Faculty & Presenters

Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH
Dr. Barfield is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She is responsible for promoting CDC’s Safe Motherhood Initiative, which works for optimal and equitable reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health through research, surveillance, programs, and partnerships. Dr. Barfield joined CDC in 2000 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and became Director of DRH in 2010. As director, she has strengthened CDC’s Winnable Battle on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, global and domestic maternal mortality prevention, and maternal and infant health surveillance. She also helped produce a national action plan on infertility. Dr. Barfield’s research includes over 60 publications on racial disparities in preterm delivery, stillbirth, and infant health outcomes. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an adjunct associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Barfield is board-certified in both general pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and continues to provide care for critically ill newborns. She received her medical and public health degrees from Harvard University and completed a pediatrics residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Harvard.
Jodi Benett, DO, FACOOG

Dr. Benett is a board-certified gynecologist who has been a clinician at the Advocare Center for Specialized Gynecology since October 2007. Dr. Benett graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with honors, from Rutgers College in 1983. She is a prestigious Henry Rutgers Scholar. She attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and graduated in 1987. She then completed a traditional rotating one-year internship, followed by residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, from 1988-1992, at Kennedy Health System/University Medical System and Our Lady of Lourdes, the core teaching affiliates of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. (Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine). Dr. Benett is the current chair of the Government Affairs Committee, which gives her a seat on the ACOG Government Relations Committee. She has participated with the ACOG, Congressional Leadership Conferences, for the past several years, Lobbying on Capitol Hill for Women’s Health Care. She has become a champion for women’s legislative issues. She is also part of the ACOG District 3 council and has also lobbied in Harrisburgh, PA, for the state where she resides. Dr. Benett is a member of the ACOOG physician response committee, rendering her opinion to current and important briefs. Dr. Benett is a compassionate practitioner caring for women along the spectrum of a women’s life cycle, from adolescence to post-menopause. She is in private practice. Her concentrations include treatment and evaluation of Pap tests and Colposcopy, menopause counseling, and Hormonal treatment options (Both traditional and bio-identical), menstrual disorders, and evaluation with endometrial biopsy as clinically indicated polycystic ovarian syndrome (diagnosis and treatments), and preconception care. Contraceptive options include Long-Acting Contraceptive Options, (LARC), Subdermal Implant Device, and Intrauterine Devices. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG). Her current talk is related to patients she sees in her practice.

Julianne Adams Birt, MD
Julianne Adams Birt, MDDr. Julianne Adams Burt is the CEO and founder of Radiant Women's Health. Dr. Birt has been practicing as an ob/gyn for over 10 years and she has also taken her passion for women's health outside of the doctor's office. She founded Dr. Ju Delivers, where she calls upon her experience as a former high school science teacher to educate women on enhancing their health literacy. She has also become an advisor for national pharmaceutical companies and is a sought after leader in women's health for local and national conferences.  Dr. Birt received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Clark Atlanta University and is a graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine. She uses her training to help care for women of all backgrounds in her professional and civic work. Dr. Birt is also fluent in American Sign Language, which allows for her to care for her patients that communicate through ASL without the aid of a third-party interpreter.
Niamh A Condon, DO, FACOOG

Dr. Condon graduated from Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship in June of 2016. She is now an assistant professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UF Health in Jacksonville Florida. She thoroughly enjoys managing complicated maternal and fetal conditions. As a 2 nd year fellow she spent 10 weeks in Malawi, Africa performing and teaching antenatal ultrasounds on high-risk patients. She was the recipient of a SMFM mini-sabbatical grant, which enabled her to spend one month in Los Angeles with a renowned MFM specialist performing fetal ultrasounds. She also spent one month in Norfolk, Virginia studying fetal echocardiograms with a pediatric cardiologist. During her fellowship she completed research on Doppler assessment in high-risk fetuses and in cervical length assessment. She is also the coauthor of a chapter on obesity and the laboring parturient. She board certified in maternal fetal medicine and she is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Angela DeRosa, DO, MBA, CPE

