Stacie Geller, PhD

Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Research Division

G. William Arends Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Director, Center for Research on Women & Gender


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
F 312.413.7423



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. Lawton BA, Koch A, Stanley J, Geller SE. The effect of midwifery care on caesarean section rates. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. In press.
  2. 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 Advances in Health and Medicine. In press.
  3. 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. In press.
  4. Drogos LL, Rubin LH, Geller SE, Banuvar S, Shulman L, Maki PM. Subjective memory complaints are related to objective cognitive performance in symptomatic postmenopausal women. Menopause. In press.  
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.


  1. “Translating Research into Policy and Practice.” University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. February 2013
  2. “Translating Research into Policy and Practice:  The Case of Misoprostol.” Women’s Health Research Forum, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. June 2013.
  3. “Faculty Mentoring.” Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Development Conference. Univiersity of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, IL August 2012.
  4. “Women in Academic Medicine: Why So Slow?” Department of Emergency Medicine University of Illinoist at Chicago.  Chicago, IL June 2012.
  5. “Creating a Culture of Mentoring.” Conference of the Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Chicago, IL. May 2012
  6. Keynote Speaker: “Empowering Women, Transforming Lives: Addressing Maternal Mortality Around the Globe.” UNIFEM US National Committee Chicago, IL. April 2012