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Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG

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Eli Y. Adashi

Title: Professor of Medical Science, Former Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences
Department: Division of Biology and Medicine,

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The former Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University, Dr. Adashi is an academic physician-executive. Harvard-educated in Health Care Management (MS, 2005), Dr. Adashi is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (Current: Member, Board on Health Sciences Policy; Chair, Committee on Reducing Childbirth Mortality in Indonesia), the Association of American Physicians, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Adashi received his medical degree in 1973 from the Sackler School of Medicine, completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University (1974-77), and pursued fellowship training in the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and postdoctoral training in reproductive biology at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of California at San Diego, respectively (1977-81). Faculty positions were held at the University of Maryland, the University of Utah, and Brown University.

Dr. Adashi has been the recipient of continuous NIH funding from 1985 to 2005 inclusive of a Research Career Development Award. Mentor to over 50 postdoctoral trainees, and the author or co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Adashi contributed over 120 book chapters/reviews, and co-edited or edited 13 books in the general area of reproductive medicine with special emphasis on ovarian biology.

A recent Franklin fellow and Senior Advisor on Global Women's Health to the Secretary of State Office of Global Women's Issues, Dr. Adashi is a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Population Growth of the World Economic Forum, and the chair of the Medical Executive Committee and the Medical Advisory Council of the Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Adashi is a former member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to the WHO, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Adashi is the former President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society.

At present, Dr. Adashi is a tenured Professor of Medical Science at Brown University.

Recent publications:Peer-reviewed

1. Legro RS, Adashi EY (2014). Germline Stem Cell Therapy in Humans: Two are not Enough. Fertil Steril 101(1):1-2

2. Rosenwaks Z, Adashi EY (2014). Fertility in the Face of Genetically Determined Steroidogenic Dysfunction. Fertil Steril 101(2):299-300

3. McDonough JE, Adashi EY (2014). Realizing the Promise of the Affordable Care Act: January 1, 2014 (2014). JAMA 311(6):569-570

4. Adashi EY (2014). Global Women's Health. Semin Reprod Med (In Press).

5. Marrero MS, Adashi EY (2014). Non-Communicable Diseases.Semin Reprod Med (In Press).

6. Allen BD, Adashi EY, Jones HW (2014). The cost of Multiple Pregnancies. Reprod BioMed Online (In Press)

7. O'Brien JA, Adashi EY (2014). Coming Out Ahead: The Cost Effectiveness of External Cephalic Version Under Spinal Anesthesia. Isr J Health Pol Res (In Press)

8. Adashi EY (2014). A "Doc Fix" for the Ages: The Value Proposition of Tomorrow's Medicare. N Engl J Med (Submitted)

9. Dignam B, Adashi EY (2014). Laboring in Chains: The Case against Perinatal Shackling of Women Behind Bars. Health and Human Rights (Submitted)

10. Kofman A. Adashi EY (2014). Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for the Primary Prevention of HIV in at-Risk Women: Empowerment and Equity Revisited. Aids Rev (Submitted)

11. Mossman JA, Adashi EY, Rand DM (2014)Is Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy Ready to Move into the Clinic? BMJ (Submitted)

12. George P, Park YS, Ip J, Gruppuso PA, Adashi EY (2014). The Impact of Premedical Curricular and Admission Requirements on Medical School Performance and Residency Placement. JAMA (Submitted)

13. Cohen IG, Feigenbaum J, and Adashi EY (2014). Exclusionary Anachronism: The Lifetime Ban on Blood Donation by Men Who Have Sex with Men. New Engl J Med (Submitted)

14. Will JF, Adashi EY, Cohen IG (2013) When Potential Does Not Matter: What Developments in Cellular Biology Tell Us about the Concept of Legal Personhood. Am J Bioethics 13 (1): 38-40

15. Kocher RP, Adashi EY (2013). Health Policy and the American Taxpayer Relief Act: Legislation by Extension. JAMA 309 (8): 777-778

16. Cohen IG, Adashi EY (2013). Made-to-Order Embryos for Sale: A Brave New World? New Engl J Med 368 (26): 2517-2519

17. Adashi EY, Jones HW (2013). Barrenness Vanquished: The Legacy of Lesley Brown. Hum Fertil 16 (2): 97-100

18. Cohen IG, Sullivan L. Adashi EY (2013). Plan B: Access to Emergency Contraception in the Legal and Political Cross Hairs. Contraception 88(4): 477-480

