Stacie Geller, PhD

G. William Arends Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Director, Center for Research on Women & Gender

Director, Center of Excellence in Women's Health


Stacie Geller

Bachelor of Arts in History, Northern Illinois University

MPA, School of Public, Administration and Policy, University of Arizona.

PhD, Department of Management and Policy, College of  Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona

Contact information

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

820 S. Wood Street, M/C 808, Chicago, IL 60612 

P 312.413.7752
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Stacie Geller, PhD is a health services researcher and epidemiologist with expertise in women's health issues, complementary and alternative medicine, maternal mortality and morbidity, and has published extensively in these areas. She has a well established national and international research career, has published over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, has been awarded numerous research grants and has conducted several NIH funded clinical trials.

Dr. Geller’s work in maternal health has focused on investigating factors associated with maternal mortality and morbidity.  She was the Principal Investigator of a CDC/ASPH cooperative agreement "Investigation of factors associated with maternal mortality." She developed an innovative model for early identification of high-risk pregnant women that has garnered national attention. Her international research in maternal mortality and morbidity began with a 5-year NICHD-funded randomized clinical trial comparing the use of oral misoprostol to placebo for the reduction postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in women delivering at home or in rudimentary health facilities in rural India. This has led to work with several other international agencies including the Gates and MacArthur Foundations, non-profit organizations and foreign governments to promote implementation of misoprostol into community based settings in the developing world.
Dr. Geller is currently conducting a study of two dosing strategies for the use of misoprostol in rural India. She recently completed a project to implement a continuum of care model to reduce PPH. In collaboration with the University of Otago and the New Zealand Ministry of Health, Dr. Geller has been engaged in several initiatives to improve maternal health in Maori women.

Dr. Geller is the PI of the NIH funded BIRCWH program, a K12 institutional career development grant for women’s health researchers, and has personally mentored many faculty members and fellows, particularly in the areas of research and career development.



  1. New Zealand Health Research Council. Assessing Preventability of Severe and Near Miss Morbidity in New Zealand. Co-Investigator. 2013-2015.
  2. NIH/NICHD. Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (K12). Principal Investigator. 2012-2017.
  3. New Zealand Health Research Council. Diabetes: Assessing the Impact on Maternal and Neonatal Health. Co-Investigator. 2012-2015.
  4. DHHS/Office of Women’s Health. Coalition for Healthy Communities – Phase II. Principal Investigator. 2011-2016.
  5. NIH/NIMH. Effects of Estradiol & Phytoestrogen on Stress Responsivity. Co-Investigator. 2009-2014.
  6. Gates Foundation/Gynuity Health Projects. Two community strategies for comparing use of misoprostol for early treatment/secondary prevention to primary prevention for postpartum hemorrhage. Principal Investigator. 2011-2013.

