Leadership

Marcia Stefanick, PhD

Director and Co-Founder, Stanford WHSDM Center (Women's Health & Sex Differences in Medicine)

Marcia Stefanick, renowned women’s health researcher who chaired both the executive and steering committees of the Women’s Health Initiative (the largest study of women ever done in the United States), has been involved in the Women’s Health at Stanford program since its inception, in 2001.

Dr. Stefanick’s research, which has been widely disseminated nationally and internationally, has emphasized the role of lifestyle — especially exercise, diet, weight control, and menopausal hormone therapy — on chronic disease prevention, particularly heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and more recently, dementia. Her primary academic interests include sex/gender differences and the influence of sex hormones on human physiology and disease, menopause, and health promotion over the life course, including healthy aging.

In addition, she is an experienced and active mentor of junior faculty, and teaches courses to both medical students and undergraduates on the role of sex differences in physiology and disease, and current topics in women’s health.


Terri Oppelt ("TO") Preising, JD, MaEd

Assistant Director, Operations - Stanford WHSDM Center (Women's Health & Sex Differences in Medicine)

TO’s career has included teaching at the secondary education level and practicing law as a litigation attorney with a focus on labor and employment discrimination matters.

She has served in organizational leadership roles in multiple community support groups, including the board of the Irvine chapter of the National Charity League, several PTA  boards and the Girl Scouts of America.

TO began her career at Stanford in the Residential Education Department engaging Resident Fellows and their student Resident  Advisors to develop and deliver a variety of programs to the dormitory residents. More recently, she supported several faculty members in the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Design Group and managed the Design Group’s course database of more than 200 active classes.

A  graduate of Stanford with a BA  in Political Science and a MA in Education, she holds a secondary teaching credential. TO received her JD from UCLA, where she was on the UCLA  Law Review, and is a member of the California Bar.


Sophie Graham

Program Associate, Stanford WHSDM Center (Women's Health & Sex Differences in Medicine)

Sophie supports Dr. Stefanick’s WHSDM courses and helps host events for the WHSDM Center. In addition to her work with WHSDM, Sophie is a clinical research coordinator for sexual assault prevention studies run through the Stanford Prevention Research Center.

Sophie received her BA in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her work at Stanford, Sophie was an economic consultant supporting pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

 

WHSDM Advisory Board

Drs. Ben & A. Jess Shenson Professor, Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Professor of Medicine & Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute and at the Freeman Spogli Institute
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecology - Urogynecology) and, by courtesy, of Urology at the Stanford University Medical Center
Director, Center for Population Health Sciences, Senior Associate Vice Provost, Professor of Medicine, of Biomedical Data Science, of Health Research & Policy & Senior Fellow at SIEPR
Director, Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection and the Burt and Marion Avery Family Professor
Ballinger-Swindells Endowed Professor in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Stanford University Medical Center, Emeritus
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor (Teaching) of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center, Emerita
Professor of Medicine (General Medical Disciplines) and of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (General Gynecology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Elsbach-Richards Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity, Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Health Research and Policy
Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor, by courtesy, of Management Science and Engineering and of Health Research and Policy (Health Services Research)
Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor in Pediatric Cardiology
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult) and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the School of Medicine
John L. Hinds Professor of the History of Science
Professor of Pediatrics (Genetics) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Thomas A. Stamey Research Professor in Urology
Stanford W. Ascherman, MD, FACS, Professor in Genetics
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor
Professor of Dermatology at the Stanford University Medical Center
Executive Director, Presence + Program in Bedside Medicine, Med/Program/Bedside Med
Susan P. and Riley P. Bechtel Medical Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) at Stanford University Medical Center, Emerita
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) at Stanford University Medical Center, Emerita
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