19. Kulkarni A, Jamieson, DJ, Jones HW, Kissin, DM, Gallo, MF, Macaluso, M, Adashi EY (2013). Fertility Treatments and Multiple Births in the United States. New Engl J Med 369(23):2218-25

20. Liu JJ, Adashi EY (2013). Selective Coverage: State Mandates for Assisted Reproductive Technology and Reproductive Justice. Am J Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 1 (1):53-61

21. Cohen IG, Feigenbaum J, Adashi EY (2012). Sherley v. Sebelius and the Future of Stem Cell Research. JAMA 308 (20): 2087-2088

22. Adashi EY, Venkatesh KK, McDonough JE (2012). Health Care Policy under President Romney. New Engl J Med 367 (16): 1477-1479

23. Adashi EY, Lee E (2012). The President's Global Health Initiative at Mid-Term: Progress in the Balance. JAMA 308 (19): 1977-1978

24. Pollak AN, Kamal RN, Born CT, Adashi EY (2012). Updates on Disaster Preparedness and Progress in Disaster Relief. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 20 Suppl 1:S54-8

25. Rich JD, Clarke JG, Adashi EY (2012). Obstetrical and Gynecological Training and Prisoners: Learning to Care for the Most Vulnerable Patients. J Grad Med Ed 4 (3) 387-388

26. Adashi EY (2012). The Multiple Birth Epidemic: Metrics, Drivers and Solutions. Arch Perinatal Med 18 (2) 67-69

27. Marrero SL, Bloom DE, Adashi EY (2012). Non-Communicable Diseases: A Global Health Crisis in a New World Order. JAMA 307 (19) 2037-2038

28. McClamrock HD, Jones HW, Adashi EY (2012). Ovarian Stimulation and Intrauterine Insemination at the Quarter Centennial: Implications for the Multiple Births Epidemic. Fertil Steril 97 (4) 802-809

29. Cohen IG, Adashi EY (2012). In the Wake of Guatemala: The Case for Voluntary Compensation and Remediation. Am J Public Health 102 (2) e4-e6

30. Kocher RP, Adashi EY (2011). Hospital Readmissions and the Affordable Care Act: Paying for Coordinated Quality Care JAMA 306 (16) 1974-1975

31. Kastor JA, Adashi EY (2011) Maryland's Hospital Cost Review Commission at Forty: The Case for Independent Regulatory Control of Health Care Costs. JAMA 306 (10) 1137-1138

32. Adashi EY, Wyden RL (2011). Public Reporting of Clinical Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technology Programs: Implications for Other Medical and Surgical Procedures. JAMA 306 (10) 1135-1136

33. Adashi EY (2011). International Human Subject Research: Taking Stock in the Wake of the Guatemala Affair. Contemp Clin Trials 32 (5) 605-7

34. Cohen IG, Adashi EY (2011). Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Under Siege: Battle Won But Not The War. New Engl J Med 364 (22) e48(1-3)

35. Adashi EY (2011). The Affordable Care Act: Facing Up To the Power of the Pen and the Purse. Am J Med 124 (3)189-91

36. Clarke JG, Adashi EY (2011). Perinatal Care in Incarcerated Patients: A 25-year-old Woman Pregnant in Jail . JAMA 305 (9) 923-9

37. Friedman EA, Adashi EY (2010). The Right to Health as the Unheralded Narrative of Health Care Reform. JAMA 304 (23) 2939-40

38. Adashi EY, Geiger HJ and Fine MD (2010). Health Care Reform: Primary Care and the Ever Growing Import of the Community Health Center. N Engl J Med 362 (22) 2047-50

39. Adashi EY and Gruppuso PA (2010). Commentary: The Unsustainable Cost of Undergraduate Medical Education: An Overlooked Element of U.S. Health Care Reform. Acad Med 85(5)763-5

40. Adashi EY, West DM (2008). Reproductive Freedom and the Next President. N Engl J Med 359 (18) 1867-9

Op Eds

1. Adashi EY (2009).In Annapolis, Lessons on 'Bending the Curve' , Washington Post, 10/02/09--- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/01/AR2009100104206.html

