Lisa B. Haddad, MD, MS
Executive Committee Member
The magnitude of global humanitarian crises plaguing women has inspired and compelled Dr. Haddad to pursue a career in women’s health. Unintended pregnancy and HIV infection are preventable causes of suffering that lie at an intersection of human rights, policy, resource allocation, education, and gender inequity. A key to the prevention of unintended pregnancy and HIV infection is promotion of safe contraceptive methods. Dr. Haddad’s clinical and research focus has centered on reproductive health in high-risk populations, specifically among HIV-infected women. Her areas of interest further include prevention of sexually transmitted infections, HPV and cervical cancer prevention, adolescent reproductive health, and safe reproductive health delivery both in global and domestic settings. Given the emerging epidemiological evidence on the potential for hormonal contraception to increase both STI and HIV acquisition and transmission, through her current research, she seeks to answer questions about the unresolved issues related to the pathophysiology of this unexpected impact of sex hormones. A clearer understanding of the interplay of both endogenous and exogenous sex hormones on the reproductive immune system is pivotal in the determination of the safety of the various hormonal contraceptive methods. Ultimately, her research career objective is to provide empirical evidence for effective, safe contraception options for high-risk women, specifically those with HIV, in order to protect them from pregnancy without increasing the risk of impacting their HIV status or infecting their partner. Dr. Haddad plans to work both domestically with high-risk women, as well as internationally to continue collaborative research that impacts women’s health on a global scale. Her skills in both behavioral and biologic research methods provide her with a platform to understand the complex interplay of factors associated with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Dr. Haddad’s long-term career goal is to become an independently funded clinician scientist in the field of reproductive infectious diseases with a focus on safe family planning for high-risk populations including those living with HIV/AIDS.