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Residency Program


While I arrived at medical school with some inkling toward a career in women’s health, it wasn’t until my third year rotation that my decision to pursue OGBYN was solidified. I was enamored with an OBGYN’s ability to provide care that is surgical, medical, preventative, and/or curative to women in some of the most vulnerable positions – whether accepting a cancer diagnosis or giving birth to new life. While still excited about the clinical opportunities within OBGYN, I also engaged in different avenues to improve underserved communities during my public health training: applied research, political advocacy, and social activism. It was through OBGYN and sexual health promotion that I began to envision my own interdisciplinary career in medicine and public health through a social justice lens.

And it is because of these professional goals that I’m so thrilled to train at UCSF’s residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology! The program has an exceptional commitment to the development of clinically and academically skilled physician leaders who are dedicated to the health of underserved communities, both within and outside of the clinical encounter. And because of my commitment to sexual and reproductive health promotion amongst underserved populations, and academic interest in family planning and public health, I believe that UCSF’s program is a great fit.

As a newbie to the West Coast, I’m even more excited to learn more about my new home of San Francisco! I hope to take advantage of the myriad of delicious restaurants, live music venues, diverse communities, and other unanticipated adventures that the Bay Area has to offer.

Zoë Julian, MD, MPH
Zoë Julian, MD, MPH
Resident Physician - PGY 4

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
550 16th Street, 7th Floor
OBGYN, Mailstop 0132
San Francisco, CA 94143-0132

Location Office Phone Fax
Mission Bay (415) 476 - 5192 (415) 476 - 1811
Mount Zion (415) 353 - 9240 (415) 353 - 9509
San Francisco General Hospital (415) 206 - 3061 (415) 206 - 3112

Research/Clinical Interests:  Sexual and reproductive health disparities, family planning, social determinants of health, applied public health research



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2015 Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA MD Medicine
2015 Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Atlanta, GA MPH Behavioral Science and Health Education
2005 Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis, MO BSE Biomedical Engineering

Research & Professional Experience

Current Independent researcher – Post abortion contraception in Georgia’s abortion care facilities: a qualitative assessment; Emory University
2014 MPH Capstone – Collaboration to Protection: A multilevel intervention for the prevention of gonorrhea and chlamydia amongst Atlanta’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer/questioning youth; Emory University
2013 - 2015 Georgia Maternal and Infant Health Research Group (GMIHRG) – Leadership Board Member, Graduate Student Researcher; Emory University
2013 - 2014 Independent researcher - A systematic review of theory-based interventions for reducing unintended pregnancy in the peri-abortion period; Emory University
2013 - 2014 Graduate student researcher, Title X Family Planning Grant Block Application Community Needs Assessment – Teen Family Planning Services; Georgia Department of Public Health
2009 - 2010 Biocompatibility Specialist, Corporate Toxicology and Biocompatibility Services; Boston Scientific Corporation
2009 R&D Engineering Intern, Sustainability Engineering, Urology and Women’s Health Division; Boston Scientific Corporation
2009 Senior Design Thesis: Pediatric nerve simulator probe for reconstructive surgical application; School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
2008 Travelers Summer Research Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2018 UCSF AOA Housestaff Award
2014 Marianne Ruby, MD Research Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Emory University
2014 Recognition for Service, Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society
2014 Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Emory University
2013 Anne Elizabeth and Harper Gaston Scholar for Community Service, Emory University
2013 John E. and Doris W. McGowan MD/MPH Scholar Award, Emory University
2013 Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society


Whetstone S, Julian Z. Increasing diversity in graduate medical education. Beyond Flexner Alliance Conference

Julian Z, Mengesha B, Hart A, Williams S, Davis M, Osegura T. Structures and Self: Advancing Equity and Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Social Medicine Consortium

Julian ZI (January, 2015). Obstetric Provider Shortage and Maldistribution: characterizing the obstetric workforce in rural Georgia. Presented on behalf of Georgia Maternal and Infant Health Research Group. Oral presentation presented at: Maternal and Child Outreach Educator Meeting; Macon, Georgia.

Zertuche AD, Julian ZI, Pinto M, Spelke B (August, 2014). Georgia Maternal and Infant Health Research Group: Mobilizing allied health students and local partners to put data into action. Oral presentation presented at: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Grand Rounds; Atlanta, Georgia.

Zertuche AD, Julian ZI, Pinto M, Spelke B (November, 2013). Exploring Georgia’s Obstetric Care Shortage. Oral presentation presented at: March of Dimes Georgia Chapter – 1st Annual Prematurity Summit; Macon, GA.

Julian ZI, Kim Y, Rai R, Shinnick J, Spelke B, Zertuche AD, Cota P, Dott A, Rochat R (September, 2013). Innovation in Obstetric Care: Findings from Four Literature Reviews on Alternative Models of Obstetric Care provision and Strategies for recruitment in Underserved Areas. Poster presented at: Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference; Macon, Georgia.


Smulian EA, Zahedi L, Hurvitz J, Talbot A, Williams A, Julian Z, Zertuche AD, Rochat R. Obstetric Provider Trainees in Georgia: Characteristics and Attitudes About Practice in Obstetric Provider Shortage Areas. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Jul;20(7):1341-8. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-1998-9. PMID  27072048

Meyer E, Hennink M, Rochat R, Julian Z, Pinto M, Zertuche AD, Spelke B, Dott A, Cota P. Working Towards Safe Motherhood: Delays and Barriers to Prenatal Care for Women in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas of Georgia. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Jul;20(7):1358-65. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-1997-x. PMID  27053128

Zertuche AD, Spelke B, Julian Z, Pinto M, Rochat R. Georgia Maternal and Infant Health Research Group (GMIHRG): Mobilizing Allied Health Students and Community Partners to Put Data into Action. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Jul;20(7):1323-32. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-1996-y. PMID 27072049.