Recent Publications & Presentations

Recent Publications

  1. Geller SE, Koch AR, Martin NJ, Rosenberg D, Bigger H. Assessing preventability of maternal mortality in Illinois: 2002-2012. Am J Obstet Gynecol. In press.
  2. Khare MM, Koch A, Zimmermann K, Moehring PA, Geller SE. Heart Smart for Women: a community-based lifestyle change intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk in rural women. J Rural Health. 2014. Epub ahead of print.
  3. Robinson N, Geller SE. Recommendations for scale-up of community-based misoprostol distribution programs. Int J Gynecol Obstet. 2014;125(3):285-8.
  4. Lawton B, MacDonald EJ, Brown SA, Wilson L, Stanley J, Tait JD, Dinsdale RA, Coles CL, Geller SE. Preventability of severe acute maternal morbidity. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014. Epub ahead of print.
  5. El Ayadi AM, Robinson N, Geller S, Miller S. Advances in the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. Expert Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2014. In press
  6. Fischer JH, Sarto GE, Hardman J, Endres L, Jenkins TM, Kilpatrick SJ, Jeong H, Geller S, Deyo K, Fischer PA, Rodvold KA. Influence of Gestational Age and Body Weight on the Pharmacokinetics of Labetalol in Pregnancy. Clinical Pharmacokinetics. 2014;53(4):373-83.
  7. El Ayadi A, Raifman S, Jega F, Butrick E, Ojo Y, Geller S, Miller S. Comorbidities and lack of blood transfusion may negatively affect maternal outcomes of women with obstetric hemorrhage treated with NASG. PLOS One. 2013;8(8):e70446.
  8. Lawton BA, Koch A, Stanley J, Geller SE. The effect of midwifery care on rates of caesarean delivery. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013;123(3):213-6.
  9. Nagel JD, Koch A, Guimond JM, Glavin S, Geller S. Building the women’s health research workforce: fostering interdisciplinary research approaches in women’s health. Global Adv Health Med. 2013;2(5):5-6.
  10. Geller S, Carnahan L, Akosah E, Asare G, Agyemang R, Dickson R, Kapungu C, Owusu-Ansah, Robinson N, Mensah-Homiah J. Community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage at home births: results from operations research in rural Ghana. BJOG. 2014;121(3):319-26. Epub 2013 Nov 28. 11. Drogos LL, Rubin LH, Geller SE, Banuvar S, Shulman L, Maki PM. Objective cognitive performance is related to subjective memory complaints in midlife women with moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms. Menopause. 2013;20(12):1236-42.
  11. El Ayadi A, Raifman S, Jega F, Butrick E, Ojo Y, Geller S, Miller S. Comorbidities and lack of blood transfusion may negatively affect maternal outcomes of women with obstetric hemorrhage treated with NASG. PLOS One. 2013;8(8):e70446.
  12. Kapungu CT, Mensah-Homiah J, Akosah E, Asare G, Carnahan L, Frimpong MA, Mensah-Bonsu P, Ohemeng-Dapaah S, Owusu-Ansah L, Geller SE; Ghana PPH Study Group. A community-based continuum of care model for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Feb; 120(2):156-9.
  13. Chor J, Patil K, Goudar S, Kodkany B, Geller S. Provider Insights on Barriers and Opportunities for Birth Spacing Utilization in Karnataka, India. Health Care for Women International. 2012; 33(11): 1035-1045. 
  14. Kilpatrick SJ, Prentice P, Jones RL, Geller S. Reducing maternal deaths through state maternal mortality review. J Womens Health 2012 Sep;21(9):905-9.

Recent Invited Presentations

May 2014  “Critical Issues in Global Women’s Reproductive Health” Wilderness Medicine Conference, Santa Fe, NM

May 2014 “Scientific Discovery to Implementation and Dissemination: Translating Research into Policy and Practice” Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

February 2014 “Postpartum Hemorrhage: An Innovative Multidisciplinary Approach to Solving a Global Health Problem” UIC Center for Global Health, Chicago, IL

February 2014 “Translating Research into Policy and Practice” UIC Global Medicine Program, Chicago, IL

November 2013 “Translating Research into Policy and Practice” Global Urban Challenges: The Role of Research Universities, Chicago, IL

November 2013 “Best Practices in Mentoring” National Science Foundation Gender Summit, Washington, DC

October 2013 “Translating Research into Policy and Practice” Canadian Gynecologic Society, Chicago, IL

Recent Abstracts

  1. Perry R, Oteng MS, Haider S, Geller S. A brief educational intervention changes knowledge and attitudes about contraception for adolescents in rural Ghana. Thirteenth Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health: ‘Challenges in Sexual and Reproductive Health’ Lisbon, Portugal, May 2014.
  2. Drogos LL, Jamadar R, Rubin LH, Geller S, Shulman LP, Banuvar S, Niederberger C, Deane L, Maki PM  A Comparison of Objective and Subjective Measures of Hot Flash Frequency in Midlife Women and Men Undergoing GnRH Analog Therapy. Poster presented at the Society for Women's Health Research's What a Difference an "X" Makes Conference in Washington, DC. July, 2013