Expert Directory

Kevin Audlin, MD

Director, The Endometriosis Center at Mercy

Mercy Medical Center

Gynecologic, Obstetric, Endoscopy, Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery, Endometriosis

Kevin M. Audlin, M.D., is a Board Certified, experienced doctor and skilled surgeon in The Gynecology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as Director of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy, a division of The Gynecology Center, focused primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of endometrial and fibroid disorders. Dr. Audlin has presented his surgical techniques and endometriosis findings at many national and international conferences.

Throughout Dr. Kevin Audlin’s medical career he has cared for and managed the GYN health needs of women in the neighborhoods of Towson, Overlea and Reisterstown.

As a result of years of practice and thousands of annual patient exam visits, Drs. Audlin and Barrueto have believed there was a clear need for more focused attention on endometriosis and other pelvic reconstruction conditions. They established The Endometriosis Center at Mercy so that women would have access to state-of-the-art treatment options, including laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive surgical techniques focusing on excision of endometriosis while preserving the uterus and fertility whenever possible. Mercy offers fully appointed surgery suites equipped with leading edge technology, as well as recovery and inpatient rooms for post-surgical recovery that are welcoming and provide a homelike atmosphere for women and their loved ones.

Dr. Audlin also is the first doctor in the mid-Atlantic region to use the groundbreaking low impact laparoscopic surgery to treat GYN conditions. This state-of-the-art minimally invasive technique utilizes micro surgical tools and 3 mm incisions, resulting in 40% or greater decrease in incision size than typical laparoscopic surgery.

Low impact laparoscopic surgery incisions are approximately the length of a sesame seed. Low impact laparoscopy also can reduce the effects of surgery since it requires less inflation of the abdomen during surgery and uses micro-fine tools. This groundbreaking technique in coordination with the use of 3D imagery and NBI technology most often provides Dr. Audlin the opportunity to offer the best cosmetic options as well as leading edge management of many common gynecologic problems. This type of surgery may be used for endometriosis, hysterectomy, myomectomy, ovarian cysts and oophorectomy (removal of one or both ovaries). Dr. Audlin will use your medical history, risk factor and a thorough examination to help determine whether low impact laparoscopy is a suitable treatment option for your condition.

How do you select the best doctor for your GYN care, especially if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, fibroids, or other endoscopic and pelvic reconstruction conditions? Dr. Audlin encourages women to carefully select a doctor who is Board Certified, is specially trained in the care of routine and complex gynecologic diagnoses and a doctor who is extensively educated and experienced in minimally invasive surgical treatment options.

Named a "Top Doc" by Baltimore magazine, Dr. Kevin Audlin is proud his medical education and clinical achievements have given him first-hand knowledge to care for women’s GYN needs.  He also believes concern, a comforting bedside manner, compassion and treating women with dignity and respect are at the heart of Mercy care.

Dr. Audlin has in-depth training and experience in treating the many levels of gynecologic care – from routine annual exams to pelvic reconstruction using the da Vinci Robot. Minimally invasive procedures using laparoscopic and robotic surgery have become the gold standard of care to treat many GYN conditions. Dr. Audlin has exceptional skill and knowledge in treating Interstitial Cystitis, a painful bladder condition.

One treatment option that requires the expertise of a gynecologist like Dr. Audlin is called sacral nerve stimulation. This is where a thin wire is put in place and delivers an electrical impulse to the bladder to help it perform properly. This procedure is often compared to what a pacemaker does for the heart.

Mental Health, mental health and bisexuals, mental health lgbtq+ youth, transgender access to healthcare, lgbq+, LGBTQ+ youth

