Officers & Council Members


Geeta Swamy, MD


Associate Vice President for Research,
Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity, School of Medicine
Duke University
Department of OB/GYN
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Durham, NC

Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, MSPH


Professor of OB/GYN
Maternal Fetal Medicine Director
Medical Director for Maternal Transport and Outreach
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

Gweneth Bratton Lazenby, MD MSCR


Associate Professor of Obstetrics and GynecologyMedical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC

Jennifer Balkus, PhD, MPH


University of Washington at Seattle

Seattle, WA

Caroline Mitchell, MD, MPH

Immediate Past President

Assistant Professor of OB/GYN
Reproductive Biology
Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, MA

Council Members

Catherine Chappell, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Pittsburgh, PA

Olivia Van Gerwen, MD, MPH

Heersink School of Medicine at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Oluwatosin (Tosin) Goje, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Cleveland, OH

Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz

University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

Christina Muzny, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Lisa Noguchi, CNM, PhD

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD

Geeta Swamy

Dr. Geeta K. Swamy, MD is the Haywood Brown, MD Distinguished Professor of Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Duke University. She also serves as Associate Vice President for Research and Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity for Duke University and the School of Medicine. She is a nationally and internationally recognized clinician-researcher and leader in the field of perinatal infectious diseases and maternal immunization. She has led numerous vaccine trials in pregnant women with funding from the NIH, CDC and Industry sponsors. She currently serves as Co-PI for Duke’s NIAID Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation and for the CDC-funded Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment project. Dr. Swamy is also a member of the Dept of Health & Human Services’ National Vaccine Advisory Committee and the American College of ObGyn Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Work Group.      

Patrick Ramsey

Dr. Ramsey is the Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Director for the “Stork One” Maternal Transport program, and Maternal Medical Director for the University Hospital Level IV Maternal Center at University Hospital/UT Health San Antonio.  Dr. Ramsey completed his medical school training at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine in 1994 and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN in 1998.  He completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001. He also received a Master of Science in Public Health with emphasis in Epidemiology/International Health in 2003. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and serves as an oral board examiner for the ABOG. He is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG), among others. He is a graduate of the ACOG Leadership Institute, APGO Scholars and Leaders Program,  and SMFM Leadership Academy.  He currently serves in several regional, state, and national leadership roles as Chief Medical Officer for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB), Past Chair of the Texas Medical Association Committee on Reproductive, Women’s and Perinatal committee, member of the SMFM Fellowship Affairs Committee, Chair of the Texas Perinatal Advisory Council, Vice Chair of the Texas Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Task Committee, and President-Elect of IDSOG.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in major journals. His research interests are clinical trials, infectious diseases in pregnancy and prevention of maternal morbidity/mortality.

Gweneth B. Lazenby

Dr. Gweneth B. Lazenby is a subspecialist in reproductive infectious diseases. Her clinical and research foci are in HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. She is the Medical Director of MUSC Ambulatory Women’s Health clinics. Dr. Lazenby directs obstetric and gynecology specialty clinics for women living with HIV. 

Jennifer Balkus

Dr. Balkus is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. As an infectious disease epidemiologist, her research spans across the fields of sexual and reproductive health. She is passionate about improving genital health for all people with a vagina and has contributed to the 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention STI guidelines for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. She has expertise in conducting both clinical trials and observational studies, in the US and globally, and currently leads several NIH R01-supported research projects. Dr. Balkus is also an Affiliate Investigator at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center where she is an investigator with the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) and serves on protocol teams for two ongoing MTN trials that are assessing the safety of the dapivirine vaginal ring in pregnant and postpartum breastfeeding individuals. Across her work, Dr. Balkus is committed to collaborative engagement and continual learning to develop and implement anti-oppressive structural changes in public health research, teaching and practice.

Caroline Mitchell

Dr. Caroline Mitchell conducts clinical and translational research on vaginal infections, specifically bacterial vaginosis and the vaginal microbiome. Clinically, she is a general OB/Gyn, and the Director of the Vulvovaginal Disorders Program at MGH in Boston.

