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About Me


I was born under China’s One Child Policy, which dramatically restricted the family my parents had wanted to build. It wasn’t until almost a decade after we moved to the United States that my parents were able to have my younger brother and realize a dream they had deferred many years earlier. Among Chinese women, I witnessed how the One Child Policy placed incredible pressures on their family building and impacted their quality of life. In addition, as an immigrant to the US, I saw first-hand the ways that my family’s inability to speak English limited their access and choice within the medical system, as we would rarely seek medical care outside of Chinatown. OB/GYN felt like the intersection of the topics and values that most influenced me to go into medicine: reproductive rights and patient advocacy, especially among those marginalized by race, ethnicity, class, language, ability, and more.


When I first moved to the US, I lived in San Francisco – for that reason, it has always been the place I hold dear in my heart as the place that gave me the confidence to succeed and be myself in a country where we knew nobody. I love the vibrancy of the immigrant population here and the realness to identity that this city has. I think it is a happy coincidence the UCSF OB, GYN & RS program resonates with the values that uphold me as a physician in training and brings us in conversation and practice with not only a diversity of patients but also a strong breadth of incredible generalists and specialist.

What I do outside of residency?

The dinner table is where I most love to be so I like to grocery shop and cook time-consuming, labor intensive meals for the people I love and have gatherings around food. I also love to be in the outdoors and feel so blessed to be close to nature living in the Bay Area, where it is easy to go for hikes and backpacking trips (or a casual visits to Land’s End, my absolute favorite place in the city). You can also find me flying home to Houston, where my family is now, and walking around the city to farmers markets and to-go dim sum stores with my partner, Ben.

Ruoxi Yu, MD, MPH
Resident Physician - PGY 1

[email protected]

If you are a patient, please do not contact a physician by email without their prior expressed consent due to confidentiality concerns.

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: Social and reproductive rights and justice, AAPI health, medical anthropology, social determinants of care, medical education



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2023 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine MD Medicine
2021 - 2022 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MPH Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health
2015 Yale University BA Anthropology

Research & Professional Experience

2022 - 2023 Osler Apprentice, Women’s Health Clerkship – JHUSOM
2021 - 2022 Co-Leader, Gynecology and Obstetrics Interest Group – JHUSOM
2021 - 2023 Research Coordinator - Johns Hopkins Department of GYN/OB, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
2020 - 2023 Research Co-Investigator, Dean’s Year of Research and Damewood Fellow – Johns Hopkins Department of GYN/OB, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
2018 - 2023 Social Determinants of Health Resource Guide, Co-Leader – JHUSOM Primary Care Leadership Track
2022 Teaching Assistant, "Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege, and Public Health in the US" – JHSPH Department of Epidemiology, Baltimore, MD, United States of America
2021 Math Tutor – Baltimore Public Schools, Commodore John Rogers Elementary and Middle School
2020 Course Coordinator & Facilitator, "Medical Humanities & Social Medicine in the Context of COVID-19" – JHUSOM
2019 - 2020 Research Assistant – Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases
2017 - 2018 Operations Associate – Collective Health
2016 - 2015 Research Assistant – Yale University Department of Anthropology
2014 - 2015 Cheesemonger – Caseus New Haven

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2023 Primary Care Leadership Track, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2022 Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2021 TL1 Trainee, JHH Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, NIH Research Training
2021 Cynthia Maung Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2020 Dean’s Year of Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2020 Damewood Research Fund, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
2020 FASPE Medical Fellow, Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics
2019 Bright Idea Award, Annual Small Foods Party, American Visionary Arts Museum, Baltimore, MD
2015 Williams Prize Award, Yale Council for East Asian Studies

Poster Presentations

YU R, Page K. An Ethnographic Approach to Understanding Patients' Waiting. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Medical Student Research Symposium/Baltimore, MD, USA. February 08, 2019.

Qin J, YU R, Christmas C. Desirability and Effectiveness of Anti-Racism Training for Medical Students. American Medical Association 2019 ChangeMedEd/Chicago, IL, USA. September 19, 2019

Goplerud D, YU R, Amundsen D, Early M, Yue S, Zufer I, Christmas C. Evaluation of a student-created social determinants of health curriculum. Society of General Internal Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting/Virtual (NA), UA, USA. May 07, 2020

YU R, Beavis AL, Visvanathan K, Christianson MS, Viswanathan AN, Stone RL. Characteristics associated with early guideline concordance for risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy. Society of Gynecologic Oncology 2022 Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer/Phoenix, AZ, USA. March 18, 2021.

Rositch AF, Wethington SL, YU R, Nkwain A, Topel K, Beavis AL. Evaluation of social resource screening, and factors associated with needs and referral for resources in cancer care: The Resource EQuIP study. 15th American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved/Philadelphia, PA, USA. September 17, 2022.

Sao S, YU R, Barre-Quick M, Abboud S, Deshmukh S, Wang R, Coleman J. Through their eyes: Documenting access to sexual and reproductive healthcare among teens in Baltimore using photovoice. American Public Health Association 2022 Annual Meeting/Boston, MA, USA. November 06, 2022.

Oral Presentations

YU R. In Fashion in vitro Fertilization: The Role of the State and IVF's Rise on Women's Experiences with Infertility in China. ChinaReproTech Conference at University of Cambridge/Cambridge, GBR. October 22, 2015.

