Dr. Mary Lake Polan

Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Mary Lake Polan

Dr. Mary Lake Polan has combined rigorous scientific research with a humanistic clinical approach in a career spanning women’s health, clinical medicine, medical education, and governmental organizations. She has drastically improved maternal health services in Eritrea, a small country on the eastern coast of Africa, by founding the Eritrean Women’s Health Project, a health initiative to aid women afflicted with obstetric fistula.

“A woman’s body belongs to her. Not to her family or to a stranger who is selling her for profit. Sex trafficking—selling and
imprisoning girls—is wrong and must be stopped, whether in the developing world or at home in the United States. And we all, men and women, need to work to stop sex trafficking.”