Ms. Goldstein, a graduate of Brown University, is Sexuality Educator and Clinical Research Manager at San Diego Sexual Medicine, responsible for sexual medicine educational programming and clinical research. She works with the SDSM team to develop clinical research projects, write protocols and oversee clinical trials. She also arranges for training in sexual medicine for medical students, residents, fellows and clinicians from all over the country. She works with the Sexual Medicine program at Alvarado Hospital and regional support groups to provide education to providers, students and the public. In addition, she develops programs for The Institute for Sexual Medicine, a charitable corporation dedicated to research and education in the field. Ms. Goldstein co-authored When Sex Isn’t Good to provide education and empowerment to women with sexual dysfunction. She is managing editor of Sexual Medicine Reviews. She is an associate editor of the Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction, and Female Sexual Pain Disorders, and author of multiple peer reviewed papers. In addition to being President of ISSWSH and Industry Relations Chair, she serves on the Educational Projects, Fellowship and Female Sexual Function Committees of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA). She has contributed educational content for multiple societies. She is also a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). She is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Ms. Goldstein received the Distinguished Service Award from ISSWSH in 2017 as well as from SMSNA in 2017.
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 Specialty 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, Italy 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 Committee.
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. 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.
Janeane N. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Population Health in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN. Dr. Anderson completed postdoctoral research fellowships in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the College of Medicine at UTHSC. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in health communication from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Anderson’s research targets the relationship between patient-clinician communication practices and clinical and quality of life outcomes among Black adults and adolescents. She studies the ways in which patients and clinicians share power and responsibility to achieve patient health goals in sexual health and chronic disease management. Extramural funding from the National Cancer Institute has supported studies that explore patient-clinician communication, treatment adherence, and sexual health challenges among Black and sexual minority women with early-stage breast cancer. She has received recent funding from the Washington DC Center for AIDS Research to develop a shared decision-making tool to facilitate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) initiation for Black sexual minority men and from the Tennessee Department of Health to train clinicians in optimal communication practices for PrEP uptake.
Dr. Anderson’s professional activities also include developing faculty resources and university-level programming to address diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and objectives. Some of her more recent efforts include developing pedagogical resources for UTHSC faculty to implement inclusive learning strategies in clinical learning environments and conducting professional communication workshops for College of Nursing and College of Medicine faculty to improve critical consciousness and communication with diverse students, patients, and community members. Dr. Anderson is frequently invited to give lectures on race, racism and other sensitive and socially relevant topics within U.S. healthcare contexts for national and international organizations, including the International Urogynecological Association, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Sameena Rahman is a board-certified gynecologist and women’s health specialist at her own private practice, Center for Gynecology and Cosmetics in Chicago, IL. She specializes in Menopause Care and is a certified menopause provider through NAMS , as well as Sexual Dysfunction, Sexual Pain, pelvic pain, vulvar dermatosis , a wide variety of gynecologic disorders, medical Cosmetics and More. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor of OBGYN at Northwestern University where she teaches students and residents. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill school of Medicine and Duke University for undergraduate degree in Women's Studies and Biology and completed her OB GYN residency at the University of Massachusetts. She is passionate about religion and it's impact on sexual function and has worked extensively in Muslim communities educating on the topic of sexual dysfunction. She has worked internationally with the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Women and Development. Dr. Rahman currently serves as an active member of the ISSWSH Education and Social Media Committees, as well as American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists , International Pelvic Pain Society and International Society of Vulvaginal Disease.
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. Jewel Kling is a Professor of Medicine, Chair of the Division of Women's Health Internal Medicine, Assistant Director of the Women's Health Center and Associate Chair of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity for the Department of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She completed medical school and a master's in public health at the University of Arizona Tucson and Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Arizona, followed by a Chief Internal Medicine fellowship year. Her clinical and research interest are in menopause, sexual health and LGBTQ care. She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner and serves on the board of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), and the American Medical Women's Association Sex and Gender Health Collaborative. She is part of the transgender steering committee at Mayo Clinic Arizona and has been a past co-chair of the LGBTI Mayo Employee Resource Group. She is also involved in education and is active with the Internal Medicine residency and Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, as well as efforts to expand the discipline of Sex and Gender specific medicine.
Dr. Rachel Rubin is a board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist. She is an assistant clinical professor of Urology at Georgetown University and owns a private practice in the Washington DC region. 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. Babb is a Tulsa native who has dedicated his life to bringing awareness and acceptance to female sexual health. Through education, activism, and empathy, he helps people feel heard and validated, empowering them to find answers in a complicated medical environment. In addition to being a boardcertified gynecologist, he is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), and a member in the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disorders (ISSVD). Dr. Babb is one of four providers in the world to have been trained by Dr. Peter Pacik in the Pacik Multimodal Botox Program under Anesthesia. This revolutionary treatment program for moderate to severe vaginismus has been clinically demonstrated to permanently eliminate symptoms in over ninety percent of patients undergoing the procedure. Dr. Babb has collaborated with Dr. Pacik on multiple research studies, including penning the definitive study which established a five-point grading scale for vaginismus, published in the journal Sexual Medicine. As such, he is considered a leading expert in the field of vaginismus. Currently, Dr. Babb serves on the board of directors for ISSWSH, is a reviewer for multiple sexual medicine journals, is a respected lecturer and educator,
and has been featured in numerous national and international publications. At his private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he sees patients from across the world and is passionate about illuminating and treating conditions that have been previously neglected or marginalized in modern medicine.
