Special Advisor to the Provost
Stacy Tessler Lindau is the Catherine Lindsay Dobson Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Medicine-Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
As special advisor to the provost, Stacy leads projects in the provost’s highest priority strategic domains. She also works closely with the vice provosts and the provost’s chief of staff as well as other administrative and faculty leaders.
Stacy, a practicing gynecologist and successful entrepreneur, also serves the Biological Sciences Division as director of the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM) for Women and Girls with Cancer and director of Feed1st—a unique, healthcare-based food insecurity mitigation program. Her past leadership roles include director of research and innovation of the University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative; founding chair of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, 501c3; president of MAPSCorps, 501c3; and founder and chief innovation officer of NowPow, LLC (acquired in 2021). She has also served on the University Senate and was an Academic Leadership Program Fellow with the Committee on Institutional Collaboration.
Stacy’s research examines mechanisms through which social and sexual conditions relate to health across the life course, including the effects of iatrogenesis on social and sexual functioning. Her CommunityRx program of social care research studies how and why connecting people to community-based assets drives health. This program is currently funded by five institutes of the National Institutes of Health and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Stacy also leads the National Cancer Institute-funded Bionic Breast Project, a paradigm-shifting effort to preserve sensation and mitigate pain following mastectomy. She was founding co-principal investigator of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, an ongoing national, longitudinal biosocial study of U.S. adults. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, JAMA, and the British Medical Journal.
Stacy earned her BA from the University of Michigan Honors College with studies in political science and secondary education, her MD from Brown University, and her MAPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, an Irving B. Harris Fellow, and is an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. Before medicine, Stacy worked in broadcast journalism, including at Dow Jones & Company's Wall Street Journal TV.