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.


Jennifer Manders, M.D., FACS

Dr. Manders is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained breast surgeon. She specializes in treatment of patients with benign or malignant diseases of the breast, a family history of breast cancer, or other factors that may increase the risk for developing breast cancer.

She has an avid interest in research and is a co-investigator in breast cancer clinical trials at The Christ Hospital. She helps direct the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference that meets weekly, and she participates in multiple clinical and administrative committees at The Christ Hospital.  She has also begun a support group for young women with breast cancer at the Wellness Community in Blue Ash and works closely with The American Cancer Society to promote support services for patients and their families.

Dr. Manders was honored as one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2007 Class of 40 Under Forty, and has repeatedly been listed as a Best Doctor in America by Best Doctors in America Database, and a Top Doctor by Cincinnati Magazine. She has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and posters, and regularly gives lectures on breast disease to health providers and the community.


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.