Senior Medical Advisor
Dennis English, MD, MMM, FACOG
Dr. English is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed a Masters of Medical Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and a diplomat of the American College of Physician Executives. Prior to retiring from clinical practice, Dr. English served as Vice Chairman of Clinical Operations for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences of the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. English is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (emeritus). During his tenure at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, he served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Physician Advisor to the Health Management Department. Dr. English received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University 1972 followed by his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1976. He completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Magee-Womens Hospital in 1980, serving as Chief Resident from 1979-1980. Dr. English currently serves on the Board of Directors of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and has served on the Board of the NPIC since 2013.
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Carolyn L. Wood, PhD, RN
Carolyn Wood is presently serving as a clinical consultant to NPIC to assist with planning and implementing continuing education programs and providing perinatal clinical expertise. She comes to the NPIC with over 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of nursing programs. Dr. Wood has been involved in research projects related to maternal child health, nursing internships, nursing program curriculum development and nursing competencies for future health care. She is currently working on evaluating nursing competencies for new graduates and aligning nursing curriculums with national guidelines from the Institute of Medicine, Nurse of the Future Competencies and the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing. She is a member of the Professional Development Council at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, and serves on a number of community health committees. Dr. Wood has a PhD in Education from the University of Connecticut and a Masters Degree in Science from Boston University with a specialty focus in maternal child health.
David E. Gagnon, MA, MPH
David E. Gagnon has more than thirty-five years of experience working in health care and hospitals. In his career he has worked with numerous state and federal programs in developing and evaluating programs in emergency medical services, substance abuse, long-term care, perinatal care, family planning, and women’s health. His administrative capabilities have helped organize neighborhood health centers, establish family planning centers, and manage hospitals. He has conducted numerous research projects on the regionalization of perinatal care and maternal and child health. As Vice President of Women & Infants’ Hospital of Rhode Island he planned and implemented an affiliation with Rhode Island Hospital and a new hospital facility on the campus of the affiliate. He was appointed by several Secretaries of Health and Human Services to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality and the Commission on the National Nursing Shortage. Mr. Gagnon, founding principal and former President of NPIC, has also served as President of the National Perinatal Association and Treasurer of both the Ohio and Rhode Island Perinatal Associations. His international experience includes serving as the Partnership Coordinator for several partnership programs in Slovakia, Armenia, and Albania sponsored by the American International Health Alliance and as leader of perinatal delegations to China, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Cuba. He has also evaluated USAID funded projects in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Mr. Gagnon received his Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan and was honored with Doctor of Science from Safarik University in Slovakia. He has had faculty appointments at Holy Cross College, Worcester (MA); Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (OH); and Brown University Program in Medicine (RI).