During her 20-year career as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Allyson Brooks treated 2,000 women “of all ages and life stages.”

That experience helped her learn about the gaps in women’s healthcare, and she’s putting that knowledge to good use as the executive medical director and chief quality officer of Hoag Women’s Health Institute, a unit of the Newport Beach’s hospital that’s one of the country’s higher-rated women’s health systems.

“I would naturally hear patients’ wants, needs, expectations, and what they could not find in their community. There was a lot of listening involved,” Brooks told the Business Journal. “Now I am translating what I heard into trying to fill and bridge those gaps.”