The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH, pronounced "BIRCH") is a mentored career-development program. It connects junior faculty, known as BIRCWH Scholars, to senior faculty with shared research interest in women's health and sex-differences research. Since the program was created in 2000, 77 grants to 41 institutions supporting more than 613 junior faculty have been awarded by ORWH and BIRCWH program co-sponsors. For fiscal year 2018, there are twenty (20) active BIRCWH programs listed below. ORWH and the NIH Institutes and Centers contribute over $10 million per year to support this career development program.

For further information, visit the Career Development page.


2019 Active BIRCWH Programs

  • Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University
  • Abbey Berenson, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Kim Boggess, M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Claire Brindis, Dr.P.H., University of California, San Francisco
  • Thomas Curry, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • Daniel Ford, M.D., MPH, Johns Hopkins University
  • Karen Freund, M.D., MPH, Tufts University
  • Ellen Gold, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • Jill Goldstein, Ph.D., Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Jeanne-Marie Guise, M.D., MPH, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Katherine Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • M. “Tonette” Krousel-Wood, M.D., Tulane University
  • Jacqueline McGinty, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina
  • Virginia Miller, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Ighovwerha Ofotokun, M.D., M.S., Emory University
  • Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Judith Regensteiner, Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • Yoel Sadovsky, M.D., Magee-Womens Research Institute
  • Michael Varner, M.D., University of Utah
  • Sophia Vinogradov, M.D., University of Minnesota