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I have always been interested in women's health. I come from a very matriarchal Liberian family and have seen how the health, or lack there of, of my women role models impacted my family. Yet, it wasn't until I did my OB/GYN clerkship in medical school and volunteered at a women's shelter, that pursuing a career in OB/GYN really became solidified. I was transformed by the relationships that could form with patients -- longitudinal and authentic -- and the amount of variety in the work itself -- a great balance between medical and surgical management. For these reasons and more, I applied to OB/GYN residencies fully excited and joyful that I had found my true passion and a path for providing care to vulnerable populations.

With the above career goals in mind, I chose UCSF for residency -- and am elated they chose me too. The UCSF OB/GYN department's level of dedication to underserved and vulnerable populations is truly visible throughout the country. I found a place that has an energy for caring and serving women that I believe aligns with my own. Additionally, I felt a sense of belonging, that the department would not only make me an excellent OB/GYN physician but also a better advocate for women and an overall better human-being. I am honored to train under their guidance and provide outstanding care to the women of San Francisco.

While my passion for work is evident, I also enjoy exploring nature through hiking and camping, and eating my way through any city that I find myself in! I look forward to exploring San Francisco and the Bay Area in all of its glory! What an honor to be moving to a city that I have dreamt of for many years!

Arthurine Zakama, MD
Arthurine Zakama, MD
Resident Physician - PGY 4

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
480 16th Street
10th Floor, Box 0132
San Francisco, CA 94158

Location Office Phone Fax
Mission Bay (415) 476 - 5192 (415) 476 - 1811
Mount Zion (415) 353 - 9240 (415) 353 - 9509
San Francisco General Hospital (628) 206 - 3061 (628) 206 - 3112

Research/Clinical Interests:  Health disparities and gynecologic cancers, health disparities and pregnancy, reproductive infectious diseases, reproductive justice, immigrant women's health, domestic violence, and global health.



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2017 Duke University School of Medicine- Durham, NC MD Medicine
2013 Vanderbilt University- Nashville, TN BA Medicine, Health, and Society

Research & Professional Experience

2015 - 2017 Duke Clinical Research Institute, Researcher
2014 - 2016 Durham Crisis Response Center, Health Intern
2016 - 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Council, Curriculum Committee
2016 - 2017 LCME Reaccreditation Committee
2015 Durham County Health Department, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Co-Chair


Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2018 San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Julius R. Krevan’s Award for Clinical Excellence
2017 Excellence in Public Health Award
2017 Brenda Armstrong Living the Dream Award
2013 Primary Care Leadership Scholarship
2013 Paul E. Leviton Medical Scholarship
2013 Medical Faculty Wives Scholarship
2012 Inductee of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
2012 Inductee of Mortar Board National Honor Society

Oral Presentations

Zakama, AK. Eyes Wide Open: Lessons Learned from a Domestic Violence Shelter Oral Presentation presented at: Consortium for Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships; Asheville, NC, USA. October, 2015.

Zakama, AK. Women’s Health and Intimate Partner Violence: An Overview Oral Presentation presented at: Hurt, Injured And Insulted: Ending Violence Against Women And Children; Durham, NC, USA. May, 2015.

Poster Presentations

ZAKAMA, A. High-dose Misoprostol with Subsequent Foley versus Low-dose Misoprostol with Concurrent Foley for Cervical Ripening. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 40th Annual Pregnancy Meeting.

ZAKAMA, A. Generation of a malaria-negative African birthweight standard for diagnosis of small for gestational age. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 40th Annual Pregnancy Meeting.


Zakama AK, Gaw SL. Malaria in Pregnancy: What the Obstetric Provider in Nonendemic Areas Needs to Know. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2019 Sep;74(9):546-556. doi: 10.1097/OGX.0000000000000704. PMID: 31830300

Myers ER, Eaton JL, McElligott KA, Moorman PG, Chatterjee R, Zakama AK, Goldstein K, Strauss J, Coeytaux RR, Goode A, Borre E, Swamy GK, McBroom AJ, Lallinger K, Schmidt R, Davis JK, Hasselblad V, Sanders GD. Management of Infertility. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 217. (Prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2015-00004-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 19-EHC014-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2019.

Weir JM, Zakama A, Rao U. Developmental Risk I: Depression and the Developing Brain. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2012 Apr;21(2):237-59, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2012.01.004. Epub 2012 Feb 17. PMID: 22537725.