Clark D. Ausloos, PhD, LPC, LPSC, NCC, currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program at Palo Alto University and also works clinically in Northwest Ohio. Dr. Ausloos was nominated for Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Award, and was the recipient of the Ohio Counseling Association’s Susan J. Sears Counselor of the Year Award, Chi Sigma Iota’s Outstanding Practitioner Award, and OACES’ Professional Integrity and Leadership Award. Dr. Ausloos is a recent NBCC Minority Fellow, currently serves on the NBCC MFP-MHC Advisory Board, and was selected to serve as an Item Writer and Content Expert for the National Counseling Exam (NCE). Dr. Ausloos has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and is also a contributor to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Multicultural Counseling, Social Justice, and Advocacy, to be released in 2021. Dr. Ausloos is passionate about working with LGBTGEQIAP+ clients and families, and recently founded NW Ohio Diversity in Schools: A resources for communities and schools, promoting diversity and inclusion for LGBTGEQIAP+ students. As a counselor, educator, and researcher, Dr. Ausloos values leadership, advocacy and social justice, especially with non-dominant, historically marginalized and oppressed persons, specifically those within the LGBTGEQIAP+ communities. Through intentional research, Dr. Ausloos aims to empower and promote ethical, affirming training and professional practices within counselor education programs, and within clinical and school settings.

Ophthalmology, Macular Degeneration, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Retinal and vitreous diseases

Carl Awh, MD (pronounced "Oh") is the President of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). Dr. Awh is an internationally recognized clinician, surgeon and educator. 

He completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Research at the Duke University Eye Center with Dr. Robert Machemer, the "father of modern vitreous surgery." Dr. Awh began his career as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, where he was Director of the Retina Service at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and the founding co-director of the Johns Hopkins Microsurgery Advanced Design Laboratory. In 1994 he moved to Nashville to join Tennessee Retina (then Retina Vitreous Associates).

Dr. Awh’s special interests include macular surgery, macular degeneration, and the development of surgical devices and techniques. He is an active investigator in industry-sponsored and National Eye Institute-sponsored clinical trials, holds twelve U.S. patents for retinal surgical devices and treatments, and has designed dozens of instruments in widespread use by vitreoretinal surgeons. 

Dr. Awh has been named one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 2007 and is the recipient of Honor Awards from both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. In 2004, he received the Senior Honor Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists. In 2015, he received the Senior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the founding Director of the Retina Fellows' Forum, an annual national educational meeting for vitreoretinal specialists-in-training. Dr. Awh was inducted as an inaugural member of the Retina Hall of Fame in 2017.

Ava Ayers, JD

Director, Government Law Center; Assistant Professor

Albany Law School

Police Reform, Police Strategies, Police Behaviours, Public Policy, Government, Government Accountability, access to justice, Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, legal ethics, Legal Profession, Immigration Law

Ava Ayers is an assistant professor of law, and Director of the Government Law Center, at Albany Law School.  Before beginning to teach, Ayers worked for nine years in the office of the New York Attorney General, where she was a Senior Assistant Solicitor General. 

She served both as a supervisor and as lead counsel in various high-profile cases involving immigration law, states’ rights, constitutional rights, environmental law, and other issues. 

Ayers graduated first in her class from Georgetown Law in 2005. She then clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for the Honorable Gerard Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  

Ayers is the author of articles on immigration law, federalism, legal ethics, and other subjects, as well as the book A Student’s Guide to Law School, published by the University of Chicago Press. Before her gender transition in 2020, she was known as Andrew Ayers.

Neil B. Friedman, MD, FACS

Director, The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy

Mercy Medical Center

Cancer, Breast Cancer, Research, Womens Health, intraoperative radiotherapy

Neil B. Friedman, M.D., FACS, is Director of The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy as well as Medical Director of The Weinberg Center for Women's Health and Medicine at Mercy. As a catalyst for advancing breast cancer treatment, Dr. Friedman has partnered with many prestigious national and local organizations to improve the treatment options for women with breast cancer. Likewise, on a very personal level, he partners with each of his patients and their families to help them face the challenges and triumphs of living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Dr. Friedman led the charge to bring IORT, Intraoperative Radiotherapy, to Mercy making it the first hospital in Maryland to offer this leading-edge technology. 
Dr. Friedmane began his medical career as Chief Resident at the nationally renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.  He is a Board Certified breast cancer doctor who is dedicated to the search for a cure for cancer. His team continues to lead breast cancer initiatives and introduce best-in-practice breast care treatment options, including Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT), an innovative, single-dose radiation treatment, to patients.  Dr. Friedman was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation for his efforts in the fight against breast cancer. He has served as a national spokesperson for breast cancer prevention for major organizations such as Bath & Bodyworks.
Dr. Friedman has been the Chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Research Administrative Committee, a member of its Executive and Professional Education Committees, and served on its Board of Directors. He has also been involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Friedman leads a team of clinicians devoted to breast cancer education, advocating the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at a number of conferences, continuing education forums, and patient seminars.
Dr. Neil Friedman remains committed in his career to find optimal treatments for breast cancer. Some of his accomplishments include:
•	Named a “Top Doc” by Baltimore magazine in the Breast Surgery category
•	Named Humanitarian of the Year by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation
•	The Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center first in Maryland to offer IORT Treatment
•	Research on cancer has been published in American Journal of Public Health(APHA) and the Journal of Immunotherapy

