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.



Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.  Every Mother Initiative, 2014-2015. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

Illinois VENTURES. Testing of a prototype obstetrical medical device for auto transfusion in life threatening postpartum hemorrhage, 2014-2016.  Role: Co Investigator.

UIC Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Pilot Research. Testing of a prototype obstetrical medical device for auto transfusion in life threatening postpartum hemorrhage, 2014-2016.  Role: Co Investigator.

New Zealand Health Research Council. Assessing Preventability of Severe and Near Miss Morbidity in New Zealand, 2013-2015.  Role: Co Investigator.

NIH/NICHD. Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (K12), 2012-2017. Role: Principal Investigator.

New Zealand Health Research Council. Diabetes: Assessing the Impact on Maternal and Neonatal Health, 2012-2015. Role: Co Investigator.

Department of Health and Human Services/Office on Women’s Health. Coalition for Healthy
Communities – Phase II, 2011-2016.  Role: Principal Investigator.


Recent Publications & Presentations

Recent Publications

Geller SE, Koch AR, Martin NJ, Rosenberg D, Bigger HR, for the Illinois Department of Public Health Maternal Mortality Review Committee Working Group. Assessing preventability of maternal mortality in Illinois:2002-2012. AJOG. 2014;211(6):698.e1-698.e11.

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;30(4):359-368.

Kosova G, Stephenson MD, Lynch VJ, Ober C. Evolutionary forward genomics reveals novel insights into the genes and pathways dysregulated in recurrent early pregnancy loss. Hum Reprod. 2015;30(3):519-529.

Kutteh WH, Stephenson MD. Recurrent pregnancy loss. In: Bieber EJ, Sanfilippo JS, Horowitz IR, eds. Clinical Gynecology. 2015:918-928.

Lal AK, Geller S, Scott S, Hibbard JU. Assessment of hospital readiness for obstetric hemorrhage. Evidence Based Women’s Health Journal. 2015;5(2):80-85.

Wong CA, Scott S, Jones RL, Walzer J, Geller S. The state of Illinois obstetric hemorrhage project: pre-project and post-training examination scores. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal Neonatal Medicine. 2015:1-5.

Zimmermann K, Khare MM, Koch AR, Wright C, Geller S. Training Intervention Study Participants to Disseminate Health Messages to the Community: A new model for translation of clinical research to the community. Clin Transl Sci. 2014;7(6):476-481.

Zimmermann K, Khare MM, Wright C, Hasler A, Kerch S, Moehring P, Geller SE. Application of a gender-based approach to conducting a community health assessment for rural women in Southern Illinois. Evaluation and Program Planning. 2015;51:27-34.

Robinson N, Geller SE. Recommendations for scale-up of community-based misoprostol distribution programs. Int J Gynecol Obstet. 2014;125(3):285-8.

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.

El Ayadi AM, Robinson N, Geller S, Miller S. Advances in the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. Expert Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2014. In press

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Recent Invited Presentations

Centers for Disease Control/American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CDC/ACOG) Maternal Safety/Maternal Mortality Meeting, San Francisco, CA. May 2015. Invited Speaker: Maternal Morbidity Review.

Healthy Texas Mothers & Babies Conference, Houston, TX, June 2015. Invited Speaker: Maternal Mortality Review

Gender Equity in Academia Symposium. North Chicago, IL. June 2015. Invited Speaker: Mentoring Strategies for Gender Equity in Academia.

UIC Campus Insights 2015, Chicago, IL, January 2015. Invited Speaker: Research and Innovation on a Global Scale.

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

BioMedWomen-International Conference on Clinical and BioEngineering for Women’s Health. Esmailbeigi H, Robinson N, Kutz P, Geller S, Dobiesz V. “Save-My-Mum: Maternal Autotransfuser, An Innovative Medical Device for Autotransfusion in Life Threatening Postpartum Hemorrhage in Low Resource Settings”. Porto, Portugal,  June 2015:
AcademyHealth 32nd Annual Research Meeting. 

Carnahan L, Geller S. “Lessons learned from a community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana: recommendations for global maternal health policy and practice”. Minneapolis, MN, June, 2015.

NIH/ORWH 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Symposium. Robinson N, Geller S. “Progress in increasing awareness and availability of the Intrauterine Device in Bonsaaso, Ghana.” Bethesda, MD. November, 2014.

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.

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