Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
Joan Davis Nagel, M.D., M.P.H.
Joan Davis Nagel, M.D., M.P.H, joined the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in March 2009 and serves as Director, Interdisciplinary Research Programs. She is Director of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 Career Development Program and the ORWH Coordinator for the Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex Differences. Currently, there are 29 active BIRCWH programs across the U.S. that support junior faculty who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships and are conducting interdisciplinary basic, translational, clinical or health services research relevant to women’s health. The 11 SCOR Centers are conducting research on differences between men and women in diseases and conditions such as depression, pain, osteoporosis, urinary tract and reproductive health.
Dr. Nagel earned a B.A. in biology from Williams College and received an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Biomedical Sciences; and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her background includes training in obstetrics–gynecology, followed by a residency in general preventive medicine. She completed her residency in preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland. Before assuming her current role, she was Medical Officer in the Reproductive Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She also served as one of the first Project Team Leaders for the Roadmap Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program and was Director of the NICHD Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program.
Prior to coming to the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Nagel worked as a city clinician for the New York City Department of Health, Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; and as a medical consultant for the Urban Women’s Retreat, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Harlem, New York.