Wanda Nicholson, MD, MPH, MBA

Tenured Professor and Practicing Physician, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. Wanda Nicholson is a tenured professor and a practicing clinician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, director of the Diabetes and Obesity Core at the Center for Women’s Health Research, director of the Patient-Oriented Women’s Endocrine and Reproductive Health (PoWER) Program, and a former member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). She has held multiple faculty and administrative leadership roles at Johns Hopkins and the University of North Carolina.

For the past three years, she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was previously a board member at DiabetesSisters, Inc. She recently chaired the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists’ Workgroup on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence.

Her primary focus is innovative health care delivery models to promote health outcomes and health equity in vulnerable populations. With funding from NIH, PCORI, and AHRQ, she has adapted evidence-based behavioral interventions proven effective in nonpregnant adults for pregnant and postpartum women to promote diabetes and CVD prevention in the mother-child dyad; developed a digital platform for women with diabetes to exchange ideas and perspectives o research priorities; and conducted comparative effectiveness studies to advance gynecologic health outcomes and quality of life. She represents the U.S. on the International Obstetrics and Gynecology Federation’s Committee on Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health. She is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Wanda completed her undergraduate degree (chemistry), medical school, and residency at the University of North Carolina; the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California-San Francisco; a Masters in Epidemiology at the University of California-Berkeley; and an MBA in Medical Management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Business.