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Karen E. Adams, MD
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General
BioDr. Adams is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist (OB-GYN) and North American Menopause Society-certified menopause specialist at the Stanford Health Care Gynecology Clinic. She is also a clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
As an OB-GYN for over three decades, Dr. Adams specializes in managing the symptoms of menopause, as well as diagnosing and managing chronic conditions associated with aging. In addition to her clinical practice, she serves as a mentor for the next generation of OB-GYNs, working closely with medical students, residents, and fellows.
Dr. Adams has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on clinical trials evaluating the safety of medications for long-term management of menopause symptoms, as well as their impact on patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. Some of Dr. Adams’ research has also been in the field of reproductive ethics.
Prior to her arrival at Stanford Health Care, Dr. Adams held the title of professor emeritus and was director of the Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program at the Center for Women’s Health at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She also served as Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director at OHSU for 13 years.
Dr. Adams has served as a peer reviewer for multiple prestigious journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics. She has also presented research to her peers nationally and internationally, including at the annual meeting of the American Medical Women’s Association. Her TEDx talk entitled “Sleep, Sex, and Menopausal Zest” has received over 140,000 views and she is an in-demand speaker on the topics of menopause and sex medicine to both medical and lay audiences.
Dr. Adams is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the North American Menopause Society, and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, where she serves on the Education Committee. She is a recognized leader in medical education, having served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and on the national Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Rachel Ellen Chan Seay
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General
BioMy clinical focus is the care of people across the age spectrum from adolescence to menopause. I attend to both Obstetric and benign Gynecologic needs in both ambulatory and hospital settings. I strive to provide a holistic approach to consultations for full-scope benign Gyn medical and surgical problems. In my practice of clinical medicine, I strongly value the role of education across all levels, including medical staff, students, resident physicians, patients and their families. I emphasize effective communication, professionalism, and inclusive patient-centered care.
I am actively involved in national and international programs that focus on teaching medical students, residents and faculty. Since completing my residency training, I have worked regularly in international low-resource settings. I have served as Visiting Clinical Faculty in Thomonde, Haiti; at Hospital Nacional Juan Jose Ortega in Coatepeque, Guatemala; and at Orotta School of Medicine in Asmara, Eritrea. I have completed emergency OBGYN field assignments as a clinical consultant for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Sierra Leone and South Sudan. I worked as a consultant for an academic partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Health to train local traditional birth attendants, and developed a long-term partnership to augment the local OBGYN residency program in Coatepeque in the southwest Trifinio region of Guatemala. I was the 2015 Research Fellow in the History of American Ob/Gyn at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington DC, where my research focused on the evolution of the management of postpartum hemorrhage in the US from 1903-1940. I currently serve as visiting teaching faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda.
My ongoing scholarly activities focus on designing global health curricula for medical trainees from high-resources settings, and supporting medical education in low-resource settings.
Jennifer Conti, MD, MS, MSc
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsClinical decision making around abortion choices; pain management with abortion
Sally Rose Greenwald
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (General Gynecology), Emerita
BioPaula J. Adams Hillard, M.D., is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine where she serves as Associate Chair for Medical Student Education. She earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina and obtained her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in OB/Gyn at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was on the faculty at the University of Virginia, and served as Professor in the Departments of OB/Gyn and Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC) /University of Cincinnati Medical Center for 23 years. At CCHMC she was the founder of a postgraduate fellowship training program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She currently directs the program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
She has been active on a number of national medical committees, including chair of the American College Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) Committees on Patient Education, Adolescent Health, and Guidelines for Women’s Health; she is a past member of the Gynecologic Practice Committee, the Gynecology Document Review Committee, and the Ethics Committee. She was been an examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists from 1991-2015. She is a Board Member of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and was elected a fellow of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. She is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and is an active contributor to the literature in adolescent gynecology and contraception with over 200 journal articles and abstracts published. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She is the sole editor of two textbooks: the 5-Minute Consult in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2008) and Practical Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (2013). She is the author of over 120 book chapters on women’s health. She has been a consultant and a member of tasks forces and committees for the CDC, the U.S. FDA, the NICHD, the AMA, American Cancer Society, and ACOG. In addition to her work as a member of editorial boards and as an ad hoc reviewer for professional publications, Dr. Hillard has extensive experience with the consumer press. She was a contributing editor to Parents magazine from 1982-1990, writing a monthly column on pregnancy and birth--and currently acts as an editorial consultant to women’s publications such as Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Glamour, YM, and Seventeen, as well as ABC News. She is a consultant to and a member of the medical advisory board of Clue, a menstrual cycle tracking app. She has been recognized for her teaching, and has been selected as one of 18 senior faculty master teachers/mentors for medical students at the Stanford University School of Medicine in a formal mentoring program called Educators for CARE: Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Empathy.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsObstetric outcomes in female veterans