Principal Investigators

Attending Physician

Ghada Bourjeily, MD, FCCP, is an attending physician in pulmonary services and obstetric medicine, and director of research at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. An associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Bourjeily received a medical degree from the Universite Libanaise, Faculte des Sciences Medicales in Lebanon. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Case Western Reserve University and Yale University. 

Dr. Bourjeily is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, vice chair of the Women’s Health Network steering committee of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and serves as vice president for the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine. Dr. Bourjeily is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

Her clinical and research interests focus on understanding sleep disordered breathing in pregnant women and the diagnosis of pulmonary vascular disease in pregnancy. Dr. Bourjeily is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Clinical Psychologist

Margaret Bublitz, PhD, is a psychologist in Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative; and a research scientist in its research department. An assistant professor (research) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior and department of medicine at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Bublitz earned her doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. She then completed her clinical psychology internship and NIH T32 post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at The Alpert Medical School.

Dr. Bublitz's research aims to understand the biological and psychosocial mechanisms linking psychological stress to poor health, with a specific focus on the impact of stress during pregnancy on adverse neonatal outcomes. She was one of the first researchers to demonstrate a relationship between maternal history of childhood abuse and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity over pregnancy. She is principal investigator of the Mindfulness and Pregnancy Study, which tests the effectiveness of a phone-delivered mindfulness intervention for reducing risk for preterm birth among at-risk pregnant women. She is also conducting a study to test a unique biological phenotype of preterm birth among pregnant women who experienced maltreatment as children.

Psychiatrist

Ellen Flynn, MD is a psychiatrist in Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Flynn is co-director of the contemplative studies scholarly concentration and co-director of the mindfulness-wellness program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Flynn received a medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She completed a residency in adult psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She trained in psychosomatic medicine, completing a fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and holds a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Flynn was awarded formal certification as a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor from the Center for Mindfulness, Oasis Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Flynn is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Her clinical interests include perinatal psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and mindfulness-based interventions in health care. Dr. Flynn teaches the eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program at the Women's Medicine Collaborative.

Gastroenterologist

Colleen Kelly, MD, FACG, is a gastroenterologist with Lifespan Physician Group Gastroenterology at its East Providence location and at the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine. She is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a faculty member in the fellowship pathway in women’s gastrointestinal diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Kelly has been an active participant in the Rhode Island Pelvic Floor Network and led the irritable bowel syndrome and motility effort at Women & Infants Hospital before moving to Lifespan. She is nationally recognized in the field of gut flora and its implication in recurrent C. difficile infection. The focus of her research and clinical practice is fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) and she has assisted many physicians and institutions in developing FMT protocols.

Dr. Kelly has authored a number of papers and abstracts on the subject and was a member of a working group that drafted a best-practices article for treating C. difficile infection with FMT, published in 2011. Dr. Kelly is a principal investigator for the first US clinical trial of FMT to treat relapsing C. difficile infection, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). She is on the board of advisors of the Fecal Transplant Foundation. Dr. Kelly is board certified in gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include fecal transplantation, treatment of C. difficile, chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal motility disorders common in women, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Areas of expertise include C. difficile treatment, fecal transplantation, inflammatory bowel diseases, and women’s health.

Director, Women’s Behavioral Medicine, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Teri Pearlstein, MD is director of Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A professor of psychiatry and human behavior and professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Pearlstein received a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Pearlstein is board certified in psychiatry.

Dr. Pearlstein is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and past president of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical interests include depression and anxiety disorders in women, particularly in relation to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum period, and menopause.

Colorectal Surgeon and Co-Director, Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Leslie Roth, MD, FACS, FASCRS is co-director of the Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders in the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative and a colorectal surgeon at University Surgical Associates.

Dr. Roth is the Rosalyn and Joseph Sinclair Clinical Professor of Pelvic Floor Disorders and an assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her medical degree from the Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, New York State/American Program, in Ramat Aviv, Israel and New York.

She completed her residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is a graduate of the colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Roth is board certified in both general and colorectal surgery. She is also a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Roth's areas of clinical interest and expertise include colon and rectal cancer surgery, colonoscopy, laparoscopic/minimally invasive surgery, benign anorectal conditions, fecal incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders.

Urologist

Janice Santos Cortes, MD is a board-certified urologist in the Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders at The Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Dr. Santos also serves as an assistant professor of urology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Santos received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Puerto Rico before completing a urology residency at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She trained in urologic oncology at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida before pursuing a second fellowship in female urology, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, and neurology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

A member of the American Urological Association, the American Medical Association, the Society of Women in Urology, the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, and the Society of Urologic Oncology, Dr. Santos brings a rich background in urologic medicine to the Women’s Medicine Collaborative.

Dr. Santos’ clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of female incontinence, vaginal prolapse, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics and surgical outcomes. She also has a special interest in the treatment of patients with neurogenic voiding dysfunction.