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About Me

Why Ob/Gyn?

The love, care and compassion I received from my mother, grandmothers and other important maternal figures in my life inspired me at an early age to become an Ob/Gyn. I chose to be an Ob/Gyn because it is one of the few fields in medicine that will allow me to best utilize my strengths as a physician, surgeon, researcher, public health practitioner and advocate to uplift the health, wellness and lived experiences of women, especially women of color. Additionally, the ability to be a true partner in health, providing continuity of care for women throughout their lifetime is one of the most rewarding aspect of being an Ob/Gyn and something I greatly look forward to!

Why UCSF?

During my MPH training, I was introduced to UCSF’s renowned presence and leadership in the field of sexual and reproductive health. I chose UCSF because of its unfaltering and vociferous pledge to train its residents to be “physicians and...” I am confident that this program will provide me the tools, resources and support needed to incorporate medicine, research, global and public health, social justice and advocacy to best address the needs of women, worldwide. I also chose UCSF because of its commitment to and action in the fields of family planning, reproductive justice and EDI. These components of the program resonate with me personally and professionally, and are the most special attributes of this program to me.

What I do outside of residency:

I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends. My family and I love to cook, try new recipes and spend quality time together. Additionally, I enjoy running and hiking with my partner and our dog.

Ryan Woodson, MD, MPH
Resident Physician - PGY 1

[email protected]

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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:

Family planning, Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, Sexual and reproductive health, Global health, Applied qualitative research.

Education/Training

Year

Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2022

University of California, Los Angeles

MD Medicine
2011

Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; Atlanta, GA

MPH Global Health
2009

University of California, Los Angeles

BA African-American Studies

Research & Professional Experience

Year  
2020-2021 Researcher, Usability of Virtual Reality for Anxiety Reduction during First Trimester Dilation & Curettage: A Mixed Methods Study - Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA
2018-2020 Researcher, Analyzing Patient Experiences of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) in Los Angeles County from Social Media: A Mixed Methods Study - Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA
2014-2017 Research Coordinator, Measuring the Context of Healing: Using PROMIS in Chronic Pain Treatment - Venice Family Clinic/ University of California, Los Angeles
2010-2011 Principal Investigator for Master’s Thesis, Unwanted Pregnancy and Induced Abortion among Women in the Amazon Region of Colombia- Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
2008-2009 Student Research Associate, The California Black Women’s Health Project - Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2022 Carolyn Lyle Davis Scholarship, David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA
2021 Susan G. Covel and Mitchell D. Covel, M.D. Scholarship, David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA
2021-2022 Medical Ethics in Reproductive Health Leadership Program Scholar, American Student Medical Association
2010 Global Elimination from Maternal Mortality from Abortion (GEMMA) Scholarship, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
2009 Blue and Gold Scholarship, University of California at Los Angeles

Poster Presentations

Chan E, Korotkaya Y, Woodson R, Sridhar, A. Analyzing Patient Experiences of Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Los Angeles County from Social Media. Poster presented at: David Geffen School of Medicine Senior Scholarship Day/Los Angeles, CA. March, 2022.

Sridhar A, Shiliang Z, Woodson R, Kwan L. Non-pharmacological anxiety reduction with immersive virtual reality for first-trimester dilation and curettage: A pilot study. Poster presented at: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting/Nashville, TN. May, 2019.

Woodson R. Best practices and lessons learned implementing HCV smart screening and linkage to care through FOCUS, an initiative encouraging routine HCV screening in healthcare settings. Poster presented at NextGen HIV and HCV Smart Screening Seminar/Irvine, CA. June, 2015.

Oral Presentations

Woodson R. Unwanted pregnancy and induced abortion among women in the Amazon region of Colombia. Poster presented at: Psychosocial Workshop. Washington, DC. May, 2011.

Publications 

Sridhar A, Shiliang Z, Woodson R, Kwan L. (2020, Dec). Non-pharmacological anxiety reduction with immersive virtual reality for first-trimester dilation and curettage: A pilot study. The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, 25(6), 480-483.
Cited in PubMed; PMID: 33140989.

Advocacy

Zapata M, Woodson R, Budker R, Foley G. IPAS: Values Clarification and Abortion Attitude Transformation Workshop at David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA. October, 2018.