Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS

Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Director, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
Director, Innovating Education in Reproductive Health
Director, UCSF Fellowship in Family Planning
Director of Research and Evaluation, Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program


Dr. Steinauer's clinical research focuses on: 1) contraceptive decision-making and continuation and 2) complications of pregnancy termination. Her educational research focuses on: 1) the prevalence and outcomes of family planning training, 2) best practices for teaching ob-gyn residents who are uncomfortable with abortion, 3) teaching empathy and professionalism, and 4) preparing clinicians to provide patient-centered care to patients whom they find challenging. She is currently a PhD candidate in Health Professions Education in the University Medical Center Utrecht-UCSF joint program. Dr. Steinauer provides clinical care and teaching at San Francisco General Hospital.


Areas of interest:

  • Medical Education
  • Contraception
  • Abortion
  • Family planning training
  • Professionalism



  • UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences' Outstanding Teaching award for teaching residents, 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2007 - 2016
  • Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators' Excellence in Innovative Curricular Design and Program Development, 2006
  • UCSF James R. Green Memorial Award, 2001
  • San Francisco General Hospital Julius R. Krevins Award for Clinical Excellence, 1998
  • American Public Health Association Jay S. Drotman award, 1995
  • UCSF Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women, 1995


Education and training:

  • University of California, San Francisco, Medical Doctorate and Residency 
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellowships in Clinical Research and Family Planning
  • University of California, San Francisco, Master’s Degree in Clinical Research