Dr. DeRosa, is a dynamic professional on a mission to change the face of women’s health and wellness. As a respected, internationally recognized authority on women’s hormonal health, Dr. DeRosa understands the range of health issues women face leading up to and during menopause as she herself was in full-blown menopause by the age of 35. Dr. DeRosa has more than 25 years experience in the medical field, both on the pharmaceutical side and in clinical practice. In 2009, she founded DeRosa Medical, which quickly became eponymous with bio-identical hormonal healthcare. She eventually sold her company in the fall 2017 to Houston-based, Nobilis Health in order to focus on new opportunities. Dr. DeRosa’s enthusiasm for educating patients on the realities of menopause and the risk factors hormonal health imbalances has never waned. It was the driving force behind her first bestselling book, How Your Doctor Is Slowly Killing You: A Woman’s Health Survival Guide. Her book, along with its controversial title, caught the attention of the public, media and the medial community. In fact, she received an avalanche of requests from physicians across the country wanting to learn more. In 2018, she heeded their call by launching The Hormonal Health Institute: Executive Instruction for Medical Professionals, a hormonal healthcare consultancy designed to instruct medial providers and provide practice development training on bio-identical hormonal replacement therapies. Dr. DeRosa is a member of the International Menopause Society, European Andropause and Menopause Society, International Society of the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and a researcher on women’s health issues. Dr. DeRosa is Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, and is the Immediate Past President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. An avid cat lover, in 2017, Dr. DeRosa launched Kare For Me a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to providing grants, support and funding for local, no-kill animal shelters and scholarships for students pursuing a degree in veterinarian shelter medicine. Dr. DeRosa resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. .

Kristi Dively, DO

Dr. Dively did her undergraduate work at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial Hospital in York, PA, and worked in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and Lancaster, PA, for five years. Dr. Dively then worked in a non-clinical position for four years doing Medicare compliance reviews before getting back into patient care and working in Addiction Medicine. She is board-certified in OB/GYN and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Lisa Flowers, MD
Dr. Flowers is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Professor in the Department of OB/GYN at Emory University. The focus of her independent program of research centers on biomarkers associated with lower anogenital tract disease, especially as it relates to HPV-related cervical and anal dysplasia. Her clinical research investigates biomarkers and triage tools to identify cervical and anal dysplasia.
Dr. Flowers has provided leadership locally and nationally, specifically, as a Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Co-Investigator with academic and clinical appointments at Emory University; she chairs the (WIHS) cancer and pathology working group. She provides leadership locally in the development of hypothesis-driven research to discover new biomarkers that improve our understanding of the natural history of lower-genital tract disease, including anal dysplasia, in women, especially those at high risk for HIV. Her expertise in this area is underscored by her directorship of the Colposcopy and Anoscopy clinic within the Grady Memorial and Emory University Hospital Systems and Emory Gynecologic Clinics where I clinically supervise medical students and residents in training and provide direct patient care for many low-income, at-risk Atlanta adolescent females and adult women.
She decided to enroll as a student in the executive program of Rollins School of Public Health because of an interest in developing educational tools to increase knowledge and change behavior towards cervical cancer screening and vaccine usage among populations at risk for HPV related disease. Dr. Flowers has published an adaptation to her program Con Amor Aprendemos for the African American population to increase knowledge in this population with the highest mortality from cervical cancer in the US.

