About the Connors Center for Women's Health


The Division of Women's Health and the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital are committed to improving the health of women and transforming their medical care.

How We Accomplish Our Mission

Conduct Research:

Produce and disseminate scientific knowledge on women's health and sex- and gender-based biology.

Improve Clinical Services and Patient Care:

Model, learn from and encourage adoption of comprehensive and integrated care.

Educate and Support Leaders of Change:

Produce leaders who have the experience, creativity, skills and determination to have a major impact in improving the health of women.

Develop Leaders in Global Women's Health:

Support leaders working to improve the health of women globally through research, teaching, intervention and care.

Influence Policy:

Influence women's health policy at the institutional, local and national levels.


Related to the work of the Division of Women’s Health, the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology was established at Brigham’s and Women’s Hospital in 2002 to develop collaborative efforts in women’s health. The Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology has a commitment to improving the health of women and transforming their care through the discovery, dissemination and integration of knowledge of women’s health and sex- and gender-based differences and the application of this knowledge to the delivery of care.  The Connors Center leads work across the institution, developing interdisciplinary research, clinical, training, policy and global health leadership initiatives. The Division of Women’s Health is the academic home for forty-six faculty across thirteen specialties with a primary research or clinical interest in women’s health. Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, founder of the Connors Center, served as its Executive Director and Chief of the Division of Women’s Health until her departure in June 2016.

In 2005, Brigham and Women’s Hospital named Women’s Health as one of its five Centers of Excellence and strategic areas of focus along with Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences and Orthopedics/Arthritis. In addition to the traditional fields of obstetrics, gynecology, and breast and gynecological cancers, the Women’s Health Center of Excellence is unique in its integration with the other four Centers. The Connors Center has worked collaboratively to develop clinical, research and educational programs in cardiovascular disease, neurology, bone and joint diseases, lung cancer, breast cancer survivorship, and women’s mental health. The Connors Center also invests in training the next generation of leaders in the field of women’s health and sex and gender-based differences, encompassing research and clinical care.

Principles of Healthcare for Women

  • Gender-Specific Care: Understand the differences in health between men and women and apply that knowledge to the delivery of care
  • Accessibility: Remove anything that makes it difficult for women to come to the practice
  • Cultural Competence: Understand women’s health and how our communities affect our health
  • Integrated Care: Provide care across specialties, using teams of staff who support multiple specialties and technology
  • Collaborative Communication: Communicate with women in a way that is understandable and makes them comfortable to ask questions and get the information they need to stay healthy

Overall Goals

  • Conduct research and disseminate scientific knowledge on sex- and gender-based biology, and on the impact of sex and gender on disease on outcomes and the delivery of care;
  • Build awareness of issues related to women's health and gender biology among clinicians, patients and the general public;
  • Educate leaders with the experience and skills to have a major impact on improving the health of women; and advocate for changes in public policy to improve the health of women.

Read our Connors Center 10 Year Report (pdf)

Ten years of health advancements for women of all ages, ethnicities and nations.

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