Division of Women's Health in Emergency Care






The mission of the Division of Women's Health in Emergency Care is to establish educational and research endeavors that promote sex- and gender-specific medicine and women's health as it relates to the practice of emergency medicine. 

Division Leadership

Alyson J. McGregor, MD, is assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and co-founder and director of the division of women’s health in emergency care. McGregor received her medical degree from Boston University and completed her residency in emergency medicine at Brown. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, executive board member of the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative (SGWHC), and past president of the Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association. Her clinical and research interests include evaluating gender differences in EM and women’s health.

Esther K. Choo, MD, MPHis assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and co-founder and associate director of the division of women’s health in emergency care. She received her medical degree from Yale University and completed internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and residency at Boston University. Choo’s research interests include developing interventions for women with coexisting substance use and partner violence.

Regional Collaborators

Barbara Roberts
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Women's Cardiac Center, The Miriam Hospital

Roxanne Vrees
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Clinical)
Interim Division Director Triage, Women and Infants Hospital

Michelle Forcier
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Adolescent Health, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Kelly McGarry
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Director, Women's Health Track, Internal Medicine

National Research Collaborators

Basmah Safdar
Co-Chair, Chest Pain Center
Director, YNHH Women's Heart Program

Marna Greenberg
Lehigh Valley Physician Group, LVPG-Emergency Medicine

National Senior Advisory Board

Stephanie Abbuhl
Professor & Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Dept of Emergency Medicine
Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania

Marjorie Jenkins
Professor and Associate Dean for Women in Health and Science
Chief Scientific Officer, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences 

WHEC Ongoing Research 

Our research goals are to initiate gender-based research within the department, using existing research resources and expertise, and to initiate a number of WHEC-sponsored research projects. 

  • We performed a gender-based analysis of stress test utilization in the Chest Pain Unit with Dr. Napoli, which was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  • We are completed a gender-based analysis of data pooled from three alcohol-related studies conducted within the Injury Prevention Center, which was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • A collaborative project is ongoing with Women & Infants triage on how specialty training influences the diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • We are currently mentoring a number of Women's Health projects including:
    • A study on utilization of cross-sectional imaging on pregnant trauma patients
    • How gender influences sepsis quality markers 
    •  How gender impacts receptivity to technology-based health information
    • A number of case-studies that highlight clinical application of the"gender lens" 

WHEC Fellowship

In 2011, the department established a two-year fellowship in the Division of Women's Health in Emergency Care (WHEC) in order to train a new generation of physicians in gender-specific emergency medicine. The division includes both Brown EM faculty members and multidisciplinary faculty from the medical school and institutions around the country. 

During the two-year fellowship, the Brown WHEC fellow will:

  1. develop an understanding of the gaps in gender-based research in EM;
  2. gain the skills necessary to practice comprehensive, gender-specific emergency medicine;
  3. receive didactic training and mentorship in performing research on women's health/gender topics in EM; 
  4. and recognize ways to become active leaders in women's health locally and nationally.

Applicants must be graduating/have graduated from an accredited emergency medicine residency program. All applicants must:  provide a letter of interest, a current CV and three letters of recommendation (including from their residency program director); apply to the Brown University Master of Public Health Program, if they do not already hold a comparable degree; and have an interest in women's/gender-Specific Health, demonstrated through scholarly activity or other experiences. 

To learn more about the WHEC fellowship, please email Lynn Levesque at WHEC@lifespan.org. 

WHEC Elective Education

There is a WHEC resident elective that provides rich clinical opportunities, including Women & Infants Triage, Women & Infants Women's Primary Care Center, The Women's Cardiac Center at The Miriam Hospital, and Hasbro Children's Hospital Adolescent clinic. The resident elective includes opportunity for research endeavors as well as a small scholarly project. 

In This Case: Sex and Gender Case Studies 

These case studies aim to feature patient challenges that demonstrate a specific sex and/or gender sensitivity by identifying evidence based, medical concern that improves clinical care and ultimately outcomes for women and men. They are published online at Sex and Gender Women's Health Collaborative Website.

Do you have a patient case study that reflects a sex and/or gender specific difference in clinical care? All submissions should be directed to, In This Case Editor Alyson J. McGregor, MD, at amcgregor@lifespan.org.