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About Me

Why OB/GYN? Growing up in South LA in a single parent household created a tight bond within my family, as my grandmother, sister, aunts, and cousins all supported my mother in caring for me. Early on, they demonstrated how to advocate for myself and encouraged me to follow my dreams. They instilled in me a strong work ethic, dedication, and perseverance. From my resilient community of women, I knew that I wanted to pursue women’s health and during my third year of medical school I was immediately drawn to the field of OB/GYN. I enjoyed being in the OR, assisting in deliveries, and running OB Triage. However, what really drew me to the field was the alarming maternal mortality rates among Black women. I immediately thought about my mother, my sister, my aunts and every other Black woman who visits the doctor. This motivated me to pursue a field where I could listen to my patient’s concerns, center their needs, and advocate on their behalf.

Why UCSF? I instantly felt a connection with the residents and faculty. They were warm, welcoming, and just as passionate about reproductive justice as I am. After attending a Centering Pregnancy class at UCSF, I knew that I wanted to be here so I could gain the knowledge and the resources to better care for Black women. Being trained at UCSF will enable me to return to South LA and comprehensively treat women’s medical conditions while also addressing the social and structural factors that impact their health.

What I do outside of residency? I love being with my family and friends. With my sister being a chef, our family events are always filled with amazing food, games, music, and fellowship. I also enjoy the outdoors – beaches, hikes to waterfalls, and walking around new cities. Lastly, I am a foodie, any activity that involves food, I am there.

Mercedes Scott, MD, MPH
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 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: Reproductive Justice, Centering Pregnancy, Family Planning, Health Disparities, Public Health



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2021 University of California, Los Angeles – PRIME-LA (Leadership & Advocacy) MD Medicine
2019 University of California, Berkeley MPH Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
2013 University of California, Berkeley BA Integrative Biology / Minor: African American Studies

Research & Professional Experience

2020-2021 Research Assistant - Determination of Risk Strata for Endocervical Sampling at time of Colposcopy; Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
2018-2019 MPH Capstone - Black Women and Abortion: An Exploration of Attitudes and Experiences; University of California, San Francisco
2017 Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Research Assistant - Screen to Save: A Faith-Based Approach to Improving Understanding of Colorectal Cancer Among African Americans in South Los Angeles; Charles R. Drew University of Medicine Science
2013 Research Assistant - African American Health Study; University of California, Berkeley
2012-2013 Research Proctor and Anthropometry – African American Women’s Heart and Health Study; University of California, Berkeley

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2020 Gold Humanism Honor Society; David Geffen School of Medicine
2020 Unihealth Foundation Medical Student Scholarship Award for Service in locally medically underserved communities in Los Angeles; Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
2020 National Medical Association OB/GYN Dr. Washington Hill Scholarship Award; Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
2018 PEO Scholarship Award
2016-2019 QueensCare Gene and Marilyn Nuziard Scholarship Award

Poster Presentations

Gatson J, Booker-Vaughns J, SCOTT M, Maxwell A, Vadgam, J. Screen to Save: A Faith-Based Approach to Improving Understanding of Colorectal Cancer Among African Americans in South Los Angeles. Poster presented at: Josiah Brown Medical Student Conference and CRCHD Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) Program Meeting; Los Angeles, CA. July, 2017.

Allen A, Chae D, SCOTT M, Price M. Anticipatory Racism Threat and Superwoman Schema: Elucidating the Relationship between Racial Discrimination and Chronic Inflammation Poster presented at: American Heart Association Scientific Session; Berkeley, CA. March, 2013.

Oral Presentations

Jackson A, Williams S, SCOTT M. Black Women and Abortion: An Exploration of Attitudes and Experiences Oral Presentation presented at: MPH Capstone Presentation; Berkeley, CA. April, 2019.

Gatson J, Booker-Vaughn J, SCOTT M, Maxwell A. Promoting Cancer Screening in South L.A. – What’s Happening in Our Neighborhood? Screen to Save L.A. Building Bridges to Optimum Health: Prevention, Treatment, and Control of Cancer in Our Community Oral Presentation presented at: Holman United Methodist Church; Los Angeles, CA. August, 2017.


Bodden J, Chong V, Ivey R, Pettway B, Nevarez M, SCOTT M. Stop the Bleed: teaching community members how to recognize life threatening bleeding and how to intervene: Watts, CA. December, 2019.