Chair

Deborah Krakow, MD

Deborah Krakow, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine| Clinical Genetics

Chair of UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Human Genetics at UCLA. Dr. Krakow received her bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Tempe and her medical degree from Chicago Medical School. 

Vice Chair, Clinical Operations

Jeannine Rahimian, MD

Jeannine Rahimian, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Clinical Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rahimian completed her medical degree and obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine.

Vice Chair, Research

Beth Y. Karlan, MD

Beth Y. Karlan, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair of Women’s Health Research, and Director of Cancer Population Genetics. Dr. Karlan completed her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a gynecologic oncology fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine. She is a board-certified gynecologic cancer surgeon. 

Vice Chair, Education

Erica D. Oberman, MD

Erica D. Oberman, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor and Residency Program Director, UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Oberman completed her medical degree at UCSF School of Medicine and obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Oberman has a passion for women's health and brings her experience and enthusiasm to women of all ages seeking care. She provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care.

Vice Chair, Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Lisa A. Nicholas, MD

Lisa A. Nicholas, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor and Vice Chair, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Nicholas completed her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and obstetrics & gynecology residency at LAC Martin Luther King Jr. - Drew Medical Center.

Faculty & Attendings - Westwood & Santa Monica

Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD

Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Associate Professor In-Residence of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Afshar completed her M.D./Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Chicago, her OB/GYN residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at UCLA. Her clinical and research interests intersect and include high-risk pregnancy, prenatal ultrasound and congenital heart disease, either affecting the mother or fetus. 

Zain A. Al-Safi, MD

Zain A. Al-Safi, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Al-Safi completed his medical degree at University of Al-Nahrain, his obstetrics & gynecology residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Al-Safi has research interests in obesity and reproduction, infertility treatment outcomes and menopausal health.

Kathleen M. Brennan, MD

Kathleen M. Brennan, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Interim Division Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Brennan completed her medical degree at University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and her obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine.

Angela Y. Chen, MD

Angela Y. Chen, MD

Complex Family Planning| Obstetrics and Gynecology

Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division Chief of Family Planning and Medical Director of the UCLA OBGYN Clinic at West Medical Building.  Dr. Chen completed her medical degree at Boston University in the Combined BA/MD/MPH program, residency in obstetrics and gynecology and the Complex Family Planning Fellowship at the Boston University Boston Medical Center where she also completed the NIH K30 training program in clinical research.

Alexander C. Chiang, MD

Alexander C. Chiang, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Chiang completed his medical degree at UCI School of Medicine and his obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine.

 

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Brittany N. Davis, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Davis completed her medical degree at UC Riverside School of Medicine and her obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include general obstetrics and gynecology with a particular interest in pregnancy, abnormal uterine bleeding, benign ovarian masses, fibroids, contraception management, and women's health maintenance. 

Daniel A. Dumesic, MD

Daniel A. Dumesic, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Dumesic completed his medical degree at University of Wisconsin Medical School, his obstetrics & gynecology residency and his reproductive endocrinology fellowship at UCSF School of Medicine. His research interests include Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

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Jacqueline N. Fahey, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Fahey received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed residency at UCLA, where she also served as Administrative Chief resident. 

Daniel N. Ginn, DO

Daniel N. Ginn, DO

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery| Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ginn completed his medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, obstetrics & gynecology residency at University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and fellowship at University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Tamara Grisales, MD

Tamara Grisales, MD

Urogynecology| Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery| Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Grisales completed her medical degree at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, her obstetrics & gynecology residency and her female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Christina S. Han, MD

Christina S. Han, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Han received her medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine / Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Alexandra Havard, MD

Alexandra Havard, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Havard completed both her medical degree and residency in obstetrics & gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine. She enjoys providing comprehensive care for women of all ages. Her clinical interests include adolescent health and contraception management, pregnancy, abnormal uterine bleeding and management of menopausal symptoms. 

Yung-Shee J. Hsu, MD

Yung-Shee J. Hsu, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hsu completed her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine and her obstetrics & gynecology residency at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. She has special clinical interests in general obstetrics and operative gynecologic procedures, specifically minimally invasive surgeries. Her research interests include obstetrical healthcare utilization, patient safety and health care quality.