Betsy A.B. Greenleaf, DO, FACOOG (Dist) 
Dr. Greenleaf  first board certified female urogynecologist in the nation, she has over 20 years of experience in women’s wellness.  As a champion for pelvic health, Dr. Greenleaf’s mission is to bring pelvic awareness and women’s issues to the forefront. She is a national spokesperson for the American Osteopathic Association, a professional speaker, board examiner, and co-inventor of a pelvic physical therapy device.  Her most recent passions include her role as host of the podcast, Some of Your Parts, a women’s wellness show that focuses on “you are greater than the sum of your parts.”   
Dr. Greenleaf is currently studying towards her Masters in Business Administration at the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with anticipated graduation later this year. While at Temple, she is one of the founding members of the 1810 Accelerator, a business and entrepreneur incubator.
Dr. Greenleaf specializes in the evaluation and treatment of prolapse, incontinence, and urinary urgency/frequency. Her added interest include sexual issues and pain conditions such as pelvic pain, vaginal pain, vaginismus (spasming of the vagina), interstitial cystitis, chronic cystitis, chronic vaginitis, and dyspareunia (pain with intercourse).
She takes a holistic approach to medicine, focusing on the whole person and integrating traditional medicine with natural and alternative treatments. 

Nathan Lott, DO

Dr. LottDr. Lott was known by most of his friends and colleagues as “Nate” who graduated from OU-HCOM in 2008. He received his specialty training in Internal Medicine at Doctors Hospital at Columbus, Ohio; Dr. Lott was selected as Chief Resident in his final year of residency. During his training, Dr. Lott developed an interest in the treatment of critically ill adults as well as pulmonary medicine. Upon completion of his residency, he began his fellowship training in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Lott joined a local practice and was involved in training interns, residents, and fellows in pulmonology. He currently practices in Waco, Texas as a staff physician for Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital.

Ashley Hamati, OMS-III

Ashley is a third-year osteopathic medical student at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Gold Humanism Honors Society. She hails from Johnson City, TN. In 2016, she graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Honors Health & Exercise Science and minors in Journalism and Sociology. She is passionate about women’s health and aims to use her medical career to further efforts in caring for patients who undergo human trafficking, rape, and sexual assault. In addition to being a medical student, she is a marathoner and yoga instructor.

Brad Irving, DO

Dr. Irving lives and practices in the Grand Rapids Michigan area at Metro Health - a University of Michigan Health affiliate hospital. He attended undergrad at Hope College and completed his DO degree at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. He did a traditional intern year at Tempe St. Luke Hospital in Tempe Az (So his wife could finish her degree before moving) and completed his residency at Metro Health Hospital in 2009. Since graduation he has worked in private practice and his group became hospital employed in 2017. Brad is a third generation DO and is the son of Lee Irving (previous ACOOG president). He often tells his father’s former patients that he is the new and improved version of Dr. Irving. Brad is the father of three girls and two boy and 18 years married to his wife Elizabeth. Professionally, Dr. Irving is a core faculty member of the Metro Health OBGyn residency and is involved with the Research and awards committee with the ACOOG.

Dina El Kady, MD, FACOG

Dr. El Kady is board-certified in both Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. Dr. El Kady completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Anne Kennard, DO, FACOG

Dr. Kennard is a Board Certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine. She also holds a B.S. in Nutrition Science, is a registered yoga instructor, herbalist, and osteopath. She is the Director of Integrative Medicine, Osteopathic Education, and Resident Physician Wellness at her institution, as well as serving as adjunct faculty for the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She is the author of Amazon bestseller “Nourish: An Integrative Medicine Cookbook”, and speaks nationally on women’s integrative medicine, nutrition, and physician wellness topics. She lives on the Central Coast of California where she enjoys gardening, cooking, the beach, and time with her family.

Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, MD, MPH

Dr. Kimbrough Marshall is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School and is a medical director for a Medicaid health maintenance organization, Meridian Health Plan, based in Detroit, MI. She formerly served as a medical director for a local public health agency, the Washtenaw County Health Department, in Michigan. Currently, she is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar working on a school and community-based trauma-informed intervention within an urban community. Her interests include population health, health disparity interventions, and the intersection of the social determinants of health and childhood traumatic experiences. She has lead development of public health and physician leadership workshops on cross-cultural care, health equity practice, and social justice advocacy. Her advocacy has been featured in both local and national media.

