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Dr. Philip M. Sarrel

Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT (USA)

Dr. Philip M. Sarrel, MD is currently Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He was appointed to the Yale faculty in 1969 and has remained at Yale throughout his career, rising to the rank of Full Professor in 1988.

After receiving his bachelorís degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York, Dr. Sarrel completed his internship at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven. Following his appointment to the Yale faculty in 1969, along with Lorna Sarrel, he founded the Yale Sex Counseling Service. In 1971, he and Mrs. Sarrel were trained in sex therapy by William Masters and Virginia Johnson and in 1975-1976; Dr. Sarrel received a Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar Award for one year at Oxford University in England, where he worked with John Bancroft in the Department of Psychiatry. In 1976, Dr. Sarrel started the Yale Menopause Program and in 1982-1983, he devoted a sabbatical year to the study of the menopause working with Dr. Malcolm Whitehead at the Kings College Hospital in London. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1988 at Yale. In 1989-1990 his appointment in Cardiac Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London enabled a year of cardiology research into the effects of ovarian hormones on arterial function. Also in 1990, Dr. Sarrel began his tenure as Co-Director of the Yale Neuro-Gynecology Clinic, which continues today. In the 1996-1997 academic year, an appointment as Visiting Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York enabled a study year devoted to understanding the actions of androgens. He has served as a Consultant to the Center for Alternative Medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, since 1997. He has also served as a Consultant to the Center for Alternative Medicine at Yale-Griffin Hospital, Derby, Connecticut since 1998, and since 2000 has been Attending Consultant in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Yale-Griffin Hospital.

At Yale, Dr. Sarrel has been Co-Director of the Sex Counseling Service since 1969 and Director of the Mid-life Study Program since 1984. Dr. Sarrel is the author or co-author of over 200 medical articles and chapters for medical texts and is also the co-author of six textbooks related to menopause and to understanding sexual behavior and response. He has been the recipient of four research grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as many other research grants from foundations and the pharmaceutical industry. His research during the past 17 years has focused on studies of arterial effects of hormones and issues related to sex and aging. He is currently involved in studies of dietary interventions, and SERMs and phytoestrogens and their effects on endothelial cell function. He was one of the co-investigators of the Womenís Estrogen for Stroke Prevention Trial funded by the National Institutes of Neurological Disease and Stroke.

Dr. Sarrel is currently the editor of MATURITAS, the journal of the International Menopause Society; Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society; the Journal of Sex Research; the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy; and the Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine. He is also a manuscript reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Endocrine Reviews, Cardiovascular Research, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the American Journal of Cardiology.

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