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Before and during the first few years of medical school, my primary interest was in pediatrics. Child development fascinated me and I had experience working with children in different capacities throughout my young adulthood. However, as I transitioned to my third year rotations through the many specialties in medicine, I realized that OB/GYN was a better fit for my interests and goals. A career in OB/GYN would allow me to have longitudinal relationships with women in the clinic while participating in short term delivery of care in the operating room and in the labor and delivery unit. I loved what I was learning and found all aspects of caring for pregnant women especially fascinating. Additionally, I found that I could directly impact the health of multiple generations by providing care to only one woman. Lastly, the many women I have met in my training inspired me to want to support their health and wellness so that they can achieve their personal goals.


My experience as a medical student at UCSF undoubtedly influenced my desire to stay for my OB/GYN residency training. As a student, I was initially drawn to UCSF because of its commitment to public health and service and I found this value to permeate through the classroom, clinics and hospitals. The people- patients, classmates, staff, providers- make this place special in ways that are difficult to describe. No place is perfect but I saw the ways in which UCSF uniquely strives for excellence in patient care, research, community engagement and empowerment and social justice in the practice of medicine. For my residency training, I was looking for a place that would support and train me to provide excellent care and improve health equity for marginalized and under resourced people and UCSF is that place!

What I do outside of residency?

On a day-to-day basis, you can find me cooking new vegetarian recipes for dinner or baking up dessert, losing myself in a good ethnography or documentary, listening to my favorite podcasts (This American Life and Radio Lab) or spending time with my husband, mostly playing with our kittens, Thelma and Louise. We like to enjoy the comedy shows and theater San Francisco has to offer and spending time outdoors hiking around Northern California, visiting National Parks and traveling to new cities together. Most of all, I enjoy meeting new people, hearing their stories and appreciating the rich history and lived experiences of people around the Bay Area.

Jolene Kokroko, MD
Jolene Kokroko, MD, MPH
Resident Physician - PGY 3

[email protected]

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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: Sexual and reproductive health disparities, social determinant of health, maternal mortality prevention, substance use during pregnancy, maternal mental health



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2019 University of California, San Francisco MD Medicine
2018 University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA MPH Maternal and Child Health
2013 Bryn Mawr College; Bryn Mawr, PA   Pre-medical post-bac program
2010 Stanford University; Stanford, CA BA Human Biology

Research & Professional Experience

2018 UCSF New Generation Health Center (NGHC) Needs Assessment to identify effective outreach methods for patient recruitment; UC Berkeley School of Public Health
2017-2018 MPH Capstone Research- Assessment of association between in utero β-Hexachlorocyclohexane pesticide exposure and cognitive development in a population of 256 7-year-old children participating in the CHAMACOS birth cohort study; UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Student researcher, UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences-

Retrospective study to evaluate opioid usage following benign gynecologic surgery after implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) opioid prescribing recommendations.
2017-2018 Student researcher, UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences- Observational study to evaluate gender differences in academic rank and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among academic Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians.
2017-2018 Student researcher, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE)-update reproductive environmental health curriculum for the school of medicine
2015 Conference Co-Coordinator, UCSF Students for the Prevention of Violence 15th Annual Interpersonal Violence
2015 Volunteer Mentor and Summer Stipend Program Coordinator, UCSF MedLink Program- health professional pipeline program
2015 Student researcher, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland Hemoglobinopathy Reference Lab, Observational and case-control genetic association study to investigate genetic modifiers and predictors of disease severity in sickle cell disease by assessing whether particular single nucleotide polymorphisms in hemoglobin F modifying genes are associated with cerebrovascular complications in SCA
2014-2019 UCSF Program in Medical Education Urban Underserved (PRIME-US)- leadership program on healthcare provision for urban underserved communities
2014-2018 UCSF SOM Office of Admissions- Admissions Interview Committee (AIC) member, Admissions Review Committee (ARC) member, Admissions Advisory Committee (AAC) co-Coordinator
2014-2016 Elective Course Co-Coordinator, UCSF SOM- Coordinated the Social Activism in Medicine Elective, Exploring Pediatrics and Caring for the Underserved Elective
2014-2015 Community Service Outreach Chair, UCSF Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
2014-2015 UCSF Student Run Homeless Clinic medical student volunteer and needs assessment survey design and implementation
2013-2014 Resource coordinator for drug intervention and chart review studies, Division of Hematology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2010-2011 Human Biology Core Course Associate, Program in Human Biology; Stanford University

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2018 Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, UCSF
2018, 2016 MacKenzie Foundation Scholarship
2016 Auxiliary to the Sinkler Miller Medical Association (SMMA) Scholarship
2015 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Minority Medical Student Award Program
2006 Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Oral Presentations

Kokroko J. Genetic Modifiers of Sickle Cell Anemia Severity. 57th Annual ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, 2015.


Kokroko J, Kogut K, Harley K, Eskenazi B. Prenatal β-hexachlorocyclohexane (β-HCH) exposure and 7-year child IQ in the CHAMACOS birth cohort. Neurotox Res. 2020 Jan 18. doi: 10.1007/s12640-020-00160-w. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31955369

Movilla PR, Kokroko JA, Kotlyar AG, Rowen TS. Postoperative opioid utilization using Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) guidelines for benign gynecologic procedures. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2019 Apr 17. pii: S1553-4650(19)30195-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2019.04.017. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31004796

Sperling JD, Shulman R, Blat C, Miller EE, Kokroko J, Zlatnik MG, Gonzalez-Velez J, Norton ME, Gossett DR. Gender Differences in Academic Rank and NIH Funding among Academic Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physicians in the United States. Am J Perinatol. 2019 Apr;36(5):443-448. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1675332. Epub 2018 Nov 10. PMID: 30414602

Hammond J, Thompson AA, Fogel MA, Hammond K, Kokroko J, Kwiatkowski JL. Combination Oral Chelation in Adult Patients With Transfusion-dependent Thalassemia and High Iron Burden. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2019 Jan;41(1):e47-e50. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000001269. PMID: 30080754

Bentz MG, Carmona N, Bhagwat MM, Thimmig LM, Saleh J, Eke U, Kokroko J, Dadasovich R, Rice B, Cabana MD. Beyond "Asian": Specific East and Southeast Asian Races or Ethnicities Associated With Jaundice Readmission. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 May;8(5):269-273. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2017-0234. Epub 2018 Apr 4. PMID: 29618489

Rosenthal JL, Romano PS, Kokroko J, Gu W, Okumura MJ. Receiving Providers' Perceptions on Information Transmission During Interfacility Transfers to General Pediatric Floors. Hosp Pediatr. 2017 Jun;7(6):335-343. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2016-0152. PMID: 28559362