Einstein Experts

Women's health

Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Dorothy and William Manealoff Foundation & Molly Rosen Chair in Social Medicine

Head, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Epidemiology & population healthHypertensionWomen's health

An authority in epidemiology, Dr. Smoller has made important research contributions in several areas including hormone therapy and cardiovascular disease, depression and antidepressant use as risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and biomarkers and prediction models of stroke risk. She has had a major role in studies that have helped to change medical practice in the U.S., including the NIH’s Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of postmenopausal women, for which she is Einstein’s principal investigator. read more...


Ruth Freeman, M.D.

Ruth Freeman, M.D.

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility), Einstein

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Director, Menopause Research and Treatment Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Director, Bone Density Unit, Montefiore

EndocrinologyOsteoporosis Menopause

Hormone replacement therapyVitamin D deficiency

Dr. Freeman is a widely recognized authority on menopause, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis, and vitamin D deficiency. She is currently director of the Menopause Research and Treatment Center of the Bone Densitometry Unit at the Institute for Women’s Health at Montefiore Medical Center. She also serves on the editorial board of the journal Menopause. read more...


Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Chella & Moise Safra Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein

Co-Director, Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein and Montefiore

High-risk pregnancyPrenatal testing

An expert in high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Merkatz is recognized for his landmark discovery of the link between low alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels and Down syndrome, which revolutionized prenatal testing.  The longest serving department chair in obstetrics and gynecology in the U.S., he established community programs to prevent preterm birth and eliminate racial and gender disparities in health outcomes. read more...