Our Team

Karen Elkind-Hirsch, MSc.,PhD, HCLD

karenElkindHirschDirector of Scientific Research

Phone: 225-231-5278
Email: Karen.Elkind-Hirsch@womans.org 

1980-1983 Postdoctoral Andrew Mellon Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
1980 Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow, Tulane University and Medical School, Orleans, Louisiana, USA
1977 Master of Science, Neuroscience, Tulane University and Medical School, Louisiana, USA
1974 Bachelor of Arts, Biology-Psychology, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.,USA

Dr. Elkind-Hirsch is a Director of Scientific Research at Woman’s since 2000.  She has been actively involved in basic science and clinical research for 40 years. She previously  was Director of Research and Development at the Center for Reproduction and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (RBPG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and as the ASRM Practice Committee RBPG representative for 5 years.. She received her H.C.L.D. Board Certification in 1995.  She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Journal of Drugs in Endocrinology. Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has published over 100 articles on topics in reproductive medicine and endocrinology with an expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance and gestational diabetes. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of over 50 clinical and basic science trials, with the most recent trials involving medical and lifestyle treatment of PCOS and screening and prevention of diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes.

Elizabeth Sutton, PhD

Director of Scientific Research

Phone: 225-924-8446
Email: Elizabeth.Sutton@womans.org

2017 Doctor of Philosophy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
2010 Bachelor of Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Dr. Sutton is the Scientific Research Director at Woman’s Hospital where her research program focuses on improving women’s long-term health by understanding the immediate and persistent effects of adverse pregnancy outcomes. She is also the Director of the OB/GYN Residency Research Program and leads the hospital’s population health research program with initiatives including reducing preterm births, reducing postpartum readmissions, improving breastfeeding initiation in high-risk populations, and improving clinical management of diabetes in pregnancy.