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I entered medical school motivated by the privilege of interacting with patients on such an intimate level, and this remained steadfast as it became time to decide on a specialty. It was midway through my third year rotation that I realized how much of a perfect fit Ob/Gyn was. I was excited and humbled by the opportunity to provide longitudinal medical and surgical care for my patients while forming meaningful relationships and helping them through vulnerable times.

Given my background in public health and commitment to caring for underserved women, I knew that I wanted to be at program that incorporated these values in their approach to medicine. The ethos of UCSF’s program is truly unique and completely resonates with me. Their emphasis on patient advocacy and social justice, along with the compassionate group of residents and mentors committed to women’s health creates a training environment that I am beyond excited and honored to be a part of.

Outside of work, you can find me just barely making it up and down a basketball court or spending time with friends and family doing almost anything. As someone new to the Bay Area, I am looking forward to exploring all that San Francisco has to offer, especially the pick-up games, trendy restaurants, and diverse culture.

Erinma Ukoha, MD, MPH
Erinma Ukoha, MD, MPH
Resident Physician - PGY 4

[email protected]

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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: Reproductive justice, health disparities, social determinants of health, public and global health, maternal fetal medicine.



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2017 Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine MD/MPH Medicine, Public Health
2013 Northwestern University BA

Psychology, Global Health Honors Program in Medical Education

Research & Professional Experience

2016 - 2017 Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Use of an electronic patient portal in a pregnant population.
2016 - 2017 Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Public safety, post-approval clinical studies, and future outlook of Essure hysteroscopic sterilization.
2014 Child and Family Health Initiative, Córdoba, Argentina. Universal health care system and its implications on emergency care delivery and financial sustainability in Hospital Córdoba.
2013 - 2014 Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Asthma management via photo-voice projects in adolescents at Chicago Public Schools.
2011 - 2013 Northwestern University, Department of Psychology. Relationship between perceived racial discrimination, physiological reactivity, and cognitive outcomes.


Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2020 Foundation for Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Quilligan Scholar
2020 UCSF Patient Care Fund Award
2016 Gold Humanism Honor Society
2016, 2014 Global Health Initiative Award
2016 Feinberg Travel Grant
2013 - 2016 Feinberg School of Medicine Named Endowed Scholarships
2013 Graduated Cum Laude
2012 Hill-Urbina Global Health Studies Fellowship
2012 Women’s Board Endowed Scholarship


Feinglass J, Ukoha E, Yee L. Patient Portal Use For Secure Messaging during Pregnancy. Poster presentation. ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (2019)

Ukoha E, Feinglass J, Yee, L. Is Electronic Patient Portal Use Associated with Improved Glycemic Control in Pregnancy?. Society for Reproductive Investigations (2018).

Ukoha E, Yee L, Feinglass J. Disparities in electronic patient portal use in a pregnant population. Society for Maternal. Fetal Medicine (2018).

Ukoha EP, Drury KE, Ghobadi CW, Xu S, Walter JR. Post-approval Clinical Studies of Essure: Quality of Evidence and Future Outlook. Accepted for Poster Presentation at 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.

Ukoha EP. Universal Healthcare and the Sustainability of Public Hospitals in Córdoba, Argentina. Presented at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Master of Public Health Field Experience Poster Session (2014), Chicago, IL.

Ukoha EP. Public Healthcare and Emergency Care Delivery in Hospital Córdoba, Argentina. Presented at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Global Health Day Poster Session (2014), Chicago, IL.


Ukoha E, Yee L, Feinglass, J. Disparities in Electronic Patient Portal Use in Prenatal Care: Retrospective Cohort Study, J Med Internet Res. 2019 Sep 23;21(9):e14445. doi: 10.2196/14445., PMID: 31586367

Ukoha EP, Yee LM. Use of Electronic Patient Portals in Pregnancy: An Overview. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2018 May;63(3):335-339. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12761. Epub 2018 May 14. PMID: 29758124

Ukoha EP, Drury KE, Xu S, Walter JR. Hysteroscopic Sterilization with Essure: Post-Market Surveillance and Future Outlook. In E. S. Sills (Editor), Hysteroscopic Sterilization: Background, Clinical Practice & Future Challenges. Nova Science (USA). 2016.

Ukoha EP, Walter JR, Paller AS, Choi JN, Woodruff TK, Xu S. Oncofertility considerations in adolescents and young adults given a diagnosis of melanoma: Fertility risk of Food and Drug Administration-approved systemic therapies: Beyond the Abstract. OncToday, 2016. 

Drury KE, Ukoha EP, Xu S, Walter JR. Hysteroscopic Sterilization with Essure: Premarket Approval. In E. S. Sills (Editor), Hysteroscopic Sterilization – Background, Clinical Practice & Future Challenges. Nova Science (USA). 2016.