Bixby Profiles

Meet Dr. Monica Hahn, physician merging activism and medicine

UCSF Bixby Center
Years ago, Dr. Monica Hahn thought she’d be more likely to end up protesting in the streets than seeing patients in an exam room. Now an assistant professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, Hahn is the daughter of Korean immigrants and the first person in her family to go to medical school.

Meet Dr. Lauren Ralph, researcher putting young people first

UCSF Bixby Center
Dr. Lauren Ralph of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health is taking the challenges of adolescent sexual health research head on. “We’re doing a disservice if we can’t gather their perspectives and experiences and make better policy for them.”

Meet Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu, breastfeeding researcher centering Black women

UCSF Bixby Center
Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu’s research isn’t meant to sit in journals. “To know that my work is resonating with people and that they can use it to amplify and support the work they’re doing is one of the biggest motivating factors for me,” she says. “That’s why I do this work.”

Meet Dr. Rachel L. Kaplan, trailblazing researcher fighting transphobia

UCSF Bixby Center
There is very little data about HIV in the Middle East to begin with, and funding and attention dedicated to eradicating the epidemic often ignores trans women. Dr. Rachel L. Kaplan is out to change that.

Meet Dr. Alison El Ayadi, researcher taking on female genital fistula

UCSF Bixby Center
Seeing the importance of pregnancy and birth in women's lives led Dr. Alison El Ayadi to her groundbreaking work on exploring the continuum of care for obstetric complications, focused specifically on helping women return to normal lives after fistula repair.

Meet Dr. Dominika Seidman, clinical researcher confronting complex problems

UCSF Bixby Center
An Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Dr. Dominika Seidman combines her work caring for patients with research to create big-picture change.

Meet Tim Vincent, capacity builder tackling health inequities

UCSF Bixby Center
Tim has over 25 years of experience working in healthcare for people living with HIV. At CAPTC, he trains social workers, nurses, health educators and providers around the country.

Meet Dr. Biftu Mengesha, fierce advocate for reproductive justice

UCSF Bixby Center
A revelatory experience as a medical student in a maternal-child hospital ward set Dr. Biftu Mengesha on the path to providing compassionate, patient-centered care as an Assistant Professor in the Bixby Center