Clinical Advisory Board comprised of preeminent physicians with deep clinical expertise in gynecologic health
October 23, 2023 08:00 ET
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aspira Women’s Health Inc. (“Aspira” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: AWH), a bio-analytical company focused on the development and commercialization of women’s health diagnostic tools for gynecologic diseases, today announced it has established a Clinical Advisory Board as an element of its overall mission to develop and distribute high-impact diagnostic tools for gynecologic disease.
The Clinical Advisory Board will provide clinical input and guidance throughout the development of the Company’s portfolio of products. Each member of the board is a recognized thought-leader with deep clinical expertise in gynecologic health.
“We are thrilled to have attracted this accomplished group of thought-leaders to support our mission of transforming health outcomes for women through the development and commercialization of noninvasive tests for the identification of gynecologic disease,” said Nicole Sandford, President and CEO of Aspira Women’s Health. “With the creation of the Clinical Advisory Board, we are able to maximize the impact of expert clinicians who believe in the potential of our technology. The Board will complement our well-established KOL network as we drive both innovation and adoption.”
Dr. Leo Twiggs, Director of Medical Affairs at Aspira Women’s Health added, “I am honored to have such an elite group of clinical experts advising our company in our research and product development endeavors. I look forward to working with these clinicians as we lead the mission to improve the standard of care for all women.”
The Clinical Advisory Board, which will be chaired by Dr. Twiggs, includes the following initial members:
Levi S. Downs, Jr., M.D., M.S., Medical Director for Gynecologic Oncology, Park Nicollet Health System, Methodist Hospital
Dr. Downs is Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Downs received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Downs completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Minnesota and has a Master of Science degree in clinical research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Prior to joining Park Nicollet, he was Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School where he served as Division Director for Gynecologic Oncology, Women’s Cancer Program Director at the Masonic Cancer Center, and Chief Medical Officer of the University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Physicians. Dr. Downs has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials investigating cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and preventive approaches to HPV related diseases. As an active member of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) he has participated in cervical cancer screening and management consensus conferences. He has served on the ASCCP Board and joined the Executive Committee in 2019 and is the current ASCCP President. Dr. Downs is also a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and has served as a member on the Board of Directors of many other professional societies. He has a commitment to service that extends beyond the medical profession. He was on the Board of Directors for College Possible and served as the inaugural chair of their National Board and he is currently on the Chairman Regional Board of Teach for America, Twin Cities.
Nisha Garg, M.D., M.S., FACOG, Gynecologic Surgeon, Arizona Gynecology Consultants Dr. Garg is a board-certified gynecologist with advanced surgical training in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). She specializes in the surgical management of complex gynecologic conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, congenital uterine anomalies, and adnexal masses. She also performs gender-affirming surgery. She is experienced in various surgical approaches including laparoscopy, robotics, vaginal surgery, and mini-laparotomy. Dr. Garg completed medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she concurrently completed a Masters in Genomic Medicine. Upon graduation, she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the esteemed national medical honor society. She then went to the University of California, Irvine for OB/GYN residency, where she graduated with awards in MIGS, Gynecologic Oncology, and resident research. She then completed her fellowship in MIGS at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She now works as a Gynecologic Surgeon in Phoenix, AZ and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both the University of Arizona College of Medicine and at the Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Garg’s clinical and research interests include endometriosis diagnostics, surgical education, transgender care, and surgical menopause.
Tamika Sea, M.D., FACOG, Founder and Owner, Advanced Women’s Care Center
Dr. Sea is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Dr. Sea attended The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) where she gained her Medical Doctorate. While at UTHSC, she was a founder of the Clinical Esperanza charity clinic associated with Christ Community Clinic in Memphis, where she served the underprivileged Hispanic community in the Greater Memphis Area. She also received the prestigious Charles C. Verstandig award during her matriculation. She later attended The Methodist Hospital/Christus St. Joseph Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program in Houston, TX, where she received numerous awards, including the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Resident of the Year. Since her return to Atlanta, she has had the privilege of serving the Greater South Atlanta area at Piedmont Henry Hospital, where she has served in several administrative roles, including Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sea is also a representative for the OBGYN Clinical Governance Council for the Piedmont Healthcare System. Her fields of interest include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), high-risk obstetrics, as well as utilizing laparoscopy and performing several pelvic floor reconstructive procedures.
About Aspira Women’s Health Inc.
Aspira Women’s Health Inc. is transforming women’s gynecological health with the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative testing options for women of all races and ethnicities, starting with ovarian cancer.
Our ovarian cancer risk assessment portfolio is marketed to healthcare providers as OvaSuiteSM, which includes OvaWatchSM, a non-invasive, blood-based test intended for use in the initial clinical assessment of ovarian cancer risk in women with benign or indeterminate adnexal masses for which surgical intervention may be either premature or unnecessary. With a negative predictive value (NPV) of 99%, OvaWatch allows physicians to confidently rule out ovarian cancer malignancy and choose the appropriate clinical management for the right patient at the right time. Ova1Plus® combines our FDA-cleared products, Ova1® and Overa®, to detect risk of ovarian malignancy in women with adnexal masses planned for surgery.
EndoCheckSM, Aspira’s first-of-its-kind non-invasive diagnostic test for endometriosis, is currently in development. Visit our website for more information at www.aspirawh.com.
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