Expert Qualifications

This highly-qualified expert has nearly 30 years of experience as an epidemiologist and nurse-midwife, with demonstrated experience in medical device safety including gynecologic surgical mesh, breast implants, hip replacement, cardiovascular and dermatologic devices, post-market surveillance, and pharmacoepidemiology. She received her BS in biology from the University of Illinois and a diploma in nursing from Evanston Hospital School of Nursing before earning her BS in nursing and her MS in perinatal nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then went on to earn a post-masters certificate in midwifery from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her PhD in perinatal epidemiology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. This expert is a certified nurse-midwife and a licensed registered nurse. She is active in her field as a member of several organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Nursing. She is also highly involved in research, having authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and spoken at multiple scientific conferences throughout her career. For her work, she has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. With over 15 years in academia, this expert has formerly served as an assistant professor of child, women and family health at the University of Maryland, and adjunct assistant professor in prevention and community health and an adjunct clinical associate professor of clinical management and leadership at George Washington University, and, most recently, as an adjunct associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Clinically, she has served as an maternal child health epidemiologist and a health sciences administrator for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC and has worked extensively with the FDA as an epidemiologist and branch chief for the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Additionally, she served as the director of women's health, medical ethics and patient advocacy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. Currently, this expert is the owner and CEO of an epidemiology consulting group based in Maryland.

Bio Snapshot

  • Location: MD
  • BS, Biology, University of Illinois
  • BS, Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago
  • MS, Perinatal Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago
  • PhD, Perinatal Epidemiology, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Certified, Nurse-Midwife
  • Licensed, Registered Nurse
  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member, American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Member, American Midwifery Certification Board
  • Member, American Academy of Nursing
  • Former, MCH Epidemiologist, Maternal Child Health, CDC & United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Former, Health Sciences Administrator, National Institute of Nursing Research, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Former, Midwife, Mercy Hospital
  • Former, Assistant Professor, Child, Women & Family Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • Former, Epidemiologist, Center for Devices & Radiological Health, Epidemiology, FDA
  • Former, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Management & Leadership, George Washington University
  • Former, Branch Chief, Center for Devices & Radiological Health, Epidemiology, FDA
  • Former, Director, Women's Health, Medical Ethics, and Patient Advocacy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Former, Adjunct Associate Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Current, Owner and CEO, an epidemiology consulting group in MD

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