Suzan Goodman, MD, MPH

National Training Director, UCSF Beyond the Pill
Curriculum Director, TEACH Program

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine

Dr. Goodman serves as National Training Director for the UCSF Bixby Beyond the Pill Program, which promotes streamlined access and equity in contraceptive health care, and builds a research foundation to transform patient care experience. She has worked to remove unnecessary procedures in contraceptive care, including unnecessary screening and lengthy protocols for long-acting contraceptives. She has implemented training programs for thousands of reproductive and primary health care providers within public health agencies, clinics, colleges, and hospitals.

Additionally, Dr. Goodman is Co-Founder and Curriculum Director of the TEACH Program which cultivates the next generation of reproductive health champions through training, curriculum, advocacy, and leadership development. She has supported expanded roles of primary care physicians and advanced practice clinicians in comprehensive reproductive health. She has been the primary editor for five editions of TEACH’s Early Abortion Training Curriculum, which is now used in 50 states and 100 countries.

Dr. Goodman is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine and Faculty at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She provides emergency medicine and reproductive health care. She is active in policy through the Society for Family Planning, Physicians for Reproductive Health, CAFP and AAFP, where she has coauthored and advocated for multiple state and national resolutions.

Dr. Goodman served on the Planned Parenthood National Medical Committee (2010-2016), as a Planned Parenthood Director of Medical Education (2003 – 2007), and as Training Director for the California Health Workforce Pilot Project (2005 – 2007), which demonstrated safety and efficacy of uterine aspiration provided by Advanced Practice Clinicians, and informed state policy change. She has provided technical assistance and consulting for Ipas, PPFA, ARMS, ARHP, DOW, IMC, and Center for International Reproductive Health Training. Her international work has focused on capacity building of urban and rural reproductive health providers.


Areas of interest:

  • Contraceptive access and autonomy
  • Patient-centered counseling, implicit bias, ethics, patient concerns, sharing science
  • Medical disparities, underserved communities
  • Advances in contraception, emergency and highly effective contraception
  • Early pregnancy options
  • Management of early pregnancy loss
  • Systems based innovation for reproductive health improvements
  • Reproductive health training in primary care specialties and predictors of provision
  • Faculty development, team-building, interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Global capacity building of reproductive health providers
  • Emergency and wilderness medicine
  • Integrative health, nutrition, and mind body medicine

Ongoing research projects:

  • Training outcomes and implementation science, Beyond the Pill Program
  • Ongoing evaluation research, TEACH Program
  • Simulations for reproductive procedural training and complication management



  • Stanford School of Medicine, M.D.
  • UC Berkeley School of Public Health, M.P.H. and Research Fellowship
  • UC San Francisco Faculty Development Fellowship
  • Family Medicine Residency, Contra Costa Regional (1995-97)
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency, University of Washington (1993-95)
  • Harvard Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program
  • Hampshire College, Biological Anthropology