Lisa Haddad is medical director of the Center for Biomedical Research at the Population Council. She leads the clinical development efforts to advance the Center’s sexual and reproductive health product portfolio, including novel contraceptives and multipurpose prevention technologies.
Haddad comes to the Council from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Family Planning, at the Emory University School of Medicine. There, she focused her research on reproductive health in high-risk populations, specifically among women living with and at risk for HIV. Her research has helped bring a clearer understanding of the interplay of sex hormones on the reproductive immune system and is helping to inform care and prevention approaches for women at high risk of HIV infection who also need safe and effective contraception. Haddad has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on several research projects including the Women’s Interagency HIV Study, a longitudinal study to understand the natural history and impact of HIV on women in the United States; and the CHIME study, a prospective cohort aimed at elucidating the interplay of both endogenous and exogenous sex hormones and the vaginal microbiome on the reproductive immune system. These projects are funded by the US National Institutes of Health.
Haddad completed the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Integrated Residency Program and received her Family Planning fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. She is passionate about women’s health and rights and pursued both behavioral and biological research to better understand the health needs of women around the world. Through her clinical care and research, she has sought to reduce disparities in care and improve access to safe and effective reproductive health care to reduce unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV.
Haddad has more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has received numerous awards for her teaching, mentorship, research, and publications. She has lectured on the reproductive health needs of women with HIV, adolescents and contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and many other topics, to international audiences.
Haddad received her MD from the State University of New York in Stony Brook, an MS from New York University, and an MPH from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.