Scientific Advisory Board

Nuelle’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was established to provide guidance and expert opinion on its scientific research program, augment internal scientific expertise, provide valuable feedback on research protocols, evaluate new technology, and address the market potential for new products. Nuelle is honored to have experts who are world-renown for their critical research and educational contributions to the field of female sexual health as members of its SAB.

richard derman

Marie E. Pinizzotto Endowed Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Women’s and Children’s Health Research at Christiana Care Health Services, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, Adjunct Professor, University of Delaware.

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Dr. Derman was the Principal Investigator of a landmark community-based trial of misoprostol for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. While globally Dr. Derman’s research has focused on maternal mortality, his domestic agenda has been almost exclusively tied to primary prevention, menopause, osteoporosis and quality of life in the aging woman. At the University of Illinois, he was the clinical lead on an NIH-funded grant comparing conjugated equine estrogen to black cohosh and other botanicals. At the University of Missouri, while serving as Associate Dean for Women’s Health, he chaired the bone health consortium that linked educational and research initiatives between the medical and dental schools. At Christiana Care, he developed a virtual menopausal management system across multiple clinical sites, and serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Strong Bones Program. Dr. Derman was a keynote presenter at the National Osteoporosis Foundation on estrogen and bone health, and has published extensively on osteoporosis and hormone therapy.

Irwin Goldstein

Director of Sexual Medicine Alvarado Hospital, Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSD, Director, San Diego Sexual Medicine. Dr. Goldstein has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970’s. His interests include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, sexual health management post cancer treatment, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women.

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Dr. Goldstein has authored more than 350 publications in the field of sexual dysfunction, and edited books on erectile dysfunction and on women’s sexual health. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Medicine Reviews and past Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, official journals of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, its regional affiliate societies, and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. He is currently President of The Institute for Sexual Medicine, Inc., a charitable corporation for education and research in the field. He is President-Elect of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, a former President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, a member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, the International Academy of Sex Research, the American Urological Association, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.

Debra Herbenick

Associate Professor in Indiana University’s School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and a Research Fellow and Sexual Health Educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She is the author of more than 90 scientific publications about sexual health and relationships and a lead scientist on the 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014 National Surveys of Sexual Health and Behavior.

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Passionate about sexuality education, Dr. Herbenick has taught Human Sexuality at IU for the past 12 years, published six books about sex and love (her most recent is “The Coregasm Workout”), published thousands of newspaper and magazine columns about sexuality, and is currently the president-elect of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Herbenick works on a range of research and education projects related to women’s sexual pleasure, pain during intercourse, consumer sexual behavior, sexual assault, love and intimacy, genital self-image, and sexual behavior in the United States. She is also active in her community, providing sexuality education to adolescents and parents, volunteering, and serving as an appointment member of the Monroe County Women’s Commission and as Chair of the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women.

Sheryl Kingsberg

Chief of Behavioral Medicine at MacDonald Women’s Hospital/University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Professor in Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Kingsberg’s areas of clinical specialization include sexual medicine, female sexual disorders, menopause, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and psychological aspects of infertility. 

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Her primary research interests are in treatments for female sexual disorders and the psychological aspects of infertility and menopause. She has been the principal investigator for several clinical trials for treatments for female sexual disorders and consults for many pharmaceutical companies that are developing investigational drug treatments for sexual problems. She has numerous publications in many national and international journals and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and sits on the editorial board of the journal Menopause. Dr. Kingsberg currently sits on the Board of Trustees of The North American Menopause Society, and is a past president of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health

James Liu

Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MacDonald Women’s Hospital, University Hospitals Health System, Arthur H. Bill Professor and Chair of the Department of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

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Dr. Liu’s interest in the neuroendocrine control of reproductive function has characterized his clinical practice, academic teaching, and research. He has published many articles in the peer-reviewed literature, as well as numerous book chapters in major textbooks and chapters for The Merck Manual. He was one of the principal investigators for the Women’s Health Initiative, including the Memory Study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and he has been involved with the SWAN study since 1997. He chaired the NIH-NCCR Special Emphasis Study Section CTSA in 2008. Dr. Liu has contributed to the position statement on hormone replacement therapy issued by the North American Menopause Society. He served on the FDA’s Advisory Committee on Reproductive Drugs (2006-2010) and on the US Pharmacopeia Committee (2000-2005). A member of the primary professional societies in his field, Dr. Liu served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Gynecological Practice for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2004-2006) and was Chair of the Reproductive Endocrinology Subcommittee (1998-2002). His many teaching awards include the Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Cincinnati and the Teaching Award from the Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology and from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

David Portman

Founder and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Center for Women’s Health Research, Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, CEO/Chief Medical Officer, Sermonix Pharmaceuticals.

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Dr. Portman has conducted nearly 150 clinical studies in sexual dysfunction, menopause, hormone and SERM therapy, contraception and other issues pertaining to women’s health. He has published numerous articles in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Menopause, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Contraception and presented his research at conferences nationally and internationally. He is a fellow of ACOG, and a previous member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). He is also an active member of the North American Menopause Society, International Menopause Society, and International Society for Sexual Medicine. Dr. Portman was Co-Chair of the ISSWSH/NAMS 2013 Genitourinary Symptom Nomenclature Consensus Conference.

James Simon

Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University, Medical Director of Women’s Health & Research Consultants, Washington, DC. Dr. Simon provides patient-focused care for women across the reproductive life cycle, from adolescence to pregnancy, and through the menopause transition.

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He has served as principal investigator on more than 300 clinical trials, research grants and scholarships in the area of women’s health, with support from such noted institutions as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Simon’s work has been published extensively, and he is an active contributor to numerous medical and scientific periodicals. He currently sits on the editorial boards of Menopause, and Sexual Medicine Reviews (Associate Editor). In 2001, he co-authored the book “Restore Yourself: A Woman’s Guide to Reviving Her Sexual Desire and Passion for Life,” and in 2012, he was featured in the film “Hot Flash Havoc.” He is a past president of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), and the Washington Gynecological Society, and currently sits on the board of the International Society for Study of Women’s Sexual Health (Secretary). Dr. Simon has consistently been ranked as a top doctor, both nationally and in Washington, DC.

Susan Kellogg-Spadt

Director of Female Sexual Medicine at Academic Urology’s Center for Pelvic Medicine in Bryn Mawr, PA, Professor of OB/GYN, Drexel University College of Medicine, Professor of Human Sexuality at Widener University, Associate Professor at Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, Clinical Associate faculty at University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. 

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Dr. Kellogg performs direct patient care, consultative services as a vulvovaginal and pelvic pain specialist, researcher, educator, sexual dysfunction clinician and therapist. She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health in addition to being a member of its Board of Directors and serving as Chair of the Fellowship Committee. Dr. Kellogg is a certified sexuality counselor and therapist. She is the author/coauthor of 2 books, 10 books chapters and 75 peer-reviewed articles appearing in publications including: Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Reproductive Medicine, International J Urogyencology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Women’s Health Care, Female Patient, and Journal of Sex, Education and Therapy. As a researcher, she has been an investigator in NIH and industry trials investigating female sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain syndromes. Dr Kellogg frequently speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of female sexuality.

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