Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine Team


Director, Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine Program

Alyson McGregor, MD is an emergency medicine physician and an associate professor of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is co-founder and director of the Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine (SGEM) program in Brown University's department of emergency medicine. She also serves as director for the SGEM fellowship.

Dr. McGregor is the author of Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women's Health and What We Can Do About It.

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

Associate Director, Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine Program
Taneisha Wilson, MD

Adjunct Faculty

Regional Collaborators

Director, Gender and Sexual Health Services

Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH, has been at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital since 2009. She is a professor of pediatrics and assistant dean of medicine (admissions) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Forcier specializes in gender, sexual and reproductive health. She provides consultation services in advanced contraception, sexually transmitted disease care, puberty and menstrual issues and a variety of gender affirming hormones and care plans. She directs the Gender and Sexual Health Program, and collaborates with multiple medical and community agencies in promoting best practices for gender diverse, transgender and lesbian, gay and bisexual youth and adults. 

Sleep Medicine Specialist

Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD is board-certified in sleep medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry. She is an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Sharkey is a sleep medicine physician at the Brown Medicine Sleep Center, and medical director of the Sleep for Science Research Laboratory at Brown. 

Dr. Sharkey received her medical degree and completed her PhD in neuroscience from Rush University, Chicago. She completed her residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, where she was also named chief resident by a committee of her peers. 

Dr. Sharkey is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, where she is past chair of the academy’s Young Investigator Research Forum and the Circadian Rhythms section. She is an associate editor of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and serves on the editorial board of Sleep Health. Dr. Sharkey also served on the Society for Women’s Health Research Interdisciplinary Network on Sleep.


Her research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms, particularly as they relate to mood regulation and women’s health. Her current research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute.

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Director of Research and Training, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Ghada Bourjeily, MD, is an attending physician in pulmonary services and obstetric medicine and director of research and training at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Bourjeily trained in pulmonary, critical care and sleep divisions at Case Western Reserve University and Yale University.

Dr. Bourjeily is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, past chair of the Women’s Health Network steering committee of the American College of Chest Physicians, past president for the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine and serves on various national and international professional societies' committees.

Dr. Bourjeily's expertise is in lung disease and sleep disordered breathing in pregnancy. Her research interests focus on understanding sleep disordered breathing in pregnant women.


Dr. Bourjeily’s research focuses on understanding the manifestations of sleep disordered breathing in pregnant women, and the impact of these conditions on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, including cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes during pregnancy. Her research is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

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Chief of Neurology, Rhode Island, The Miriam and Bradley Hospitals

Karen Furie, MD, MPH is chief of neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Bradley Hospital, and serves as chair of the Department of Neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which includes experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders and epilepsy. In addition, she oversees the clinical research programs for the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. Dr.  Furie also serves as executive chief of neurology at each of the Alpert Medical School’s affiliated hospitals, including Butler Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center, and is a member of the Brown Institute for Brain Science.

Dr. Furie came to Rhode Island from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as a vascular neurologist and director of the stroke service. She held the position of associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and was an associate faculty member at the Center for Human Genetic Research. She has played a prominent role in national and international efforts to advance the field through participation in the development of guidelines such as Stroke Treatment Academic Industry Roundtable (STAIR) recommendations, and holds leadership positions within the American Stroke Association, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Furie is a graduate of Brown University’s program in liberal medical education and received her medical degree from Alpert Medical School. She received her master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in neurology and a fellowship in stroke/neurosonology at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Furie has received awards that include the Women’s Health Research Award from Mass General and the Aronson Award for Excellence in Neurosciences from Brown University.

Senior Advisors

Marjorie Jenkins MD, FDA

Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health

Judith Regensteiner PhD, CWHR

University of California, Davis

National Research Collaborators

Basmah Safdar MD

Yale University

Marna Greenberg DO

Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Lauren Walter MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gillian Beauchamp

Lehigh Valley Physicians Practice

Jeannette Wolfe MD

Baystate Health

Angela Jarman MD, MPH

University of California, Davis


Wendy Wesley