Demistifying the WHI Study - the facts about HRT
On the 20th anniversary of the now infamous Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study that brought the field of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to its knees, it is only fitting that we revisit the study and use science-backed information to emphasize the true outcome of the findings. Especially when two decades later women are still impacted by the aftershocks.
Join Dr. Holly Thacker and Dr. Fiffick from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health, as they address the study’s findings, explain the flaws in the research and correct many of the misnomers about HRT. In particular, its close association with breast cancer.
Holly L. Thacker, MD, FACP is nationally known for her leadership in women’s health. She is the founder of the Cleveland Clinic Specialized Women’s Health Fellowship and is currently the Professor and Director of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic and Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Thacker is also the Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health and the author of The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause. Her special interests and areas of research including menopause and related medical problems including osteoporosis, hormone therapy, breast cancer risk assessment, menstrual disorders, female sexual dysfunction and interdisciplinary women’s health.
Dr. Alexa Nicole Fiffick is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician. She is a first year clinical Specialized Women’s Health Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health. Dr. Fiffick graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology with minors in Dance and Chemistry. She achieved a Master’s in Biomedical Science at The Commonwealth Medical College in 2013. She spent a year working in research at the Cleveland Clinic. Then, she went to medical school at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2018. Dr. Fiffick graduated from Doctors Hospital Family Medicine program for residency, with a certified focus on Women’s Health. She spent time working with underserved communities via Mobile Medicine in residency. Through this she fell in love with caring for underserved women and women in mid through later life.