Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP, FACOG:
is an Associate Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, Departments of Ob/Gyn and Medicine-Geriatrics; Associate Professor, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center; Core Faculty in the MacLean Center on Clinical Medical Ethics

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Lindau combines biomedical and social science techniques to study life course health, aging, and sexuality.

As a practicing gynecologist, Dr. Lindau translates her population-based research into clinical care via the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM) Clinic for Women and Girls with Cancer; a unique interdisciplinary program providing medical, psychosocial, and physical therapy care for women seeking to to treat and prevent sexual problems and recover sexual function following cancer treatment and induced menopause. PRISM’s patient registry and health services research focuses on ways to improve clinical care in this important domain. Dr. Lindau is a Co-Founder and current Chair  of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, a global interdisciplinary network of clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals who aim to promote sexual well-being in women and girls affected by cancer by advancing evidence-based education and practices.

As Principal Investigator of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS), Dr. Lindau directs population-based biosocial and health technology research using a community-engaged, minimally-invasive approach. This project is the major research component of the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Urban Health Initiative, and it involves dozens of faculty members across biomedical and social science disciplines at the University of Chicago collaborating with civic leaders and community members living on Chicago’s South Side. This undertaking—inspired by the commitment of the medical profession to the principle of justice—aims to inform and evaluate community-level strategies for health and health care equity for all residents and reflects a central theme of Lindau’s research.  Within the Studies, the CommunityRx System is a healthcare service delivery improvement innovation that transforms referrals and health information data flow from health care sites to community-based organizations on Chicago’s South Side.  Related to the work of the Studies, Dr. Lindau directs the Chicago Core on Biomarkers in Population-Based Health and Aging Research at the University of Chicago and NORC Center on Demography and Economics of Aging, funded by the National Institute on Aging. She also leads the Population-Based Integrated Biology Research Core at the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (NIH Clinical Translational Science Award). Also within the Studies is Feed1st, a program that aims to address the issue of food insecurity experienced by family members during a child's hospitalization.

Dr. Lindau’s research contributions also include the 2005-06 National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), the first comprehensive national study of social relationships, sexuality and aging, and collaboration with several clinical medical research teams to study sexuality in the context of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive impairment, HIV/AIDS, and several cancer types. She has also contributed research and teaching in the area of sex education. Dr. Lindau actively engages with policymakers, including her participation in the recent national healthcare reform debates.


Principal Investigator
Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP, FACOG
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Lab Members

Emily Abramsohn, MPH
Megan DePumpo, AM
Veronica Escamilla, PhD
Gillian Feldmeth
Katie Fruin
Natalia Gavrilova, PhD
Jessica Jerome, PhD
Isabella Joslin
Jennifer Makelarski, MPH, PhD
Chenab Navalkha
Kelsey Paradise
Jerlinda G. C. Ross, MD, MS