Founders

Xana Miguélez MD

Xana Miguélez MD

Dr. Xana Miguélez is a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologic Surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida. For the past ten years she practiced at Elmhurst Hospital Center and taught at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In addition, Dr. Miguélez has a masters degree in international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she specialized in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. Dr. Miguélez is the driving force behind A Stitch in Time. Click here to know more.

Tracy Capes MD

Dr. Tracy Capes is a fellowship-trained Urogynecologist and surgeon practicing at the Center for Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders at the Aurora Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Improving the quality of life for women is at the heart of Dr. Capes practice. She is one of just a handful of American ob-gyn surgeons who specialize in this area, so her expertise is at the center of our efforts at A Stitch in Time team. Click here to know more.

Isha Mehta MD

Dr. Isha Mehta is Chief of Gynecology at Elmhurst Hospital, part of the Mt. Sinai Hospital system in New York City, and is a member of the faculty at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She speaks six languages and believes that communication and cultural sensitivity are at the heart of any successful medical mission. She believes that A Stitch in Time has a clear impact on women’s life. Click here to know more.

Margo Re CNM

Margo Re is a Nurse-Midwife with more than twenty-five years of experience as a practitioner and a manager of women’s healthcare. Re is a native New Yorker and has advanced degrees from Hunter College and Columbia University, where she studied public health and midwifery. For ten years, she was the nurse in charge of labour and delivery at Lenox Hill, one of New York’s most prestigious hospitals. Click here to know more.

Volunteers

Nabila Noor MD
Nabila Noor MDMedical Volunter
Dr. Noor is a second-year surgical resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She graduated from Duke Medical School in 2011. She is interested in specializing in urogynecology, inspired in part by her experience working with A Stitch in Time.

On the last two Stitch trips to Bangladesh, Dr. Noor worked with the surgeons in the operating room, but more importantly, she was an invaluable translator. As a native speaker, she was able to explain cultural subtleties to our team in ways that allowed us to provide the most appropriate care to each patient, according to her individual needs. As a doctor, she was able to explain complicated medical information to our patients, who live in remote areas with limited access to health care, and virtually no experience with surgery. Because she is Bengali, Dr. Noor was able to offer the patients extraordinary cultural comfort and gave the Stitch team an added level of confidence that nothing in the patients’ experience was being lost in translation.

In addition, Dr. Noor’s education and success as a medical doctor and surgeon in training was an inspiration to the local community, especially the women and children, who rarely see women in top medical positions.

Lisette Rente Matos MD
Lisette Rente Matos MDAnaesthesiollogist
Dr. Lisette Rente Matos studied Medicine at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and her specialization training at the Hospital de Santo Andre in Leiria in the central region of Portugal.
Dr. Rente travelled with us on our third mission to Bangladesh in January 2012. She is an anaesthesiologist at the Hospital de Dona Estefania in Lisbon, Portugal. We are eager to include her in future missions as her participation as a female provider is appreciated.
Fernando Minana Alonso MD
Fernando Minana Alonso MDAnaesthesiollogist
Dr. Minana is a native of Spain and went to medical school in Alicante at the Universidad Miguel Hernandez. He then went on to specialize in Anesthesiology in Lisbon, Portugal at the Hospital do Santa Maria.
Dr. Minana is an anesthesiologist in Faro, Portugal. He has volunteered with us on two missions to Bangladesh. He is also a Spanish national champion in rowing and is currently combining his two passions in a second specialty in Sports Medicine in Barcelona. He is both married to his passions at home and interested in new horizons, which is what prompted him to join our team when traveling to Bangladesh for the first time on our second mission in January 2011. He has witnessed the hardship the women we treat are experiencing and has become one of our most loyal volunteers.
Julie LaCombe MD
Julie LaCombe MDUrogynecologic Surgeon
Dr. LaCombe is working at Athena Women’s Health, in Issaquah became involved with A Stitch in Time while she was Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont.

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