2. Adashi EY (2010). Birthright Citizenship Under Siege in the Promised Land and the Home of the Brave, Huffington Post, 08/24/2010---http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eli-y-adashi/birthright-citizenship-un_b_690639.html

3. Adashi EY (2010). A spark of good health news amid bad, Boston Globe, 08/30/10--- http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/08/30/a_spark_of_good_health_news_amid_bad/

4. Adashi EY (2010). The Incredible Inedible Egg: 500 Million Reasons for Senate Action, Huffington Post, 08/31/10--- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eli-y-adashi/the-incredible-inedible-e_b_697936.html

5. Adashi EY (2010). The Halting of Stem Cell Research Is the Culmination of a Decade-Long Legal Effort, Huffington Post, 09/10/10---http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eli-y-adashi/the-halting-of-stem-cell-_b_711616.html


1. Ashish Jha MD, Harvard University-12/02/09
2. JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH and Milton C. Weinstein, PhD, Harvard University-04/15/10
3. Regina M. Benjamin MD, MBA Surgeon General, HHS-06/11/10
4. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary HHS-09/20/10
5. Howard W. Jones, Jr. MD-10/13/10
6. John Howard MD, MPH, JD, NIOSH Director, HHS-10/01/10
7. Thomas R. Frieden MD, MPH, CDC Director, HHS-11/05/10
8. Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, FDA Commisioner, HHS-1/24/11
9. Michael R. Taylor, JD, Deputy Commissioner, FDA, HHS-1/24/11
10. Thomas A. Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader-2/14/11
11. Todd Park, Chief Technical Officer, HHS-2/14/11
12. Paul A. Offit, MD, University of Pennsylvania -4/11/11
13. Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, University of Pennsylvania -4/11/11
14. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, NIAID, NIH, HHS-5/23/11
15. Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Administrator, CMS, HHS-5/23/11
16. Thomas A. Coburn, MD, US Senator (R-OK)-5/24/11
17. Phil Gingrey, MD, US Representative (R-GA)-5/24/11
18. Tea Collins, MD, PhD, MPH, MPP, Executive Director, NCD Alliance-10/06/11
19. Douglas W. Bettcher, MD, PhD, MPH, MS, Director, Tobacco Free Initiative, WHO-10/10/11
20. John E. McDonough, D.Ph., MPA, Harvard University-10/21/11
21. Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N, Administrator, HRSA-11/18/11
22. Harold E. Varmus, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute-11/18/11
23. Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH, Dartmouth Medical School-12/12/11
24. John E. Wennberg, MD, MPH, Dartmouth Medical School-12/12/11
25. Stuart H. Altman, PhD, Brandeis University-02/09/12
26 Henry J. Aaron, PhD, The Brookings Institution-04/16/12
27. Joseph Antos, PhD, The American Enterprise Institute-04/16/12
28. Joseph V. Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-04/16/12
29. Karen R. Bass, PA, US Representative (D-CA)-04/17/12
30. Nan A. S. Hayworth, MD, US Representative (R-NY)-04/17/12
31. Ron L. Wyden, US Senator (D-OR)-05/07/12
32. Richard Blumenthal, US Senator (D-CT)-05/07/12
33. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, HHS-10/18/12


1976 Philip F. Williams Award, Combined Districts I-II-III Meeting of ACOG
1981 Graduate School Research Award, University of Maryland at Baltimore
1984 Frank C. Bressler Research Award, University of Maryland School of Medicine
1986 - 1991 USPHS Research Career Development Award (RCDA), NICHD, NIH
1986 Best Paper Award, Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists (SREI)
1986 - 2000 Examiner, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Inc.
1988 Designated Research Initiative Award, University of Maryland
1989 The President's Achievement Award, Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI)
1990 - 1996 Member and Director, the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology of ABOG Inc.
1996 Annual Research Award, Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR)
1996 American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award (First Prize)
1997- 2004 John A. Dixon Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Utah
1998-2006 Founding Director, Treasurer, and Chair, Advisory Board, Bertarelli Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
1998-1999 President, Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists (SREI)
1999 Distinguished Scientist Award, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
1999-2000 President, Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI)
1999-Present Member, Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences
2000-2004 Presidential Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah
2000 Honorary Fellow, the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (TAOG)
2000 Fellow ad Eundem, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG)
2000 Honorary Fellow, the Romanian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2001 President d'Honneur à titre Etranger, The Societé Francaise de Gynécologie
2001-Present Member, Association of American Physicians (AAP)
2001-Present Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2002 – 2003 President, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS)
2002 Academic Medicine Mentor for Minority Medical Students
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Infertility Association (AIA)
2005 Sidney Guzick Scholar, the University of Rochester
2004-2008 Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Brown University
2009-2010 Franklin Fellow, US Department of State, Office of Global Women's Issues
2010-Present Member, Council on Foreign Relations
2010 WW Keen Award, Brown University


