Uta Landy, PhD

National Director of the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program and the Fellowship in Family Planning
Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health

Email: landyu@obgyn.ucsf.edu


Dr. Uta Landy is an internationally recognized expert in medical education in family planning. She has worked in the field of family planning and abortion since 1970 as an international consultant, researcher, counselor, administrator, writer, and advocate.

She directed one of the first abortion clinics in New York after legalization in 1970, and became the first Executive Director of the National Abortion Federation in 1979.

Her global work started in 1985 when she convened the first International Christopher Tietze Symposium in conjunction with FIGO in Berlin, resulting in the publication of the proceedings with Professor S.S. Ratnam from Singapore University of ‘Prevention and Treatment of Contraceptive Failure’. In 1999, she founded the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Abortion and Family Planning at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which now counts 70 programs in major medical schools in the US and Canada, dedicated to the integration of family planning into medical education in the US and Canada. In 1999, she also assumed the role of National Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning, the only post graduate fellowship in family planning, which is now based in 29 leading universities and teaching hospitals in the US. Both programs are used as educational models integrating abortion and contraception training worldwide.

In 2003, Dr. Landy collaborated with Pathfinder International to develop a three year collaboration to reform the Vietnamese curriculum in abortion and contraception. Delegations of Vietnamese policymakers and academic leaders from all eight medical schools, including deans, department heads and representatives from the ministries of health attended specially designed two week courses at UCSF leading to major reform in evidence based clinical care and didactics in medical education in Vietnam. She and her UCSF team of clinician educators serve as advisors and consultants to teaching hospitals and academic leaders to integrate teaching in abortion and contraception or post abortion care in Thailand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uruguay.

In her capacity as the director of the FPF and the global placement of 250 family planning fellows, she has established relationships with faculty in South and Central America, East and Southern Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Iran, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Nepal, providing technical assistance in capacity building, medical education and evidence based clinical care.

She is the recipient of Senator Barbara Boxer’s Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition with the ‘Woman of the Year’ award, the NAF Christopher Tietze Humanitarian award, and PPFA’s Margret Sanger award.


Areas of Interest:

  • Assessment and evaluation of abortion and family planning
  • Training of residents in obstetrics and gynecology

For a complete list of publications, please click here: Publications on PubMed.

Updated December 2013


  • Freedman L, Landy U, Darney P, Steinauer J. Obstacles to the integration of abortion into obstetrics and gynecology practice. Perspectives on Sexual and Reprodroductive Health. 2010:42(3):146-51.
  • Freedman LR, Landy U, Steinauer J. When there's a heartbeat: miscarriage management in Catholic-owned hospitals. American Journal of Public Health. 2008:98(10):1774-8.