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.

Henry Anhalt, D.O.
Pediatric and Adolescent
Endocrinology and Diabetes

Bergen Pediatric Endocrinology
140 Prospect Ave.
Hackensack NJ 07601

TSF Professional Member
Video ‘Importance of an Early Diagnosis’

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

TSF Council on Infertility

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

TSF Council on Infertility

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

Columbia University
(212) 305-9918

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.

‘Prenatal Testing & Information About Turner Syndrome’ 2022

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.
Dr. Korwin’s Website

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

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

TSF Advisory Board member

TSF Professional Member

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

TSF Professional Member

Dr. Dean Mooney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist – Doctorate and a Licensed School Psychologist in the state of Vermont. In addition, he is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

He is co-author of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities:  A Guide to School Success (May 2006), Nonverbal Learning Disabilities:  A Guide to School Success – The Teacher’s Manual (September 2007), A Train Ride to Grandma’s (With NO Chocolate Donut!) (September 2009), and A Snapshot of Me – A Student with NLD (2016).

Maple Leaf Clinic, founded by Dr. Dean Mooney, provides neuropsychological, educational, psychological, and social thinking assessments of children, adolescents and adults.  Therapy for people of all ages is provided.  Our services also include social skills development for all ages, rehabilitation for brain damage using the REHABIT Program, educational or clinical consultation (in person, by phone, or through FaceTime/Zoom/Discord/Skype, etc.), and professional development.

Maple Leaf Clinic is also proud to sponsor Camp Maple Leaf, a summer camp that caters to the social needs and relaxation skills of campers with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD/NVLD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

TSF Professional Member

Kutluk Oktay, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG
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

TSF Board member

TSF Council on Infertility, Chair

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.


The Livia Wan Endowed Chair, Vice Chair of Research in the Department of OB-GYN, Professor in Population Health and the Center for Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.

TSF Council on Infertility

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

Dr. Rivkees is Professor of Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice in the School of Public Health.  Dr. Rivkees is a pediatric endocrinologist and physician-scientist who served as Florida’s State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health from June 2019 to September 2021. As State Surgeon General, Dr. Rivkees also served as State Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Rivkees has been an advisor since 2009.

TSF Board Liaison

Dr. Mary Gwyn Roper is both a retired 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. 


TSF Board Liaison

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.
Connecticut Children’s
Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Endocrinology
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106


Paul H. Saenger, M.D.

Dr. Saenger is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics at NYU Long Island School of Medicine. He is Board Certified at the American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Endocrinology), 1978 and American Board of Pediatrics, 1973. His Fellowship was at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center Pediatric Endocrinology, 1974 and Residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Pediatrics, 1971. Dr. Saenger first became interested in medicine during high school. He was drawn to the field of pediatric endocrinology because he thought it would be rewarding to help children with chronic disease to grow, live and thrive. He treats patients with growth disorders, Turner Syndrome, diabetes mellitus and disorders of puberty and the thyroid. He takes care of both children and their families to help them formulate realistic expectations and cope with their diagnosis. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field and has trained more than 45 fellows who are now working in endocrinology.

TSF Board member

Paul H. Saenger, M.D.*
TSF Professional Member

Michelle Schweiger, DO, MPH 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.


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

Dr. Wimalawansa MD, PhD, MBA, DSc, is a professor of medicine, endocrinology & nutrition. Dr. Wimalawansa is a former university professor, chief of endocrinology, and is relied upon as a world-renowned expert in endocrinology, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, and vitamin D and nutrition.


Darlene Foschini-Field, PhD 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.

Medical Director, Professional Initiatives

TSF Board and Council Member

Martin P. Pfleger, Esquire
Harter & Pfleger

Legal Advisor


Valerie A. Powers Smith, Partner, Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP with offices in Palm Springs and Indian Wells, CA; Princeton, NJ; and Manhattan, NY. She has over twenty-two years of experience in the field of special needs and elder law including the following highly specialized practice areas: health care insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, special needs trusts, trust administration, estate planning & administration, guardianships and conservatorships. Valerie also practices in the area of estates, trusts, and probate.

Legal Advisory Board member

Legal Advisor | Disability
Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP

Palm Springs Office
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Telephone: 760.322.2275  |  Fax: 760.322.2107

Indian Wells Office
74785 Hwy 111, Ste. 105, Indian Wells, CA 92210
Telephone: 760-322-9240  |  Fax: 760-560-1189

New Jersey Office
103 Carnegie Center Blvd.; Ste. 300, Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: 609-955-3393  |  Fax: 609-520-8731

New York Office
405 Lexington Avenue, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10174
Telephone: 212-829-4399

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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. Thank you.

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