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Release Date: 05/13/2019

Erica Hardy, MD, MA, MMSc, director of the Women’s Infectious Disease Consult Service at Women & Infants Hospital and a member of the Care New England Medical Group, was last week presented with the Visionary Voice Award at an event hosted by Day One. The Rhode Island Statewide Task Force to Address Adult Sexual Assault selected Dr. Hardy for her work in providing care and follow-up care for women who have suffered sexual assault.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) offers the Visionary Voice Awards, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month each April, to recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence. Each year, the state sexual assault coalitions select an outstanding individual to nominate for the awards.

Dr. Hardy completed a residency in medicine and pediatrics at Brown University in the Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital program. She went on to complete an infectious disease fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. During fellowship, she completed a master’s of medical science at Harvard Medical School. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Hardy’s clinical and research interests include infectious disease issues in women, including congenital infection, complex sexually transmitted infections, as well as the medical care and follow-up of survivors of sexual assault. She has grant funding from the Center for AIDS Research to explore the female genital tract immunology after sexual assault, as well as vaginal microbiome in women initiating long-acting contraception.

Dr. Hardy is the co-director of the Women & Infants Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. She sees inpatient and outpatient infectious disease consults and is involved in medical education. She has been presented with several teaching awards from medical students while on their ob/gyn and obstetric medicine rotation, and from ob/gyn residents.

Photo caption – pictured from left to right are: Raymond Powrie, MD, chief of medicine, Women & Infants Hospital; Laudine Koster, advocacy director, Day One; Peg Langhammer, executive director, Day One; Erica Hardy, MD, honoree; Kenneth Chen, MD, director of the Division of Obstetric and Consultative Medicine, Women & Infants Hospital; Tracey Casala, senior nurse director, Women & Infants Hospital; Matt Quin, chief nursing officer and interim chief operating officer, Women & Infants Hospital.

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Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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