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When I was five years old, my brother was born at home. I remember being so amazed by the whole experience. When asked if I wanted to cut the umbilical cord, I did not hesitate. Years later, I found myself increasingly drawn to issues regarding women’s health and reproductive rights. Caring for women in all capacities is an emotionally rewarding and intellectually stimulating challenge. In particular, providing marginalized women with access to information and medical resources to support their reproductive health and autonomy is a privilege that I deeply value.

I came to UCSF to continue learning how to provide high-quality, compassionate, and empowering care for women, particularly incarcerated women and women with substance use disorders, as well as gender non-conforming individuals. At UCSF, I know that I will gain exposure to a diverse spectrum of patients, training environments, and practices by rotating at different hospitals and clinics, which I feel will be an important part of developing into a confident and culturally sensitive clinician and surgeon.

I love the San Francisco bay area because it provides a little bit of everything and in many ways creates a safe space for you to explore all that it has to offer and to be whoever you truly are. You can randomly strike up a conversation with the stranger next to you at a bar that ends up being one of the most interesting conversations you have had all week. Within a 30-minute drive, you can have a picnic in a beautiful park, go to the beach, go hiking, bicycling, go to a beautiful art museum and finish the day off at a fun new restaurant or bar. Drive a bit further and you can find delicious fresh oysters straight from the water, BBQ in the redwoods, or relax in beautiful wine country. When I’m not at work, I love to cook (and eat), play music, go dancing, or go to the beach with my two dogs. I am extremely excited to be joining the amazing group of individuals that make UCSF what it is today.

Kelsey Loeliger, MD, PhD
Kelsey Loeliger, 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: Family planning, infectious diseases in pregnancy, transgender health, substance use disorders, mental health, criminal justice system healthcare, interpersonal violence, global health.

Education/Training

Year

Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2020 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania PGY-1 Residency Obstetrics and Gynecology
2019 Yale School of Medicine MD Medicine
2018 Yale School of Public Health PhD Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
2008 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) BS Biological Sciences

Research & Professional Experience

Year  
2015-2019 Researcher, Yale School of Public Health - Used Connecticut Department of Correction data combined with Department of Public Health data to retrospectively follow people living with HIV released from jails/prisons and identify modifiable factors that can predict or undermine HIV treatment and survival after release.
2015-2019 Researcher, Yale School of MedicineParticipated in a multi-site study to evaluate HIV treatment outcomes and risk behaviors among transgender women and cis-gender men who have interacted with the criminal justice system in order to identify significant differences, needs, and unique vulnerabilities.
2016-2019 Researcher, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine - Assisted with the design of and data analysis for a mixed-methods clinical study to develop and implement a survey tool to assess quality of life changes related to gender-affirming surgery for transgender individuals.
2014 Researcher, Yale School of Public Health & Church of Scotland Hospital (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) - Conducted an exploratory qualitative study that identified barriers and facilitators regarding initiation of and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV in rural South Africa.
2011 Researcher, Yale School of Medicine & University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - Headed a pilot survey study of women who use drugs in Kuala Lumpur to evaluate substance use habits, HIV risk behaviors, comorbidities, and effects of substance use on healthcare and social welfare utilization.
2010 Researcher, Yale University School of Medicine - Studied the metabolic pathways of malaria Plasmodium-infected mosquitoes.
2009-2010 Post-baccalaureate Research (IRTA) Fellow, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI) - Conducted several translational research projects to develop treatments for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome and aplastic anemia.
2006-2008 Undergraduate Researcher, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) - Explored and characterized the retroviral mechanism for genome packaging.

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2016-2019 F30 DA041247 Grant Award, “The Impact of Incarceration on the Continuity of HIV Care in Connecticut, National Institute on Drug Abuse”, $71,544
2019 MD/PhD graduation award for excellence in clinical and research activities
2018 New Investigator Scholarship, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)
2017 Kass Award, IDWeek Conference
2016 Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health Junior Investigator Scholarship, 10th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health
2014 Medical Scholars Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America Education and Research Foundation Medical Scholars Program
2014 Downs Travel Fellowship, Yale School of Public Health
2007 Rohm & Haas Research Merit Award

Poster Presentations

Rich K, Loeliger KB, Chandra D, Muthulingam D, Althoff K, Gallagher C, Meyer JP, Altice FL. (March 4-7, 2019). Released to Die: Elevated Mortality in People with HIV After Incarceration. Poster session at: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2019. Seattle, WA.