PTSD, Brain Function, Attention Training, National Science Foundation, NSF, MEG

Dr. Badura Brack teaches Abnormal, Health, and Introductory Psychology, and she supervises the psychology internship program at Creighton University. Dr. Badura Brack is developing and testing a version of Attention Training Treatment that appears efficacious in treating combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to identify regions where the brain functions abnormally in PTSD and determine if more normal neural functioning can be restored after attention training treatment.

Ge Bai, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting, Health Policy, and Management

Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

healthcare administration, finace, Accounting, healthcare pricing, Healthcare Management, Health Policy, Healthcare Access, healthcare business, healthcare decision making, Healthcare economics, healthcare information, Healthcare Law

Ge Bai, PhD, CPA is an associate professor of Accounting at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and associate professor of Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an expert on health care pricing, policy, and management. Dr. Bai has testified before House Ways and Means Committee, written for the Wall Street Journal, and published her studies in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. Her work has been widely featured in ABC, Atlantic, CBS, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, NBC, New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media and used in government regulations and congressional testimonies.  

African-American History, African Diaspora, History and Memory, African History, Civil Rights, Oral History, Race, Slavery, Immigration, Refugees, Human Rights

Anne Bailey, professor of history at Binghamton University, has been featured by publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Diverse Education and more. Her research interests include African-American history; African and African Diaspora studies; history and memory; oral history; and civil rights. She writes and speaks about a variety of topics related to these research areas, including race, slavery, immigration, refugees, diasporas, faith and history and human rights.

Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, Pediatrics

Susan R. Bailey, MD, an allergist/immunologist from Fort Worth, Texas, was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Previously, she served as president-elect of the AMA for one year, speaker of the AMA House of Delegates for four years and as vice speaker for four years.

Dr. Bailey, who has been active in the AMA since medical school when she served as chair of the AMA Medical Student Section, has held numerous leadership positions with the AMA. These include serving as chair of both the Advisory Panel on Women in Medicine and the AMA Council on Medical Education, as well as representing the AMA on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and COLA.

Her long history of service in helping guide organized medicine extends to the local and state levels as well. She has served as board chair and president of the Tarrant County Medical Society, and as vice speaker, speaker and president of the Texas Medical Association.

Dr. Bailey is an allergist in private practice, and has been with Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates for over 30 years. She completed her residency in general pediatrics and a fellowship in allergy/immunology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and is board certified in allergy and immunology, and pediatrics and has been awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

In addition to receiving her medical degree with honors from the Texas A&M University College of Medicine
as a member of its charter class, Dr. Bailey was later appointed to the Texas A&M System Board of Regents by then Gov. George W. Bush, and has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University and of Texas A&M University College of Medicine.

Rose Mary Bailly, JD

Special Consultant on Aging Law

Albany Law School

Aging Law, elder law, Elder Care Law

Rose Mary Bailly oversees the Aging Law Program. 

The program includes events at which guest panelists discuss trending aging and health law issues, the Edgar & Margaret Sandman Fellowship, a summer program that offers law students an opportunity to do in-depth research on aging and health law issues, and an anticipated Aging Law Writers Series. She is the co-author of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly (Civic Research Institute 2007) and author of Thomson West’s Practice Commentaries for several New York statutes and articles on guardianship law and elder abuse. 