Carla Janzen, MD, PhD

Carla Janzen, MD, PhD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Janzen completed her medical degree at Brown University School of Medicine and her obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine.

Kirsten E. Jensen, MD

Kirsten E. Jensen, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Jensen completed her medical degree and her obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine.

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Michael T. Johnson, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Johnson completed his medical degree and his obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Kiran Kavipurapu, MD

Kiran Kavipurapu, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Residency Program Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kavipurapu completed his medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences and obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA-Kern Medical Center. 

Brian J. Koos, MD, PhD

Brian J. Koos, MD, PhD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Koos completed his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and obstetrics & gynecology residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital. He completed his first fellowship in Fetal Physiology at Oxford University Medical School and a second fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at LAC + USC Medical Center.

Lindsay L. Kroener, MD

Lindsay L. Kroener, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kroener completed her medical degree at Keck School of Medicine of USC, her obstetrics & gynecology residency and reproductive endocrinology fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine. Her primary clinical interests include infertility, in vitro fertilization, LGBTQ fertility, oocyte cryopreservation, onco-fertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and mullerian anomalies. 

Tiffany S. Lai, MD

Tiffany S. Lai, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Lai completed her medical degree and obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Hawaii, and a gynecologic oncology fellowship at UCLA. Her clinical and research interests include hereditary cancers, targeted and novel therapeutics in gynecologic cancers, palliative care and comprehensive care for women with gynecologic cancers.

Lydia K. Lee, MD, PhD

Lydia K. Lee, MD, PhD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Lee completed her medical degree at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, obstetrics & gynecology residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and maternal & fetal medicine fellowship at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Sukrant K. Mehta, MD

Sukrant K. Mehta, MD

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery| Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Mehta completed his medical degree at St. George's University School of Medicine/Grenada, MD, and obstetrics & gynecology residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhD

Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhD

Gynecologic Oncology

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Memarzadeh completed her medical degree at University of Pittsburgh, residency and gynecologic oncology fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine. As a board-certified expert gynecologic cancer surgeon Dr. Memarzadeh has 14 years of active surgical practice specializing in minimally invasive robotic surgery, ovarian cancer debulking surgery, complex pelvic and abdominal surgeries. 

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Thalia C. Mok, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Mok received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed both her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include management of high-risk pregnancies, prenatal diagnosis, cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, and obstetric venous thromboembolism and thrombophilias. 

Aisling M. Murphy, MD

Aisling M. Murphy, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Murphy completed her medical degree at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, obstetrics & gynecology residencies at Albany Medical Center Hospital and University Hospitals of Cleveland, as well as a maternal & fetal medicine fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine.

Lauren Nathan, MD

Lauren Nathan, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor, UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Nathan completed her medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine and obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine. She practices general obstetrics and gynecology with an interest in menopause and hormone therapy.

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Tina A. Nguyen, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Nguyen completed her medical degree at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD, obstetrics & gynecology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and maternal & fetal medicine fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine.

Ram K. Parvataneni, MD

Ram K. Parvataneni, MD

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery| Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Dr. Parvataneni joined UCLA after residency at Baylor College of Medicine and fellowship at UCSF. Dr Parvataneni provides comprehensive gynecologic care. His practice is mostly referral based and emphasizes empathic, personalized, patient centered care. 

Rajita G. Patil, MD

Rajita G. Patil, MD

Complex Family Planning| Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr Patil completed her undergraduate studies at University of Pennsylvania and medical degree at University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago. She completed her obstetrics & gynecology residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. She has special clinical interests in the full scope of family planning services and obstetrics.

Ilina D. Pluym, MD

Ilina D. Pluym, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her medical degree at New York University and Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Brown University. Dr. Pluym completed her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at UCLA. Her clinical and research interests include high-risk pregnancies, prenatal diagnosis, 3D ultrasound and artificial intelligence and maternal mental health. 

