MPH (Immediate Past President), Chair and Professor and Family Planning Fellowship director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico. Dr. Espey's area of advocacy and research interest is family planning and abortion. She heads the Medical Advisory Committee for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and serves as both Chair of the American College of OB-GYN's Long Acting Reversible Contraception Work Group and President of the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative. She has been recognized with a number of teaching awards locally and as a national faculty mentor for Medical Students for Choice. Dr. Espey has numerous publications in the area of family planning and medical education and has been involved in international family planning work. She received her MD and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of California, Irvine, and completed her Master's in Public Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Espey is committed to the care of underserved women and to improving the health and lives of New Mexico women.

Amanda Dennis, DrPH, MBEAmanda Dennis, DrPH, MBE (Ex officio), Interim Executive Director, Society of Family Planning. Amanda Dennis joined SFP in 2016 as Director of Research and Evaluation, and stepped in as Interim Executive Director in 2017. Previously, she worked at the Colorado Health Foundation, where she oversaw a portfolio of research and evaluation projects and assessed progress at meeting strategic, philantrhopic goals. Before that, she worked at Ibis Reproductive Health, and conducted research focused on investigating issues related to abortion, contraceptive, pregnancy and miscarriage care for low-income populations and people with chronic health conditions. Her research has been published in Contraception, Health Services Research Journal, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Women’s Health Issues, among other journals. She has also served on the board of the Abortion Care Network, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program. Amanda holds a DrPH in Public Health from Boston University, a Master’s in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Hampshire College.

Angela Dempsey, MD, MPHAngela Dempsey, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ryan Residency Training Program Director, Associate Dean for Curriculum-Clinical Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Dr. Dempsey is a leader in the field of medical education and career mentoring. She directs a graduated Ryan training program and the Ryan Initiate in Sustainability and Engagement in which she mentors new program directors. She also serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum-Clinical Sciences at her institution and directs the 4th year family planning elective. Her research interests include identifying factors associated with choice of highly effective contraception and increased continuation of effective methods, with research published in Contraception and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Dr. Dempsey received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Following a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Colorado, she completed a Family Planning Fellowship and Masters of Public Health at Columbia University in 2008.

Mary Fjerstad, RN, NP, MHSMary Fjerstad, RN, NP, MHS. Mary Fjerstad is a women’s healthcare nurse practitioner. She began her work in women’s health in the 1970s in rural Tennessee and has since worked providing prenatal care to the indigenous people of the Guatemalan highlands, to incarcerated women in a Mexican federal prison, and through a women’s health care program she pioneered for incarcerated women in California. She also worked for 12 years with the Planned Parenthood San Diego affiliate, where she was directly involved in the Population Council study of mifepristone; with Planned Parenthood Consortium of Abortion Providers, providing training in medical abortion and ultrasound; and at Ipas and Woman Care Global, where she advised national departments of health on abortion standards and guidelines. She has been an invited speaker at international conferences and training in virtually every continent and has been an advisor to numerous national and international research projects. Ms. Fjerstad earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing from San Diego State University and her master’s degree in Health Services Management from Webster University.

Lisa Harris, MD, PhDLisa Harris, MD, PhD, F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professor of Reproductive Health; Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Women's Studies; and Director, Fellowship in Family Planning, University of Michigan. Dr. Harris is an active clinician, teacher and researcher. Her clinical work includes most aspects of general ob-gyn care, with a focus on miscarriage and family planning. She teaches across disciplines at University of Michigan, in the undergraduate College, Medical School, Law School, and School of Public Health. Her research is similarly interdisciplinary, focusing on medical history and sociology and exploring abortion stigma, the experiences of abortion care providers, exercise of conscience in healthcare, clinical and ethical consequences of restrictive abortion policy, and the intersection of abortion politics with federal research policy. She is the recipient of a variety of awards for research and advocacy, including ARHP's "Preserving Core Values in Science Award" and the Outstanding Researcher Award from SFP. Because so many issues in women's reproductive health have to do as much with culture and politics as with biomedical sciences, Dr. Harris went on to earn a PhD in American Culture at University of Michigan after earning her undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard University.

David Hubacher, PhDDavid Hubacher, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, Contraceptive Technology Innovation Department, FHI 360. David Hubacher is an expert and key opinion leader on contraception and IUDs in particular. He conducts clinical and programmatic research and specializes in long-acting reversible contraception, which includes both IUDs and subdermal implants. He is a two-time recipient of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals annual award for outstanding research (both for his work on IUDs). He reviews research protocols for the Fellowship in Family Planning, which is the premier US-based training center for OB/GYNs who are on a research path in reproductive health. Dr. Hubacher is regularly invited to attend domestic and international brainstorming meetings organized by agencies, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies and serves on ad-hoc committees and panels for the United States Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, other reproductive health organizations and international conferences. In 2014, he joined the international committee known as the Bellagio Group on Long-acting Reversible Contraceptives. He serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Contraception. Dr. Hubacher earned his MPH in biostatistics and his PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is fluent in Spanish.

