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About Me

Coming from an immigrant family and experiencing health disparities in the US as well as in Honduras, I quickly learned that those disparities are amplified when it comes to Women’s Health. I grew up with family members that were too afraid to enroll in medical coverage when they became pregnant because of their immigration status. This led to skipping prenatal visits and paying out of pocket for labor and delivery costs. These experiences ignited a lifelong passion in pursuing a career in Women’s Health. With my social work and public health background, OB/GYN was a natural choice as it provides a unique opportunity to blend public health initiatives with accessing equitable health care, advocacy, and most importantly- providing continuity of care.

I am honored to be joining a residency program that places as much emphasis on social justice as it does on evidence based clinical training. UCSF is an institution where I know I will receive the best training in all aspects of Women’s Health, including working with diverse patient populations and in diverse practice settings. It is a place where I will have the support and space to not only reach my goals as a clinician, but to become an advocate for my patients and my community.

Coming from Chicago, I am looking forward to escaping the brutal winters in exchange for the Northern California coast. When I am not in the hospital, you can find me trying the newest restaurants in the city, catching a live music show, FaceTiming with my large family or exploring all the nature the Bay Area has to offer. I am also an avid traveler so with more than one day off, I will most likely be taking a day trip or flying off to a new city with my partner, Jay.

Stephanie Turcios, MD
Stephanie Turcios, MD, MPH
Resident Physician - PGY 4

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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: Health disparities and social determinants of health, access to equitable healthcare for marginalized populations, reproductive and sexual justice, transgender care, global health



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2020 University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago; Chicago, IL MD Medicine - Global Health Concentration
2014 University of Michigan School of Public Health; Ann Arbor, MI MPH Health Behavior and Health Education
2008 Loyola University; Chicago, IL BS Psychology

Research & Professional Experience

2018-2020 Research Assistant at University of Illinois OB/GYN Department- Created and administered a needs assessment to evaluate the gynecological needs of women who exchange sex for goods in the West Side of Chicago.
2016-2020 Steering Committee Member for the Student Run Free Clinic at Community Health- Student volunteer coordinator, clinic coordinator and health education chair.
2017-2018 Community Outreach Intervention Projects Volunteer- Assisted with soft tissue infection education for individuals participating in a needle exchange program in the West side of Chicago.
2016-2018 Latino Medical Student Association Community Health Chair- Health fair coordinator for the Church-Based Health Outreach Project servicing Latino communities.

Medical Organization for Latino Advancement Student Volunteer Coordinator and Research Assistant- Coordinated a Puerto Rican Resettlement Health Collaborative following Hurricane Maria. Conducted mental health evaluations to assess the stress related to displacement and access to mental health services.

2013-2015 Research Assistant at Hines VA Hospital-Evaluated three qualitative research projects focused on patient-centered care from the perspectives of Veterans and employees working at the VA. Both projects used innovative research methods: Photovoice and Guided Tours.
2012- 2014 Graduate Research Assistant at University of Michigan School of Public Health Merck Childhood Asthma Network- Cross-site qualitative and quantitative evaluation of four childhood asthma-based interventions based out of a clinic, neighborhood, school and housing project setting. Assessed the impact of care coordination, access to care, and health care utilization. Identified factors impacting translation of evidence-based interventions adapted at each site.
2011- 2012 Community Health Clinic Health Educator and Spanish Interpreter- Facilitated ‘Take Action!’ Diabetes Education Programs for Spanish speaking adults. Interpreted for doctors and patients during medical appointments.
2008-2012 Medical Case Manager at Chicago House and Social Service Agency- Collaborated with the Aids Foundation of Chicago, City of Chicago Department of Public Health and the Aids Administrative Unit to provide services to the HIV/AIDS population.
2007-2011 Research Assistant at Loyola University Chicago Healthy Adolescent Transition Study- Multi-site longitudinal study focusing on children with Spina Bifida and the effect on neuropsychological issues and peer relationships.

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2020 Judge's Award - Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CAOG) 87th Annual Meeting
2020 Gold Humanism Honor Society; University of Illinois College of Medicine
2018-2019 Arrie and Estelle Johnson Bamberger Scholarship
2018 Dr. David Monash/Harry Lloyd and Elizabeth Pawlette Marshall Medical Student Scholarship Program
2017 Hispanocare Scholarship
2017 GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program Scholar
2012-2014 University of Michigan School of Public Health Dean’s Scholarship
2008 Psi Chi Honors Society

Poster Presentations

MacInnes M, TURCIOS S, Kotek B, Braverman A, Commito R. Assessment of Gynecological Needs for Women who Access Harm Reduction Services Through Mobile Van Outreach in Chicago. Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CAOG) 87th Annual Meeting. November 2020.

Alvarado G, TURCIOS S. (2017). Assessing Barriers and Limitations of Patient Engagement on Online Health Portals in an Urban Underserved Federally Qualified Health Center. Presented at the MOLA-Midwest NHMA Latino Health Symposium, Chicago, IL. Award: “Best Poster: Community Project”.

LaVela SL, TURCIOS S, Malhoit A, Etingen B, Misckevics S. (2015). Do Perceptions of Family-Centered Care Differ in Older and Younger Family.Caregivers?. Presented at the VA Health Services Research and Development Service and Quality Enhancement Research Initiative National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

LaVela SL. TURCIOS S, Malhoit A, Etingen B, Misckevics S. (2015). Family-Centered Care Perspectives in Older and Younger Family/Caregivers. Presented at the Loyola University Chicago Palmer Symposium, Chicago, IL.

Psihogios AM, Lennon JM, TURCIOS S, Klages K, Holmbeck GN (2011). Predictors of Mother-Child Agreement and Disagreement Over Perceived Control of Spina Bifida Responsibilities. Presented at the National Conference for the Society of Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Essner B, Holmbeck GN, RaimanC, Taylor C, TURCIOS S. (2009, April). Pain Symptoms in Children and Adolescents with Spina Bifida. Presented at the Midwest Conference on Pediatric Psychology, Kansas City, MO

Kelly L M, Holmbeck GN, TURCIOS, S. (2008, April). The Influence of Behavioral Autonomy On Adolescent Depressive Symptoms Among Youth With Spina Bifida. Presented at the National Conference on Child Health Psychology, Miami, FL.


Balbale SN, TURCIOS S, LaVela SL. Health care employee perceptions of patient-centered care: a photovoice project. Qual Health Res. 2015 Mar;25(3):417-25. doi: 10.1177/1049732314553011. Epub 2014 Oct 1. PMID: 25274626

Locatelli SM, TURCIOS S, LaVela SL. Optimizing the care environment: Results of a guided tours study with healthcare employees. HERD. 2015 Winter;8(2):18-30. doi: 10.1177/1937586714565610.

Locatelli SM, TURCIOS S, LaVela SL. (2014). Veterans’ experiences of patient-centered care: Learning from guided tours. Patient Experience Journal: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 14.