Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board

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Medical & Legal Advisors

The role of the Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board is to act as a guidepost to the Foundation.  Members of the advisory board were selected by their specialty and years of experience in all areas of research and medical knowledge and willingness to co-collaborate with other researchers and medical professionals.

Turner Syndrome Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board

Henry Anhalt, DO, FAAP, FACOP, FACE
Karen Berkowitz, MD
Richard Bronson, M.D.
Pasquale Casale, M.D.
Allan J. Fisher, MD, FACOG, FACMG
Robert Korwin, DMD, MICOI, MAGD
Joel W. Levitt, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Zvi S. Marans, M.D.
Peter McGovern, MD
Dean J. M. Mooney, PH.D., NCSP.
Kutluk Oktay, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG
Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Ph.D.
Allan L. Reiss, M.D.
Scott Rivkees, M.D.
Mary Gwyn Roper, M.D.
Judith Ross, M.D.
Dr. Karen Rubin, M.D.
Paul Saenger, M.D.
Michelle Schweiger, DO, MPH
Martin Weinstein, D.M.D., M.S.
Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, FACE, FACP, FRCP, DSc

Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board
Henry Anhalt, D.O.
Pediatric and Adolescent
Endocrinology and Diabetes

Bergen Pediatric Endocrinology
140 Prospect Ave.
Hackensack NJ 07601

Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board
Karen Berkowitz, MD
Dr. Berkowitz is an assistant professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Drexel Obstetricians adn Gynecology
216 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Office: 215-762-4000

Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board

Richard Bronson, M.D.
Richard Bronson, M.D. is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pathology at Stony Brook University Medical Center and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. He also directs the Andrology Lab at SBMUC. Dr. Bronson trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is a past President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology. Dr. Bronson has been an Associate Editor of the journal Human Reproduction and is currently on the editorial boards of Fertility & Sterility and Reproduction. He is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Endocrine Society, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Society for Reproductive Immunology, and the American Andrology Society.

Reproductive Specialists of New York
2500 Nesconset Highway, Building 23
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Clinical Office: 631-246-9100
Academic Office: 631-444-2731

Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board
Dr. Pasquale Casale, M.D.
Attending Urologist
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery in Urology
Columbia University

Columbia University
(212) 305-9918

Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board
Allan J. Fisher, MD, FACOG, FACMG
Allan J Fisher, MD graduated his professional studies at St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He proceeded to complete his postgraduate work at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia, for his Gynecology and Obstetrics residency, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, and Medical Genetics Fellowship, which he is Boarded for all three. His experiences include many years of academic and clinical medicine, mostly in the Northeast. Leadership roles of Directorships for Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatal / Reproductive Genetics and Medical Director as well as Chairs to multiple Volunteer Organizations. He has over 25 years experience of teaching students, residents, and fellows and has published multiple articles and chapters. He is a member to many outside Professional and Medical organizations and Boards, including two State Medical Boards. He has close to 20 years experience as an active volunteer member to the March of Dimes, New Jersey Chapter, and was presented the Franklin Award due to his activism in launching the preterm delivery campaign in New Jersey. Currently, he is a professor at the St Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. There, he is the Director of Ultrasound and Director for Perinatal Genetics. He is also the Medical Director for the Fetal Care Institute at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Robert Korwin, DMD, MICOI, MAGD
General Dentistry, Private Practice
Red Bank, NJ

Robert Korwin DMD, MICOI, MAGD, is a gentle caring expert in every branch of general dentistry practicing in the Middletown/ Red Bank/ Monmouth County, New Jersey area for over 30 years. A graduate of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, he holds a Post Graduate Certificate in General Practice, and has received the David L. Drabkin Memorial Biochemistry Award,  the Alumni Award from University Of Pennsylvania,  a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), a Mastership in the International College of Oral Implantologists, and is a highest honors graduate of Progressive Orthodontic Seminars.

