Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
April 2015

Submission deadline:
March 20, 2015

E-mail: Donna Bishop

Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI) Announces Director

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science, is the Director of the new Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI) within the Center for Research on Health Care in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Borrero received an MD from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine before joining the Division in 2001 for her residency in internal medicine / women's health track. She served as chief resident before starting her fellowship in general internal medicine / women's health track. Dr. Borrero has been a faculty member within the Division since 2007. Her research has primarily focused on disparities in contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy. She has been a leader in advancing our understanding of the intersections among demographic characteristics, psycho-social contexts, health care delivery and utilization, and reproductive outcomes. In recognition of her contributions to the field, she was elected to the board of the Society of Family Planning. Dr. Borrero has also emerged as a national leader in VA women's health and reproductive health care. She has served on several workgroups and advisory panels to help guide the VA women's health research operations agenda and is currently conducting a national mixed-method study to provide critical first evidence on the rates of unintended pregnancy and unmet contraceptive need among women veterans. Dr. Borrero has mentored numerous medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty, and she recently received the Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentoring Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Borrero also has led the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) program within the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE).

The CWHRI consists of an interdisciplinary group of health services researchers dedicated to improving women's health through innovative, high-quality, health services research. The research encompasses all aspects of women's health, with particular attention to vulnerable populations, women in the military, racial disparities, and sex- and gender-based differences in health and disease. CWHRI will seek to foster collaboration across academic communities to advance the field of women's health and provide mentorship and training opportunities to students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty committed to women's health services research. Currently, the work is focused on adolescence, contraception, preconception health, prenatal care, postpartum health, lactation, the menopausal transition, and end-of-life care. The CWHRI has expertise in the use of patient-centered outcomes, community-based participatory research, clinical epidemiology, qualitative methods, and implementation science.