The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is committed to helping women and girls reach their reproductive goals through patient care, research, education, and policy.
Clinically, we are the home of the Ryan Center, a comprehensive family planning clinic providing full-spectrum abortion and contraception care and; the Complex Contraception Clinic; as well as the Program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
Our Section conducts clinical and social science research using a wide range of methods, from randomized trials to qualitative research. Our members have funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Society of Family Planning, and private foundations. We are an active member of the NIH’s Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network.
Our members have local and national leadership roles. Dr. Sadia Haider is a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration, the Title X medical director for the state of Illinois, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Family Planning. Dr. Melissa Gilliam is on the editorial board of the journals: Obstetrics and Gynecology and Contraception. Dr. Amber Truehart is on several committees including the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Complex Family Planning Fellowship. Additionally, our faculty members hold positions within the University. Dr. Melissa Gilliam is also the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity and Dr. Julie Chor is a faculty member in The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
We are committed to education and mentorship of the next generation of women’s health advocates and providers through our medical student and resident rotations in family planning as well as our fellowship in family planning.
Through our robust policy program, we advocate for policies that reduce disparities and improve the health of families by guiding research priorities and making research findings accessible.
The Society for Family Planning, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Medical Association have stated that abortion and contraception should remain essential care and delivered in a timely fashion. Illinois and UChicago Medicine provide a supportive and favorable environment for us to be able to provide this care without barriers. In addition to access to abortion care, we are providing telemedicine for contraception care and using novel approaches for self-administration of sub-cutaneous Depo-Provera and remote follow-up care for medical abortion.