Karen Meckstroth, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Medical Director, Women's Options Center, Mt. Zion
Gynecology Medical Director, Women's Community Clinic


Since early residency, Dr. Meckstroth's research has focused on the use of mifepristone and misoprostol. Currently, she is Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, working primarily at the San Francisco General Hospital. She is the Director of Family Planning Services at Mt. Zion, which provides Family Planning services and miscarriage care for UCSF and community patients. She also is the Consulting Medical Director of the Women's Community Clinic, a community clinic that provides free and low cost reproductive health care and outreach to Bay Area women. In addition to general gynecology and obstetrics, she has special academic interests in mifepristone and misoprostol, pelvic procedure pain and care for underserved women.


Areas of interest:

    • Mifepristone and misoprostol
    • Pelvic procedure pain control
    • Contraception, particularly progestin-only and IUDs
    • Reproductive healthcare for underserved women
    • Complementary and alternative medicine in women's health



    • 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