Gail Greendale, M.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Greendale is Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Research Director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Center. She is an Internist and Geriatrician with formal training in Epidemiology and over 25 years of experience conducting and analyzing large observational and interventional studies. Major emphases of her work include menopause and osteoporosis. Within the broad realm of osteoporosis, she has major interests in the relations between bone and sex steroid hormones, physical activity, and diet. She also studies the interface between bone and mammographic density, the functional outcomes of osteoporosis, and novel assessments of integrated bone strength. She investigates many aspects of the menopause transition, including symptoms, cognitive function and body composition changes.

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Work Titles
UCLA Research Director, Iris Cantor - UCLA Women's Health Center Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
M.D., SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomed Sciences, 1982
1986 - 1988 Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr-East Campus
1982 - 1983 Rhode Island Hospital
1983 - 1986 Rhode Island Hospital
2015 - American Board of Internal Medicine Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine
2005 - American Board of Internal Medicine Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine
1996 - Radiography X-ray Supervisor and Operator
1992 American Board of Internal Medicine
1985 American Board of Internal Medicine

Contact Information:

Work Phone Number:

(310) 825-8253

Work Address:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
10945 Le Conte Avenue, Suite 2339
Peter V. Ueberroth Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Detailed Biography:

Dr. Gail Greendale received her B.A. degree from Cornell University and M.D. degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. Her internship and residency in General Internal Medicine were completed at Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University, where she also served as chief medical resident. Dr. Greendale next completed a fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School.

For close to three decades, Dr. Greendale has been committed to the study of mid-life and older women’s health. Her main areas of concentration are menopause and osteoporosis. Since joining the UCLA faculty in 1989, Dr. Greendale has led dozens of scientific studies related to the natural history and the treatment of these conditions. She led the UCLA section of the Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestins Intervention Trial (PEPI), the first large NIH-sponsored randomized controlled clinical trial of the effects of menopausal hormones on cardiovascular risk factors in postmenopause. Dr. Greendale is the Principal Investigator of the UCLA site of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), which has been in the field since the early 1990’s. SWAN is the largest US study of the biological and psychosocial consequences of menopause, and the only such study that includes women of five ethnic/racial groups. SWAN has given rise to many other research grants made to Dr. Greendale and her research team, including studies of the effects of plant estrogens on multiple health outcomes, new ways to assess hip bone strength, the effects of complementary and alternative practices on menopause symptoms, changes in spine bone structure during the menopause, and how getting breast cancer during the menopause transition affects women’s health and quality of life.

Dr. Greendale’s work also includes studies of menopausal hormones on breast tissue density, the treatment of menopause symptoms in breast cancer survivors, factors that lead to osteoporosis in both women and men, the use of Yoga to stabilize or reverse excessive curvature of the spine (commonly called “Dowager’s Hump”), use of Yoga to preserve physical function in seniors, and the effects of physical activity on bone health. To learn more about the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center and how it support research in women’s health and sex and gender research, please visit

For information about Yoga for health preservation in seniors, please visit

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