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Dr. JoAnn V. Pinkerton

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Executive Director

Phone: (440) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Ohio , United States
North American Menopause Society
5900 Landerbrook Drive Suite 390
Mayfield Heights , Ohio 44124
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1989, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is North America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding of menopause...   more

Employment History

  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Virginia Health Center
  • Principal Investigator
    University of Virginia Health Center
  • Member of the Management
    OBG Management
  • Board Of Editor
    OBG Management
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Virginia
  • Gynecology Researcher
    University of Virginia
  • Medical Director of the Midlife Health Center
    University of Virginia
  • Director
    Midlife Health Center
  • Medical Director
    Midlife Health Center
  • Director of Midlife Health
    University of Virginia Health Systems
  • Professor and Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Virginia Health Systems
  • Medical Director of the Midlife Health Center
    University of Virginia , Charlottesville
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
    University of Virginia , Charlottesville

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MD
  • Medical Doctor degree
    Medical College of Virginia
  • undergraduate degree
    University of Virginia
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Less menopause misery is just one ..., 27 Jan 2016 [cached]
Less menopause misery is just one of the positive impacts of being active for women at midlife, emphasizes NAMS Executive Director JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, NCMP.
Expert's Biography, 3 June 2008 [cached]
JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD
JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD
JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD
JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, is Medical Director of Midlife Health Center, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her Medical Doctor degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Dr. Pinkerton completed her obstetrics/gynecology residency training serving as Chief Resident at the University of Virginia.She is active in clinical research with a current focus on decision-making about hormone replacement therapy, sexual dysfunction, alternatives to hormone replacement, selective estrogen receptor modulators, and osteoporosis prevention and treatment options.
Dr. Pinkerton is a long-term member of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and serves on the NAMS Board of Trustees, currently President-Elect.She is Scientific Chair for the 2008 NAMS Annual Meeting and past president of its professional education committee.She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Virginia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, the American Medical Women's Association and a board member of the National Women's Health Women Resource Center (NWHRC).Dr. Pinkerton is active in the school of medicine and university committees; she has served as a planning member for the Virginia Government Women's Health Initiative annual conference for many years.Dr. Pinkerton has developed and moderated the highly popular UVA Women's Health Festival.She is frequently asked to speak throughout the country as well as internationally on hormone therapy, osteoporosis, novel technologies, abnormal uterine bleeding, and alternatives to estrogen.
Dr. Pinkerton has been recognized as top of the BEST DOCTORs in America for 2007-2008 and has received the American Library Association Award for her book Understanding Midlife Health.The Midlife Health Center has been recognized as a top center for clinical trials and as one of the top 10 women's centers in the country by Self magazine.
Board of Directors | Academy of Women's Health, 30 April 2015 [cached]
JoAnn Pinkerton, M.D.
University of Virginia School of Medicine
"This is great support, and another ..., 27 Jan 2016 [cached]
"This is great support, and another study, showing that being sedentary is not only not good for your health, it is not good for your menopause symptoms," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia. Although Pinkerton was not involved in the current study, she selected it for publication in the society's journal, Menopause, where she is an editor.
"That's the current theory," Pinkerton said. Although she thinks that exercise is probably having a direct effect on reducing menopause symptoms, it is hard to rule out that other differences in the lifestyle of sedentary women, such as having more children than active women, are not also making their menopause worse.
Although exercise can be beneficial for women of all ages, if you "start when you're in your 40s, you can avoid gaining that 12 to 15 pounds [that women often gain during the menopausal transition] and you can be in better shape and better able to handle the stresses that are thrown at you when you have hormonal changes and menopausal symptoms," Pinkerton said.
The average age that women go through menopause is 51, but before that, they go through a period called perimenopause, usually starting in their 40s. During this time, levels of estrogen fluctuate, metabolism changes and muscle can be lost, all of which can conspire to make it easy for women to gain weight and hard for them to lose weight.
Women should aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise three days a week, Pinkerton said. That half-hour could be split up into three 10-minute sessions a day. "Instead of thinking about how I have to go to the gym for an hour, think about walking more, getting up and moving around," Pinkerton said.
It is also important to remember that exercise may not necessarily take the place of other treatments for menopausal symptoms. "Exercise may help you navigate the perimenopausal transition and may decrease the severity of hot flashes and symptoms, but if you have persistent symptoms, talk with a specialist about other options out there," Pinkerton said.
What else can help women during menopause?
Hormone therapy is the gold standard for treating just about all symptoms of menopause, Pinkerton said. Women who have severe hot flashes could be candidates, but so could those with milder symptoms, such as mood changes or difficulty sleeping, and those who want to prevent bone loss.
"But not every woman wants to or can take hormone therapy," Pinkerton said. Many women and doctors are still worried, she added, about the Women's Health Initiative study in 2002, which reported that estrogen plus progestin increased the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. However, updates to this study in the last several years suggest that hormone therapy is safe for treating women in early menopause.
Women who want to avoid hormone therapy could be candidates instead for an antidepressant, such as paroxetine, known as Paxil, Pinkerton said. They would generally take a lower dose than for treating depression, and that would be associated with fewer side effects.
The choice in treatment also depends on the types of symptoms women are having. For those who are struggling with sleep problems, a pain medication such as gabapentin, known as Neurontin, could be a good choice because one of its effects is to induce drowsiness, Pinkerton said.
For women who want to avoid medication altogether, there is some evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnosis therapy can be effective. A 2015 analysis suggested that cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on helping people change their thoughts and feelings to be more positive, may help improve mild depression in menopausal women.
These therapies can reduce hot flashes in general because they help women relax, which in turn can help their brains do a better job of controlling temperature perception, Pinkerton said.
Society Board of Trustees, 27 Sept 2010 [cached]
JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, NCMP Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Vice Chair for Academic Affairs Director, Midlife Health University of Virginia Health Sciences Center P.O. Box 801104 Charlottesville, VA 22908 Voice: 434/243-4727/Fax: 434/243-4706 E-Mail:
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