Ina Park, MD, MS

Ina Park is an Associate Professor in the Department Family and Community Medicine at UCSF. She completed her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California-Berkeley and her MD in 2001 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. During medical school she served as a Fogarty Fellow with the NIH from 1999-2000. She completed residency in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles in 2005, her MS in Clinical Research in 2007 at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, and a fellowship in Sexually Transmitted Diseases at UCSF in 2009.

She currently serves as the Medical Director of the California Prevention Training Center and Medical Consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Division of STD Prevention. Her research interests include evaluation of serologic assays for diagnosis of syphilis and assessing the population-level impact of human papillomavirus vaccination. In 2012 she was recognized with the Young Investigator of the Year Award by the American STD Association, and was a coauthor of the 2015 and 2020 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines. She has consulted on numerous national initiatives including the first HHS Federal STI Action Plan, and the CDC's Quality STD Clinical Services Guidelines. In 2020 she was elected to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America National Medical Committee to serve a two-year term.

Ina's passion lies in empowering and informing others around the topics of sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Her new book weaves storytelling, humor and in-depth interviews with experts to demystify and reduce stigma around STIs. It is entitled Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History and Surprising Secrets of STDs, and is scheduled for publication in February 2021.