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Biftu Mengesha, MD, MAS, is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and complex family planning at the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital Division.


Common practice

  • Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Complex Family Planning at the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital Division


  • University of Colorado (BA, Biochemistry)
  • Northwestern University (MD)
  • Northwestern University (Residency, OB/GYN)
  • UCSF (scholarship, complex family planning)
  • UCSF (MS, Advanced Studies in Clinical Research)

Board certifications

Career Highlights and Honors

  • Dr. Mengesha has received several teaching awards from medical students and residents throughout her career. Notable awards include 2020 Academy of Medical Educators, Excellence in Teaching Award – UCSF School of Medicine and 2022 Graduate Medical Education Excellence and Innovation Award, UCSF School of Medicine.
  • She was a John A Watson Fellow at UCSF, 2017-2020.
  • Dr. Mengesha has held/currently holds a number of leadership positions: Medical Director of Obstetrics at San Francisco General Hospital, Associate Director of OBGYN Residency at UCSF, Associate Director of Family Planning Fellowship complex at UCSF, Director of Innovative Education in Reproductive Health, Co-Director of Equity and Inclusion at the OBGYN Department at San Francisco General Hospital
  • She has created/disseminated several curricula in sexual and reproductive health through innovative reproductive health education. These programs are used nationally and internationally to help bridge the gap in access to high quality sexual and reproductive health education resources.
  • She has served on several committees of national organizations such as the Society of Family Planning and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Dr. Mengesha has lectured over 35 regionally and nationally on sexual and reproductive health, equity and inclusion in medical education, and disparities in sexual and reproductive health care.

Publications, books and media

  • Assessing differences in the provision of contraceptives via telemedicine among reproductive health providers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Comfort AB, Rao L, Goodman S, Raine-Bennett T, Barney A, Mengesha B, Harper CC. Reprod Health. 2022 Apr 22;19(1):99. doi: 10.1186/s12978-022-01388-9.
  • Abortion stigma and its relationship to bereavement, post-traumatic stress, and mental health-related quality of life after abortion for fetal abnormalities. Kerns J, Cheeks M, Cassidy A, Pearlson G, Mengesha B. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2022 Mar 28;3(1):385-394. doi: 10.1089/whr.2021.0027. eCollection 2022.
  • Racial Disparities in Cesarean Delivery Rates and Indications in California: Are They Changing Over Time? Teal EN, Anudokem K, Baer RJ, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L, Mengesha B. Am J Perinatol. 2021 Dec 2. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1740071. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34856615
  • Countering Abortion Misinformation: The Role of Health Sciences Librarians. Barr-Walker J, DePiñeres T, Ossom-Williamson P, Mengesha B, Berglas NF. Am J Public Health. 2021 Oct;111(10):1753-1756. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306471. Published online September 16, 2021. PMID: 34529495
  • Community Curriculum Development for Sexual and Reproductive Health Equity: Structures and Self. Julian Z, Mengesha B, McLemore MR, Steinauer J. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Apr 1;137(4):723-727. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004324. PMID: 33706348
  • Mengesha B. Legislature should end outdated regulation for certified nurse midwives. CalMatters June 2020.

Private life

  • I am the daughter of two Ethiopian immigrants and was born and raised in Denver, Colorado alongside my wonderful younger sister. I have always enjoyed spending time with others and connecting with them, so doing anything that will give me the opportunity to spend quality time with my family and friends is what I love to do! I’ve taken up new hobbies like baking and jewelry making (COVID’s only silver lining!), which are great for gift giving and entertaining! I have now lived in some of the best cities in the USA – Denver, Chicago and now the Bay Area for the past 6 years. I’m lucky to be in the Bay Area and able to explore all the diversity of beautiful Northern California – my fiancé and I really like to sneak weekends to Northern California towns where we didn’t go and explore a new place.