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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 students, or undergraduates 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, MD, Professor

Vice Chair: Maurice L. Druzin, MD, Professor

Division of Gynecology

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

Paula Hillard, MD, Professor, Associate Chair, Medical Education; Director, Pediatric/Adolescent Gynecology

Deirdre Lum, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Kate Shaw, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Division Director  

Linh Tran-Ito, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Jennifer Conti, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Leah Millheiser, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Michelle Solone, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

John Wachtel, MD, Clinical Professor

Navdeesh Reiners, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Family Planning

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

Kate Shaw, MD, Clinical Associate Professor - Assistant Director, Family Planning; Clinic Chief, Gynecologic Specialties

Lisa Goldthwaite, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Wing Kay Fok, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Amy Voedisch, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Michele Hugin, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Oliver Dorigo, MD, PhD, Associate Professor; Director

Amer Karam, MD Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director, Director of Outreach

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS, Professor

Nelson N.H. Teng, MD, PhD, Professor

Erinn Rankin, PhD, Assistant Professor

Trung Nguyen, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Valerie Sugiyama, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Diver, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery/Urogynecology

Bertha Chen, MD, Professor; Chief

Leslee L.Subak, MD, Professor

Eric Sokol, MD, Associate Professor

Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Kavita Mishra, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Valerie Baker, MD, Professor; Director

Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD, Professor (non-clinical)

Amin Milki, MD, Professor

Lynn Westphal, MD, Professor, Director, REI Fellowship

Ruth Lathi, MD, Associate Professor; Director, Clinical Operations

Steven Nakajima, MD, Clinical Professor; Director, REI Outreach; Associate Director, REI Fellowship

Lusine Aghajanova, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Yasser El-Sayed, MD, Professor; Director

Deirdre Lyell, MD, Professor, Associate Director; Director, MFM Fellowship

Maurice Druzin, MD, Professor

Yair Blumenfeld, MD, Associate Professor

Jane Chueh, MD, Clinical Professor

Amen Ness, MD, Clinical Professor

Natali Aziz, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Katherine Bianco, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Mark Boddy, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Martha Rode, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Scarlett Karakash, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Amy Judy, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Tiffany Herrero, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Elliot Main, MD, Clinical Professor

Ronald Gibbs, MD, Clinical Professor

Division of General Obstetrics

Yasser El-Sayed, MD, Professor; Director

Kay Daniels, MD, Clinical Professor

Jeffrey Faig, MD, Clinical Professor

Kimberly Harney, MD, Clinical Associate Professor – (Co-clerkship director)

Laura Brodzinsky, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Susan Crowe, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Cynthia DeTata, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor – (Co-clerkship director)

Caroline Bowker, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

Sylvie Blumstein, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Joanne Nino, DO, Clinical Instructor

 Colleen Moreno, MD, Clinical Instructor - Nurse Midwife

Emily Hardy, MD, Clinical Instructor - Nurse Midwife

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

Virginia Winn, MD, PhD, Associate Professor; Director

Aaron J. Hsueh, PhD, Professor

Vittorio Sebastiano, PhD, Assistant Professor

Roger Pedersen, PhD, Adjunct 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 222. Obstetrics and Gynecologic Skills Simulation. 1-2 Unit.

This course will give students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills critical to practicing Ob/Gyn clinicians. Simulations will be used to help students practice procedures and apply knowledge without risk of injury to patients. A variety of simulation models will be used to practice a range of possible Ob/Gyn conditions and procedures, including but not limited to deliveries, family planning, ultrasound & pre-natal care, and infertility care. Each sessions will include an introductory didactic lecture, followed by simulation practice.

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 Biology Foundations 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: Jill Anderson ( and Jenny Tiskus (
Same as: PEDS 282

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

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

OBGYN 300A. Obstetrics and Gynecology Core Clerkship. 9 Units.

Closed to visitors. Provides the student with skills and knowledge needed to care for patients with common gynecological problems, the well-woman examination, and pregnancy from prenatal care through delivery and postpartum. The clerkship is a full-time, 6-week rotation at one of the 3 sites: Stanford University Medical Center & satellite clinics, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Kaiser Santa Clara. Emphasis is placed on history and physical examination skills in the evaluation and management of pregnancy, vaginal delivery, and both office gynecology and gynecologic surgical procedures through exposure to patients in the outpatient clinics, Labor and Delivery, and the operating room. The student participates in all the academic functions of the department including conferences, grand rounds, lectures, and weekly case studies. A one day orientation is held at the beginning of the clerkship, and students attend a simulation session for OB and Surgical skills during the first week. All students on the clerkship meet for a once weekly didactic session at Stanford. Attendance at the first day of the clerkship, the first Wednesday of the clerkship, and for the OSCE activity and the NBME shelf exam on the last day of the clerkship are all required. Students may make up absences for the orientation day and first Wednesday of the clerkship by attending these activities during a prior clerkship session. Absences for the OSCE and the shelf exam may be made up after the clerkship ends. Prereq: None Periods Avail: 1A, 2B, 4A, 5B, 7A, 8B, 10A, 11B full-time for six weeks. Maximum of 13 students. (No drops allowed.) Reporting Instructions: Where: HH330 (Ob/Gyn Conference Room) Students will be sent information by e-mail; Time: 7:30 am. Units: 9. Call Code: 2 (Stanford students rotate through Obstetrics for 2 weeks. During these 2 weeks students are assigned two weekend calls from 8am-8pm. Kaiser and Valley students take 1 weekend call. These sites also have 1 week of night float that begins on Sunday.) Director: Cynthia DeTata, M.D., Navdeesh Reiners, M.D., Wilma Lee, M.D., Pauline Yu, M.D. Other Faculty: Staff of SUMC, SCVMC and KSC. Coord: Amanda Garley-Reynolds (650-721-1036). (SUMC, SCVMC, KPMC).

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.