Dr. Korwin, a general dentist who holds three dental patents, and has invented and marketed several dental products. He has published in the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Continuing Dental Education and the Penn Dental Journal,  and has been recognized by Straine Consulting as one of only a few American Industry Icons in dentistry.

Dr. Korwin teaches Dental Sedation at St Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, was a Research Associate for the NYU Pearl Network and  taught dental residents at a Monmouth Medical Center. He has served as Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee, Chairman of the Provider Approval for Continuing Education and Co-Chairman of the “Advance Into Mastership” Committees of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry.

He has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Restorative Dentistry about mercury in dentistry, to the New Jersey Dental Assistants Association about Sedation Dentistry, to the Monmouth Medical Center Dental Department about patents, to Invisalign Study clubs and has been featured on video productions on amalgam hazards, and doxycycline periodontal patient education. The doctor has been a contributor to the ABC News Show 20/20 profiling toothpaste. He has one of only two dentists to have been awarded Graduation with Highest Honors from Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, and is certified in  TM Joint Analysis (TMD, TMJ) by the Bio Research Association.

Along with a degree in psychology and an appointment by the Governor of New Jersey to the New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners,  Dr Korwin has developed expertise in  helping very anxious patients with oral and IV sedation by mastering the art of painless injections and by c-developing Calmistry, an audio recording which reduces dental anxiety.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Monmouth Ocean County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, International Association for Orthodontics, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is a Board Member of the American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Korwin has amassed over 2500 hours of continuing education in dentistry.

Joel W. Levitt, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Pediatric Otolaryngolgy
Charter Member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at NBIMC

769 Northfield Avenue, LL2
West Orange, NJ 07052

Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board
Zvi S. Marans, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiologist
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University

3959 Broadway
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10032

205 Robin Road
Suite 100
Paramus, NJ 07652

Peter McGovern, MD
Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board
TSF – Council on Infertility
Peter McGovern M.D. is the medical director of University Reproductive Associates (URA) as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health and Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. Dr. McGovern has been in private practice since 1992 and is a board certified physician in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

University Reproductive Associates
214 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Office: 201-288-6330

Turner Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board
Dean J. M. Mooney, PH.D., NCSP.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate Licensed School Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Maple Leaf Clinic, Founding Director
167 North Main Street
Wallingford, VT 05773
(802) 446-3577

Kutluk Oktay, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG
TSF Council on Infertility, Chairman
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medicine,
and Cell Biology & Anatomy
Director, Innovation Fertility Preservation and IVF
124 East 84th St., Suite 1A, New York, NY 10028
600 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
Office: 877-492-3666
Fax: 480-247-5858 or 877-492-3666
website: fertilitypreservation.org or i-fertility.net

Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Ph.D.
Dr. Quinn is the Livia Wan Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of OB-GYN and Professor in Population Health and the Center for Medical Ethics in the New York University School of Medicine. She is a member of the NYU faculty senate and chair of the department’s appointment, promotion, and tenure committee. Her research focuses on patient-provider communication across of variety of topics but primarily in reproductive health and cancer in adolescent and young adults, LGBTQ health issues, uptake of genetic counseling, clinical trials and access to care for minority and underserved populations. Prior to joining NYU in November 2017, she was at Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida for 17 years. She is the author of over 300 peer reviewed papers and books chapters and has received over 10 million dollars in federal and foundation grant funding.

New York University
550 First Avenue
New York, NY, 20016
(646) 501-6878

Allan L. Reiss, M.D.
Robbins Professor and Associate Chair,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics (by courtesy)
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
Stanford University School of Medicine

Scott Rivkees, M.D.
Professor and Associate Chair for Research
for Pediatrics
University of Florida College of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Physician Leader for Shands Hospital for Children
PO Box 100296
Gainesville FL, 32610


Mary Gwyn Roper, M.D.
Pedatric Endocrinology

Dr. Mary Gwyn Roper is both a physician and a woman with Turner syndrome (TS). She has been a pediatric endocrinologist since 2000, and loves interacting with other girls and women with TS. Dr. Roper did her pediatric residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a pediatric endocrinologist in Knoxville, TN, Gray, TN, and most recently in Greenville, SC.

