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Courses offered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are listed under the subject code OBGYN on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology does not offer degrees; however, qualified medical, graduate, or undergraduate students with an interest in basic research in reproductive biology may apply to arrange individual projects under the supervision of the faculty. The focus for the Division of Reproductive, Stem Cell and Perinatal Biology is the study of the molecular and cellular biology of male and female reproductive organs.

Chair: Leslee L.Subak, M.D., Professor

Vice Chair: Maurice L. Druzin, M.D., Professor

Division of Gynecology

Paul Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.H., Professor – Director

Paula Hillard, M.D., Professor, Associate Chair of Pediatric Gynecology

Deirdre Lum, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Kate Shaw, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor  

Linh Tran-Ito, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Navdeesh Reiners, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

John Wachtel, M.D., Clinical Instructor

Michelle Solone, M.D., Clinical Instructor

Leah Millheiser, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Family Planning

Paul Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Director

Kate Shaw, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor - Assistant Director of Family Planning and Director of Ryan Residency

Fred Hopkins, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Associate Professor

Michele Hugin, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Amy Voedisch, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Jennifer Conti, M.D., Clinical  Associate Professor

Lisa Goldthwaite, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning

Wing Kay Fok, M.D., Clinical Instructor

Erica Cahill, M.D., Clinical Instructor

Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Oliver Dorigo, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor; Director

Amer Karam, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director, Director of Outreach

Jonathan Berek, M.D., M.M.S., Professor

Nelson N.H. Teng, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor

Trung Nguyen, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Valerie Sugiyama, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Diana English, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Erin Rankin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Wendy Fantl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Valerie Baker, M.D., Professor; Director

Barry Behr, Ph.D., H.C.L.D., Professor (non-clinical)

Amin Milki, M.D., Professor

Lynn Westphal, M.D., Professor, Director, REI Fellowship

Ruth Lathi, M.D., Associate Professor, Director, Clinical Operations

Steven Nakajima, M.D., Clinical Professor

Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery/Urogynecology

Bertha Chen, M.D., Professor; Chief

Eric Sokol, M.D., Associate Professor; Co-Director of FPMRS Fellowship

Lisa Rogo-Gupta, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Ambulatory Gyn, Director of Visiting Clerkship

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Yasser El-Sayed, M.D., Professor; Director

Maurice Druzin, M.D., Professor

Deirdre Lyell, M.D., Professor

Yair Blumenfeld, M.D., Associate Professor

Jane Chueh, M.D., Clinical Professor

Mark Boddy, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Martha Rode, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Amen Ness, M.D., Clinical Professor

Natali Aziz, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Katherine Bianco, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Ronald Gibbs, M.D., Clinical Professor

Division of General Obstetrics

Yasser El-Sayed, M.D., Professor; Director

Kay Daniels, M.D., Clinical Professor

Jeffrey Faig, M.D., Clinical Professor

Laura Brodzinsky, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Kimberly Harney, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor – (Co-clerkship director)

Caroline Bowker, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Susan Crowe, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Cynthia DeTata, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor – (Co-clerkship director)

Sylvie Blumstein, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Reproductive, Stem Cell and Perinatal Biology (Research)

Virginia Winn, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor; Director

Aaron J. Hsueh, Ph.D., Professor

Vittorio Sebastiano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


OBGYN 81Q. Perspectives on the Abortion Experience in Western Fiction. 3 Units.

Explores the role of media in delivering abortion-related messages as well as the broader questions of how abortion and related issues are fundamentally integrated into the social fabric of US and global societies. Abortion remains one of the most controversial and polarizing challenges of our time. Yet, it has been a clinical, social, political, and cultural fact in a broad swath of societies for centuries. As is common for such lightning rod issues, the topic of abortion has featured prominently in novels and films. Each treatment provides a unique perspective on at least one aspect of abortion, whether it be clinical, social, political or cultural. How abortion is portrayed in novels and films provides the student of history, anthropology, and biology with insights into the author's or director's perspectives, and into societal attitudes and mores.

OBGYN 199. Undergraduate Research in Reproductive Biology. 1-18 Unit.

Students undertake investigations sponsored by individual faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

OBGYN 202. Assisted Reproductive Technologies. 1-3 Unit.

Primary and current literature in basic and clinical science aspects of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), and demonstrations of current ART techniques including in vitro fertilization and embryo culture, and micromanipulation procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection and embryo biopsy and cryopreservation.Class only may be taken for 1 unit. 2 units includes papers and attendance at clinical demonstrations. 3 units includes a term paper. Recommended: DBIO 201, or consent of instructors.

OBGYN 216. Current Issues in Reproductive Health. 1 Unit.

Reproductive Health is a broad subject encompassing many concepts and practices. Issues and services within the context of reproductive health include such diverse topics as fertility, pregnancy, contraception, abortion, sexuality, menopause and parenting. Course focuses on topics related to abortion services, fertility and contraception; current research and practices in family planning; legislation and issues of access.

OBGYN 256. Current Topics and Controversies in Women's Health. 2-3 Units.

Interdisciplinary. Focus is primarily on the U.S., with selected global women's health topics. Topics include: leading causes of morbidity and mortality across the life course; reproductive (e.g. gynecologic & obstetric) health issues; sexual function; importance of lifestyle (e.g. diet, exercise, weight control), including eating disorders; mental health; sexual and relationship abuse; issues for special populations. In-class Student Debates on key controversies in women's health. Guest lecturers. For Ways credit eligibility, students must enroll in HUMBIO 125 for a minimum of 3 units and a letter grade. PhD minor in FGSS, enroll in FEMGEN 256 for 2 - 3 units and for a letter grade. Med students enroll in OBGYN 256 for 2 units. Undergraduate prerequisite: Human Biology Core or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Same as: FEMGEN 256, HUMBIO 125

OBGYN 280. Early Clinical Experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1-2 Unit.

Provides an observational experience as determined by the instructor and student. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

OBGYN 282. Pregnancy, Birth, and Infancy. 3 Units.

Comprehensive clinical experience where pre-clinical medical students follow pregnant women receiving care at Stanford hospitals to attend prenatal visits, delivery, and postnatal visits. Continuity clinic format, combined with didactic lessons and discussion seminars. Students are exposed to clinical activities in a meaningful context, bolstering classroom studies in anatomy, physiology, embryology and human development, and emphasizing social, economic, and personal issues related to medicine. This program spans one quarter, covering topics related to pregnancy, labor and delivery and newborn care. Students are expected to be engaged in the clinical experiences throughout the quarter and attend the weekly 2-hour seminar. Prerequisite: pre-clinical medical student or physician assistant student. Course directors: Janelle Aby, MD and Yasser El-Sayed, MD. TAs: Brigit Noon ( and Wendy Zhang (
Same as: PEDS 282

OBGYN 299. Directed Reading in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1-18 Unit.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

OBGYN 370. Medical Scholars Research. 4-18 Units.

Provides an opportunity for student and faculty interaction, as well as academic credit and financial support, to medical students who undertake original research. Enrollment is limited to students with approved projects.

OBGYN 399. Graduate Research in Reproductive Biology. 1-18 Unit.

Students undertake investigations sponsored by individual faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.