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Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Third Year Clerkship
Sites of Practice
Roosevelt Clinic

Personal Interests:

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. I also enjoy traveling, exercise, gardening and reading.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in OB/GYN?

I was inspired during early medical school by my excellent mentors and teachers. I was always very interested in women's health. I loved the diversity of the specialty. I wanted to empower and care for women.

What do you like about working at UW Medicine?

The University of Washington cares for a very diverse, complex group of patients. I am constantly challenged in this health care setting. I love working with our trainees as they mature and grow in their pursuit of a medical career. I also really enjoy the camaraderie with my colleagues, both in OB/GYN and throughout the medical center.

What are your favorite things about living in the Seattle area?

I love all the green and water in Seattle. I grew up in a flat, landlocked Midwest town. There are so many wonderful parks and outdoor activities in this city and nearby. I also love the amazing food here. This is a great place to raise children as well.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by patients every day. I share their sadness and their joys. They challenge me and compel me to be a lifelong learner. I am also inspired by my amazing partners and colleagues. In addition, there is tremendous, innovative work being done in this School of Medicine and I am honored to be a part of it. Finally, I am continually inspired by my daughters, especially as they head towards adolescence and beyond.

Clinical Interests: 

Primary and preventive gynecologic annual care for women - controversy surrounding the evidence for screening breast and pelvic examination
Mentorship for medical student interested in pursuing OB/GYN careers - particularly for "at-risk" students
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Board Certification: 
Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2001

Washington, 1998

Education & Training: 
Residency, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1998
MD, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1994

University of Washington UW Recognition of 15 Years of Continuous Service, 2013
UW Medicine Service Excellence Award, 2008
APGO Web Site Excellence Award , 2007
Outstanding Consultant for General Internal Medicine, 2004
Barnes Senior Resident Research Award, 1998
Janet M. Glascow Memorial Award, 1994
Obstetrics & Gynecology Award - Medical School, 1994
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1993
Undergraduate - Dean's List , 1987-1990
Phi Kappa Phi Honorary, 1990
College of Arts & Sciences Honorary, 1986-1990
Minority Academic, Leadership, Service Award, 1989

American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
Association of Professors of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics & Gynecology

Date Joined UW Medicine: 1998

Languages: English

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