Brewster, Wendy R.

Wendy R. Brewster, MD, PhD

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Job Title / Position: Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research, Gynecologic Oncologist, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina


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Wendy R. Brewster is the Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research, Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Brewster’s academic interests are in the areas of gynecologic oncology and cancer epidemiology.

She attended Rutgers University and was Mathematics major and Spanish minor, and then obtained her medical degree at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This was followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at a county hospital in Los Angeles County, California. It was there that her eyes were opened to the complexity of delivering care to at risk, underserved populations and the severity of disease among those with limited access to care. Afterwards she simultaneously completed specialized fellowship training in gynecologic oncology and a PhD with an emphasis in cancer epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine.

In November 2008, she relocated from Southern California to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to become the Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR). The mission of the CWRH is to improve the health of women through multidisciplinary research, education and advocacy through the development of researchers and community partnership. Specifically the Center for Women’s Health Research develops the North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card. 2. Educates the public about women’s health research and 3. Facilitates getting grants written and submitted.

Dr. Brewster is also a gynecologic oncologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and provides clinical care, performs complex gynecologic cancer surgeries and treats patients with chemotherapy. She is also a population scientist with a research interest in early detection and prevention of gynecologic malignancies.