Loeliger KB, Meyer JP, Ciarleglio MM, Desai MM, Gallagher C, Altice FL. (March 4-7, 2018). From Prison’s Gate to Death’s Door: Survival Analysis of Released Prisoners with HIV. Poster session at: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2018. Boston, MA.

Loeliger KB, Altice FL, Desai MM, Ciarleglio MM, Gallagher C, Meyer JP. (July 23-26, 2017). Predictors of Linkage to and Retention in HIV Care Following Release from Connecticut, USA Jails and Prisons. Late breaker poster session at: 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017). Paris, France.

Loeliger KB, Biggs ML, Young R, Seal DW, Beckwith CG, Kuo I, Gordon MS, Altice FL, Ouellet LJ, Cunningham WE, Young JD, Springer SA. (March 15-17, 2017). Gender Differences in HIV Risk Behaviors Among Persons Involved in the U.S. Criminal Justice System and Living with HIV or at Risk for HIV: A ‘Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain’ Harmonization Project. Poster session at: 10th Academic and Health Policy on Conference on Correctional Health. Atlanta, GA.

Loeliger KB, Biggs ML, Seal DW, Gordon MS, Beckwith CG, Kuo I, Young JD, Golin CE, Chandler R, Wechsberg WW, Altice FL, Springer SA. (December 6-9, 2015). Gender Differences in Sexual Risk Behaviors Among HIV-infected and Uninfected Persons Involved in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: The STTR Harmonization Project. Poster session at: National HIV Prevention Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Loeliger KB, Niccolai L, Mtungwa LN, Moll A, Friedland G, Sheno, SV. (October 7-11, 2015). Community Health Worker Perspectives on Barriers to HIV+ Patients’ Initiation of and Retention in Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural South Africa. Poster session at: IDWeek 2015. San Diego, CA.

Loeliger KB, Niccolai L, Mtungwa LN, Mol, A, Friedland G, Sheno, SV. (June 9-12, 2015). Community Beliefs Regarding ART and Barriers to HIV+ Patients’ Initiation and Retention in Care as Perceived by Community Heath Workers in Rural South Africa. Poster session: 7th South Africa AIDS Conference. Durban, South Africa.

Loeliger KB, Wickersham J, Pillai V, Marcus R, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. (May 8-10, 2014). The Syndemic of HIV, HIV-Related Risk, and Multiple Comorbidies Among Women Who Use Drugs in Malaysia: Important Targets for Intervention. Poster session at: 3rd Annual NIAID/IDSA Infectious Diseases Research Careers Meeting. Bethesda, MD.

Wickersham J, Loeliger KB, Pillai V, Marcus R, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. (June 30-July 3, 2013). Drug use and injection risk behaviours among female drug users in Malaysia: Results from a pilot study. Poster session at: 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sloand EM, Loeliger K, Pfannes L, Poon A, Furnari M, Calado R, Ling C, Padilla-Nash HM, Ried T, Young NS. (February 28, 2010). Mismatched CD8 T-cells Produce Aneuploidy and Decreased Telomere Length In Normal Bone Marrow In Vitro: These Effects Are Abrogated by Cyclosporine and Free-radical Scavengers. Poster session at: New England Science Symposium. Boston, MA.

Loeliger K, Iyalla, K, Miyazaki, Y, Summers, M. F. (January 6-11, 2008). Dimerization of Entire Psi-Site of Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus Genome Exposes Multiple Nucleocapsid Protein Binding Sites. Poster session at: Keystone Symposia: Frontiers of Structural Biology Structural Genomics and its Applications to Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine. Steamboat Springs, CO.

Oral Presentations

Loeliger KB, Altice FL, Desai MM, Ciarleglio, MM, Gallagher C, Meyer, JP. (October 4-8, 2017). Predictors of Linkage to and Retention in HIV Care Following Release from Connecticut Jails and Prisons. Oral presentation at: IDWeek 2017. San Diego, CA.

Alcon A, Wang E, Lentz R, Admassu N, Loeliger KB, Piper M, Kim E. (May 4-7, 2017). Quantifying the psychosocial benefits of gender-affirming surgery with patient reported outcomes: The San Francisco Transgender Survey (SFTS). Oral presentation at: 62nd Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting. Durham, NC.

