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About the Endometriosis Foundation of America

Our Mission

The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EFA places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients.

The EFA is a charitable entity and is not committed to matching the indirect cost rates of the U.S. government or other entities. We believe our policy to allow no more than 10% of any EFA research grant funding to go towards indirect costs is consistent with that of many private foundations and certain government entities that have a flat rate that caps the amount an applicant institution can charge. The EFA’s policy helps ensure furtherance of our charitable purpose.

EFA Executive Board of Directors

Former Board Members

  • Violet Bernardino*
  • Frances Regan*
  • Jinesha Siriwardana*
  • Lisa Cirando
  • Susan Goldberg
  • Janet Rosel
  • Duygu Yenidogan-Schmidt

* Founding Board Member

EFA Staff

  • Theresa Davidson, MEd, MPH
    Managing Director

  • Jennifer Hancher, MA, MPH
    Coordinator of Education and Outreach

  • Marilyn Alexander, MA
    Development Associate

  • Kathryn Behrens, MPH
    Outreach Coordinator

Advisory Council

  • Harry Reich, MD
    Medical Director
  • Hugh Taylor, MD
  • William Rodgers, MD, PhD
  • Asgerally Fazleabas, PhD
  • Linda Griffith, PhD
  • Pinar Kodaman, MD, PhD
  • Mauricio Simões Abrão, MD
  • Samuel Levin, MD
  • Camran Nezhat, MD
  • Ronald Primas, MD
  • David B. Redwine, MD
  • Bruce Yaffe, MD
  • Lone Hummelshoj
  • Karlene ChinQuee, MD
  • CY Liu, MD
  • Donna Kesselman, MD

Nurse Keynote Advisors/Speaker Panel

  • Phyllis Yezzo, RN, MS, CPHQ, CNE
  • Wendy Winer, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA
  • Vijaya Lakshmi, RN, MPH
  • Donna Cardillo, RN, MA
  • Melanie Reyes, RN
  • Jennifer Grossman, RN
  • Sharon Sperling-Silber, NP
  • Tracy Shaltis, RN, BSN


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