Dr. Kim is a Senior Investigator at the Institute for Sexual Medicine in San Diego, as well as an associate editor of Sexual Medicine Reviews. Dr. Kim has been engaged in research on the physiology of sexual dysfunction since the mid-1980s and has published and lectured extensively. He was among the early investigators to describe the role of nitric oxide in penile erection and has consistently contributed to the field of sexual medicine, being recognized with numerous research prizes from various sexual medicine societies. He previously served as the Assistant Director of the Laboratory for Sexual Medicine Research at the Boston University School of Medicine and was a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Sexual Medicine for the first decade of the journal through 2014. From 2007, Dr. Kim served for 5 years as Chief Scientific Officer of Alagin Research, a biotechnology company devoted to developing therapeutics and diagnostics in sexual medicine. Dr. Kim continues to serve as a consultant to other companies developing therapies for sexual dysfunction. Most notably, he has assisted Sprout Pharmaceuticals in Raleigh, NC with clinical trial design and refiling of the NDA for flibanserin, the first treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women. Dr. Kim received his BA in biology, MA in biochemistry and PhD in physiology from Boston University and completed a research fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, San Diego.
Mrs. Goldstein is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, as well as managing editor of Sexual Medicine Reviews. She works at San Diego Sexual Medicine to develop clinical research projects, write protocols and oversee clinical trials, as well as supervise educational programs and support trainees. Mrs. Goldstein’s passion is education and in addition to co-authoring When Sex Isn’t Good to provide education and empowerment to women with sexual dysfunction, she has served as Education Chair of ISSWSH and currently serves on the Global Development and Online Services Committees and Chairs the Industry Relations Committee for the International Society for Sexual Medicine. In addition, she develops programs for The Institute for Sexual Medicine, a charitable corporation dedicated to research and education in the field.
Brooke Faught is a board certified, women's health nurse practitioner with specialty training in female sexual medicine and vulvoscopy. She completed her undergraduate training at The Ohio State University, her MSN at University of Pennsylvania and her DNP at Vanderbilt University.
In 2005, Brooke Faught developed and implemented the Women's Institute for Sexual Health (WISH) as a division of Urology Associates, P.C., in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently functions as the Director of WISH. She has been a member of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) since 2005. In 2012, she gained designation as a Fellow of ISSWSH and she currently serves as the Fellowship Committee Chair on the ISSWSH Board of Directors. She also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) from 2011 to 2017 including two years as Treasurer. Brooke Faught maintains an adjunct faculty position at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She also serves as faculty and a planning committee member for the annual NPWH/ISSWSH Sexual Health and Vulvoscopy Course for Nurse Practitioners.
Brooke Faught is widely published in the field of women's sexual and pelvic health. She regularly lectures to local, national, and international audiences and she is frequently invited to provide her expert opinion to various media outlets. Professional awards include the William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement and Alumni Transformers in Nursing and Healthcare through the Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Recent Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Nashville Business Journal (NBJ) 40 Under 40 award and the NBJ Women of Influence Award.
Heather Howard, PhD, MPH, AASECT-CSC, AASECT-CSE, IF is a board certified sexologist and mind-body health facilitator with a clinical concentration in pelvic, sexual, and chronic pain. She founded the Center for Sexual Health and Rehabilitation to help clients meet their sexual and intimate goals, and developed the Ergœrotics® process to promote comfortable pleasure and create accessible resources for people in all bodies.
In addition to her private practice work, Heather developed a series of educational videos to help patients with chronic health conditions to find comfortable pleasure, as well as a library of ergonomic sexual positions to assist health care providers with making clinical recommendations to patients. She also completed funded research entitled “A Culturally-Informed Educational Program to Promote Sexual Health and Well-Being Among Refugee Women.”
