Marcia Stefanick, PhD

Director and Co-Founder, Stanford WHSDM Center (Women's Health & Sex Diversity 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 diversity 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 Diversity 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.

Amy Lang

Administrative Associate, Stanford WHSDM Center (Women's Health & Sex Diversity in Medicine)

Amy supports Dr. Stefanick’s WHSDM courses and helps host events for the WHSDM Center. In addition to her work with WHSDM, Amy supports Dr. Stefanick’s research studies: WHISH – Women’s Health Initiative Strong and Healthy, WHI – Women’s Health Initiative, and MrOS – Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study.

Amy earned her BA in Psychology from University of Portland, Portland, OR. Prior to her work at Stanford, Amy focused her work at bay area software start-ups.


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 Woods and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecology - Urogynecology) and, by courtesy, of Urology
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, George DeForest Barnett Founders Professor of Medicine and Professor (Teaching) of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) and, by courtesy, of Health Policy
Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Elsbach-Richards Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology) and of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity, Taube Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Director, Spectrum, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor
Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor of Pediatric Cardiology
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychology
John L. Hinds Professor of the History of Science
Professor of Pediatrics (Genetics)
Thomas A. Stamey Research Professor of Urology
Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Genetics
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Urology
Professor of Dermatology
Executive Director, Presence + Program in Bedside Medicine, Med/Program/Bedside Med
Susan P. and Riley P. Bechtel Medical Director and Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) at Stanford University Medical Center, Emerita