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 ORWH in 2009. In addition to serving as Medical Officer for ORWH, Dr. Nagel also serves as Director, Interdisciplinary Research Programs. She is Program Director of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Mentored Scientist Career Development Program and as the ORWH Scientific Coordinator for the Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex Differences. BIRCWH programs 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 the role of sex/gender in conditions such as depression, pain, addiction, metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, urinary tract, reproductive health and aging.
Before assuming her current role, she was Medical Officer for three years in the Reproductive Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) overseeing a portfolio of women’s health research and career development grants. She also served for two years as one of the first Project Team Leaders for the NIH Roadmap Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program to re-engineer the clinical research enterprise and was Director of the NICHD, Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program.
Prior to coming to the NIH, Dr. Nagel worked as a physician for the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), 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.
Dr. Nagel earned a B.A. in biology from Williams College, 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 preventive medicine residency which she completed at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.