She is co-chair of the Membership Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), Chair and founding member of the Pelvic and Sexual Health Network of Northern California (PASHN), faculty in the Sex Therapy Certificate program at California Institute of Integral Studies, and a CE Provider for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). She is formerly a clinical skills instructor for the Stanford School of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Department and for the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and an adjunct professor of clinical sexology at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
Dr. James Simon is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in both obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility; by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD); by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) as a Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP); by the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) as an ISSWSH Fellow (IF); and by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) as a Certified Sexuality Counselor. A short-list of his other honors and achievements includes being selected to “Top Washington Physicians, “America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists”, and “The Best Doctors in America”. Dr. Simon is an author or co-author of more than 550 peer reviewed articles, chapters, textbooks, abstracts, and other publications, including several prize-winning papers. Dr. Simon is coauthor of the paperback book: “Restore Yourself: A Woman’s Guide to Reviving Her Sexual Desire and Passion for Life”.
Dr. Kwangsung Park is a Professor of Urology at Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, South Korea. He received his medical degree (1983) and PhD (1993) at Chonnam National University, and completed his urology residency at Chonnam National University Hospital, and fellowship (1995-1997) in male erectile dysfunction at Boston University School of Medicine, USA.
Dr. Park is currently a Secretary General of the ISSM, Director-at-large of the ISSWSH, and EIC of the Investigative and Clinical Urology. He served as an EIC of Sexual Medicine open-access journal (2015-2020). He has received numerous research awards, including the Jean-Paul Ginestie Prize (1996) and Newman-Zigniotti Prize (2000).
Dr. Linda Vignozzi is Associate Professor in Endocrinology at the University of Florence, and deputy Director of the Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences "Mario Serio". She is Director of Andrology, Women's Endocrinology and Gender Incongruence Unit of Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy, an accreditated training center of the European Academy of Andrology, reference regional center for diagnosis and therapy of erectile dysfunction, reference regional center for semen cryopreservation, reference center for management of subjects with gender incongruence (CRIG). She is Vice President of the School of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Florence and General Secretary of the Permanent Conference of the Presidents of the Italian Schools of Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Vignozzi received her MD and PhD in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the University of Florence. At the School of Endocrinology and Metabolism - University of Pisa, she received her Postgraduate Speciality Certification in 2011. She is the co-author of over 150 manuscripts, has written several book chapters and invited reviews in the field of male and female sexual and reproductive medicine, hypogonadism and metabolic diseases, male and female genital tract diseases. She has served as a committee member of the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine, Itality Society of Endocrinology, Italian Society of Obesity, International Society for Sexual Medicine, European Society for Sexual Medicine, and most recently served as Chair of the 2021 ISSWSH Scientific Program Comittee.
Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg is the chief of the division of behavioral medicine at MacDonald Women’s Hospital/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Professor in Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of clinical specialization include sexual medicine, female sexual disorders, menopause, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and psychological aspects of infertility.
Dr. Kingsberg’s primary research interests are in treatments for female sexual disorders and genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). She has been the principal investigator for several clinical trials for treatments for female sexual disorders and consults for many pharmaceutical companies that are developing investigational drug treatments for sexual problems. She is an Associate Editor for Sexual Medicine Reviews and sits on the editorial boards of the journals Menopause and Climacteric.
Dr. Kingsberg is a past president of The North American Menopause Society and The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.
Dr. Sharon Parish is a Professor of Medicine in Clinical Psychiatry and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Director of Medical Services at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division. She obtained her MD at Albany Medical College and then completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at the George Washington University Medical Center and a fellowship in Psychosocial and Behavioral Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Parish is a past president, past Education chair, and the current Clinical Guidelines chair of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and has served as faculty of the popular ISSWSH Fall Course since its inception.
Dr. Rachel Rubin is a board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist. She is an assistant clinical professor of Urology at Georgetown University and works in a private practice in Washington DC at IntimMedicine Specialists. She is one of only a handful of physicians fellowship trained in male and female sexual medicine. Dr. Rubin is a clinician, researcher, and vocal educator in the field of sexual medicine. She completed her medical and undergraduate training at Tufts University, her urology training at Georgetown University, and her fellowship training under Dr. Irwin Goldstein in San Diego. In addition to being ISSWSH Education chair, she also serves as Associate Editor for the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews.
