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William H. Parker, MD, is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and is an elected Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has managed the unusual by having a successful private practice and a very impressive academic medical career. Dr. Parker is a Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and is in private practice in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Parker is the former chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Saint John's Hospital and Health Center and the former Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Parker was elected President of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists in 2000, an international association of over 4,000 gynecologists from 53 countries, after serving on its Board of Trustees for many years. Dr. Parker served two terms as an Editor of The Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and is now on the editorial advisory board. He is also a Reviewer for the journals Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Gynecologic Techniques, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fertility and Sterility. For more detailed information about Dr. Parker's professional education, publications, awards, and lectures, visit www.parkermd.com.

Michael S. Broder, MD, MSHS, is President of the Partnership for Health Analytic Research, LLC in Los Angeles. He has worked in women's health care for over a decade and is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist. Dr. Broder received his training in health outcomes research in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA and RAND Health. He formerly served as Vice President of Zynx Life Sciences/Cerner Health Insights, a consulting and research firm in Beverly Hills. Dr. Broder has conducted research for government and industry on such topics as the appropriate use of hysterectomy and the cost-effectiveness of various drugs and devices to control abnormal bleeding. He has led teams to develop guidelines relating to the use of menopausal estrogens, secondary prevention of stroke, and the quality of outpatient care. He has published extensively, with articles in such journals as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, and the Journal of Rheumatology. Dr. Broder is the author of two books and multiple book chapters on topics including pregnancy, uterine fibroids, and the use of procedures in gynecology. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and serves on the board of UCLA's Center for the Study of Surgical Outcomes. For more detailed information about Dr. Broder, please visit www.pharllc.com

Diane Feskanich, ScD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Epidemiologist, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Dr. Feskanich has been working with the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study to examine the changing nutritional needs associated with aging in men and women. In particular, she is interested in dietary effects on bone that contribute to the incidence of osteoporotic fractures. Her research encompasses other lifestyle and behavioral factors, such as physical activity, that can be modified and used as preventive measures against osteoporosis.

With experience in designing and conducting large national nutrition surveys, Dr. Feskanich is working to improve methods for the collection of dietary data. She is also examining statistical issues in using multiple measures of prospective nutritional data for characterizing associations between diet and disease. For more about Dr. Feskanich see: http://www.channing.harvard.edu/feskan.htm

Cindy Farquhar, MB ChB MD MRCOG FRANZCOG CREI MPH is the Postgraduate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Auckland. Cindy is the coordinating editor of the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group since 1996. Her research interests include clinical trials within subfertility and menstrual disorders, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. In 2000, Cindy was a Harkness Fellow for the Commonwealth Fund and spent one year at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Washington, DC. Her clinical interests are polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic pain, endometriosis and the management of abnormal uterine bleeding. Cindy has led guideline development groups on heavy menstrual bleeding, uterine fibroids and the management of women with breech presentation and vaginal birth after caesarean section, as well as assisting with training in guideline development workshops in NZ. She is also the deputy chair of the board of the NZ Guidelines Group. (www.nzgg.org.nz). For more detailed information about Dr. Farquhar, please visit http://www.obsgynae.auckland.ac.nz/staff/cindy_farquhar.htm

Zhimei Liu, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate/Health Economist at Cerner Health Insights, a research division of Cerner Corporation ( www.cerner.com ). She received her PhD. from the Department of Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Master of Medicine from Beijing Medical University , P.R.China, and her Bachelor of Medicine from Shanghai Medical University , P.R.China. Prior to joining Cerner she worked as a consultant at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (2001-2003). She was an assistant professor (later lecturer) at Beijing Medical University from 1993 to 1997. She has extensive experience in conducting research in health economics, outcomes research and health services research.  She has published her work in leading journals in the field both in China and US. Her research expertise includes the application of health economic/pharmacoeconomic modeling techniques to clinical research, SAS and STATA programming and statistical analyses.

Donna Shoupe, M.D., is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California , where she also completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Shoupe is the former Director of the USC Women's Health Center . Her major research interests are: pathophysiology and treatment of the menopause, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, androgen replacement, contraceptive technology and menstrual cycle regulation. She has authored numerous scientific papers and chapters in books, in addition to presenting her research work at national and international meetings. Dr. Shoupe has an active private practice specializing in medical and surgical treatment of fibroids, hormone deficiency problems, surgical and medical treatment of abnormal bleeding and infertility. Her professional activities also include serving as a reviewer for the medical journals Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Jo urnal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fertility and Sterility, Jo urnal of Reproductive Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Shoupe is a member of various societies such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Gynecologic Investigation and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. For more detailed information about Dr. Shoupe, please visit http://www.usc.edu/schools/medicine/ departments/
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Jonathan S. Berek, M.D., M.M.S. is Professor and Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Berek is highly regarded for his research on the clinical management and basic research of gynecologic cancers and has published over 400 research papers, book chapters and monographs. He is especially noted for his books, Practical Gynecologic Oncology and Berek & Novak's Gynecology. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Berek has served as an examiner for the American Board Obstetrics & Gynecology and for the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). Dr. Berek's many honors include receiving the prestigious Sherman M. Mellinkoff Award and the Excellence in Education Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He received the President's Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and served as its Vice President in 1996-1997. He also is regularly listed among America 's Best Doctors for Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. He is a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology , and the Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. He serves as a reviewer for Obstetrics & Gynecology , American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology , New England Journal of Medicine , Lancet, Cancer , and Journal of the National Cancer Institute. For more about Dr. Berek, see: http://obgyn.stanford.edu/gynonc/faculty/berek.html

Sue Hankinson, ScD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Hankinson has a B.S. (nursing) from the University of Maine, an M.S. (environmental health) and M.P.H. (epidemiology) from the University of Minnesota and doctoral degree (epidemiology) from the Harvard School of Public Health. After completing her master's degree, she worked at both the Minnesota and Massachusetts Departments of Public Health as an epidemiologist. Since completing her doctorate, she has worked primarily with the Nurses' Health Study and Nurses' Health Study II cohort research groups where she serves as a senior investigator. Her research largely focuses on the role of endogenous hormones in the etiology of breast and ovarian cancers in women, including exploring lifestyle and genetic factors that may influence hormone levels.

She has been actively involved in teaching at the Harvard School of Public Health, including the development of a new course on the use of biomarkers in epidemiology. She is an Associate Editor for the journals Cancer Causes and Control and Breast Cancer Research, is on the Editorial Board for Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, and serves on a number of external scientific advisory committees, including at the American Cancer Society (Biologic Specimen Advisory Group) and the Da Costa International Fund for Breast Cancer Prevention. For more about Dr. Hankinson see: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/susan-hankinson/

JoAnn Manson, M.D., Dr.P.H is Professor of Medicine and Elizabeth Fay Brigham Professor of Women's Health at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Co-Director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

Dr. Manson focuses on preventive medicine and chronic disease epidemiology, particularly risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer in women. Dr. Manson's research targets women's health and the role of lifestyle factors, diet, antioxidant and other micronutrient supplementation, and hormone replacement therapy as predictors of cardiovascular disease in women. Dr. Manson is one of the lead investigators on several landmark women's health studies, including the Women's Health Initiative, the Nurses' Health Study, the Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study, and the Women's Health Study. For more about Dr. Manson, see: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/preventivemedicine/Faculty/Manson.aspx


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