Einstein Experts for Media

Women's health

Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Epidemiology & Population Health

Dorothy and William Manealoff Foundation and Molly Rosen Chair in Social Medicine Emerita

Principal Investigator, Women's Health Initiative

Epidemiology & population healthHypertensionWomen's health

An authority in epidemiology, Dr. Smoller has made important research contributions in several areas including hormone therapy and cardiovascular disease, depression and antidepressant use as risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and biomarkers and prediction models of stroke risk. She has had a major role in studies that have helped to change medical practice in the U.S., including the NIH’s Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of postmenopausal women, for which she is Einstein’s principal investigator. read more...


Ruth Freeman, M.D.

Ruth Freeman, M.D.

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility), Einstein

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Director, Menopause Research and Treatment Center, Montefiore Health System

Director, Bone Density Unit, Montefiore

EndocrinologyOsteoporosis Menopause

Hormone replacement therapyVitamin D deficiency

Dr. Freeman is a widely recognized authority on menopause, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis, and vitamin D deficiency. She is currently director of the Menopause Research and Treatment Center of the Bone Densitometry Unit at the Institute for Women’s Health at Montefiore Medical Center. She also serves on the editorial board of the journal Menopause. read more...


Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women, Einstein and Montefiore Health System

Professor, Pediatrics, Einstein

Chair Emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women, Einstein

High-risk pregnancyPrenatal testing

An expert in high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Merkatz is recognized for his landmark discovery of the link between low alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels and Down syndrome, which revolutionized prenatal testing.  The longest serving department chair in obstetrics and gynecology in the U.S., he established community programs to prevent preterm birth and eliminate racial and gender disparities in health outcomes. read more...


Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H.

Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein

Attending Physician, Reproductive and Medical Genetics, Montefiore Health System

Reproductive geneticsDrugs/infection in pregnancyPrenatal testingPreterm birth

Dr. Dolan is a clinician, researcher and reproductive genetics specialist who is nationally recognized for her expertise on preterm birth and the evolving field of prenatal genetic testing.  She has worked extensively on promoting preconception care, including the importance of folic acid and vaccinations, as well as understanding the risk of various exposures during pregnancy, such as anti-depressants, opioids and viral infections, including Zika.   read more...