Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD has always been deeply committed to ensuring that all clinicians are prepared to provide empathetic, patient-centered reproductive healthcare. Dr. Steinauer developed her passion for comprehensive reproductive health education and care at an early age, sparking her interest in medicine and medical education.
While completing her undergraduate medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Steinauer founded a unique advocacy movement, Medical Students for Choice, which has grown into a network of medical students fighting to learn about comprehensive reproductive health, including abortion, in more than thirty countries. Over the course of her career, her commitment to health education has only grown. This commitment led her to found “Innovating Education in Reproductive Health,” a unique online resource that disseminates and curates free curricular content about family planning and other topics. It also led her to complete a PhD in Health Professions Education from the UCSF-University Medical Center Utrecht doctoral program in 2019.
Dr. Steinauer provides obstetric and gynecologic care and teaches learners at San Francisco’s county hospital and is the Philip D. Darney Distinguished Professor in Family Planning and Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF. She is the Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Dr. Steinauer has been deeply involved in the success of the Ryan Residency Training Program, serving as the Director of Research and Evaluation before becoming director of the program.