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Faculty and Staff

 

Gloria A. Bachmann, MD

A leading expert in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Bachmann is a well-known authority on midlife and older women. She is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Medicine at Rutgers RWJMS. She holds numerous professional positions at Rutgers RWJMS and RWJUH, including the Interim Chair of Ob/Gyn, Associate Dean for Women's Health and Chief of the OB/GYN Service at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital . Dr. Bachmann is a well-known authority on women, especially in the areas of midlife and menopausal health and sexual function. Dr. Bachmann currently serves on the editorial board of the journals The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Maturitas, Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Menopause, Medical Crossfire and Women's Health in Primary Care She has published extensively and has over 400 articles and chapters in the medical literature. Dr. Bachmann is actively involved in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), an organization in which she serves in several leadership capacities.

Her excellence in advancing the health care field has been recognized by the profession, which has accorded her numerous awards. Honors include the Issue of the Year Award by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Best Scientific Paper at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Editorial Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Editorial Board of Managing Menopause and numerous awards from Rutgers such as Best Teacher Award, and the American Medical Women's Association Gender Equity Award.

In 1995, Dr. Bachmann was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Middlesex County Commission on the Status of Women and in 1996 was selected by the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scout Council to receive “The World of Women” Girl Scout Award. For twelve consecutive years, (1996-2008) Dr. Bachmann has mentored OB/GYN residents, medical students and PhD students in research trials and these projects have gone on to be awarded national recognition such as the prestigious Woodrow Wilson/Johnson and Johnson Award in 2003. In 2000, she was honored by both the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Women's Health & Counseling Center for her advancing the health care field for women.

Dr. Bachmann was honored by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as a recipient of the 2001-2002 President's Community Service Award. In 2002, she was given the New Jersey Academy of Medicine's Educator Award and awarded the Humanitarian Award from the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey. Also in that year, ACOG placed the teaching video on bone health prepared by her into the ACOG Video Hall of Fame. In 2003, Dr. Bachmann received an Award of Excellence from the Women's Heart Foundation. As well, she mentored the resident in the Ob/Gyn department who won the first place for research in the 2003 Junior Fellow ACOG competition. In September, 2003 she was honored by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) for her pioneering vaginal health research. In May 2004, Dr. Bachmann and her research team won second prize at the annual ACOG meeting for their teaching video on vulvodynia. In October of 2004, she was honored by Women Helping Women for her contributions towards women's health and in 2005 was appointed to the ACOG Patient Education Committee. Since 2005 she has been serving on the N.J. Governor's Women's Health Advisory Commission and the Women and Bleeding Advisory Panel to the Governor. In that year, she also served on the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the National Women's Health Resource Center

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In 2006 she was inducted into the National Library of Medicine as a Local Legend Female physician, a prestigious recognition, as she was one of two physicians selected from central New Jersey . In that year, she was also selected by UMDNJ as a Master Educator. Last year she was honored by the Rutgers-Newark Alumnae Society as an outstanding graduate of that school and recognized by the Russell Berrie Foundation for community outreach and volunteerism. This year, the North American Menopause Society named Dr. Bachmann as the chair of the national writing group that developed the clinical guidelines for local hormonal use in women as well as selected her as a member of their national writing group on systemic estrogen therapy. Also, in 2008, two of her research publications were chosen by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as required reading for all physicians sitting for their recertification in obstetrics and gynecology. In 2009, she was asked to chair the ambulatory services committee for the state of New Jersey. Currently, she sits on the executive board of the New Jersey section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

 

Dr. Bachmann earned her BA from Rutgers University , an MMS degree from Rutgers Medical School and an MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

Charletta Ayers, MD, MPH

Dr. Charletta Ayers is the acting Vice Chairman and the Chief of Obstetrical service at the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. In addition to her extensive experiences in the research and clinical service of obstetrics and contraception, Dr. Ayers heads a volunteer mission to serve the needs in Ghana and Jamaica. Dr. Ayers headed more than twenty clinical trials and is now preparing for a trial on a device for detection of amniotic fluid leakage. 

 

Adrian Balica, MD

Assistant Professor

Chief, Section of Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery

Director, gynecologic Ultrasound Program

In addition to his knowledge and proficiency in clinical practice, Dr. Balica's research focuses on refining pelvic ultrasound techniques, developing new uses of gynecological ultrasound and establishing clinical care pathways for gynecological conditions.   Dr. Balica lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Balica is proficient in English and Romanian.


Juana Hutchinson-Colas, MD

Dr. Juana Hutchinson-Colas received her medical training from SUNY Downstate Medical School, and her fellowship training in female pelvic medicine/reconstructive surgery from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her MBA degree from George Washington University. Dr. Hutchinson-Colas has an active clinical trial on treatment of overactive bladder, and also designed a study to evaluate improvement of pelvic floor organ functions through pilates exercise to strengthen the core and pelvic floor muscle.

Diane Dawicki, LPN

Research Coordinator

Ms. Dawicki is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Rutgers RWJMS. Prior to Rutgers, Ms. Dawicki was a LPN in Labor and Delivery at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey for twenty-seven years.

Ms. Dawicki earned her LPN from the Jersey City Board of Education. In addition to her wealth of experience, Ms. Dawicki brings a deep commitment to women’s health needs, kindness and warmth to each interaction with a study volunteer.

 

Chi-Wei Lu, PhD

Dr. Lu received her Ph.D. training from Rutgers/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey joint program and completed her postdoctoral training in Children’s Hospital of Boston, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lu’s research interest is pluripotent stem cells biology, specifically the differentiation toward placental trophoblasts. Dr. Lu is now utilizing this platform for developing biomarkers for screening fetal diseases. Dr. Lu coordinates research activities, and oversees regulatory of clinical studies conducted in the Women’s Health Institute.

Nancy A. Phillips, MD

Dr. Phillips received her BA degree from Villanova University and her MD degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  Dr. Phillips received her BA degree from Villanova university and her MD degree from University of medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has been an investigator on more than 10 clinical trials on various topics on women’s health, including  contraceptive, sexual dysfunction,  infection and vaginal atrophy in advanced age women.

Mary Gastrich, PhD, EdD

Mary Downes Gastrich, PhD, EdD is an Adj. Associate Professor of the Rutgers  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Department of OB/GYN and a member of the RWJMS Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey (CVI).  As a member of the Myocardial Infarction Data System (MIDAS) research group, Dr. Gastrich is the Principal Investigator on studies involving the relationship of preeclampsia to cardiovascular sequela.  Dr. Gastrich’s publications include topics on preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease, the relationship between nutritional carbohydrates on specific cardiovascular disease risk factors, nutrition in female athletes, robotic surgery methods, pharmacological treatments to reduce carotid intima media thickness, and impacts of additive sugar in the diet.

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Brinda Wiita, PhD, MBA

Brinda Wiita- Ph.D., MBA is a neuroendocrinologist and pharmacologist with extensive research and clinical experience in Women’s Health and Mental Health. Working with the World Health Organization, she invented an intranasal contraceptive which entered clinical development. Later, she studied behavior and biological rhythms at the University of Cambridge, followed by postdoctoral research fellowships in psychiatry at the University of Chicago and Jefferson University.