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About Me

Why OB/Gyn?

I grew up in the Bay Area, where I gained an early commitment to feminism from my parents, teachers, and friends. During college, I studied American History and Literature and thought for a bit that I’d have a career in the humanities—but I ultimately carried my interest in people and their stories to medicine.

While working at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis before medical school, I watched patients and providers alike fight for reproductive justice within a restrictive landscape. Their commitment became the template for my own medical training: to provide necessary care in an imperfect system, while working to build a better one. My experiences in medical school confirmed my motivation to offer full spectrum reproductive health care, and showed me how OB/Gyns can (and must!) center patient autonomy in all our work—in the operating room, on Labor & Delivery, and in clinic. This field is rich with what initially drew me to medicine: meeting people where they are and supporting them in what they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.


I am thrilled to train as an OB/Gyn at UCSF! I am lucky to learn from teachers and peers who are committed to equity and justice. As a medical student rotating at UCSF’s Family Planning clinic, I was struck by the deep attention to patient consent, autonomy, and trauma-informed care. As a resident physician wearing the dual hats of learner and of doctor, I am grateful to train in a program that prioritizes excellent and equitable patient care even—especially!—in learning environments.

Outside of residency

When not at work, I am happiest outside with my loved ones or a good book. My partner and I met leading outdoors trips in college, so we are especially excited to take advantage of Northern California’s beautiful trails. I picked up a love of surfing during medical school in San Diego, and I am eager to explore San Francisco’s (colder) waters. I enjoy baking pies and celebrating Pi Day on March 14, and I’m always on the hunt for a good pastry (recommendations accepted!).

Grace Chen, MD
Resident Physician - PGY 2

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
490 Illinois Street
10th Floor, Box 0132
San Francisco, CA 94143

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: Family planning, reproductive justice, medical education, health policy



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2022 UC San Diego School of Medicine; San Diego, CA MD Medicine
2015 Harvard University; Cambridge, MA BA History and Literature

Research & Professional Experience

2019-2022 Medical Student Researcher; UCSD Division of Family Planning
2021 UCSD Health Equity Curriculum: “Words on the Wards” Co-Founder and Co-Organizer
2019-2020 Women’s Clinic Co-Manager, General Manager; UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic
2017-2018 Affordable Care Act Navigator and Organizer; Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri
2015-2017 Research Assistant; Division of Women’s Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2014 Curatorial Research Intern; Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2022 Student speaker, UC San Diego School of Medicine Commencement
2022 Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Senior Award, UC San Diego School of Medicine
2022 Roderick K. Calverley Humanitarian Service Award, UC San Diego School of Medicine
2021 Gold Humanism Honor Society, UC San Diego School of Medicine
2015 Magna cum laude, Harvard College
2015 Prize for Intellectual Architecture, Harvard History and Literature

Poster Presentations

Sandoval S, Rafie S, CHEN G, Rabin B, Mody S, Averbach S. Pharmacist provision of medication abortion: exploring pharmacists’ interests and attitudes. National Abortion Federation, Orlando, FL., April 2022.

Bachorik A, Jose-Kampfner M, Gooding H, CHEN G, Alexander CB, Berman R, Pace LE. Improving internal medicine resident education in long-acting reversible contraception counseling. Society of General Internal Medicine, Washington, D.C., April 2017.


Sandoval S, CHEN GL, Rafie S, Rabin B, Mody S, Averbach S. A qualitative analysis of pharmacists' attitudes towards provision of medication abortion. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 May 30;23(1):557. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-09543-z. PMID: 37254171

CHEN GL, Silverman JG, Dixit A, Begum S, Ghule M, Battala M, Johns NE, Raj A, Averbach S. A cross-sectional analysis of intimate partner violence and family planning use in rural India. EClinicalMedicine. 2020 Apr 18;21:100318. PMID: 32322807.

Bachorik A, Nemer MK, CHEN GL, Alexander CB, Pelletier SR, Pace LE, Shields HM. Case-based curriculum with integrated smartphone applications improves internal medicine resident knowledge of contraceptive care. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2019 Nov 19;10:971-977. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S221256. PMID: 31819696.

Enkhmaa D, Tanz L, Ganmaa D, Enkhtur SH, Oyun-Erdene B, Stuart J, CHEN G, Carr A, Seely EW, Fitzmaurice G, Buyandelger YO, Sarantsetseg B, Gantsetseg G, Rich-Edwards J. Randomized trial of three doses of Vitamin D to reduce deficiency in pregnant Mongolian women. EBioMedicine. 2019 Jan;39:510-519. PMID: 30552064.

Rich-Edwards JW, Kaiser UB, CHEN GL, Manson JE, Goldstein JM. Sex and gender differences research design for basic, clinical, and population studies: essentials for investigators. Endocr Rev. 2018;39(4):424-439. PMID: 29668873.

Pace LE*, CHEN GL*, Chai J, Goldstein JM, Orton P, Bartz D, Rich-Edwards J, Manson JE, Johnson PA. Advancing sex- and gender-informed approaches to health in an academic medical center. Women’s Health Issues. 2018(2):117-121. PMID: 29249334. *co-first authors


Member, International Board of Directors, Medical Students for Choice; 2019-2022