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Wanda Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Wanda Nicholson is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Nicholson is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a perinatal epidemiologist. She is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr. Nicholson is involved in research and clinical activities. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic conditions in women, including gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity and the effect of depressive symptoms on health-related quality of life. She is the principal investigator for two cohort studies funded through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. Through funding from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Dr. Nicholson has developed a postpartum-specific weight loss intervention, First WIND (Weight-loss Interventions after Delivery), for women at risk for type 2 diabetes, which was piloted among urban-based women in Baltimore. She was previously an investigator with the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center where she was the principal investigator of the task report on Labor and Postpartum Management of Gestational Diabetes, funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Nicholson is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, member of the ACOG National Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Nicholson received her medical degree and completed internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following residency, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California at San Francisco and obtained a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.