Dr. Roper was diagnosed with Turner syndrome at the age of 2 years, when her pediatrician in Knoxville, TN noticed her falling off the growth curve and sent her for evaluation at the University of NC at Chapel Hill.  There, she was cared for by Drs. Underwood and Van Wyk.  At the age of 9 years, Dr. Roper moved with her family to Charlottesville, VA and was placed on cadaveric growth hormone by pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Ann Johanson.  She was then changed to synthetic growth hormone once it became available in 1985.  From 1985 to 1989, Dr. Roper was part of several pilot studies, including using growth hormone only and growth hormone plus oxandrolone.  After completing growth hormone, Dr. Roper was placed on hormonal replacement therapy.  Dr. Roper’s personal medical journey and pediatric endocrinology training have given her a unique perspective in the ongoing knowledge of Turner syndrome management.

Dr. Roper currently lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and her Jack Russell Terrier, Scout. 


Judith Ross, M.D.
Pedatric Endocrinology
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Thomas Jefferson University
1025 Walnut St., Suite 726
Philadelphia PA 19107

Dr. Karen Rubin, M.D.
Connecticult Children’s
Division Chief
Associate Chair for Clinical Affair
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Paul Saenger, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Professor of Pediatrics
Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Winthrop University Hospital

150 Lockwood Avenue, Ste. 434
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Michelle Schweiger, DO, MPH
Dr. Schweiger (Bahareh.schweiger@cshs.org) is the Director of Pediatric Endocrinology and Co-Director of eXemplarY Kids Clinic at Cedars-Sinai. The eXemplarY Kids Clinic provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary team for children with X & Y variations including Turner Syndrome.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology with the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Schweiger has spoken at more than 40 conferences and events on topics including pediatric diabetes, adrenal gland disorders and thyroid disorders. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Pediatric EndocrinologyInternational Journal of PediatricsCurrent Opinion in PediatricsPediatric Blood & Cancer and Diabetes Care, among many others.  She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Endocrine Society, and the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd, NT Ste. 4221
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 423-7940

Martin Weinstein, D.M.D., M.S.
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Faculty Member and Research Advisor
Orthodontic Program

44 Village Court
Hazlet, NJ 07730

Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, FACE, FACP, FRCP, DSc
University Professor
Professor of Medicine, Physiology & Integrative Biology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Endocrinology Metabolism & Nutrition
Director, Regional Osteoporosis Center
Center, MEB-372
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0019

Medical Director, Program Initiatives

Darlene Foschini-Field, PhD

Dr. Field is a freelance medical director with over 20 years experience in medical education. She has worked in many therapeutic areas, including women’s health, psychiatry, and pain management. She served as medical director for a Turner Syndrome advisory board in 2017 and lends a wealth of experience voluntarily to the development and execution of promising educational and scientific initiatives.

Legal Advisory Board

Martin P. Pfleger, Esquire
Harter & Pfleger
21 County Road 537 East
Colts Neck, NJ 07722

Valerie Powers Smith, of Counsel

1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

103 Carnegie Center Blvd.
Princeton NJ 08540

Get Involved

Voluntary advisors are integral to the depth and breadth of content on the website, the pursuit and support of new science, education programs, advocacy, and more. If you are interested in joining the advisory team, please forward a photo, curriculum vitae along with a cover letter explaining your interest. We are always in need for new expertise and talent on the board. Email your letter of interest to info@tsfusa.org, mail to Turner Syndrome Foundation, Inc., PO Box 726, Holmdel, NJ 0773 or FAX 1-800-594-3862. Questions? Call 1-800-594-4585

Your letter of interest will be carefully considered, and you shall receive a reply withing 60 days.

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