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Laurie Zephyrin, MD is the first director of reproductive health at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role she is responsible for providing strategic leadership, vision, direction and expertise to optimize reproductive health care across the national health system. She is a leading expert and strategist in women’s health policy and health systems. Laurie is on faculty at the New York University School of Medicine and College of Global Health. She has previously led initiatives addressing health systems access for women in East Africa and South Africa. Laurie was honored as a White House Fellow, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and inducted as the first woman to the Brooklyn Technical High School Hall of Fame. She earned her BS biomedical sciences from the City College of New York, MD from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed her post-doctoral training in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard’s Integrated Residency Program. She also holds master’s degrees in public health and business from Johns Hopkins University. Laurie is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.