Colleen McNicholas, DO, MSCI, FACOG

Dr. McNicholas is a graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, her Fellowship in Family Planning, and her Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. Dr. McNicholas recently joined Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri as the first-ever Chief Medical Officer after a decade in academic medicine. As an OB/GYN and specialist in family planning and abortion care, she lives out her personal and professional commitment to abortion access by providing clinical care in 4 states across the Midwest and South. Dr. McNicholas believes that a physician’s advocacy voice is as important as their clinical and surgical skill. She has grown into an unapologetic and vocal advocate engaging in every available medium.  Dr. McNicholas has been the plaintiff to numerous challenges of state and federal laws and regulations.   She has testified in the state capital, and in front of Congress in defense of patient-physician relationships and the importance of using science and evidence in the creation of health policy.  Dr. McNicholas is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and has been recognized by a diversity of organizations for her leadership and advocacy. .

Rachel Ware Miller, M.D.

Dr. Miller is Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. She is Co-Chair of the Markey Cancer Center Molecular Tumor Board, Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Care and Research Team (CCART), and serves on the Markey Cancer Center Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee, Early Therapeutics CCART, and Drug Discovery, Delivery, and Therapeutics Program.
Dr. Miller received her MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, followed by fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Miller has interests in ovarian cancer research including chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairments; early detection of ovarian cancer; novel strategies in the treatment of advanced ovarian, fallopian tube, and peritoneal cancers; and population-based ovarian cancer research. She has experience with investigator initiated clinical trial development, participated in numerous cooperative group trials and played a key role in a longstanding ovarian screening study.

Meaghan C. Nelsen, DO, MS, FACOOG 
Dr. Nelsen is originally from New York and graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Master's degree in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine as well as a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in New Jersey and went on to practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After three years in practice, she went on to a Fellowship in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at Southampton Hospital in New York. She is now the only physician in the country maintaining dual Board certifications in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Dr. Nelsen is dedicated to training the next generation of osteopathic physicians at UNTHSC-TCOM where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and the Year 2 OMM Course Director. In addition to Women's Health services, Dr. Nelsen specializes in providing osteopathic manipulation for women, infants and children.. 

Ceana Nezhat MD, FACS, FACOG
Dr.  Nezhat is one of three brother surgeons. His oldest brother, Dr. Camran Nezhat, is called the Father of Modern Minimally Invasive Surgery for his development of video laparoscopy. Dr. Camran Nezhat was followed sequentially by his brothers Drs. Farr and Ceana Nezhat. Together, they established a multidisciplinary approach to minimally invasive surgery through their medical center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Since 1995, Dr. Ceana Nezhat has expanded their Atlanta office and contributed significantly to the advancement of minimally invasive surgery; he was one of the early adopters of robot for gynecology and promoted its use amongst a growing number of his colleagues. Dr. Ceana Nezhat is considered a leading pioneer in the field of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, specializing in the management of advanced, multi-organ endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and infertility. While his primary focus is patient care, Dr. Nezhat is committed to continuing education and advancing the field of minimally invasive surgery. He does volunteer work nationally and internationally, has co-authored numerous textbooks, chapters, and well over 200 peer-reviewed articles.

Karen Playforth, MD
Karen Playforth joined UK HealthCare from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, where she had been since 2001. During her time at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, she completed a residency and fellowship and went on to work as an OB-GYN attending physician. Prior to that, Playforth completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., and received her medical degree from the UK College of Medicine.

