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Midlife Women's Health 2022: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

Midlife Women’s Health 2022 provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the care of menopausal women. In this course, a multidisciplinary group of experts from Massachusetts General Hospital will present on migraine, perimenopause, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, bariatric surgery, emotional intelligence, hyperlipidemia, mindfulness, menopausal hormone therapy and more.


Midlife Women’s Health 2022 provides a multidisciplinary approach to the care of menopausal women. Advances in research, technology and pharmacology increase options available for midlife women, but this rapidly changing knowledge-base presents a challenge for clinicians. Care for women at this stage of life is optimized by education on a range of medical concerns provided by experts from a wide variety of medical specialties. Given demographic changes in the U.S. population, midlife women are becoming an increasingly important group served by health care providers, with needs that cross many areas of medical expertise.

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed for physicians and advance practice nurses in general medicine, gynecology, surgery and related subspecialties. Physicians and advance practice nurses in-training also are encouraged to attend.

The entire course will be available electronically to conference registrants for 30 days after the meeting.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Integrate bariatric surgery into the available management options for midlife obesity
  2. Formulate a strategy to treat migraine at menopause safely and effectively
  3. Evaluate and treat hair loss in older women using a range of effective interventions
  4. Assess a midlife woman’s risk of type 2 diabetes and guide her in utilizing available treatment options
  5. Employ meditation and mindfulness to reduce the high levels of stress experienced by midlife women and improve wellbeing and cognitive aging
  6. Recognize, assess and address unique risk factors for hyperlipidemia in aging women to optimize management
  7. Provide perimenopausal women with education and strategies to enhance the transition to menopause
  8. Utilize emotional intelligence to improve teamwork and patient satisfaction
  9. Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in women and optimize care
  10. Evaluate symptomatic midlife women for menopausal hormone therapy, incorporating an individualized assessment of risks and benefits

Friday, May 13, 2022

7:45 a.m. - Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Jan Shifren, MD

8:00 a.m. - Role of Bariatric Surgery in Managing Midlife Obesity

Denise Gee, MD

8:45 a.m. - Migraine & Menopause

Carolyn Bernstein, MD

9:30 a.m. - Hair Loss in Women: Causes and Treatment Options

Maryanne Senna, MD

10:15 a.m. - COFFEE BREAK


10:30 a.m. - Type 2 Diabetes: Approach to Management at Midlife

Deborah Wexler, MD

11:15 a.m. - Meditation, Mindfulness, and Successful Cognitive Aging

Sara Lazar, PhD

12:00 p.m. - LUNCH BREAK


1:00 p.m. - Hyperlipidemia in Women: Update for 2022

Michael Honigberg, MD, MPP

1:45 p.m. - Perimenopause: A Challenge and an Opportunity 

Marcie Richardson, MD
Nina Coslov

2:30 p.m. - Alzheimer's Disease in Women: Reducing Risk and Optimizing Care

Reisa Sperling, MD, MMSC
Rachel Buckley, PhD

3:15 p.m. - BREAK


3:30 p.m. - Emotional Intelligence: A Pathway to Improved Teamwork and Patient Satisfaction

Roy Phitayakorn, MD

4:15 p.m. - Everything You Wanted to Know About Menopausal Hormone Therapy, But Were Afraid to Ask

Panel of Experts

5:00 p.m. - Program Concludes

Jan Shifren, MD - Course Director

Director, Midlife Women’s Health Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Vincent Trustees Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology,
Harvard Medical School

Denise Gee, MD

Surgical Director, Mass General Weight Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Carolyn Bernstein, MD

Neurologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Maryanne Senna, MD

Co-Director, Hair Loss Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School

Deborah Wexler, MD

Associate Clinical Chief, Diabetes Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Sara Lazar, PhD

Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Michael Honigberg, MD, MPP

Cardiologist, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Marcie Richardson, MD

Obstetrics/Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School

Nina Coslov

Founder, Women Living Better

Reisa Sperling, MD, MMSC

Director, Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Rachel Buckley, PhD

Assistant Investigator, Neurology, Mass General Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Roy Phitayakorn, MD

Endocrine Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Course Tuition

Before April 1, 2022

Registration Type  Tuition Fee
Physician $270
Other Health Care Professionals & Physicians-in-Training $125

After April 1, 2022

Registration Type  Tuition Fee
Physician $295
Other Health Care Professionals & Physicians-in-Training $150

Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled on or before April 30, 2022, will be refunded, less a $35 administrative fee. Registrations cancelled after April 30, 2022, will not be refunded.

Contact if you require assistance in cancelling your online registration.

Our Course Coordinator can assist you with any special needs (i.e., physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Emilia O'Brien prior to the live event at 617-726-6776 or


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.