Ramneek K. Rana, MD

Ramneek K. Rana, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rana completed her medical degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her obstetrics & gynecology residency at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. She is board-certified with the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

Rashmi R. Rao, MD

Rashmi R. Rao, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rao completed her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Rao completed her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at UCLA. Her clinical and research interests intersect and include high-risk pregnancy, prenatal ultrasound, rare diseases of pregnancy (maternal and fetal), and maternal mental health. 

Andrea J. Rapkin, MD

Andrea J. Rapkin, MD

Gynecology

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the UCLA Pelvic Pain Clinical and Research program. Dr. Rapkin received her medical degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomed Sciences and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA. Dr. Rapkin has authored over a 120 articles, chapters, and books and received numerous grants to study chronic pelvic and vulvar pain, as well as hormonally associated mood disorders. 

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Robin M. Rathe, MD, MPH

Obstetrics

Health Sciences Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rathe received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University in New Orleans where she completed a double major in Communications and Political Science. She earned a Master's Degree in Public Health from Tulane University and then a medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. 

Radhika D. Rible, MD

Radhika D. Rible, MD

Complex Family Planning| Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rible completed her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians/Surgeons, obstetrics & gynecology residency at Duke University Medical Center and obstetrics and gynecology fellowship at LAC + USC Medical Center.

Valentina M. Rodriguez, MD

Valentina M. Rodriguez, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology| Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rodriguez-Triana graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed her residency training at UCLA. Prior to beginning residency, she earned her Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University. She has particular interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and has surgical expertise in complex laparoscopy including laparoscopic myomectomy. 

Brianne D. Romeroso, MD

Brianne D. Romeroso, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Romeroso completed her medical degree at University of Virginia School of Medicine and obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine.

Kelsey Rose MD

Kelsey Rose, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rose completed her medical degree and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine. She provides individualized, comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages. Dr. Rose's clinical interests include pregnancy, working with athletes during their pregnancies, contraception, family planning, hysteroscopy, abnormal cervical cytology, adolescent health and abnormal uterine bleeding.

Amy E. Rosenman, MD

Amy E. Rosenman, MD

Urogynecology

Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rosenman completed her medical degree at New York Medical College, obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Ritu Salani, MD

Ritu Salani, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Salani, a board certified gynecologic oncologist, completed medical school at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, followed by residency at Emory University and fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Over the course of her career, she has been recognized with multiple teaching awards. 

Neil S. Silverman, MD

Neil S. Silverman, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at UCLA. Dr. Silverman graduated maxima cum laude from La Salle University in Philadelphia, and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his OBGYN residency training at Pennsylvania Hospital, followed by a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, both in Philadelphia. 

Aparna Sridhar, MD

Aparna Sridhar, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sridhar completed her medical degree at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Mysore Medical College, India, obstetrics & gynecology residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and obstetrics and gynecology fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine. Her unique experience in international and national settings gives her an in depth understanding of cultural influence on healthcare. 

Amy M. Stoddard, MD

Amy M. Stoddard, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. Dr. Stoddard completed her medical degree at Saint Louis University and obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine.

Christopher M. Tarnay, MD

Christopher M. Tarnay, MD

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery| Urogynecology

Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Tarnay completed his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine and obstetrics and urogynecology & reconstructive pelvic surgery fellowship at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center.

Katherine A. Taylor, MD

Katherine A. Taylor, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Assistant Clinical Professor (Voluntary) of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Taylor completed her medical degree from UC Irvine School of Medicine and her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University.

Michelle Tsai, MD

Michelle Tsai, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Tsai completed her medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia and her obstetrics and gynecology residency at University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include family planning, minimally-invasive surgery, and teen and adolescent health.

Mya R. Zapata, MD

Mya R. Zapata, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery Director at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Dr. Zapata completed her medical degree at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine and family planning fellowship at University of Michigan Health System.

Faculty - Joint Appointments

Anne L. Ackerman, MD

Anne L. Ackerman, MD

Urology| Urogynecology

Assistant Professor of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ackerman earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Immunology at Yale University. After realizing a desire to pursue translational medicine, she joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at Yale, receiving an M.D. degree. Dr. Ackerman completed her residency in Urology and fellowship in Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA. 

