Karen Meckstroth, MD

Obstetrician and gynecologist

Dr. Karen R. Meckstroth is the director of the UCSF Women's Options Center. She is also a generalist obstetrician and gynecologist in the UCSF faculty division at San Francisco General Hospital, and is the consulting medical director at the Women's Community Clinic. Her academic interests include misoprostol, medical abortion and pain control with gynecological procedures.

Meckstroth earned a medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Women's and Children's Hospital, and a fellowship at UCSF in family planning clinical care and research. She earned a master's degree in health policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed advanced training in clinical research at UCSF in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Meckstroth is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, a member of the regional advisory panel for Physicians for Reproductive Health, and a member of the Society of Family Planning. She is a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCSF.

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University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 1995


University of Southern California Medical Center, Obstetrics & Gynecology 1999


UCSF, Family Planning Clinical Care and Research 2001

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Upadhyay UD, Johns NE, Meckstroth KR, Kerns JL. Distance Traveled for an Abortion and Source of Care After Abortion. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Aug 14.
  2. Frye LJ, Winikoff B, Meckstroth K. Claims of misoprostol use based on blood sampling should be viewed with skepticism. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014 Nov; 127(2):125-6.
  3. Kerns J, Vanjani R, Freedman L, Meckstroth K, Drey EA, Steinauer J. Women's decision making regarding choice of second trimester termination method for pregnancy complications. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012 Mar; 116(3):244-8.

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