Women’s Health Research Scholars Program

The Women’s Health Research Scholars Program is a mentorship program at UIC for MD clinician scientists led by Dr. Pauline Maki, CRWG Senior Director of Research. The program has its origins in the UIC’s K12 NIH-funded Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. The goal of the program is to train a cadre of MD clinician scientists to advance women’s health and sex/gender-based science. The College of Medicine Dean’s Office and the Scholar’s department provide funding to support the Scholar’s independent research program, including protected time and a research stipend. The Women’s Health Research Scholars Program uses a team- and peer-based mentoring approach to achieve the goal of submitting a K- or R-level NIH grant at the end of the training period.



Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Pavitra Kotini-Shah is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Resident Ultrasound Education, and Assistant Director of the Ultrasound Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently researching sex/gender differences in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) using data from the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), a large database covering a catchment area of 115 million people in the US. She is also interested in advanced echocardiography applications for cardiovascular emergencies and is using results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Echocardiographic database to evaluate global longitudinal strain (GLS) as a predictor of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Additionally, she is invested in developing and implementing an emergency system of care for STEMI and OHCA in Bangalore, India.  Her long-term goal is to enhance resuscitation science with a sex-specific approach.


Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Bernice Man is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the section of Academic Internal Medicine & Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Man received her medical degree from Stanford University and completed her internal medicine residency training at the University of California at San Francisco.  She completed her master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Science at the UIC School of Public Health.   Her research work focuses on clinical interventions to address diabetes prevention in women with prior gestational diabetes. Currently, she is developing and evaluating clinical decision support tools such as personalized risk prediction and a decision aid targeting at-risk women with prior gestational diabetes for diabetes prevention. Because of the long-term risks to offspring from maternal hyperglycemia, a focus on gestational diabetes prevention has become a natural extension of her research interests.  Overall, her long term goals are to improve the implementation of diabetes prevention in these high risk women and develop new therapies for gestational diabetes prevention during pregnancy.


Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Heather Weinreich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery/Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery in the UIC College of Medicine. She has a background in epidemiology and clinical research.  Her research has expanded to include the evaluation of gender differences in resident surgical training.  Specifically, she is examining the relationship of surgical instrument design with gender and the resulting effects on confidence, efficiency and surgical outcomes.  Her research involves collaboration with medical education, human factors psychology and occupation/human factors engineering.


Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology

Dr. Sirimon Reutrakul is an Associate Professor at the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at UIC. She completed her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand. Subsequently, she completed Internal Medicine Residency at Loyola University Medical Center, and Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Chicago. She has a special interest in diabetes care and diabetes education. Her research focuses on the relationship between sleep and circadian regulation and glucose metabolism. She is currently investigating the effect of sleep extension on glucose levels in women with a history of diabetes during pregnancy. Her long term goal is to seek improvement in glucose metabolism and health through sleep optimization.