1988 Edmund W. Overstreet Lectureship, University of California, San Francisco
1991 Susan L. Schackman Memorial Lectureship, Johns Hopkins University
1991 Keith Harrison Memorial Lectureship, The Endocrine Society of Australia
1992 Visiting Distinguished Professorship in Reproductive Endocrinology, University of Miami, Miami, FL
1993 Ortho Lectureship, Pacific Coast Fertility Society
1993 Regnier De Graaf Lectureship, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1993 Griff T. Ross Memorial Lectureship, NICHD, NIH
1994 Dozor Visiting Professorship, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
1995 Duncan E. Reid Lectureship, Harvard University, Boston, MA
1996 Henderson Lectureship, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
1996 George W. Mitchell, Jr., Lectureship, Tufts University, Boston, MA
1996 Howard and Georgeanna Jones Lectureship, Johns Hopkins University
1998 John Collins Lectureship, Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society
1999 Herbert H. Thomas Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical Lectureship, Distinguished Scientist,
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
2000 Raymond H. Kaufman Lectureship, Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2000 James M. Couzzo Memorial Lectureship, University of Pennsylvania
2002 John A. Siegel Memorial Lectureship, University of Maryland
2002 Edgar L. Makowski Lectureship, University of Colorado
2002 A.V. Nalbandov Lectureship, University of Illinois (Urbana)
2003 Amoroso Lecture, the Society for Reproduction and Fertility/British Fertility Society, Aberdeen, Scotland
2003 Morton A. Stenchever Lectureship, the University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2007 Paul G. McDonough Lectureship, the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
2008 Rabbi Bernard Mandelbaum Lectureship, the Brown-RISD Hillel Foundation, Providence, RI
2009 Melvyn Bayly, Jr, MD Memorial Lecturer, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
2010 Clinical Cross Roads Lectureship, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
2011 Liam Haim Lectureship, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
2011 Presidential Lecture, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA
2011 Lectureship in Perinatal Biology, Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD, NIH, Detroit, MI
2012 W. O. Johnson Lectureship, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
2012 Eliot L. Silbar, MD Memorial Lectureship, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
2012 Health Sciences Lecture, University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Gainsville, FA
2013 Annual Bristol Memorial Lecture, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
2013 53rd Forman Lecture, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Byford Heskett Lecture, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill



1990 - Present American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society
1980 - Present American Association for the Advancement of Science
1976 - Present American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
1996 - 1997 American Medical Writers Association
1978 - American Society of Reproductive Medicine
2001 - Present Association of American Physicians
1999 - Present Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences
1996 - 2000 International Cytokine Society
1994 - 2000 International Society for Insulin-Like Growth Factor Research
1987 - International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology
1983 - Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
1984 - Present Society for Gynecologic Investigation
1981 - 2005 Society for the Study of Reproduction
1981 - 2005 The Endocrine Society


1. Member, Board on Health and Science Policy
2. Chair, Committee on Reducing Maternal and neonatal Mortality in Indonesia
Past Committee membership:
1. Committee on Antiprogestins: Assessing the Science
(Member; 1/6/1993 - 9/30/1993 )
2. Committee on Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Health Outcomes
(Member; 2/18/2005 - 7/31/2006 )
3. Advisory Committee on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (Member; 2008- 2009)
o 2007 Amendment to 2005 Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
o 2008 Amendment to 2005 Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
4. Committee on Women's Health Research (Member, 2009-2010)
5. Chair, IOM Interest Group on Maternal & Child Health and Human Development (2010-2013)
Past Report Review Membership:
1. New Frontiers in Contraceptive Research
2. A Comprehensive Review of the DHHS Office of Family Planning Title X Program
3. Personalized Medicine in Oncology
4. Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps

Report Review Coordination:

The Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research---2011
and Behavioral Research---2011