YU R. Waiting for Doctor: Ethnography of Patients' Waiting for Appointments at an Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic. Center for AIDS Research HIV Providers Meeting/Baltimore, MD, USA. December 07, 2018.

YU R, Beavis AL, Christianson MS, Visvanathan K, Viswanathan AN, Stone RL. Factors Associated with Fertility Counseling of Reproductive Age Women Presenting for Initial Gynecologic Oncology Consultation. Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists 2021 Annual Meeting (Virtual)/Virtual (NA), UA, USA. June 18, 2021.

YU R, Beavis AL, Christianson MS, Visvanathan K, Viswanathan AN, Stone RL. Factors Associated with Referral-Based Receipt of Fertility Consultation Among Reproductive Age Women with Pre-Invasive or Invasive Gynecologic Malignancies. Society for Reproductive Investigation 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting/Boston, MA, USA. July 08, 2021.

YU R. Cultural Considerations in Working with Asian Patients with Infertility. Jefferson Infertility Counseling Conference/Philadelphia, PA, USA. April 27, 2022

YU R. Inclusivity Keynote: Family Planning and Infertility in the Chinese Context. Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy/Nashville, TN, USA. November 03, 2022

Deshmukh S, Sao S, YU R, Coleman J. Attitudes towards intimate partner violence education among Baltimore City high school students. American Public Health Association 2022 Annual Meeting/Boston, MA, USA. November 08, 2022

Sao S, YU R, Abboud S, Barre-Quick M, Deshmukh S, Wang R, Coleman J. Using technology to improve equity: Suggestions from youth to improve self-collect, mail-in STI testing in a high-STI prevalence area. American Public Health Association 2022 Annual Meeting/Boston, MA, USA. November 08, 2022.


Soong C, Breur GA, Hannon RA, Kim SD, Salem AF, Wang G, YU R, Carriero NJ, Bjornson R, Sundaram RK, Bindra RS. Development of a novel method to create double-strand break repair fingerprints using next-generation sequencing. DNA Repair. 2015 Feb:26:44-53. doi: 10.1016/j.dnarep.2014.12.002. Epub 2014 Dec 19. PMID: 25547252.

Davis JS, YU R, Banerjee M, Jiang Z, Menter DG, Guinney J, Morris J, Broom BM, Maru D, Manyam GC, Chang S, Kopetz S.. Distinct Patient and Tumor Characteristics of the Consensus Molecular Subtypes of Colorectal Cancer. Gastroenterology, 152(5), S880. DOI: 10.1016/S0016-5085(17)33008-1

Raghav K, Loree JM, Morris JS, Overman MJ, YU R, Meric-Bernstam F, Menter D, Korphaisarn K, Kee B, Singh S, Routbort M, Chen K, Shaw KRM, Katkhud, R, Shanmugam K, Maru D, Fakih M, Kopetz S. Validation of HER2 amplification as a predictive biomarker for anti–epidermal growth factor receptor antibody therapy in metastatic colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology Precision Oncology, 2019 Dec:3:1-13. doi: 10.1200/PO.18.00226. PMID: 35100667.

Inhorn MC, YU R, Patrizio P. Upholding Success: Asian Americans, Egg Freezing, and the Fertility Paradox. Med Anthropol. 2021 Jan;40(1):3-19. doi: 10.1080/01459740.2020.1825415. Epub 2020 Oct 19. PMID: 33074721

Inhorn MC, Birenbaum-Carmeli D, YU R, Patrizio P. Egg Freezing at the End of Romance: A Technology of Hope, Despair, and Repair. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 47(1), 53-84. 2021, Feb. DOI:

Dugan K, YU R, Xing D, Ronnett B, Asaka S, Wethington S, Fader A, Beavis A, Ferriss J, Baras A, Stone R. Hot or not: defining trophoblast PD-L1 expression and lymphohistiocytic density in gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. Gynecologic Oncology. Volume 162, Supplement 1, August 2021, Pages S171-S172

YU R, Christianson MS, Beavis AL, Stone RL. Likelihood of live birth following fertility preserving treatment among reproductive-age women diagnosed with gynecologic malignancies or pre-malignancies. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 6(Suppl 1), 40. 2022 April. PMC9209084

YU R, Matthews BJ, Beavis AL. The Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping in High-grade Endometrial Cancer. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2022 Oct;23(10):1339-1352. doi: 10.1007/s11864-022-00999-5. Epub 2022 Aug 18. PMID: 35980519.

Sao SS, Barre-Quick M, YU R, Abboud S, Coleman JS. Advancing Access to Care through Digital Health: Perspectives from Youth on a Novel Platform to Increase Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Education for Adolescents and Young Adults. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2023 Oct;36(5):449-454. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2023.04.002. Epub 2023 Apr 19. PMID: 37084876.

Sao SS, YU R, Barre-Quick M, Abboud S, Deshmukh S, Wang R, Coleman JS. Through Their Eyes: Youth Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Barriers and Facilitators in Baltimore, Maryland. J Adolesc Health. 2023 Jun 30:S1054-139X(23)00260-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2023.05.001. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37395698.


The Violet Project/Violet Voices, Youth Community Advisory Board Education and Research Intern - 2021-2023

Alpha Omega Alpha Recognition Workgroup, Committee Member - 2021

International Rescue Committee, Youth Mentor - 2021

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Medical Student Senate - 2020-2021