Publications

Alcon A, Kennedy A, Wang E, Piper M, Loeliger K, Admassu N, Lentz R, Kim E. (2020). Quantifying the psychosocial benefits of masculinizing mastectomy in trans-male patients with patient reported outcomes: The UCSF Gender Quality of Life (QoL) survey. Accepted for publication in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Calix RX, Loeliger KB, Burn MS, Campbell KH. Acute Herpes Simplex Virus Hepatitis in Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Feb;135(2):396-400. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003613. PubMed PMID: 31923059. PMID: 31923059

Loeliger KB, Meyer JP, Desai MM, Ciarleglio MM, Gallagher C, Altice FL. Retention in HIV care during the 3 years following release from incarceration: A cohort study. PLoS Med 2018 Oct 9;15(10):e1002667. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002667. eCollection 2018 Oct. PMID: 30300351

Loeliger KB, Altice FL, Ciarleglio MM, Rich K, Chandra D, Gallagher C, Desai MM, Meyer JP. All-cause mortality among people with HIV released from an integrated system of jails and prisons in Connecticut, USA, 2007-14: a retrospective observational cohort study. Lancet HIV. 2018 Nov;5(11):e617-e628. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(18)30175-9. Epub 2018 Sep 6. PMID: 30197101

Beckwith CG, Kuo I, Fredericksen RJ, Brinkley-Rubinstein L, Cunningham WE, Springer S, Loeliger KB, Franks J, Christopoulos K, Lorvick J, Kahana S, Young R, Seal DW, Zawitz C, Delaney JA, Crane HM, Biggs ML. Risk behaviors and HIV care continuum outcomes among criminal justice-involved HIV-infected transgender women and cisgender men: Data from the Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain Harmonization Initiative. PLoS One 2018 May 22;13(5):e0197730. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197730. eCollection 2018. PMID: 29787580

Loeliger KB, Altice FL, Desai MM, Ciarleglio MM, Gallagher C, Meyer JP. Predictors of linkage to HIV care and viral suppression after release from jails and prisons: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet HIV 2018 Feb;5(2):e96-e106. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(17)30209-6. Epub 2017 Nov 27. PMID: 29191440

Loeliger KB, Biggs ML, Young R, Seal DW, Beckwith CG, Kuo I, Gordon MS, Altice FL, Ouellet LJ, Cunningham WE, Young JD, Springe, SA. Gender Differences in HIV Risk Behaviors Among Persons Involved in the U.S. Criminal Justice System and Living with HIV or at Risk for HIV: A Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain Harmonization Consortium. AIDS Behav. 2017 Oct;21(10):2945-2957. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1722-9. PMID: 28188460

Loeliger KB, Niccolai LM, Mtungwa LN, Moll A, Shenoi SV. Antiretroviral therapy initiation and adherence in rural South Africa: community health workers' perspectives on barriers and facilitators. AIDS Care, 2016 Aug;28(8):982-93. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1164292. Epub 2016 Apr 4. PMID: 27043077

Korde N, Zhang Y, Loeliger KB, Poon A, Simakova O, Zingone A, Costello R, Childs R, Noel P, Silver S, Kwok M, Mo C, Young N, Landgren O, Sloand E, Maric I. Monoclonal gammopathy-associated pure red cell aplasia. British Journal of Hematology. 2016 Jun;173(6):876-83. doi: 10.1111/bjh.14012. Epub 2016 Mar 21. PMID: 26999424

Loeliger KB, Marcus R, Wickersham JA, Pillai V, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. The syndemic of HIV, HIV-related risk and multiple co-morbidities among women who use drugs in Malaysia: Important targets for intervention. Addict Behav, 2016 Feb;53:31-9. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.09.013. Epub 2015 Sep 25. PMID: 26436520

Wickersham JA, Loeliger KB, Marcus R, Pillai V, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. Patterns ofsubstance use and correlates of lifetime and active injection drug use among women in Malaysia. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse: 2016;42(1):98-110. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2015.1101467. Epub 2015 Dec 4. PMID: 26636885

Al-Darraji H, Wong K, Yeow D, Fu J, Loeliger K, Paiji C, Kamarulzaman A, Altice FL. Tuberculosis Screening in a Novel Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Malaysia: Implications for a Comprehensive Approach to Integrated Care. J Subst Abuse Treat, 2014 Feb;46(2):144-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2013.08.023. Epub 2013 Sep 24. PMID: 24074846

Zhao YO, Kurscheid S, Zhang Y, Liu L, Zhang L, Loeliger K, Fikrig E. Survival of Plasmodium-Infected Mosquitoes during Starvation. PLoS One, 2012;7(7):e40556. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040556. Epub 2012 Jul 10. PMID: 22808193

