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February 28, 2013

CWHDrs. Berlin and Edwards named interim co-directors of Center for Women's Health; Aaron Caughey appointed associate dean for women's health research and policy

Michelle Berlin, M.D., MPH, and Renee Edwards, M.D., MBA, have accepted the appointment of interim co-directors of the OHSU Center for Women's Health. Drs. Berlin and Edwards currently serve as associate directors of the OHSU Center for Women's Health and Dr. Edwards is the Center's medical director. They will both continue their leadership roles in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

"The potential of the Center for Women's Health is enormous, and the original vision of a patient-centered resource for women was truly far-sighted. With changes coming soon due to health care reform, the time is ideal to invest in the Center in ways that help it realize its original holistic vision for seamless women's health care," said Dean Mark Richardson. "I am very pleased Drs. Berlin and Edwards have accepted this new leadership role."

In 1997, the Center's founding vision was articulated by a committed group of Oregon citizen-leaders who proactively advocated for a new model for women's health care. In partnership with OHSU, they worked to realize a vision that would establish the Center as a setting where a coordinated and multidisciplinary approach to women's health, anchored in primary care and with access to all relevant disciplines, would intersect with research, education and state-of-the-art health information.

Over time, the Center has grown. In recognition of its accomplishments, in 2003, Dr. Berlin led OHSU's successful effort to obtain the Center's federal designation as a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It is one of only 20 such centers nationwide with this designation.

Dr. CaugheyIn addition to providing a seamless health care experience, Drs. Berlin and Edwards intend to guide the Center in its evolution to a centralized resource for all aspects of women's health. As part of this, the Center will develop the tools to become a trusted resource for women's health information, a clearinghouse for new knowledge, a facilitator of women's health research, and a strong public advocate on behalf of women's health.

The School of Medicine Office of the Dean will invest in the Center with new resources during this leadership transition to expand recruitment of primary care providers and develop communications/health content resources. The Center will continue, as it has since its inception, to report to the dean of the School of Medicine.

"This new role for the Center for Women's Health is designed to position OHSU to assume a more visible and active role in women's health and to better serve this patient group," said Dean Richardson.

As part of this expanded focus on women's health, Dean Richardson has appointed Aaron Caughey, M.D., Ph.D., MPP, MPH to the position of associate dean for women's health research and policy in the OHSU School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Caughey, who is also chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, will advise Dean Richardson on the coordination of research associated with enhancing women's health care and outcomes, both within OHSU and in developing external partnerships.

"Dr. Caughey's understanding of the breadth of research across disciplines relevant to women's health, combined with his expertise in health care economics, will help OHSU evolve creatively in response to health care reform and the evolution of coordinated care organizations in Oregon," said Dean Richardson.

Particulars

Michelle Berlin, M.D., MPH, joined OHSU in 2001. She is associate professor and vice chair of public health, policy and community service in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, associate director of the OHSU Center for Women's Health, and director of the OHSU Center of Excellence in Women's Health Dr. Berlin is one of few obstetrician-gynecologists in the United States also fully trained in preventive medicine. She is a primary author of Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card. Dr. Berlin also serves as program director of the CWH's Policy Advisory Towards Health (PATH for women), focusing on health policy issues within women's health.

Renee Edwards, M.D., MBA, joined OHSU in 1999. She is associate professor, vice chair of clinical affairs and division chief for urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and associate director of the OHSU Center for Women's Health. Since 2001, she has served as the medical director of the OHSU Center for Women's Health. She is nationally known for her expertise in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery including minimally invasive robotic surgery. She holds numerous administrative positions within OHSU Healthcare and the School of Medicine.

Aaron Caughey, M.D., Ph.D., MPP, MPH, joined OHSU in 2010. He is professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Caughey is a nationally accomplished clinician, educator and researcher. In his clinical practice, Dr. Caughey has a special interest in diabetes in pregnancy. His research interests over the past decade have focused on utilizing a broad array of methodologies to address questions in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine. He recently returned to the Pacific Northwest and to OHSU, in particular, because of the opportunity to lead a talented department and to impact women's health across Oregon.

Pictured: (Top) Drs. Edwards and Berlin; (Bottom) Dr. Caughey