Professor of Medical Science


Honorary Degress/Membership

  • Doctor Honoris Causa (Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)
  • Honorary Professorship (Shandong University, Jinan, China) 
  • MA (Brown University) ad eundem
  • FRCOG (Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Kingdom) ad eundem
  • President d’Honneur à titre Etranger (The Societé Francaise de Gynécologie, France) 
  • Member, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, the Association of American Physicians (AAP)
  • Fellow, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


The former Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University (during its 2007 renaming in honor of Mr. Warren Alpert), Dr. Adashi is an academic physician-executive, a graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health program in Health Care Management (MS, 2005), and the former president of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists (SRE), the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI), and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society(AGOS). The author of over 500 professional articles and chapters, Dr. Adashi 's work has also seen press with the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post and several other media venues.

    Dr. Adashi received his medical degree in 1973 from the Sackler School of Medicine, completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University (1974-77), and pursued fellowship training in the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and postdoctoral training in reproductive biology at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of California at San Diego, respectively (1977-81). Faculty positions were held at the University of Maryland (1981-1996), the University of Utah (1996-2004), and Brown University (2004-present). Prior to joining Brown University, Dr. Adashi was the John A. Dixon Endowed Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (1996-2004) and the founder and leader of the Ovarian Cancer Program of the Huntsman Cancer Research Institute (1999-2004).

    Dr. Adashi, has been the recipient of continuous National Institute of Health (NIH) funding from 1985 to 2005 inclusive of a Research Career Development Award. Mentor to over 50 postdoctoral trainees, and the author or co-author of close to 400 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Adashi contributed over 120 book chapters/reviews, and co-edited or edited 16 books in the general area of reproductive medicine with special emphasis on ovarian biology. 

  NIH service included but was not limited to membership with the National Council of the National Institute of Child health and Human Development (NICHD)(1997-2001), the Reproductive Endocrinology Study Section (1988-1992), and the Selection Committee of the Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP)(1988-2005). Dr. Adashi is the former Editor-In-Chief of Seminars in Reproductive Medicine and the former Associate Editor of Endocrinology, Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Reproductive Medicine Review, Seminars in Reproductive Endocrinology, Reproductive Medicine Review, and Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders.

     A fromer Franklin fellow and Senior Advisor on Global Women's Health to the Secretary of State Office of Global Women's Issues (1st term of the Obama Administration), Dr. Adashi is the chair of the Medical Executive Committee and the Medical Advisory Council of the Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, a member of the Advisory Council of The Hastings Center, and a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University. Dr. Adashi is a former member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Agenda Council on Population Growth of the World Economic Forum, and the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition, Dr. Adashi is a fomer advisor to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the WHO, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A Fellow ad Eundem with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and a former Examiner and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Dr. Adashi has served as President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists (SRE), the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI), and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society(AGOS).

     Elected to the IOM in 1999, Dr. Adashi has served as a member of the committees on Antiprogestins: Assessing the Science (1993), Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Health Outcomes (2005-2006), Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2006-2009), and Women's Health Research (2008-2012). In addition, Dr. Adashi served as co-chair of the Committee on Reducing Childbirth Mortality in Indonesia (2012-2013). Finally, Dr. Adashi has served both as a reviewer and a review coordinator for multiple IOM reports and as chair of the Maternal & Child Health and Human development (IG-07) interest group (2009-2011). Dr. Adashi has also served twice as a member of the Board on Health Sciences Policy 

      As a tenured Professor of Medical Science at Brown University, Dr. Adashi is a member of the Brown Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights while maintaining multiple educational responsibilities inclusive of the co-directorship of the Healthcare in America course (a highly subscribed medical school elective) and the co-directorship of the Healthcare Policy Concentration (an elective for medical students with special interest in Healthcare Policy).   





Brown Affiliations

On the Web

Tracking Healthcare Variability: Is More Care Better Care?
PCORI: What Is It? How Does It Work? The Director Explains
Rep. Bass on Raising Medicare Reimbursements, Fixing the SGR
Adashi Global Maternal Moretality
Keynote Presentation, NICHD/ASRM Joint Scientific Research Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT
Wyden on the Ryan-Wyden Plan and a Bold Medicaid Alternative
Aaron: Any Republican President Faces a Very Difficult Choice
Dean Exit Interview 2008
Antos on Why 'President Romney' Might Keep Parts of ACA
Medscape One-on-One with Ashish Jha: Rapidly Unfolding Health Information Technology
Dean Entry Interview 2004
Doctor Honoris Causa Ceremony: Poznan Health Sciences University October 6, 2016
Eggs and Sperm from a Buccal Smear-Presentation to the Michigan Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists.
An ACO Visionary Talks Implementation, Healthcare Reform
Public Reporting: The National Assisted Reproductive Technology Registry
Rep Hayworth: Doc Pressure Needed for SGR, Liability Reform
Medscape One-on-One with JoAnn E. Manson MD, DrPH and Milton C. Weinstein, PhD: Comparative Effectiveness
President's Guest Lecture: Plenary Presentation at the 2016 ASRM meeting on 10/17/16
Adashi medical School Education Costs
Sen Blumenthal: Decisions Should Be Made by Doctors
Medscape One-on-One With Howard Jones, MD: IVF Past and Present in the Light of the Nobel Prize
The ACA and the Supreme Court: What Are the Scenarios?
HHS Secretary Sebelius on the ACA and Women's Health Benefits
President's Guest Lecture: Plenary Presentation at the 2016 ASRM meeting on 10/17/16
Decanal Accomplishments-Eli Y. Adashi-2004-2008