Florence P. Haseltine, PhD, MD
Founder, Society for Women's Health Research
Florence P. Haseltine is a board certified obstetrician and
gynecologist and an expert in reproductive endocrinology. She has helped to set
the research agenda for the coming decade. Currently she is working on the
basis of gender differences and what these differences teach us about the
system and the disease process.
Dr. Haseltine received her undergraduate training at University of California
at Berkeley, a Doctorate in Biophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Medical Degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following her internship
at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
and her residency at Boston Hospital for Women (Brigham and Women's Hospital),
she served as Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn and
Pediatrics at Yale
While at Yale University School of Medicine, she took a year of
training at the School
of Organization and
Management in order to develop a proficiency in administration, policy,
strategic planning and business development. She wrote computer programs for
automating sperm counting and sold them to industry. She has served on the
Scientific Advisory Board of Health Care Ventures, a venture capital group
specializing in biotechnology.
The health of women and their advancement professionally are
central issues for Dr. Haseltine. In 1990, she founded the Society for Women's
Health Research and was its first President. This organization has brought the
issue of research on women's health to the attention of high federal officials
and prominent members of the media as well as placing it on the nation's
priority research agenda. As SWHR’s founder she wrote mission statements,
raised monies, established bylaws, and hired the original staff. She
is also the founder of Haseltine Systems, a company devoted to easing travel
for persons with disabilities.
Dr. Haseltine has co-edited, & reviewed numerous publications
& books on a range of topics including reproductive biology, women's
health, & proceedings of NIH-sponsored conferences related to the
reproductive sciences & population issues. She was also the founding Editor
of the Journal of Women's Health. In
addition, she has made many scientific, public, & media presentations
across the country & internationally.
Dr. Haseltine was on the Board of Directors of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.
She is currently a board member of the American Women in Science and the Older
Women's League. She has been recognized for her contributions in the field of
women's health & reproductive science by election to the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) and by receiving a variety of accolades. These awards include
the following: the Weizmann Honored Scientist Award; the Kass Lecturer Award, the
American Woman's Medical Association Scientist Award, the Advocacy Award from
Research America for the Society for Women's Health Research, the Barbara Eck
Menning Founder's Award, and the Kilby Laureates Award. She was also not only
honoree for a Health Hero of the American Health for Women Magazine, but also for a Prevention
Magazine “Hall of Fame;” and Ladies'
Home Journal “Champions of Women's Health.” Dr. Haseltine is a member of
many professional societies, and is the author of numerous publications.