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I particularly remember learning about the framework of Reproductive Justice in one of my college anthropology classes. The framework is one of the reasons why I went into medicine, let alone OB/GYN as it intersects the institutions of medicine, law/policy, and education. The field itself is a powerful proponent of Reproductive Justice and provides me the greatest opportunities to promote and practice the principles of reproductive justice. I appreciate the breadth of OB/GYN and the fact that every day we empower women and gender non-conforming people who have been historically marginalized by the institution of medicine.


I chose UCSF because I sought a program that was rooted in anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy. I desired not only excellent training but also training that reflected my own values and dedication to the community in which I live. I also chose USCF because the residents truly care for one another; and if I was going to spend the next 4 years at a program, I wanted to make sure I would be happy to call these folks my family.

What I do outside of residency?

I enjoy being in the sun, whether that is hiking, walking around the city, hanging out in the park, or going to the beach. When the sun isn’t out, I like to read (mostly non-fiction), bake (mostly cookies), and tend to my indoor plants. I also love traveling and exploring – weekend trips, camping, international trips, all of the above.

Odera Okafor, MD, MPAff
Resident Physician - PGY 1

[email protected]

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
490 10th 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, Family Planning, complex contraception, health policy, health disparities, healthcare accessibility, recurrent pregnancy loss, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2019 - 2023 Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin MD Medicine
2021 - 2023 Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs MPAff Public Policy
2015 - 2019 The University of Texas at Austin B.A. Anthropology; African and African Diaspora Studies; Latin American Studies

Research & Professional Experience

2022 - present Co-Creator and Board Member – Birds N’ Bees
2021 - 2023 Student Researcher – Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health
2019 - 2023 Volunteer and Doula Trainee – Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman
2019 - 2021 Undergraduate Medical Education Committee: Healthcare Delivery; Evaluations and Assessments – Dell Medical School
2021 - 2022 Executive Board – Texas Medical Association – Dell Medical School
2019 - 2020 Executive Board – Making Equity Standard in Healthcare – Dell Medical School
2019 - 2020 Community Educator – Soul to Soul Generational Gardening
2018 - 2019 Student Researcher – University of Texas at Austin Department of Anthropology
2016 - 2018 Community Health Educator - Food for Black Thought

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2019 Liberal Arts Honors Outstanding Thesis Award in the Social Sciences
2015 - 2019 Dean’s Honors List

Poster Presentations

Schommer L, Mumford K, OKAFOR O, Tijerina A. A Comparative Policy Analysis of Texas Medical School Breastfeeding Policies. UT Center for Health IPE: Interprofessional Health Showcase. 2022. Austin, Texas.

OKAFOR O, Hall E, Alvarez M, Schommer L, Khanna P, Prabhu S, Howard T. Factors Associated with Immediate Skin-to-Skin Contact Practices at an Urban Hospital in South Central United States. 2023 Wilbert C. Jordan Student Research Forum. Student National Medical Association: Annual medical Education Conference. Hartford, Connecticut

OKAFOR O, Hall E, Alvarez M, Schommer L, Khanna P, Howard T. Insurance Status Predicts Skin-to-Skin Practices at an Urban Hospital in South Central United States. 2023 SASGOG Annual Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland.

OKAFOR O, Smith C. Reclaiming Our Power: Black Women Resisting Medicalized Birthing. University of Texas at Austin Thesis Symposium. 2019. Austin, Texas

Oral Presentations

Howard T, OKAFOR O. A Novel Web-Based Platform Connecting URM Learners with Mentors in Self0Idenitified Areas of Need. 2023 APGO Martin L. Stone, MD Faculty Development Seminar, “Phoenix Arising: Renewal in Medical Education.” January 2023. Phoenix Arizona

Howard T, OKAFOR O. A Novel Web-Based Platform Connecting URM Learners with Mentors in Self0Idenitified Areas of Need. 2023 APGO CREOG Annual Meeting, “Building Bridges: Creating Connections in Medical Education.” February 2023. National Harbor, Maryland

OKAFOR O, Ferguson M. Power to the Patient: A Panel Discussion about Maternal Health. Dell Medical School. Austin, Texas. February 2022


OKAFOR O, Hancock C, Hanes M, et. al. Advocating for Evidence-Based Care for Incarcerated Pregnant Women in Texas Correctional Facilities. Texas Medical Association. 2021. Res. 330.018