Dr. Thurman joined Daré in 2022 and serves as a medical officer. Prior to joining Daré, she was a full-time, practicing, board-certified OBGYN in the US Navy and at academic training centers for the past 24 years. She most recently worked for Eastern Virginia Medical School (CONRAD) where she was the site principal investigator or sub-investigator on over 125 clinical trials. She also served as the Director of the EVMS Clinical Research Center. During her 24 years in academic medicine, her research focused on research and development of women’s health products (contraceptives, menopausal products, vaginal health, bacterial vaginosis, HIV and HSV2 prevention products and multi-purpose prevention technologies). She has extensive experience in the planning, protocol development, operations, patient care and data interpretation/presentation of pharmacokinetic, modeled pharmacodynamics, safety, acceptability, efficacy and end user/stakeholder research trials.
Dr. Thurman received her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Kenyon College as a double major in chemistry and studio art. She went to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine on a US Navy scholarship. She did her OBGYN internship and residency at Bethesda Naval/Walter Reed Army Medical Centers in Washington DC. Dr. Thurman completed her Navy scholarship obligations by working as a staff OBGYN physician in Yokosuka Japan. She was a full time faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and the University of Texas San Antonio before joining the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School/CONRAD in 2009. She retired from full time clinical and academic practice at the rank of Professor. She has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications. She was an examiner for the American Board of OBGYN for 14 years and is licensed to practice medicine in Virginia.