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About Me

Before medical school, I spent my time advocating for sexual violence prevention and reproductive justice, two movements grounded in the belief that everyone deserves control over what happens to their body, that certain bodies are disproportionately affected and that the impact of the resultant trauma is significant. To me, caring for patients as an OBGYN is deeply connected to questions of autonomy, identity and trauma—the same things that brought me to medicine in the first place.

As a medical student at UCSF, I witnessed the OBGYN department’s compassion for its patients and commitment to justice. The UCSF OBGYN residency program prioritizes the parts of the specialty that matter most to me, which are robust family planning training, opportunities to care for trans and non-binary patients, and trauma-informed care. I feel grateful to join the UCSF OBGYN community and to learn from those who have also selected this institution to be their home for the next four years.

In my free time, I like to run, bike, and FaceTime my family and friends in DC, which is where I grew up. I am perpetually and reluctantly pet-less, so I spend a great deal of time admiring other peoples’ dogs.

Rachel Levy, MD
Rachel Levy, MD
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, gender-affirming care, violence prevention, trauma-informed care, pelvic pain, mental health



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2020 University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine MD Medicine
2016 Brown University; Providence, RI ScB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research & Professional Experience

2017-Present Researcher- UCSF Department of Psychiatry; SF, CA, Family AIDS Care & Education Services (FACES); Kisumu, Kenya- Studying the impact of providing therapy and legal aid to women who have experienced gender based-violence (GBV)
2018 Researcher- UCSF Department of OBGYN; SF, CA. Acquired Mount Zion Health Grant to increase access to laparoscopic training for medical students
2017 Researcher - Family Health Center at ZSFGH; SF, CA- Received Vanderryn Primary Care Grant to study perceptions of safety in the primary care setting
2017 Researcher- Multi-Service Center South; SF, CA- Received Homeless Clinic Summer Project Grant to conduct mental health needs assessment
2016-2017 Researcher- San Francisco VA; SF, CA- Help with quality improvement project to improve efficiency of gender-affirming hormone prescription at SFVA
2015-2016 Researcher and Advocate- Sarah Doyle Women’s Center; Providence, RI- Studied experiences of sexual violence among LGBTQ community at Brown University
2014-2016 Research Intern- National Institutes of Health (NIH); Bethesda, MD, Fundación de Investigación; San Juan, Puerto Rico- Studied efficacy of Sofosbuvir treatment of hepatitis C & created storybooks of patient experiences in the landmark trial
2013-2015 Advocacy Volunteer & Intern- Planned Parenthood of Southern New England; Providence, RI
2013-2016 EMT Basic & EMT Supervisor- Brown University Emergency Medical Services; Providence, RI
2013-2014 Researcher- John’s Hopkins Department of Adolescent Medicine; Baltimore, MD- Studied the relationship between attachment styles and sexual health

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2015-2016 Tzedek Award for Social Justice, Brown RISD Hillel Foundation

Poster Presentations

Levy R, Gonzalez A *, Weigel G *, Abel K *, Stotland N, Lager J. Increasing Access to Laparoscopic Surgical Simulations within Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). 2020 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. February 2020. *All first authors

Gonzalez A *, Levy R *, Weigel G *, Abel K *, Stotland N, Lager J. Applying the Medical Student-as-Teacher Model in OB/GYN. 2020 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. February 2020. *All first authors

Levy R, Alkov D. Promoting a Culture of Safety for all in an Underserved Clinic Setting. 15th Annual Jack Rodnick Memorial Colloquium. SF, California. May 2019

Levy R, Felix A. Mental Health Needs at the MSC-South: Identifying Gaps and Potential Interventions. Society for Student Run Clinics Conference. Kansas City, MO. March 2019

Levy R*, Eberhardt C*. Transgender Care at the VA: A Quality Improvement Project. SF Veterans Affairs Health Care System 4th Annual Systems Improvement Fair. SF, California. October 2017; Primary Care Leadership Academy (PCLA) Showcase. SF, California. March 2017 *Both first author

Oral Presentations

Weigel G, Levy R, Gonzalez A, Abel K, Lager J. Expanding the UCSF medical student curriculum in OBGYN via the creation of online surgical modules., UCSF Education Showcase. SF, California. April 2019

Levy R, Gonzalez A, Weigel G, Abel K, Lager J. Expanding Access to OBGYN Surgical Skills Training in the UCSF Medical Student Curriculum, UCSF Education Showcase. SF, California. April 2019

Levy R, Eberhardt C. Transgender Care at the Veterans Affairs (VA): A Quality Improvement Project,. Presented at UCSF Curriculum Directors meeting, July 2017

Levy R, Experiences of Sexual Violence Among Brown University LGBTQ Students. Presented at Brown University School of Public Health, May 2015


Levy R, Mathai M, Chatterjee P. et al. Implementation research for public sector mental health care scale-up (SMART-DAPPER): a sequential multiple, assignment randomized trial (SMART) of non-specialist-delivered psychotherapy and/or medication for major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (DAPPER) integrated with outpatient care clinics at a county hospital in Kenya. BMC Psychiatry 19, 424 (2019).

Kattakuzhy S, Levy R, Rosenthal E, Tan, L, Wilson E, Kottilil S. (2016). Hepatitis C genotype 3 disease. Hepatology International, 10(6), 861–870.

Kattakuzhy S, Levy R, Kottilil S. (2015). Sofosbuvir for treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Hepatology International, 9(2), 161–173.

Matson PA, Levy R, Chung S, Ellen JM. (2014). Attachment Style and Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections Within a Prospective Cohort of Urban Adolescent Females. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(2), S23–S24.