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  • Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine (SGEM)

    Alyson McGregor, MD

    Alyson McGregor, MD is an attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and co-founder and director of SGEM in Brown University's department of emergency medicine. She also serves as co-director for the SGEM fellowship.

    McGregor received her medical degree from Boston University and completed her residency in emergency medicine at Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, executive board member of the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative (SGWHC), and past president of the Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association. Her clinical and research interests include evaluating gender differences in emergency medicine and women’s health.

    Esther Choo, MD, MPH

    Esther Choo, MD is an emergency medicine physician at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the department of health services, policy and practice at the School of Public Health. She is co-founder and associate director of SGEM and co-director for the SGEM fellowship.

    Choo received her medical degree from Yale University, completed an internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, an emergency medicine residency at Boston University and a health services research fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. Choo’s research, currently supported by a NIDA K23 grant, include substance use disorders, partner abuse and technology for health interventions.

    Founding Members

    • Elizabeth "Libby" Nestor, MD
      Clinical Professor, Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Catherine Cummings, MD
      Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Bruce Becker, MD
      Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Tracy Madsen, MD, ScM
      SGEM Fellow Graduate 2012-2014
      Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Rebecca Barron, MD, MPH
      SGEM Fellow 2015-2017
    • Elizabeth Samuels, MD
      Emergency Medicine Resident, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Diana Afonso, PA
      Department of Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital
    • Sherrye Durante, RN
      Department of Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital

    Faculty Research Collaborators

    • Anthony Napoli, MD
      Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Neha Raukar, MD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • David Portelli, MD
      Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    Regional Collaborators

    • Barbara Roberts, MD
      Director, Women’s Cardiac Center, The Miriam Hospital
    • Michelle Forcier, MD
      Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Physician, Hasbro Children’s Hospital
    • Kelly McGarry, MD
      Associate Professor, Director, Women’s Health Track, Internal Medicine
    • Karen Rosene-Montella, MD
      Senior Vice President of Women’s Services and Clinical Integration, Lifespan

    National Research Collaborators

    • Basmah Safdar, MD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
      Co-Chair, Chest Pain Center
      Director, Yale-New Haven Hospital Women's Heart Program
    • Marna Greenberg, DO
      Lehigh Valley Physician Group, LVPG-Emergency Medicine

    National Senior Advisory Board

    • Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
      Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Dept of Emergency Medicine
      Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, Perelman School of Medicine, UPenn
    • Marjorie Jenkins, MD
      Professor and Associate Dean for Women in Health and Science, and Chief Scientific Officer, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences

    Community Advisory Board

    • Stephanie Chafee, RN
      First Lady of Rhode Island
      Community Health Advocate for Rhode Island Hospital
      Co-founder, Women Ending Hunger
    • Patricia Burbank, DNSC, RN
      Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director, Nursing Practice Program, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island
    • Meg Wirth
      Co-founder, Maternova
    • Debra Abeshaus
      Director, Office of Women in Medicine, Brown University
    • Hilary Jones
      Executive Director, Girls Rock RI
    • Jabbar Bennett, PhD
      Associate Dean, Graduate School, Division of Biology and Medicine Director, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA), Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University