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About Me

During medical school, I thought I would never be able to decide on a specialty to pursue. OB/GYN was one of my last rotations and I felt things come into place almost immediately. OB/GYN doctors have an oustanding ability to navigate a wide range of clinical situations from minute to minute. They form strong bonds with their patients through challenging and celebratory times. I was also drawn to the field because of its commitment to improving the lives of women from all different backgrounds and of all ages. I want to empower my patients to reach their full potential through quality health care so that they can further support themselves, their families, and their communities. I am especially interested in preventing black maternal mortality- I believe all women have the right to lead long and healthy lives.

The UCSF OB/GYN&RS residency program has a strong commitment to diversity and service to underserved populations and achieving health equity. They are also passionate about helping their residents accomplish their goals and follow their passions. I feel privileged to be a part of this program and look forward to learning from the faculty and fellow residents, as well as contributing to the community.

Outside of work, I enjoy spin classes, trying new restaurants, reading for my book club, painting, and taking care of my plant babies. I am excited to explore all that the Bay area offers in terms of spending time outdoors, hiking, and eating great food.

Jessica Douthit, MD, PhD
Jessica Douthit, MD, PhD
Resident Physician - PGY 3

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
490 Illinois 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:Effects of maternal exposure on embryo/fetal genome and gene expression, Epigenetics, Maternal-fetal health, Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Nervous system development

Education/Training

Year

Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2020 NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY MD Medicine
2018 NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY PhD Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
2011 Temple University, Philadelphia, PA BS Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Research & Professional Experience

Year  
2017-2018 Drosophila Sidekick function in visual motion detection, Advisor: Jessica Treisman, PhD
2013-2018 Role of Plexin A and Lost and found in photoreceptor axon guidance in Drosophila, Advisor: Jessica Treisman, PhD
2009-2011 Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR)
2010-2011 Preferential binding of patient autoantibodies to the hippocampus in anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, Advisor: Rita Balice-Gordon, PhD
2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Program, University of Pennsylvania
2009-2010 Chemosensory integration of taste and smell in humans, Advisor: Gregory Smutzer, PhD
2009 Odorant structure and carbon chain length contribution to odor perception in humans, Advisor: Johan Lundstrom, PhD, Science Apprenticeship Program, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2017 Graduate Student Poster Award, 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference
2016 Individual Predoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Eye Institute (NEI)
2016 Carl Storm Minority Fellowship
2015 President’s Service Award, NYU Chapter of Student National Medical Association
2014 NIH T32 Developmental Genetics Training Grant
2011 Magna Cum Laude, Honors College, Temple University
2011 Phi Beta Kappa
2011 Distinction in Biology

Oral Presentations

Douthit JP, Jain A, Balice-Gordon R. (2010) Do patient antibodies in Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis bind preferentially to the hippocampus? Leadership Alliance National Symposium, New Brunswick, NJ.

Poster Presentations

Douthit JP, Astigarraga S, Lee, G, Treisman JE. (2018) A novel role for Plexin A in photoreceptor axon targeting. 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Douthit JP, Astigarraga S, Lee, G, Treisman, JE. (2017) A novel role for Plexin A in photoreceptor axon targeting. 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Douthit JP, Astigarraga S, Lee, G, Treisman, JE (2016) A novel role for Plexin A in photoreceptor axon targeting in Drosophila. Gordon Conference for Visual System Development, Dover, VT.

Douthit JP, Astigarraga S, Lee, G, Treisman, JE. (2015) A novel role for Plexin A in photoreceptor axon targeting. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Neurobiology of Drosophila Conference, Long Island, NY.

Douthit JP, Astigarraga S, Treisman JE. (2014) An RNAi screen identifies a new determinant of R7 photoreceptor axon targeting. 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Douthit JP, Jain A, Balice-Gordon R. (2010) Do patient antibodies in Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis bind preferentially to the hippocampus? Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Charlotte, NC.

Publications

Douthit J, Hairston A, Lee G, Morrison CA, Holguera I, Treisman JE. R7 photoreceptor axon targeting depends on the relative levels of lost and found expression in R7 and its synaptic partners. Elife. 2021 May 18;10. doi: 10.7554/eLife.65895. PMID: 34003117

Astigarraga S, Douthit J, Tarnogorska D, Creamer MS, Mano O, Clark DA, Meinertzhagen IA, Treisman JE. Drosophila Sidekick is required in developing photoreceptors to enable visual motion detection. Development. 2018 Feb 5;145(3). pii: dev158246. doi: 10.1242/dev.158246.PMID: 29361567