Speaker Profile

Extraordinary leadership in Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) & contributing to improving women's health

Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Stefanick's research, which has been widely disseminated nationally and internationally, has emphasized the role of lifestyle—especially exercise, diet, weight control, and menopausal hormone therapy—on chronic disease prevention, particularly heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and more recently, dementia. Her primary academic interests include sex/gender differences and the influence of sex hormones on human physiology and disease, menopause, and health promotion over the life course, including healthy aging. She offers courses on these subjects at Stanford, where she plays major leadership roles in the Women's Health at Stanford program, the Cardiovascular Institute's Women's Heart Health Program, and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of the Stanford Cancer Center.