Dr. James A. Simon is Clinical Professor of Ob/Gyn at George Washington University in Washington DC. A board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, and AASECT-Certified Sexuality Counsellor, Dr. Simon’s private medical practice, IntimMedicine Specialists® (www.IntimMedicine.com), focuses on gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, menopausal health and hormone therapies, pelvic and sexual pain, and improving sexual function. Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Simon is an experienced clinical researcher having completed more than 400 clinical research trials, while receiving grants, contracts, and scholarships from a wide range of sponsors, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The American Heart Association (AHA), The Heinz Foundation, and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Simon was Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ Chief Medical Officer during the development of the first FDA-approved medication for women’s sexual health.
Dr. Simon is the only physician to serve as President of both the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). Nicknamed “The Menopause Whisperer” by Washingtonian Magazine, a short-list of Dr. Simon’s other honors and achievements includes being selected to “Top Washington Physicians,” “America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists,” “Super Doctors of Washington DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia,” and “The Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Simon is a recipient of the NAMS-Leon Speroff Outstanding Educator Award and the ISSWSH-Distinguished Service Award.
He is an author or co-author of more than 800 articles, abstracts, chapters, and proceedings, including several prize-winning papers, as well as the paperback book: Restore Yourself: A Woman’s Guide to Reviving Her Sexual Desire and Passion for Life.
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Dr. Renzelli-Cain is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow of the International Society of the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner and member of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases. She is a clinician, clinical researcher and passionate medical educator where she is currently an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVUSOM) where she developed and now leads their Midlife, Sexual Medicine and Pelvic Health Programs. As the only Sexual Medicine Program in the state of West Virginia, Dr. Renzelli-Cain sees thousands of women from West Virginia and the surrounding tri-state area with a variety of sexual health concerns. As such, under the direction of Dr. Renzelli-Cain, the Obstetric and Gynecology residents have distinct rotations in Sexual Medicine and opportunities in research and are among an elite group of Obstetric and Gynecology residents to gain such an experience. The WVUSOM third year medical students also have a Sexual Medicine rotation as part of their Obstetric and Gynecology Clerkship, a Sexual Medicine Lecture built upon ISSWSH principles in their curriculum and have opportunity for a forth year elective in Sexual Medicine. WVUSOM is one of the few medical schools in the US to offer such a program. Both medical students and residents are invited to recurring quarterly Sexual Medicine Conferences where challenging patients are presented in a bio-psycho-social fashion including presentations from Pelvic Floor Physical and Sex Therapists. Dr. Renzelli-Cain is currently the Medical Director of the West Virginia National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, one of the original twenty programs designated by the Department of Health and Human Resources, designed to improve the health of at risk women through advocacy, social programs, education and research. Dr. Renzelli-Cain uses her position to advocate for equal access to healthcare, including sexual healthcare across the state of West Virginia, surrounding Appalachia and the sexual medicine deserts still present in vast regions of the United States, without any Sexual Medicine providers to care for women close to home. Through education of medical students, residents and enhancing ISSWSH membership and Fellowship, Dr. Renzelli-Cain endeavors to effect change.
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. Tierney Lorenz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and director of the Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) lab. They received their Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 after completing internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. From 2013 to 2016, they were a postdoctoral fellow at the Kinsey Institute and the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at Indiana University. From 2016 - 2018, they were an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.https://tinyurl.com/ycl4tfo2).Dr. Lorenz's research examines the interaction between women's mental, physical and sexual health. The WISH lab investigates the ways that sexual behavior impact women's immune and endocrine function, as well as ways to help women with mental and/or physical health conditions have happy, healthy sexual lives. We also focus on helping survivors of sexual trauma through basic science and clinical research. For a complete list of Dr. Lorenz's publications, please visit their Google Scholar page (
Dr. Heather Quaile, (she/her) is a clinical and academic leader and entrepreneur. A double board certified, women’s and gender health nurse practitioner and advanced forensic nurse specializing in human trafficking and female sexual health. Dr. Quaile is also trained and certified as an AASECT sex counselor and sexual assault nurse examiner providing sexual health education, trauma-informed care, and information to patients of all ages. She created and implemented a medical program for emergency stabilization for commercial sexual exploitation of youth in Georgia. Dr. Quaile has been working in all aspects of women’s healthcare for over 22 years caring for women of all ages across the health-illness continuum and recognized the lack of sexual health awareness not just in her community but in its providers as well and founded, developed, and implemented her private practice The Sexual Health Optimization and Wellness (SHOW) Center. Her goal is to help guide patients through their healthcare journey and provide a range of services that address the biopsychosocial aspects of health, wellness, optimization, and sexuality. She is passionate about changing the systems and beliefs that have stigmatized women’s health and female sexuality through a non-judgmental, empathic approach grounded in evidence-based research. She has been a member of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) since 2015. She gained designation as a Fellow of ISSWSH and is a member of the education committee, website committee, peer reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine, as well as co-chair for the scientific committee. She is Treasurer of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health and is widely published in the field of women’s health, trauma-informed care, and regularly lectures to local and national audiences.
Dr. Jill Krapf is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist specializing in female sexual pain disorders and the Associate Director of The Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS)-certified menopause practitioner. Dr. Krapf is active in research and has published chapters and peer-reviewed articles on vulvodynia and vulvar lichen sclerosus. She is Associate Editor for the medical journal Sexual Medicine, as well as for the textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders, 2nd Edition. She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), serving on the Education Committee and chairing the Social Media Committee.