Our Professionals

The Patty Brisben Foundation’s medical professionals are available to answer questions you may have regarding sexual health. All questions will be answered via email within one week. To submit a question, please email  professionals@pattybrisbenfoundation.org.

Please note that this service is not meant to provide primary medical advice concerning specific medical care or treatment of any condition. Please consult your healthcare provider regarding your particular medical needs. Other professionals may be consulted from time to time in order to answer certain questions.

Margery Gass, M.D.

Dr. Margery Gass is the executive director of the North American Menopause Society based in Cleveland, Ohio. Most recently, Dr. Gass served as professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati, where she was director of the University Hospital Menopause and Osteoporosis Center. Her career has been one focused on the health of midlife and menopausal women.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Gass has been involved in clinical research in three areas of particular importance to midlife women—menopause, osteoporosis, and female sexual health. Dr. Gass was a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, a 15-year National Institutes of Health study of women 50-79, and served as co-investigator for the STAR Trial comparing Tamoxifen and Raloxifene in the prevention of breast cancer. She also serves on the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council for the Office of Research on Women's Health and was President of the North American Menopause Society from 2002-2003.


Michael L. Krychman, MDCM

Michael L. Krychman, MDCM, is the Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine located in Newport Beach California. He is the former Co Director of The Sexual Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. He also is a clinical sexologist and has completed his Masters in Public Health and Human Sexuality. Dr Krychman has a degree in Erotology, Sexual Education and Forensic Sexology. Dr Krychman is also an AASECT certified sexual counselor. He is on faculty at University of Southern California. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Irvine, Division of Gynecological Oncology and the Medical Director of Ann’s Clinic, a high risk program for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors

His special interests include menopausal health, hormone therapy, sexual pain disorders, loss of libido, chronic medical illness and its impact on female sexual function as well as breast cancer sexuality. He is a well known speaker who is featured locally, nationally and internationally. He has published many articles in peer reviewed journals and has been featured in many scientific journals and lay magazines. Dr Krychman is an active reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He was the Scientific Chairman for the 2010 International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health annual educational meeting. He presently holds an active executive board position for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. He is an active member in good standing in ISSM, ESSM, ISSWSH and AASECT. He has recently been appointed to the Standard Committee for ISSM and has been a guest professor at the ESSM Sexual Medicine Summer School in Oxford, England. He is the creator of the recent WISH Initiative (Women’s Initiative on Sexual Health: www.yourvoiceyourwish.com) and the 2013 recipient of the WISH Outstanding Achievement award given by the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

Dr. Krychman has published 6 books, including 100 Questions & Answers for Women Living with Cancer: A Practical Guide to Female Cancer Survivorship which has been recently published. Other publications include 100 Questions and Answers about Women’s Sexual Wellness and Vitality and Breast cancer Sexuality, Sensuality and Intimacy. He has been featured in the New York Times, US News, World Report, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Health Magazine and many others.


Mary South, M.D.

Dr. South serves as adjunct assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She practices with UC Health and specializes in the areas of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. South earned her B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster, her M.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and went on to the University of North Carolina as a Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. South also completed a Fellowship in Urogynecology at Duke University Medical Center.


Michael Thomas, M.D.

Dr. Thomas is a professor and the Division and Fellowship director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, part of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. He also serves as director of Reproductive Medicine Research, a clinical trial unit dedicated to women’s health issues. Dr. Thomas is currently the board chair of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and serves on many national committees, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.