Ms. Bailly is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and a Fellow of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, she served as a Commentary Editor for the Fordham Law Review.

Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, Cognition, Growth Hormone, Insulin, Hormones, Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone

Baker is a cognitive neuroscientist who is a nationally recognized leader in the areas of aerobic exercise and hormone supplementation as treatments for memory decline associated with pre-clinical and early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Kimberly Baker, PhD

Director, Clemson Extension Food Systems and Safety Program Team – College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Clemson University

Dietetics, Food Preservation, Food Regulations, Food Safety, Nutrition

As a registered and licensed dietitian with a culinary degree, Baker is focused on developing solutions for specific food and nutrition problems and situations, working with entities such as the Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Agriculture and various organizations across South Carolina and the United States.

Having developed the University’s Food2Market program, her expertise guides food entrepreneurs with novel products to create goods that are safe for consumer consumption. The program covers local, state and federal regulations, along with what makes a facility approved for processing, food safety planning, food manufacturing, product testing, nutrition labeling, product packaging, documents and record keeping, traceability and recall as well as resources to assist businesses.

Joining Clemson in 2004 as a food service manager with ARAMARK (Clemson Dining Services), Baker started working with Clemson Extension as a food safety and nutrition agent in 2007 and has moved into the role of food systems and safety program team director. Additionally, she teaches individuals how to preserve food through home canning and works with individuals – and organizations – to ensure proper protocols are followed to prevent foodborne illnesses, whether someone is cooking and serving a mass meal or selling one for a fundraiser, peddling items at a local farmers market or distributing a product at retail through grocery stores.

Baker has organized and conducted numerous workshops and presentations on a variety of topics. Her in-depth understanding of food science has not only established controls and regulation of food for human consumption but also for pet food and animal feed. Keeping pet, livestock and poultry feed from becoming contaminated by foodborne pathogens also protects a child who accidently ingests pet food from becoming sick due to salmonella and other bacteria.

Before joining Clemson, Baker worked as a registered dietitian and food service manager at The Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina, cooking large quantities of food for 2,000 cadets and creating specialized meals for those with special dietary needs. As a student, she worked with a local Country Club during school, along with a bar and grill for food service experience.

Kimberly Balsam, PhD

Chair, Department of Psychology, Professor, Director of the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis, Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR)

Palo Alto University

community mental health, LGBTQ Psychology, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety

Kimberly F. Balsam, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Vermont in 2003 and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from University of Oregon in 1994.  She completed a predoctoral internship at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle, WA from 2002-2003, a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Washington from 2003-2006, and was Research Assistant Professor in the UW School of Social Work from 2007-2012. 

Dr. Balsam’s research focuses broadly on the health and well-being of stigmatized populations, with an emphasis on ethnically diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and queer people. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, many in top journals in the field of psychology.  She has also authored numerous book chapters related to LGBTQ psychology and is the editor of the 2004 book Trauma, stress, and resilience among sexual minority women: Rising like the Phoenix.  Dr. Balsam has been the principal investigator on grants funded by National Institutes of Health continuously since 2003.  Most recently, she was awarded an R01 grant from NICHD to conduct a 10 year longitudinal follow up study of same-sex and heterosexual couples previously surveyed in 2001-2 (R01HD069370, Longitudinal study of legal status, stigma, and well-being among diverse couples). CUPPLES Study. Current projects in collaboration with students include studies of Compassion Cultivation Training with LGBTQ adults, transgender and gender nonconforming parents, emotion and behavior among transgender and cisgender adults, and gender diversity/non-binary gender within LGBTQ communities.  Dr. Balsam supervises student research in the RISE (Research on Intersectional Sexual and gender minority Experiences) lab. RISE.

Dr. Balsam is Past President of APA’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity) and is currently Co-Chair of the Division 44 Task Force on Racism. She is also a Fellow of this Division and was the 2010 recipient of their Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. Her presidential columns detailing her activities during her presidential year, which focused on intersectionality, non-binary identities, mentoring, and dissemination can be found here

Dr. Balsam also has a 20-year history of clinical practice in a wide range of settings including community mental health, correctional, inpatient, and most recently private practice.  Her clinical interests include cognitive behavioral therapy with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and PTSD and couples therapy with same-sex and heterosexual couples. 