David Pugach, JD
David leads the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) public policy and advocacy program, representing the interests of the nation's more than 158,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students. This includes Congressional and regulatory affairs, state government affairs, grassroots advocacy, and collaboration with external stakeholders.
Prior to joining the AOA in November 2017, David was vice president of federal relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and led ACS CAN’s efforts to increase federal funding for cancer research and prevention. Additionally, David served as chairman of One Voice Against Cancer, a coalition that advocates for increased funding for federal cancer programs. David is also a past-president of United for Medical Research.
Before joining ACS CAN, David served as the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Government and Congressional Relations. From February 2006 to February 2007, David was detailed to the House Appropriations Committee. David joined NCI in the summer of 2003 after serving for two years as a Presidential Management Fellow with the National Institutes of Health.
David has a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University and a J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law.

Torie Comeaux Plowden, MD, MPH, FACOG

Dr. Plowden is a double board certified OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) supspecialist. She is passionate about eliminating health care disparities, treating infertility and fibroids, and improving sexual health. Dr. Plowden is actively involved in clinical and epidemiological research. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Howard University and holds a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University. Dr. Plowden serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and cares for active duty military members and their dependents. Dr. Plowden educates and mentors medical students, residents and fellows; she is an Associate Professor in Ob/GYN at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Plowden is the Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Womack Army Medical Center. She is a wife and mother of four. In addition to her professional obligations, she is heavily involved in community service and started a Foundation in 2014 in memory of her oldest son.

Michael Power, PhD

Dr. Power received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Power is an animal scientist at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park where he is also the curator of the milk repository, a collection of milk samples from over 200 species of mammals. A major focus of his research has been the effects of nutrition on reproduction, especially the effects of both maternal under and over nutrition on birth outcome and eventual adult physiology of offspring. He is the senior analyst for the Pregnancy Related Care Research Network. He has conducted studies on the knowledge and clinical practice of obstetrician-gynecologists on many topics, including weight management and weight gain during pregnancy, vaccinations during pregnancy and encouraging breastfeeding postpartum. He has coauthored, with Dr. Jay Schulkin, three books: The Evolution of Obesity, The Evolution of the Human Placenta, and Milk: The Biology of Lactation.

Jessica L. Rogers, DO, FACOOG
Dr. Rogers is the first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon trained from an osteopathic accredited fellowship program. Dr. Rogers graduated from the Georgia Campus- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. She completed her OB-GYN residency at Inspira Healthcare in Vineland New Jersey and went on to complete her three-year Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship also at Inspira Healthcare in Vineland, New Jersey. Dr. Rogers is a Senior Member and Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American Urogynecologic Society. She is a national faculty member of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners in which she was named the 2019 COMAT Item Writer of the Year. Dr. Rogers is currently in practice at Advanced Urology Institute in Fort Myers, Florida. Her mission is to restore lives through improved pelvic health so her patients can get back to enjoying life.
Emmie Strassberg, DO, FACOOG

Dr. Strassberg is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist at Shenandoah Valley Maternal Fetal Medicine northern Virginia and West Virginia. Her areas of research interest and publication include vaccination in pregnancy, fetal growth restriction and preeclampsia. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband Gordon and her 1 year son Levi. Outside of work she enjoys running, reading, music and travel.

Jason Wheatley, DO, FACOOG
Dr. Wheatley is a graduate of Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Mclaren Greater Lansing in Michigan. Dr. Wheatley completed his Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is currently an assistant professor in the division of maternal fetal medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville. Dr. Wheatley is interested in balancing the fetal and maternal components of his specialty. This includes prenatal diagnostic ultrasound component on the fetal side as well as the management of maternal medical conditions during pregnancy. He enjoys the educational aspect of his sub-specialty both with patients and other obstetric care providers.

Jan D. Zieren, DO, MPH, FACOFP(dist)
Dr. Zieren received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma, and her DO degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was a preceptor for Family Medicine while in private practice for over 30 years in Phoenix, Arizona, before transitioning to a faculty position at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in 2012. She completed the AOA Health Policy Fellowship in 2005. She is a past president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and served as the 2009 -10 national president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Currently, Dr. Zieren is the vice-president of the Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination and was a board member of the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery from 1992 –1996.