Division of Women’s Health Programs and Services 

Services

The Gretchen S. and Edward A. Fish Center for Women’s Health is a multi-specialty practice at the Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center in Chestnut Hill. Recognized as a leader in women’s healthcare for creating an interdisciplinary model of care within an academic medical center, the Fish Center offers a variety of specialty programs that consider all aspects of health throughout the life span.

  • Dermatology
  • Gynecology
  • Internal Medicine:
    • Primary Care
    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Renal Medicine
    • Rheumatology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Mental / Behavioral Health

Programs at the Fish Center for Women’s Health

Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasm Clinic

Dr. Linda Lee, director of Women’s Health in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has formed a multidisciplinary collaboration to provide a comprehensive a pancreatic service at the Fish Center to screen for, evaluate, and treat certain pancreatic diseases with a particular focus on pre-malignant pancreatic cysts, which are significantly more prevalent in women, and in some cases, occur only in women.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Comprised of an endocrinologist, gynecologist, and dermatologist, our multi-specialty program offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the multiple manifestations of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Our team delivers collaborative and patient-centered care to treat your symptoms of PCOS. We also have onsite nutrition services and connections to the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Following an initial evaluation by one of our physicians, you can expect timely referrals to the appropriate specialist and individualized medical care for this common syndrome.

Other Women’s Health Collaborations

Bridges to Moms

Bridges to Moms is a collaboration between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Health Care Without Walls, a community non-profit agency. Both were founded by Dr. Roseanna Means, attending physician in the Division of Women’s Health. Since 2016, Bridges to Moms has received referrals from obstetrics social workers and clinicians for assistance in the outpatient setting for women who are pregnant and experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.  Bridges to Moms is the first hospital-community agency partnership that specifically targets homeless and housing insecure women who are pregnant and reliant on the BWH for Obstetrics care. Bridges to Moms addresses five social determinants of health: housing, transportation to appointments and to visit their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, food security, personal safety and community resources. These services are provided by a field team from Health Care Without Walls who work with the women in the outpatient setting throughout their pregnancies and during the baby’s first year. The goal is to improve prenatal clinic attendance, gestational age at birth, birth outcomes, and maternal bonding, and reduce Neonatal Intensive Care Unit stays. Early results show a prenatal attendance rate of over 79%, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in-person visit rate of the moms of 79%. These results mean healthier pregnancies and stronger maternal bonding.

The C.A.R.E. Clinic

The C.A.R.E. Clinic (Coordinated Approach to Resilience and Empowerment) was founded by Dr. Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, FAAN, in 2011. The clinic uses a trauma-informed and patient-centered framework to assist victims of interpersonal and sexual violence and human trafficking. Patient advisors also help to develop and inform policy and procedures for the clinic. Services provided by the C.A.R.E Clinic are provided in the context of patient-centered and trauma sensitive care.

Services provided include:

  • Coordinating and collaborating with both internal and external service providers.
  • Forensic medical evaluations and photo-documentation.
  • Advocacy for medical and behavioral health needs.
  • Identification of resources.

The C.A.R.E. Clinic also serves in a consultative role for patients being seen anywhere on campus and for staff that may be experiencing violence and abuse.

Women’s Lung Cancer Program & Forum

The Women’s Lung Cancer Program is an innovative and interdisciplinary program for women with, or at risk for, lung cancer and supported by the Division of Women’s Health. In partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and physician leaders in thoracic surgery, radiology, pulmonology, cardiology, anesthesiology, thoracic oncology, radiation oncology, nutrition, and psycho-social oncology, the Women’s Lung Cancer Program works to further develop the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center clinical and research collaboration. The program includes a focus on sex differences in risk, presentation, diagnosis, response to treatment and outcomes, as well as the particular needs of women diagnosed with lung cancer.

The Women’s Lung Cancer Forum is an initiative of the Women’s Lung Cancer Program, which offers educational seminars, community, and advocacy opportunities to women lung cancer patients or survivors and their family members and clinician supporters on a monthly basis. In the past, members have been active in raising funds for lung cancer research and awareness of lung cancer in women, especially never-smokers, through community events and educational conferences.

Women’s Lung Health Program

The Women’s Lung Health Program, within Brigham and Women’s Hospital The Lung Center, is an innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration between healthcare providers who treat and study lung disease in women. Taking an integrated, disease-specific approach, the program provides comprehensive and patient-centered disease management to address the specific needs of women patients who have lung disease. Since 2013, this collaboration with faculty from the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Otolaryngology, Division of Women’s Health and the Departments of Nutrition and Psychiatry, has been working to advance knowledge in areas of lung health where sex differences may particularly affect women, or affect women differently over the lifespan, and includes asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension and dyspnea, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria infections, laryngeal disorders, and pulmonary genetics.

Women’s Neurology Program

Working with the Department of Neurology, the division launched the Women’s Neurology Program, a first-in-the-nation. Led by Dr. M. Angela O’Neal, the program focuses on neurological evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes in areas with known sex differences and/or differential impact on women such as stroke, dementia, headaches, epilepsy, movement disorders, and sleep, including how hormonal and reproductive changes throughout a woman’s lifespan impact neurological health and disease. The program partners with multiple different talented subspecialist in neurology including those in headache, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, behavioral neurology and neuroendocrinology, as well as specialists in women’s mental health in the Department of Psychiatry.

Women’s Sports Medicine Clinical Care

The Women’s Sports Medicine Program was founded in 2012 by Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, surgical director of Women's Musculoskeletal Health, who was jointly recruited by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Women’s Health. The Women’s Sports Medicine Program offers comprehensive care for women with musculoskeletal sports injuries and concerns, including competitive athletes, recreational athletes, and women who want to become more active. The multidisciplinary team treats a full range of joint, muscle, and ligament injuries as well as working with patients on injury prevention through specific training and treatment. With support from the Division of Women’s Health, Dr. Matzkin oversees a robust research program focusing on sex differences in musculoskeletal medicine such as the female athlete triad and anterior cruciate ligament tears, which are more prevalent in women.

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