At PAU, Dr. Balsam is Professor, Director of the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis, and Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research. She teaches research methods and clinically-oriented courses in the Ph.D. program and psychopathology in the M.S. program.


Dr. David Baskin is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He completed his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the CUNY, and a residency at the University of California. He completed a fellowship in neural protection at the University of Capetown Medical School. He also completed a fellowship in brain endorphins at the University of California. Baskin is the primary investigator for a number of clinical trials looking at different novel diagnostics and treatments for primary brain tumors and autistic spectrum disorder. His clinical focus is on the treatment of brain and spinal tumors.

Metabolic Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. Bastarrachea is a Staff Scientist in the SNPRC and the Department of Genetics. His research focuses on the biology and genetics of complex metabolic traits with focus on cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. His research has helped to develop and establish the baboon as a non-human primate (NHP) model to study the physiological mechanisms regulating fat tissue metabolism in obesity and diabetes, with a special emphasis on hormone regulation and action.

HIV, infectios diseases

Dr. Laura Beauchamps is an Infectious Disease Specialist in Miami, Florida. She graduated with honors in 2001. Having more than 19 years of diverse experiences, especially in INFECTIOUS DISEASE, INTERNAL MEDICINE, Dr. Laura Beauchamps affiliated with many hospitals including Jackson Health System, University Of Miami Hospital And Clinics, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in the medical group the University Of Miami.

Webb Space Telescope, Stars, Circumstellar Disk

Dr. Tracy Beck is an AURA Observatory Scientist in the Instruments division at STScI. Her functional duties involve working on the AURA James Webb Space Telescope NIRSpec team, helping with the JWST telescope commissioning in the Telescopes group, proposal planning, user support and operations development. Her research expertise involves high spatial resolution imaging and spectroscopic observations of gas and dust in the environments of young T Tauri stars and binary/multiple star systems.

Nutrigenomics, Neurodegeneration, Nutrition, Mental Distress, Microbiota, Food

Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University, has been featured by publications such as Bustle, The New York Post, Newsweek and more for her research around food and mood/stress. Her research interests include nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics, neurodegeneration, nutrition and mental distress, and microbiota.

Physician, Public Health

Georges Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available, and when the healthy choice is not an easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation.

He came to APHA from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Benjamin became secretary of health in Maryland in April 1999, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. As secretary, Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state’s Medicaid program.

Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

An established administrator, author and orator, Benjamin started his medical career in 1981 in Tacoma, Wash., where he managed a 72,000-patient visit ambulatory care service as chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at the Madigan Army Medical Center and was an attending physician within the Department of Emergency Medicine. A few years later, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After leaving the Army, he chaired the Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of Columbia General Hospital. He was promoted to the acting commissioner for public health for the District of Columbia and later directed one of the busiest ambulance services in the nation as interim director of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department.

At APHA, Benjamin also serves as publisher of the nonprofit's monthly publication, The Nation's Health, the association's official newspaper, and the American Journal of Public Health, the profession’s premier scientific publication. He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters. His recent book The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History is an exposé of the nearly 100-year quest to ensure quality affordable health coverage for all through the use of political cartoons.

Benjamin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (Formally the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and also serves on the boards for many organizations including Research! America and the Reagan-Udall Foundation. In 2008, 2014, and 2016 he was named one of the top 25 minority executives in health care by Modern Healthcare Magazine, in addition to being voted among the 100 most influential people in health care from 2007-2017.

In April 2016, President Obama appointed Benjamin to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the president on how best to assure the security of the nation's critical infrastructure.

Sports Injuries, Acl Tears, cartilage damage, hip damage, Rotator Cuff Tears, shoulder instability

Dr. Bennett is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine, with more than 20 years of orthopedic surgery experience. He has provided medical care to teams at every athletic level, most recently serving as the director of sports medicine at the University of Maryland, where he was the team orthopedic surgeon for University of Maryland athletics. He has treated a number of NFL and Division 1 college athletes, helping them return successfully to their sports.