Stacy Lindau

Associate Professor
Departments of Obstetrics/Gynecology
and Medicine-Geriatrics

Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP, FACOG is an Associate Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, Departments of Ob/Gyn and Medicine-Geriatrics; Associate Professor, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Core Faculty in the MacLean Center on Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Lindau combines biomedical and social science techniques to study life course health, aging, and sexuality. Dr. Lindau is a practicing gynecologist with specialized clinical and research expertise in the field of cancer and female sexuality.As Principal Investigator of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSVHS), she directs population-based biosocial and health technology research using a community-engaged, minimally-invasive approach. This project is the major research component of the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Urban Health Initiative, which involves dozens of faculty members at the University of Chicago collaborating with civic leaders and community members living on Chicago’s South Side. This undertaking—inspired by the commitment of the medical profession to the principle of justice—aims to inform and evaluate community-level strategies for health and health care equity for all residents and reflects a central theme of Lindau’s research. Within the Studies, the CommunityRx System is a healthcare service delivery improvement innovation that transforms referrals and health information data flow from health care sites to community-based organizations on Chicago’s South Side.

Through the Studies, collaborative efforts have been developed around assessing the prevalence, control, and prevention of diabetes on the South Side with Dr. Graeme Bell, PI of the DRTC through the submission of an R01 in June 2011. Dr. Lindau’s role as PI for this large research effort builds on experience as Co-PI of the NIA-funded National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (Linda Waite, PI) during the period 2003-08. Dr. Lindau led the initial publication of NSHAP study findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine (August 2007), and has published papers with a diversity of collaborators using NSHAP biological and social data in high-impact journals. Additionally, the NSHAP data were analyzed for a publication in Diabetes Care (October 2010) on sexual problems in men and women with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes which Dr. Lindau co-authored with Dr. Marshall Chin, Co-Director of the DRTC. Dr. Lindau presented this research on sexuality in men and women with diabetes at the 6th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day.