Dr. Corey Babb attended Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his postgraduate training at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and Oklahoma State University Medical Center. He joined a local private practice after residency, but left to pursue an academic position as an assistant clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oklahoma State University, where he also served as an adjunct professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Seeing a need for more specialized women's health care, Dr. Babb sought additional training in the areas of sexual dysfunction and menopausal medicine. Currently, he is one of a handful of providers who is both a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, and a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner. Dr. Babb most recently served as Chair of the ISSWSH Bylaws Committee in 2021. Dr. Babb currently practices out of Osage Beach, MO.
Dr Susan Kellogg Spadt is the Clinical Director of Female Sexual Medicine at Academic Urology Center for Pelvic Medicine in Bryn Mawr Pa. She teaches Human Sexuality at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and College of Nursing and Drexel University College of Medicine where she is a Professor of OBGYN. She is the Chair of the ISSWSH Fellowship Committee and is a Certified Sexuality Therapist and Counselor.
Dr. Sally MacPhedran is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist based out of Cleveland, Ohio. Her areas of expertise include birth control, Menopause care, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Sexual Health. Dr. MacPhedran completed her medical training at Case Western Reserve University and went on to complete her internship and residency at the University of California-Irvine. In addition to being Membership Chair, Dr. MacPhedran currently serves on the Membership Outreach and Membership Diversity and Inclusion Committees for ISSWSH where she has played an active role in the expansion and outreach of the society.
Dr. Jewel Kling is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and women’s health provider in the Division of Women’s Health Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Arizona, followed by a Chief Internal Medicine fellowship year. Her clinical and research interest are in menopause and sexual health. She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner. She is also interested in education and is active with the Internal Medicine residency and Mayo medical school, as well as efforts to expand the discipline of Sex and Gender based medicine. She is the co-chair of the LGBTI Mayo Employee Resource Group, as well as a member of our Transgender clinic steering committee.
Dr. Hannan is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, USA. She completed her PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology at Queen’s University, Canada with Dr. Michael Adams. She continued her training with post-doctoral fellowships at the Medical College of Georgia with Dr. Clinton Webb and at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine working with Drs. Trinity Bivalacqua and Arthur Burnett. Dr. Hannan a strong background in many biochemical and in vivo techniques, smooth muscle signaling, neurovascular physiology and pathophysiology of the genitourinary tract. Her research interests focus on bladder, vaginal and penile function/dysfunction in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and aging.
Dr. Paul Yong (MD, PhD, FRCSC) is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and Research Director and Gynaecologist at the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis, in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Yong completed a MD/PhD degree in Experimental Medicine and a Residency in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, followed by a Clinical Fellowship in Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, & Advanced Laparoscopy in 2012, at the University of British Columbia. https://med-fom-yonglab.sites.olt.ubc.ca/
Dr. Tami Rowen is an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in sexual health and gynecological care for women with disabilities, women with cancer and transgender individuals. Rowen also provides routine prenatal care, family planning services and management of both routine and complex gynecological conditions. She provides surgical and medical treatment for conditions including abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, adnexal masses (growths near the uterus and related structures), cervical dysplasia (precancerous cells on the cervix) and endometriosis.
Rowen earned her medical degree and a master's degree in health and medical sciences through a joint program of the University of California, Berkeley, and UCSF. She completed a residency in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCSF.
Rowen is an internationally recognized expert in sexual health. She serves as the education chair for the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and as an associate editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. She has conducted studies in developing countries on family planning as well as safe motherhood.
Rowen is a member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, World Professional Association for Transgender Health and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Joshua Gonzalez, MD, graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with degrees in Anthropology and English. A native of California, Dr. Gonzalez spent the next decade in New York completing his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his urology residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital. In 2015, he completed a joint UCLA/San Diego Sexual Medicine fellowship in sexual medicine under Dr. Irwin Goldstein. Dr. Gonzalez is now in private practice in Los Angeles. He specializes in the management of male and female sexual dysfunctions. Dr. Gonzalez also treats a variety of common urological conditions including benign prostatic disease, voiding dysfunction, and male infertility. Throughout his career, Dr. Gonzalez has focused on advocating for sexual health and providing improved healthcare to the LGBTQ community. He remains committed to engaging medical professionals and patients through non-traditional the use of social media.