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

Drs. Ben & A. Jess Shenson Professor, Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Professor of Medicine, Senior Fellow at Woods and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor
Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecology - Urogynecology) and, by courtesy, of Urology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecology - Urogynecology) and, by courtesy, of Urology
Director, Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection and the Burt and Marion Avery Family Professor
Ballinger-Swindells Endowed Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Stanford University Medical Center, Emeritus
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, George DeForest Barnett Founders Professor of Medicine and Professor (Teaching) of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Miscellaneous
Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) and, by courtesy, of Health Policy
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (General Gynecology), Emerita
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)
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 of Pediatric Cardiology
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult) at the Stanford University Medical Center, Emerita
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
Executive Director, Presence + Program in Bedside Medicine, Med/Program/Bedside Med
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Urology
Professor of Dermatology
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
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) at Stanford University Medical Center, Emerita
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