Megan Huchko, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
 

Dr. Huchko's research focuses on optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer among women with HIV in resource-limited settings, including validating screening and treatment strategies and looking at structural and contextual factors related to screening access.

She is currently involved in the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program in western Kenya, a series of HIV care and treatment centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and part of a collaboration between UCSF and the Kenya Medical Research Institute. She designed and implemented a cervical cancer screening and treatment program for the HIV-infected women receiving care at the clinic, using resource appropriate screening strategies. She is following a cohort of these women to determine overall treatment efficacy, impact of immunosuppression on short and longterm outcomes, and the effect of highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on the recurrence of precancerous lesions. She is completing a four-year National Institutes of Health-career development award in which she validated two low-cost visual inspection techniques to screen for cervical cancer. 

More recently, Dr. Huchko’s work has focused on strategies to improve the delivery of evidence-proven screening and treatment strategies. Her team validated an educational intervention to increase knowledge and decrease stigma around cervical cancer in order to increase screening uptake. She is evaluating various models of service delivery, including integration with other health care services and periodic screening through community campaigns.

Areas of interest:

  • HIV and HPV co-infection
  • Cervical Cancer Screening in Resource Limited Settings
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV
  • Implementation Science

 

Awards and honors:

  • Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research, 2011

 

Education:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Medical Doctorate 
  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Ob/Gyn Training
  • Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco, Reproductive Infectious Disease Fellowship and a Traineeship in AIDS Prevention Studies  
  • University of California, Berkeley, Masters in Public Health