Megan Kavanaugh, DrPHMegan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH, Principal Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute. Dr. Kavanaugh’s research portfolio has focused on contraceptive use and service delivery, unintended pregnancy, and abortion. She has training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, used in her work tracking trends in long-acting reversible contraception, examining the consequences of unintended pregnancy, and understanding the impact of travel on women seeking abortions. Dr. Kavanaugh is also affiliated with the Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kavanaugh was a Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Abortion and Reproductive Health at the Guttmacher Institute from 2008-2010. She was awarded the Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals in 2006, and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Career Excellence by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 2015. She earned DrPH and MPH degrees, with specializations in behavioral and community health, and a master’s certificate in women’s studies, at the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in bioengineering from Cornell University. In addition to SFP, Dr. Kavanaugh is a member of the American Public Health Association, ARHP, and the Population Association of America.

Wendy V. Norman, MD, MHScWendy V. Norman, MD, MHSc, Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC). In addition to her Associate Professorship, Wendy Norman is also an Associate Member in both the School of Population and Public Health and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She is a Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and undertook a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Primary Healthcare Research Fellowship through the TUTOR-PHC program at Western University after completing the Clinician Scholar Program at UBC. She completed a MHSc (UBC), a diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health (Liverpool University) and residencies in Family Medicine (U Alberta) and in GP-anaesthesiology (UBC) after graduating in Medicine from Queen’s University. Her research interests include family planning health services and policy, health professional education, and population health. Dr. Norman brings this multidisciplinary expertise into her role as CIHR/Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Applied Public Health Chair for her program of implementation research on family planning health equity interventions. Dr. Norman was awarded the Guttmacher Institute’s prestigious Darroch Award in 2016.

Pooja R Patel, MD MMSPooja R Patel, MD, MMS, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Pooja Patel is the Junior Fellow Representative on the SFP board. After completing her medical school and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Patel joined UTMB faculty as a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar, during which time she obtained her Masters in Medical Sciences. Her reproductive research interests include adolescent contraception and improving access to contraception. She has conducted qualitative studies to determine characteristics associated with contraceptive non-use, opinions of adolescents regarding having contraceptives available at school-based health programs, and trends with regards to prenatal contraceptive counseling.

Maureen Paul, MD, MPHMaureen Paul, MD, MPH, Director of Family Planning and co-Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School. Maureen Paul is former Deputy Editor for the journal Contraception and continues to serve on the Editorial Board. From 1998-2012, she served as Medical Director at three large Planned Parenthood affiliates in Massachusetts, San Francisco, and New York City (PPNYC), where she oversaw the affiliates’ clinical, training and research programs. She collaborated with the ANSIRH Program at UCSF to launch the Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare (TEACH) Project, a community-academic partnership to train primary care residents in early abortion care, and co-directed collaborative residency training rotations at PPNYC. Dr. Paul served as Editor-in-Chief for the seminal textbook, A Clinician’s Guide to Medical and Surgical Abortion, and its sequel, Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care. She served on NAF’s Board of Directors from 1995-2002 (President 2000-2002) and on PPFA’s National Medical Committee from 2002-2007. Her awards include the Christopher Tietze Humanitarian Award (2009), NAF’s highest distinction that honors significant, lifetime contributions in the field of abortion service delivery, and PPNYC’s Woman of Valor Award (2010).

Joseph E. Potter, PhDJoseph E. Potter, PhD, Professor of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin. Joe Potter’s interests lie in the areas of reproductive health, population and development, and demographic estimation. Since the Fall of 2011, he has been leading a five-year project—The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP)—to evaluate the impact of legislation enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2011 and 2013 affecting both funding for family planning and access to abortion care. Much of his research over the last three decades has addressed fertility and contraceptive practice in Mexico and Brazil—two countries that have experienced dramatic demographic transitions during the last four decades. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Potter led the Border Contraceptive Access Study (BCAS). This NIH-funded project addressed the “natural experiment” that exists in El Paso, Texas where women may access the pill either in pharmacies without a prescription (across the border), or through family planning clinics in El Paso. The research took place simultaneously with an earlier round of cuts in state funding for family planning. Dr. Potter received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University, and has been teaching courses on demographic methods and the evaluation of social policies at UTA since 1989.

In Memoriam

Allen Rosenfield, MDPublic health lost a great leader with the passing of Dr. Allan Rosenfield in October, 2008. Allan Rosenfield, a member of SFP’s board until his death, served as Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health from 1986 to 2008 and founder of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health. Dr. Rosenfield’s research, teaching and advocacy are world renowned and have been recognized by honorary awards too numerous to list here. He wrote extensively on domestic and international issues in the fields of population, women’s reproductive health, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, human rights and health policy and developed major global initiatives on maternal mortality, reproductive health, women’s health and HIV/AIDS. In 2007, SFP created the Allan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning in his honor.

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