Rachel Shin, MD, MPH, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Rachel Shin is a rising third-year resident at Cleveland Clinic’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program. She completed her MD at Virginia Commonwealth University, and first became interested in public health as a Duke Global Health Fellow in Geneva. Dr. Shin completed a Master of Public Health Degree at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public ...Read more >

Izidora Skračić, MA, University of Maryland

Izidora (Izzie) Skračić is a PhD candidate in Maternal and Child Health, whose research focuses on reproductive health. As a member of the evaluation team of Delaware Contraceptive Access Now, her dissertation explores various facets of access to contraception. Additionally, Izidora teaches a 300-level course, “Unequal Families: Health, Wealth, Race, and Place in the U.S.,” ...Read more >

Natalie Stokes, MD, MPhil, University of Pittsburgh

Natalie Stokes is a cardiovascular disease fellow planning to specialize in women’s cardiovascular health, and specifically cardio-obstetrics. As such, she is particularly passionate about addressing the high rates of maternal cardiovascular morbidity and mortality through early, effective family planning care, including assessment of reproductive goals, and education and access to safe contraception and abortion. Prior ...Read more >

Kristen Surles, MPH, East Tennessee State University

As a public health doctorate student at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Kristen Surles is pursuing her goal of improving equitable access to care for teens to improve their overall well-being. Before returning to school, she worked as a counselor in underserved middle and high schools. It was here that her drive to improve access ...Read more >

Joshua Nitsche, MD, PhD, Wake Forest University Health Sciences

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, where I am able to balance my passions for women’s health care and medical education. I came to Wake Forest just after completing an OB/GYN residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the Mayo ...Read more >

Terri-Ann Thompson, PhD, Ibis Reproductive Health

While most states have enacted legislation requiring that commercial insurance cover telemedicine, only a few require that payers reimburse telemedicine services at the same rate as in-person services. Because ‘reimbursement parity’ laws may remove financial disincentives for offering telemedicine, providers in states that require parity are likely better positioned to respond to the unprecedented demand ...Read more >

Debra Stulberg, MD, The University of Chicago

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) is a critical safety net provider, delivering > 42,000 contraceptive visits per year across the state. Starting in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maintain patient access to care while reducing in-person contact, PPIL consolidated its in-person sites and began implementing rapid innovations in ...Read more >

Aishat Olatunde, MD, University of Washington

Twenty percent of clinically recognized pregnancies result in early pregnancy loss (EPL). One of the most common symptoms of EPL, vaginal bleeding in pregnancy, accounts for 2% of all visits to the emergency department (ED) every year. Treatment options that can be offered to patients in the ED include expectant, medical, or surgical management. All ...Read more >

Shaalini Ramanadhan, MD, Oregon Health and Science University

Cannabidiol (CBD) use has increased markedly in recent years and the compound is found in many new supplements and foods.  Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) containing ethinyl estradiol (EE) and levonorgestrel (LNG) likely share a metabolic pathway with CBD via the CYP3A4 enzyme.  As a result, a drug-drug interaction may exist and CBD may be an inducer ...Read more >

Amy Caldwell, MD, The University of Chicago

Catholic-affiliated hospitals provide an increasingly significant proportion of obstetric care in the United States.  Patients who deliver at Catholic-affillated hospitals encounter unique obstacles to post-partum contraception due to the influence of theologic doctrine on institutional policies prohibiting the provision of contraceptive services. There is growing concern that patients face a multitude of barriers to the receipt ...Read more >