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BIRCWH Program Leadership

  Carol S. Weisman, PhD, Principal Investigator

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
and Health Policy and Administration
Penn State College of Medicine

Dr. Weisman is a sociologist and health services researcher whose research focuses on womenís health and on health care delivery system responses to womenís health care needs. Before coming to Penn State, she was Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Professor of Healthy Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has over 35 years of research experience, including projects funded by NIH, AHRQ, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and various foundations. Currently, she is director of the Central Pennsylvania Womenís Health Study and is consulting with AHRQ, NCQA, and the AMA on womenís health projects. She is the author of over 140 journal articles and parts of books, and is the author of Womenís Health Care: Activist Traditions and Institutional Change, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Dr. Weisman received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Wellesley College and her PhD in Social Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

  Cynthia Chuang, MD MSc, Program Director

Cynthia Chuang, MD, MSc is Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Associate Director of Research in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. She completed her medical school education at New York University, and did her Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She subsequently was a General Internal Medicine⁄Women’s Health research fellow at Boston University, where she also received her Masters of Science in Epidemiology.

As an academic general internist at Penn State Hershey, Dr. Chuang is a women’s health researcher, primary care provider, and mentor for medical students and residents. She currently holds a K23 career development award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study predictors of unintended pregnancy in women with chronic medical conditions.

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