Olnes MJ, Shenoy A, Weinstein B, Pfannes L, Loeliger K, Tucker Z, Tian X, Kwak M, Wilhelm F, Yong AS, Maric I, Maniar M, Scheinberg P, Groopman J, Young NS, Sloand EM. Directed therapy for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) by suppression of cyclin D1 with ON 01910.Na. Leuk Res, 2012 Aug;36(8):982-9. doi: 10.1016/j.leukres.2012.04.002. Epub 2012 Apr 21. PMID: 22524974

Olnes MJ, Poon A, Miranda SJ, Pfannes L, Tucker Z, Loeliger K, Padilla-Nash H, Ying Yau Y,Ried T, Leitman SF, Young NS, Sloand EM. Effects of granulocyte–colony-stimulating factor on Monosomy 7 aneuploidy in healthy hematopoietic stem cell and granulocyte donors. Transfusion, 2012 Mar;52(3):537-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2011.03313.x. Epub 2011 Aug 29. PMID: 21883270

Sloand EM, Olnes MJ, Shenoy A, Weinstein B, Boss C, Loeliger K, Wu CO, More K, Barrett JA, Scheinberg P, Young NS. Alemtuzumab Treatment of Intermediate-1 Myelodysplasia Patients Is Associated with Sustained Improvement in Blood Counts and Cytogenetic Remissions. J Clin Oncol, 010 Dec 10;28(35):5166-73. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2010.29.7010. Epub 2010 Nov 1. PMID: 21041705

Miyazaki Y, Irobalieva RN, Tolbert B, Smalls-Mantey A, Iyalla K, Loeliger K, D'Souza V, Khant H, Schmid MF, Garcia E, Telesnitsky A, Chiu W, Summers MF. Structure of a Conserved Retroviral RNA Packaging Element by NMR Spectroscopy and Cryo-Electron Tomography. J Mol Biol, 2010 Dec 17;404(5):751-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2010.09.009. Epub 2010 Oct 8. PMID: 20933521

Miyazaki Y, Garcia EL, King SR, Iyalla K, Loeliger K, Starck P, Syed S, Telesnitsky A, Summers MF. An RNA Structural Switch Regulates Diploid Genome Packaging by Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus. J Mol Biol, 2010 Feb 12;396(1):141-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2009.11.033. Epub 2009 Nov 17. PMID: 19931283

Relevant News Articles and Publicity:

Magazine Article: “Prisoners with HIV Face Higher Mortality Risk from All Causes After Release” by Gail Connor Roche. MD Magazine. November 28, 2018. Available from: https://www.mdmag.com/medical-news/prisoners-with-hiv-face-higher-mortality-risk-from-all-causes-after-release

Magazine Article: “HIV Care, Viral Suppression Rates Decline After Release from Prison” by Gail Connor Roche. MD Magazine. October 18, 2018. Available from: https://www.mdmag.com/medical-news/hiv-care-viral-suppression-rates-decline-after-release-prison

National Public Radio (NPR) Piece: “After Prison, Many People Living With HIV Go Without Treatment” by Heather Boerner. Shots: Health News from NPR. October 9, 2018. Available from: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/10/09/655890525/after-prison-many-people-living-with-hiv-go-without-treatment

Press Release: “Retention in HIV care drops after release from incarceration.” EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News: PLoS. October 9, 2018. Available from: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/p-rih100218.php

Journal Editorial: Spaulding, A. C. and Holstad, M. M. (2018). "Lessons from HIV deaths after incarceration." Lancet HIV. doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3018(18)30218-2

Online Article: “Case Management Improves Linkage to Care for People Living With HIV Post-Release From Prison or Jail, New Study Shows” by Barbara Jungwirth. The Body PRO: The HIV Resource for Health Professionals. March 28, 2018. Available from: http://www.thebodypro.com/content/80910/case-management-improves-linkage-to-care-for-peopl.html

Magazine Article: “Study Exposes Major Gaps in Post-Incarceration Care for Patients with HIV” by Jared Kaltwasser. MD Magazine. December 21, 2017. Available from: http://www.mdmag.com/medical-news/study-exposes-major-gaps-in-postincarceration-care-for-patients-with-hiv

Journal Editorial: Wohl, D. A. and Rosen, D. L. (2017). "Inadequate HIV care after incarceration: case closed." Lancet HIV. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3018(17)30210-2