Patricia Robertson, MD


Dr. Patricia Robertson is a perinatologist in UCSF Women's Health at Parnassus where she focuses on high-risk pregnancy. She also is a member of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Her special interests include the prevention of preterm birth as well as lesbian health issues.

Robertson received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco. After spending five years in private practice in Santa Monica, she returned to UCSF as a member of the faculty and completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine.

Robertson wrote "The Premature Labor Handbook: Successfully Sustaining Your High-Risk Pregnancy," which is the first comprehensive book to specifically address preterm labor and many of the issues confronting women, their partners and their families. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as in maternal-fetal medicine.


Obstetrics and Gynecology Services at Mount Zion
2356 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Obstetrics: (415) 353-2566
Gynecology: (415) 885-7788
Obstetrics Fax: (415) 353-2496
Gynecology Fax: (415) 353-9550

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Perinatal Specialties at Mission Bay — Fourth Street
1825 Fourth St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Gynecology: (415) 885-7788
Obstetrics: (415) 353-2566
Gynecology Fax: (415) 353-9550
Obstetrics Fax: (415) 353-2496

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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University of Texas School of Medicine, San Antonio 1976


UCSF Medical Center, OB/GYN 1980


UCSF Medical Center, Maternal-Fetal Medicine 1990

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Robertson PA, Dibble SL. Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health Research: Building the Evidence for Best Practices. LGBT Health. 2015 Jun; 2(2):89-90.
  2. El-Ibiary SY, Hamilton SP, Abel R, Erdman CA, Robertson PA, Finley PR. A pilot study evaluating genetic and environmental factors for postpartum depression. Innov Clin Neurosci. 2013 Sep; 10(9-10):15-22.
  3. Rowen TS, Breyer BN, Lin TC, Li CS, Robertson PA, Shindel AW. Use of barrier protection for sexual activity among women who have sex with women. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Jan; 120(1):42-5.
  4. Shindel AW, Rowen TS, Lin TC, Li CS, Robertson PA, Breyer BN. An Internet survey of demographic and health factors associated with risk of sexual dysfunction in women who have sex with women. J Sex Med. 2012 May; 9(5):1261-71.
  5. Aronson L, Niehaus B, Lindow J, Robertson PA, O'Sullivan PS. Development and pilot testing of a reflective learning guide for medical education. Med Teach. 2011; 33(10):e515-21.
  6. Eliason MJ, Dibble SL, Robertson PA. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) physicians' experiences in the workplace. J Homosex. 2011; 58(10):1355-71.
  7. Teherani A, O'Brien BC, Masters DE, Poncelet AN, Robertson PA, Hauer KE. Burden, responsibility, and reward: preceptor experiences with the continuity of teaching in a longitudinal integrated clerkship. Acad Med. 2009 Oct; 84(10 Suppl):S50-3.
  8. Kelley L, Chou CL, Dibble SL, Robertson PA. A critical intervention in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health: knowledge and attitude outcomes among second-year medical students. Teach Learn Med. 2008 Jul-Sep; 20(3):248-53.
  9. Goldstein RR, Croughan MS, Robertson PA. Neonatal outcomes in immediate versus delayed conceptions after spontaneous abortion: a retrospective case series. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Jun; 186(6):1230-4; discussion 1234-6.
  10. Dibble SL, Roberts SA, Robertson PA, Paul SM. Risk factors for ovarian cancer: lesbian and heterosexual women. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2002 Jan-Feb; 29(1):E1-7.
  11. Ching SL, Gates EA, Robertson PA. Factors influencing obstetric and gynecologic patients' decisions toward medical student involvement in the outpatient setting. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Jun; 182(6):1429-32.
  12. Robertson PA, Huang LJ, Croughan-Minihane MS, Kilpatrick SJ. Is there an association between water baths during labor and the development of chorioamnionitis or endometritis? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1998 Jun; 178(6):1215-21.
  13. Robertson PA, Brown JS, Flanagan TA, Goldman ME, Learman LA, Stevens AE, Wilcox N. The Women's Health Curriculum by a problem-based learning method for medical students at the University of California, San Francisco. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1997 Jun; 176(6):1368-73.
  14. Robertson PA, Foran CM, Croughan-Minihane MS, Kilpatrick SJ. Head entrapment and neonatal outcome by mode of delivery in breech deliveries from 28 to 36 weeks of gestation. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1996 Jun; 174(6):1742-7; discussion 1747-9.
  15. Robertson PA, Foran CM, Croughan-Minihane MS, Kilpatrick SJ. Head entrapment and neonatal outcome by mode of delivery in breech deliveries from twenty-four to twenty-seven weeks of gestation. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1995 Oct; 173(4):1171-6.
  16. Kilpatrick SJ, Gates EA, Robertson PA. Is withholding antenatal corticosteroids ethical? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1995 May; 172(5):1656-7.
  17. Sawaya GF, Robertson PA. Hepatotoxicity with the administration of nifedipine for treatment of preterm labor. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Aug; 167(2):512-3.
  18. Robertson PA, Sniderman SH, Laros RK, Cowan R, Heilbron D, Goldenberg RL, Iams JD, Creasy RK. Neonatal morbidity according to gestational age and birth weight from five tertiary care centers in the United States, 1983 through 1986. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Jun; 166(6 Pt 1):1629-41; discussion 1641-5.
  19. Hurd WW, Robertson PA, Riemer RK, Goldfien A, Roberts JM. Cocaine directly augments the alpha-adrenergic contractile response of the pregnant rabbit uterus. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Jan; 164(1 Pt 1):182-7.
  20. Combs CA, Robertson PA, Laros RK. Risk factors for third-degree and fourth-degree perineal lacerations in forceps and vacuum deliveries. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1990 Jul; 163(1 Pt 1):100-4.

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