Eli Adashi, MD, MS, MA, (Ob/Gyn)

Eli Adashi, MD, MS, MA

The former (5th) Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University (during its 2007 renaming in honor of Mr. Warren Alpert), Dr. Adashi, an academic physician-executive, is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine (MD, 1973) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health program in Health Care Management (MS, 2005).

The author of over 500 professional articles and chapters, and the editor or co-editor of 16 books, Dr. Adashi’s work has also seen press with the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post and several other media venues.

Dr. Adashi is the former president of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists (SRE), the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI), and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS). Dr. Adashi is also a former Examiner with and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).

Upon receiving his medical degree, Dr. Adashi completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University (under the leadership of George W. Mitchell, Jr., MD) (1974-77). Thereafter, Dr. Adashi pursued fellowship training in the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and postdoctoral training in reproductive biology at Johns Hopkins University (under the leadership of Georgeanna Seegar Jones, MD and Howard W. Jones, Jr., MD) and at the University of California at San Diego (under the leadership of Aaron J.W. Hsueh, PhD and Samuel S.C. Yen, MD, DSc), respectively (1977-81).

Faculty positions were held at the University of Maryland (1981-1996), the University of Utah (1996-2004), and Brown University (2004-present). Prior to joining Brown University, Dr. Adashi was the John A. Dixon Endowed Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (1996-2004) and the founder and leader of the Ovarian Cancer Program of the Huntsman Cancer Research Institute (1999-2004).

Dr. Adashi has been the recipient of continuous National Institute of Health (NIH) funding from 1985 to 2005 inclusive of a Research Career Development Award. Mentor to over 50 postdoctoral trainees, Dr. Adashi is the author or co-author of over 400 peer-reviewed publications and of 120 book chapters/reviews in the general area of reproductive medicine with special emphasis on ovarian biology.

NIH service included but was not limited to membership with the National Council of the National Institute of Child health and Human Development (NICHD)(1997-2001), the Reproductive Endocrinology Study Section (1988-1992), and the Selection Committee of the Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP)(1988-2005).

Dr. Adashi is the former Editor-In-Chief of Seminars in Reproductive Medicine and the former Associate Editor of EndocrinologyJournal of the Society for Gynecologic InvestigationReproductive Medicine ReviewSeminars in Reproductive EndocrinologyReproductive Medicine Review, and Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic  Disorders.

A former Franklin fellow and Senior Advisor on Global Women’s Health to the Secretary of State Office of Global Women’s Issues (1st term of the Obama Administration), Dr. Adashi is the chair of the Medical Executive Committee and the Medical Advisory Council of the Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, a member of the Advisory Council of The Hastings Center, and a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University. Dr. Adashi is a former member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Agenda Council on Population Growth of the World Economic Forum, and the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition, Dr. Adashi is a former advisor to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the WHO, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Elected to the NAM in 1999, Dr. Adashi has served as a member of the consensus committees on Antiprogestins: Assessing the Science (1993), Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Health Outcomes (2005-2006), Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2006-2009), and Women’s Health Research (2008-2012). In addition, Dr. Adashi served as co-chair of the Consensus Committee on Reducing Childbirth Mortality in Indonesia (2012-2013). Finally, Dr. Adashi has served both as a reviewer and a review coordinator for multiple NAM reports and as chair of the Maternal & Child Health and Human development (IG-07) interest group (2009-2011). Dr. Adashi has also served twice as a member of the Board on Health Sciences Policy.

As a tenured Professor of Medical Science at Brown University, Dr. Adashi is a member of the Brown Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights while maintaining multiple educational responsibilities inclusive of the co-directorship of the Healthcare in America course (a highly subscribed medical school elective) and the co-directorship of the Healthcare Policy Concentration (an elective for medical students with special interest in Healthcare Policy).  Current writing interests focus on the nexus of Medicine, Science, Law, and Ethics.

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