Catherine Chappell

Dr. Catherine Chappell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh.  She completed her medical school and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and then completed fellowships in Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Family Planning at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her current research focuses on the evaluation of antivirals for hepatitis C virus treatment in pregnancy. 

Olivia Van Gerwen

Dr. Olivia Van Gerwen completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She returned to her hometown of Birmingham, AL to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UAB, which she completed in 2020 in addition to a post-doctoral fellowship in health services, outcomes, and effectiveness research. She is now an Assistant Professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases. Olivia’s research focuses on HIV and STI prevention, comprehensive sexual health promotion, and vaginal health, specifically among LGBTQ+ populations. Clinically, she enjoys providing sexual healthcare services to patients at the UAB Gender Health clinic, patients living with HIV at the UAB 1917 Clinic and is the Assistant Medical Director at the UAB Vaginitis Clinic. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family husband, Derek, son, Thomas, and their dog, Charlie, with one new baby boy (Max) joining the family in spring 2023. She also enjoys thread crafts such as crochet and cross-stitch, reading, and cooking.

Oluwatosin Goje

Oluwatosin “Tosin” Goje, MD, MSCR is the Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Infant and Maternal Health. She joined the Cleveland Clinic professional staff in 2013.   As Director of the Center for Infant and Maternal Health, Dr. Goje leads Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to reduce infant and maternal mortality, address leading mortality indicators and eliminate racial disparities. The Center for Infant and Maternal Health supports at-risk women from pregnancy through the infant’s first year with a focus on improved access, seamless care transitions and enhanced community impact. 

Dr. Goje is a board-certified OB/GYN and infectious diseases specialist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. In her clinical practice, Dr. Goje specializes in treating patients with reproductive infectious diseases and non-infectious diseases of the vulvar and vagina. She consults for the Cleveland Clinic infectious disease pharmacy, reviewing anti-microbial guidelines in collaboration with the pharmacy.

She completed an internship year in internal medicine at Metropolitan Hospital in New York, New York; completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, in Newark, New Jersey.  Dr. Goje has a master’s in clinical research and completed a fellowship in reproductive infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Goje is an associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive biology at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She facilitates, teaches, and mentors medical students; she collaborates and mentors medical students and resident physicians’ research.

Dr. Goje serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG), Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (JMIG), and other journals. She is the OB/GYN Editor for Elsevier Clinical Key and serves on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) publication committees for years. She is on the NIH Adult OI Guidelines Pregnancy Review Group. She is a regular and frequent media contributor and expert on gynecology infectious diseases, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), infections in pregnancy, and racial disparities in maternal and infant health. Dr. Goje is an advocate for health equities, especially for women. She has participated in national, regional and local platforms as a speaker or panelist on health advocacy and equity.

Dr. Goje is actively involved in research and has published on infectious diseases in women, infectious diseases during pregnancy, and other gynecological and pregnancy-related conditions.

Melissa Herbst-Kravlovetz

Dr. Herbst-Kralovetz is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix in the Departments of Basic Medical Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the director of the Women’s Health Research Program and Microbiome Initiative on campus. Dr. Herbst-Kralovetz utilizes clinical biospecimens, animal models and an innovative 3-D bioreactor system to study human epithelial and immunometabolic responses to microbiota and microbes at this site and has a long-standing interest in enhancing women’s health outcomes through translational research. 

Christina Muzny

Dr. Christina Muzny obtained her medical degree at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine followed by an internal medicine residency and an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She joined the ID faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. She obtained an MSPH in Public Health Epidemiology at the UAB School of Public Health in 2017. Her clinical and research interests focus on HIV and STIs in women, specifically vaginal infections. Dr. Muzny is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases with secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is the Medical Director of the UAB Vaginitis Clinic and the Chair of the UAB Institutional Review Board 01.