From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Entrant: Ione Bissonnette
Nominee: Elizabeth G. Stewart, MD, Director Vulvovaginal Specialty Practice, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Burlington site
Dr. Elizabeth Stewart is the author of The V Book, a book written for women about the vulva, vestibule and vagina and all the ways in which “the V’s” impact women’s daily lives. She is also a vulvovaginal specialist who evaluates and treats patients who have problems with these parts of their bodies.
The women who suffer from “V” problems suffer in silence, alone. Their lives are dominated by their conditions, but they can rarely talk about them. Dr. Stewart has educated women and their partners, caring for them, improving their lives. Her book, her lectures, her articles and research have enlightened clinicians who can begin to care for these women more appropriately.
I am a midwife and I came into the arena of women’s health with a mission to empower women and families during childbirth. I met Dr. Stewart in that milieu, but as her interest in providing care to women with “V” problems intensified, she taught me that learning how to diagnose, treat and care for those women was as fulfilling as the early days of supporting women in their childbirth choices. Dr. Elizabeth Stewart is my hero in women’s health care.