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Alexandra Melnyk, M.D., M.Ed. 


Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Alexandra Melnyk is a urogynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She completed both her OBGYN residency training and her Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She started a Greening the Urogynecology Operating Room initiative at her institution. She is a Co-Founder of the group OBGYNs For a Sustainable Future. She also co-leads the Sustainability Special Interest group in the American Urogynecologic Society. She has published several papers in this field and she has presented on sustainability at national conferences including the American Urogynecologic Society, Society for Gynecologic Surgeons, CleanMed, and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She won the Stephanie Davis Waste Reduction Award and Scholarship to attend CleanMed in 2022. In addition to reducing the carbon footprint of the urogynecology division at her institution, she hopes to bring health care sustainability as an issue to the front and center of the greater OBGYN community. Follow her on Twitter: @dralimelnyk

Jane van Dis, M.D. 

Assistant Professor, University of Rochester

Jane van Dis, MD is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the U of Rochester in NY where she is faculty in the newly created Institute for Human Health and the Environment. She is a Co-Founder of OBGYNs For Sustainability, Co-Founder of Equity Quotient a consultancy for equity analytics. She was recently the Medical Director of MavenClinic.  Dr. van Dis admins the non-profit OB Mom Group – a group of 6100+ women ObGyns. She advises multiple healthcare startups (Modern FertilityBobbieFLEXAuraBiorithm ,BéaLevy and OathCare).  She was a lead at the FemTech Fund II at Portfolia and is a frequent judge of FemTech grants and awards. Dr. van Dis is a national speaker on equity in healthcare, and now also speaks on the effects of fossil fuels on maternal/fetal health and how OBGYNs can join in the decarbonization of healthcare. She is a single mom to twins. Follow her on Twitter @janevandis.

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