Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD

VP of Medical Affairs and Research, Ro

Dr. Melynda Barnes Oussayef, MD is the VP of Medical Affairs and Research at Ro and Clinical Director for Rory, Ro’s digital clinic for women’s health. Dr. Barnes is also a double board-certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Otolaryngologist. Dr. Barnes specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery including skincare, preventative and rejuvenation procedures to treat facial aging and women’s health.

Her interest in women’s health began when she noticed that most of her patients, who were women in midlife, were experiencing similar age-related skin issues, such as hormonal acne, increased facial hair, skin dryness and wrinkles. As her patients discussed other symptoms of midlife and women’s health in general, Dr. Barnes recognized an unmet need. Dr. Barnes joined Ro to lead Rory and help improve the future of women’s healthcare.

Dr. Barnes earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and attended Mount Sinai for medical school. Prior to Ro, she was an Assistant Professor of Surgery-Otolaryngology at Yale School of Medicine and served on Yale Medical Group’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Barnes has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health and her expertise has also been featured on Fast Company, Business Insider, Fortune, Forbes, Bustle, Shape, Elite Daily, Oprah.com and more.

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Rory, A Menopause Telemedicine Startup, Aims To Help Women Talk About This Big Life Change

“Rory is not a replacement for in-person doctor visits,” Dr. Barnes tells Bustle. “It’s a complement to help women safely and easily seek help for bothersome menopausal symptoms outside of their interactions with their primary care physician.”

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The quest to extend women’s fertility to 50

“There is no way to delay menopause,” says Dr. Melynda Barnes, the clinical director of Rory, a startup devoted to helping women deal with menopause. “A woman is born with the number of eggs she’s going to have throughout her life. The best that doctors can do is optimize your fertility potential when you’re peri-menopausal.”

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The Best Morning Routine, Says a Women's Health Expert

“Before you start thinking, I’m way too young to be reading about [menopause], the company shares this interesting statistic: Menopause can start as early as 35 years old. Even more concerning is the lack of knowledge many healthcare providers have on how to treat women with menopause. ‘When asked specific questions about vaginal dryness, a quarter of gynecologists and one-third of general health practitioners were not able to correctly answer the questions,’ a study shows.

But Melynda Barnes is one of the doctors who can.”

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Rory Tackles a Missed Opportunity in Telehealth—Treating Menopause

“There’s the idea that menopause and peri-menopause are not sicknesses, they’re normal biological change—so because our in-person providers are so strapped for time, they’re focused on making sure women are getting mammograms and Pap smears,” says Melynda Barnes, a physician and Ro’s associate clinical director. “These symptoms are looked at as quality-of-life concerns that can’t get addressed in person because of time constraints.”

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How to Quit Juul—and Why It's So Damn Hard

“Dosing yourself with all that extra nicotine can also make quitting even more unpleasant,” says Melynda Barnes, M.D., associate clinical director for Ro, a telemedicine startup that develops smoking cessation programs.

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9 of the most common vitamin deficiencies and how to prevent them

“A vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency is more common than you think,” said Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD, associate clinical director at Ro. Signs of riboflavin deficiency include a sore throat, tongue and mouth inflammation and soreness, and dry cracked lips, she explained.

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Can You Catch A Cold On The Subway? New Research Says There May Be A Real Link Between The Two

“The most important tip for preventing the spread of the flu and the cold virus is hand hygiene,” says Dr. Melynda Barnes, an ear-nose-throat specialist and associate clinical director at Ro. “As someone who rides the subway every day, I recommend wearing gloves or trying to avoid touching the metal poles.”

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