Leadership

Marcia Stefanick, PhD

Director and Co-Founder, Stanford WSDM Center (Women & 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.


Danusia Szumowski, MPH

Assistant Director, Research and Education, Stanford WSDM Center (Women & Sex Differences in Medicine)

Danusia started her career at Stanford many years ago in the Physiology Department, studying hormones and behavior. She switched her focus to public health, and went on to receive her Masters in International Public Health from Columbia University with an emphasis on maternal and child health care. She then joined the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and Program for the Introduction and Adaptation of Contraceptive Technology (PIACT), where she worked overseas on USAID and UNFPA-funded projects. She returned to Palo Alto and headed up market research and new product development at Alza, a drug delivery company. It was during this time that she saw firsthand the limited approach taken in clinical trial design that often excluded women. Next, Danusia started her own market research consulting firm where she worked with over 100 companies worldwide on the development and commercialization of new technologies and services. After taking a sabbatical from consulting, she decided to return to academia – her career coming full-circle with the WSDM team.


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

Assistant Director, Operations - Stanford WSDM Center (Women & 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.

WSDM Advisory Board

Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Director of Center for Innovation in Global Health, Professor of Medicine (General Medical Discipline), Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute
Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor
Ph.D. Student in Neurosciences, admitted Autumn 2010
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 Dean for Research, Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health), of Biomedical Data Science, of HRP (Epidemiology) and Senior Fellow at SIEPR
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
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor (Teaching) of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology-H&NS at the Stanford University Medical Center
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)
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hand Surgery) and, 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 and Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
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
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
Executive Director, Presence + Program in Bedside Medicine, Med/Program/Bedside Med
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecology - Urogynecology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Stanford University Medical Center
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
Clinical Associate Professor, Psych/General Psychiatry and Psychology (Adult)