Karen Meckstroth, MD, MPH

Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Medical Director, UCSF Center for Pregnancy Options

Dr. Meckstroth is Clinical Professor at UCSF, working as a generalist at San Francisco General Hospital and as the Medical Director of the UCSF Center for Pregnancy Options (formally the Women’s Options Center), which provides abortion and miscarriage care for UCSF and other patients.  In addition to general gynecology and obstetrics, she has special academic and research interests in medication abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol, pelvic procedure pain and care for underserved women.

Areas of interest:

    • Mifepristone and misoprostol, medication abortion
    • Pain with pelvic procedures pain control
    • Contraception, particularly progestin-only and IUDs
    • Equity and patient-centered care in gynecology


    • UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences' Exceptional Teaching award for Medical Student Teaching, 2014, 2021
    • UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences' Outstanding Teaching award for Medical Student Teaching, 2010-2013, 2015-2020
    • UCSF Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching in Medical Education, 2011
    • Women’s Community Clinic Hysterical Hero, 2016
    • Hellman Family Award for Early Career Faculty, 2007


    • University of Chicago, Medical Doctorate
    • University of Southern California LA County Hospital, Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship in Family Planning Clinical Care and Research
    • University of California, Berkeley, Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management