Gottfried E. Konecny, MD

Gottfried E. Konecny, MD

Gynecologic Medical Oncology

Professor in Residence of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology. Dr. Konecny is the lead clinician for gynecologic oncology in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. He obtained his medical degree and completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Munich in Germany. 

Victor W. Nitti, MD

Victor W. Nitti, MD

Urology| Urogynecology

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) and Fellowship Director for the FPMRS ACGME accredited program. He completed his medical degree at the University of Rochester and Rutgers New Jersey Medical, completed his urology residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY and then completed a fellowship in female urology, neurourology and reconstructive urology at UCLA. 

Misty C. Richards, MD, MS

Misty C. Richards, MD, MS

Psychiatry

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Clinical Professor of UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Training Director for the UCLA Semel Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Richards completed her medical degree at Albany Medical College and psychiatry residency at UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  

Sulagna C. Saitta, MD, PhD

Sulagna C. Saitta, MD, PhD

Pediatric Genetics| Clinical Genetics

Health Sciences Clinical Professor of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Professor of Clinical Genetics and Genomics of UCLA Pediatrics. Dr. Saitta earned her BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and completed both her M.D. as well as her Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Thomas Jefferson University.  

Faculty - Research

Marta Epeldegui, PhD

Marta Epeldegui, PhD

Associate Professor-In-Residence of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Epeldegui completed her undergraduate degree at the Universitdad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She received her MS from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and her PhD from University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Epeldegui’s primary research efforts focus on immunology and AIDS-non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She is funded by several research grants from the National Cancer Institute.

Sandra Orsulic

Sandra Orsulic, PhD

Professor-In-Residence of UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Orsulic received her undergraduate degree from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her postdoctoral training included a fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology and a fellowship at the National Institute of Health and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Orsulic was an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Harvard Medical School from 2002-2008.

Nurse-Midwives

Candice Becker-Schwarm, CNM

Candice Becker-Schwarm, CNM

Midwifery

Nurse Midwife, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Candice Becker-Schwarm, CNM received her master’s of nursing degree from Yale University as well as a degree in Public Health from UCLA, focusing on international health. Candice is a board-certified nurse midwife who enjoys the opportunity to work with women and families at such a critical time of their lives. The UCLA Nurse Midwives Program is based at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

Diane M. Dirks, CNM

Diane M. Dirks, CNM

Midwifery

Nurse Midwife, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Diane “Dee Dee” Dirks, CNM, received her nurse midwifery degree from University of Southern California. Dee Dee is a board-certified nurse midwife who considers it a joy and honor to be a supportive presence with families as a UCLA midwife. She has experience with birth center, home birth, and hospital births. The UCLA Nurse Midwives Program is based at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

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Miriam Mivehkar, CNM

Midwifery

Nurse Midwife, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Miriam Mivehkar, CNM, received her bachelor’s degree in midwifery from Hamedan University of Medical Sciences in Hemedan, Iran, her bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in midwifery as well as Women's Health-Nurse Practitioner master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey / New Jersey Medical School. Miriam is a board-certified nurse midwife.

Allied Health Care Professionals

Rachel Frankenthal, PA-C

Rachel Frankenthal, PA-C

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Physician Assistant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Rachel Frankenthal received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Masters in Medical Sciences and Masters in Public Health from Nova Southeastern University. She is a board-certified and licensed Physician Assistant specializing in gynecologic oncology.  She is interested in comprehensive and compassionate care, hereditary cancers, palliative care and survivorship for women with gynecologic cancers.

Jessica L. Walchonski, PA-C

Jessica L. Walchonski, PA-C

Gynecologic Medical Oncology

Physician Assistant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Jessica Walchonski received her undergraduate degree from Temple University and her Masters in Medical Sciences from Salus University. She is a board-certified and licensed Physician Assistant specializing in gynecologic oncology.  She believes in the importance of a comprehensive and personalized approach to women with gynecologic cancers.