UIC was designated a National Center of Excellence by the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1998 and was named an Ambassador for Change in 2006. Our program is designed to integrate biomedical expertise with the grass roots women's health vision, and emphasizes partnership: across disciplines and professions, academic with community, and health care provider with patient.
UIC's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health is located on the campus of an urban land-grant research university, the largest institution of higher learning in the Chicago area. The campus includes the site of the original Jane Addams Hull-House, and has a long history of women's health activities. UIC's National Center of Excellence is unique in representing collaborative efforts across our six health professional colleges, as well as other programs within the University Library, College of Social Work, Education, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
UIC's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (CoE) has a primary commitment to provide comprehensive research-based care to women in a woman sensitive clinical environment.
The CoE spans six health colleges and fosters collaboration across disciplines:
UIC's CoE focuses on four core areas:
UIC's CoE Director:
Stacie Geller, PhD, is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and at the School of Public Health. She is the Director of the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender and the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. In her role as director of two UIC centers, she promotes collaborative multidisciplinary work related to women’s lives. Dr. Geller is a health services researcher and epidemiologist with expertise in women’s health issues, complimentary and alternative medicine, maternal mortality and morbidity, and has published extensively in these areas. She has a well established national and international research career and has been awarded numerous research grants, including a current NIH grant “Botanical Dietary Supplements for Women’s Health” to conduct a Phase I and Phase II clinical trial of plant extracts for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Dr. Geller is also a Co-I on a study to examine the “Effects of Prempro®, Black Cohosh and Red Clover on Cognition Function in Menopausal Women.”
Since 1999, she has been the Principal Investigator of a CDC/ASPH cooperative agreement “Investigation of factors associated with maternal mortality.” She developed an innovative model for early identification of high-risk women that has garnered national attention. Dr. Geller’s work in maternal mortality and morbidity extends to international circles where she recently completed a 5-year NICHD randomized clinical trail comparing the use of oral misoprostol compared to standard of care to reduce postpartum hemorrhage in rural India. She is currently working with the MacArthur Foundation and Pathfinder International to implement a continuum of care model to reduce postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria.
Over the past several years, Dr. Geller has mentored a number of PhD candidates, primarily in the School of Public Health and the College of Nursing as well as a number of clinical postdoctoral fellows in the College of Medicine. She has also worked closely with junior faculty for training and career planning. Prior to being funded for the BIRCWH program, in collaboration with Dr. Tonda Hughes, she established the Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research (IWHR) program to provide senior faculty support to junior faculty who are interested in women’s health research. Junior faculty scholars are advised by an interdisciplinary group of senior women’s health research faculty and are paired with two senior faculty mentors. Mentoring activities address research proposal development, research methodology, preparation of materials for publication and presentation, funding, and other research issues.
Center of Excellence in Women's Health
1640 W. Roosevelt Road Room 503,
UIC m/c 980 Chicago, IL 60608
Ph: 312-413-1924 Fax: 312-413-7423