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About Me


My decision to pursue medicine was greatly inspired by my heritage. Growing up as a child of Kurdish parents, I learned a lot about the significant contributions of physicians during the wars my family experienced, and I was constantly reminded of the uniquely privileged position that physicians had in society. I realized that I could dedicate my life to a career that would allow me to treat individual patients while supporting vulnerable communities that have been impacted by tragedy or discrimination. I ultimately decided on the field of obstetrics & gynecology when I began to consider the greatest influences in my life – the women who raised me. This new passion was solidified on my OB/GYN clerkship rotation, during which I was drawn to the combination of primary care and surgery. I shared many heartfelt conversations with patients, and learned more about their unique backgrounds and goals, as well as their struggles and losses. It became clear that this field would allow me to empower my patients and develop longitudinal relationships, while advocating for gender equity, inclusivity and the overall protection of my patients.


I fell in love with the UCSF OB/GYN program as soon as I explored the website. The program’s emphasis on patient-centered care, social justice and inclusivity was unmatched. It was immediately clear that the program would challenge me and provide me with exceptional clinical and surgical training while allowing me to pursue my personal passions. On my interview day, I shared several sincere and inspiring conversations with the residents and faculty at UCSF, all of whom appreciated my story and authentic self. I am honored to be a part of the UCSF OB/GYN family!

Outside of Residency

I was born in the UK and lived most of my life in the UAE. I moved to the US in 2012 when I started university and I am excited for my new life in San Francisco! Outside of residency, I love being outdoors and enjoy picnics, hiking and long-distance running. I enjoy being on the water and am a certified scuba diver. I’m also a big foodie and love eating out. Furthermore, being raised in a Kurdish household, family is incredibly important to me, and I am always eager to make trips back home. I also love spending time with my friends, whether that’s at karaoke, trivia nights, watching movies or playing board games at home!

Saman Baban, MD, MHS
Resident Physician - PGY 2

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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: Medical education, public health, advocacy and healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers, health disparities, reproductive justice, LGBTQIA+ patient care, healthcare policy



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2022 New York Medical College MD Medicine
2017 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MHS Mental Health
2016 Johns Hopkins University BA Psychology

Research & Professional Experience

2021-2022 NYMC Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) Steering Committee, Valhalla, NY
2021-2022 Selection Committee Chair, Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), Valhalla, NY
2020-2021 Member, NYMC Anti-Racism Task Force Clinical Curriculum Sub-Committee, Valhalla, NY
2020-2021 Surgery Clerkship Representative, NYMC Liaison Committee, Valhalla, NY
2020-2021 Resiliency Mentor, NYMC Resiliency Committee, Valhalla, NY
2019-2022 Researcher, Westchester Medical Center Division of Advanced Urogynecology Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Hawthorne, NY
2018-2021 Member and Executive Co-Director (2019-2020), New York Medical College Center for Human Rights (NYMCCHR), Valhalla, NY
2017-2018 Intern, Brightstar Care, Arlington, VA
2017-2018 Emergency Department Medical Scribe, ScribeAmerica, Washington, DC
2015-2016 Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins Visual Thinking Lab, Baltimore, MD
2015 Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baltimore, MD
2014-2016 Class Senator, JHU Student Government Association (SGA), Baltimore, MD
2013-2016 Executive Co-President, Hopkins Organization for Programming (HOP), Baltimore, MD
2013-2017 Student Monitor, Johns Hopkins University Student Leadership Office, Baltimore, MD

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2022 The Late Martin L. Stone, M.D. ’44, Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Medical College
2022 Excellence in Leadership and Community Service (Cor Et Manus) Award, New York Medical College
2022 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, New York Medical College
2021 Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), New York Medical College

Poster Presentations

BABAN S, Kadesh A, Chaudhary R, Lui A, Shi J, Ahluwalia J, White M, Giles D, Petersen T, Grimes C. Variation of Chargemaster Price Listings for Urogynecologic Procedures. NYMC Medical Student Research Forum, Valhalla, NY, USA. 2022, February 03.

Chaudhary R, Kadesh A, BABAN S, Reddy S, Daly G, Amin A, Grimes C. Regional Variation in Chargemaster Pricing for Cataract Surgery. NYMC Medical Student Research Forum, Valhalla, NY, USA. 2021, February 04.

BABAN S, Reddy S, Daly G, Dore S, Patel K, Rahman N, Zellner E, Grimes C. The Influence of Hospital Owner and Metropolitan/Non-metropolitan Status on Chargemaster Listings for Skin Grafting and Flap Formation. NYMC Medical Student Research Forum, Valhalla, NY, USA. 2020, February 06.

Reddy S, Daly G, Dore S, Patel K, Rahman N, BABAN S, Zellner E, Grimes C. The Accessibility and Usability of Chargemasters for Healthcare Shopping. NYMC Medical Student Research Forum, Valhalla, NY, USA. 2020, February 06.

Oral Presentations

BABAN S, Kadesh A, Chaudhary R, Shi J, Ahluwalia J, Lui A, Reddy S, Daly G, Block A, Amin A, Giles D, White M, Petersen T, Grimes C. Variation of Chargemaster Price Listings for Sling Procedures Across Five States. American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week, Phoenix, AZ, USA. 2021, October 14.

Kadesh A, BABAN S, Chaudhary R, Shi J, Ahluwalia J, Lui A, Daly G, Reddy S, Giles D, Petersen T, White M, Grimes C. Variation of Chargemaster Price Listings for Hysterectomy Procedures. AAGL Global Congress on MIGS, Austin, TX, USA. 2021, November 16.

Daly G, Reddy S, Dore S, Patel K, Rahman N, BABAN S, Zellner E, Grimes C. The Influence of Hospital Owner and Urban/ Rural Status on Chargemaster Rates for Skin Graft and Flap Procedures. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 2019, October 06.


Reddy S, Daly G, BABAN S, Kadesh A, Block A, Grimes C. Accessibility and usability of hospital chargemasters in New York State. J Gen Intern Med . 2021 Oct 28. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-07173-x. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34713387