Karen Meckstroth, MD, MPH

Title(s)Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave, #6D19
San Francisco CA 94110
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    University of ChicagoM.D.1995Pritzker School of Medicine
    University of Southern CaliforniaResidency 1999Obstetrics & Gynecology
    UCSFClinical Research & Biostatistics2000Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    UC BerkeleyMPH2001Health Policy & Management
    UCSFFellowship2001Family Planning Clinical Care & Research
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    USC/ Los Angeles County Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology1999Resident Research Award for Outstanding Research in Women's Health
    National Abortion Federation 2004Best Scientific Paper, Oral Presentation
    Obstetrics & Gynecology residents, Kaiser San Francisco2006Outstanding Guest Teacher
    UCSF2007Hellman Family Award for Early Career Faculty
    UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & R.S.2010Outstanding Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching
    UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & R.S.2011Outstanding Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching
    UCSF Academy of Medical Educators2012Excellence in Teaching in Medical Education
    UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & R.S.2013Outstanding Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching
    UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & R.S.2014Exceptional Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching
    UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology & R.S.2015Outstanding Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching
    Women's Community Clinic20162016 Hysterical Hero (annual honoree)

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    1. Effectiveness and safety of telehealth medication abortion in the USA. Nat Med. 2024 Feb 15. Upadhyay UD, Koenig LR, Meckstroth K, Ko J, Valladares ES, Biggs MA. PMID: 38361123.
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    2. O03Safety and effectiveness of synchronous and asynchronous telehealth medication abortion provided by us virtual clinics. Contraception. 2022 Dec 1; 116:69-70. Upadhyay UU, Koenig KL, Ko KJ, Valladares VE, Meckstroth MK, Biggs BM. .
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    3. "No Big Deal": A Qualitative Study of Pharmacists' Perspectives on Dispensing Mifepristone for Medication Abortion. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Nov-Dec; 32(6):571-577. Kaller S, Ma M, Gurazada T, Baba CF, Rafie S, Raine-Bennett T, Averbach S, Chen M, Berry E, Meckstroth KR, Grossman D. PMID: 35918240.
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    4. Effect of Paracervical Block Volume on Pain Control for Dilation and Aspiration: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2022 08 01; 140(2):234-242. Crouthamel B, Economou N, Averbach S, Rible R, Kully G, Meckstroth K, Mody SK. PMID: 35852274.
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    5. Safety and Efficacy of Telehealth Medication Abortions in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 08 02; 4(8):e2122320. Upadhyay UD, Koenig LR, Meckstroth KR. PMID: 34427682; PMCID: PMC8385590.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    6. Pharmacists' knowledge, perspectives, and experiences with mifepristone dispensing for medication abortion. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2021 Nov-Dec; 61(6):785-794.e1. Kaller S, Morris N, Biggs MA, Baba CF, Rafie S, Raine-Bennett TR, Creinin MD, Berry E, Micks EA, Meckstroth KR, Averbach S, Grossman D. PMID: 34281806.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Medication Abortion With Pharmacist Dispensing of Mifepristone. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 04 01; 137(4):613-622. Grossman D, Baba CF, Kaller S, Biggs MA, Raifman S, Gurazada T, Rafie S, Averbach S, Meckstroth KR, Micks EA, Berry E, Raine-Bennett TR, Creinin MD. PMID: 33706339; PMCID: PMC7984759.
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    8. Pharmacists’ knowledge of medication abortion and attitudes towards mifepristone dispensing at the pharmacy. Contraception. 2019 May 1; 99(5):317. Raifman RS, Kaller KS, Baba BC, Averbach AS, Creinin C, Meckstroth MK, Rafie RS, Raine-Bennett RT, Grossman GD. .
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    9. Distance Traveled for an Abortion and Source of Care After Abortion. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Sep; 130(3):616-624. Upadhyay UD, Johns NE, Meckstroth KR, Kerns JL. PMID: 28816736.
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    10. Distance traveled and source of care after abortion: evidence from the California state Medicaid program. Contraception. 2016 Oct 1; 94(4):392. Upadhyay UU, Johns JN, Kerns KJ, Meckstroth MK, Foster FD. .
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    11. Claims of misoprostol use based on blood sampling should be viewed with skepticism. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014 Nov; 127(2):125-6. Frye LJ, Winikoff B, Meckstroth K. PMID: 25220862.
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    12. Women's decision making regarding choice of second trimester termination method for pregnancy complications. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012 Mar; 116(3):244-8. Kerns J, Vanjani R, Freedman L, Meckstroth K, Drey EA, Steinauer J. PMID: 22169044.
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    13. Cervical preparation for second trimester dilation and evacuation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Aug 04; (8):CD007310. Newmann SJ, Dalve-Endres A, Diedrich JT, Steinauer JE, Meckstroth K, Drey EA. PMID: 20687085.
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    14. Analgesia/pain management in first trimester surgical abortion. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jun; 52(2):160-70. Meckstroth KR, Mishra K. PMID: 19407522.
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    15. First-Trimester Aspiration Abortion. Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy. 2009 Apr 3; 135-156. Meckstroth MK, Paul PM. .
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    16. Cervical preparation for second trimester surgical abortion. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2008 Jul 16; (3). Newmann NS, Dalve-Endres DA, Diedrich DJ, Drey DE, Meckstroth MK, Steinauer SJ. .
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    17. Misoprostol administered by epithelial routes: Drug absorption and uterine response. Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Sep; 108(3 Pt 1):582-90. Meckstroth KR, Whitaker AK, Bertisch S, Goldberg AB, Darney PD. PMID: 16946218.
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    18. Physical examination before initiating hormonal contraception: what is necessary? Am Fam Physician. 2006 Jul 01; 74(1):32, 34. Meckstroth KR. PMID: 16848378.
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    19. Misoprostol compared with laminaria before early second-trimester surgical abortion: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Aug; 106(2):234-41. Goldberg AB, Drey EA, Whitaker AK, Kang MS, Meckstroth KR, Darney PD. PMID: 16055570.
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    20. Misoprostol in gynecology. Curr Womens Health Rep. 2003 Dec; 3(6):475-83. Goldberg AB, Carusi DA, Meckstroth KR. PMID: 14613669.
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    21. Prostaglandins for first-trimester termination. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2003 Oct; 17(5):745-63. Meckstroth KR, Darney PD. PMID: 12972012.
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    22. A Prospective Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial Comparing Mifepristone and Vaginal Misoprostol to Vaginal Misoprostol Alone for Elective Termination of Early Pregnancy. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey. 2003 Jan 1; 58(1):35-37. Jain JJ, Dutton DC, Harwood HB, Meckstroth MK, Mishell MD. .
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    23. A prospective randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial comparing mifepristone and vaginal misoprostol to vaginal misoprostol alone for elective termination of early pregnancy. Hum Reprod. 2002 Jun; 17(6):1477-82. Jain JK, Dutton C, Harwood B, Meckstroth KR, Mishell DR. PMID: 12042265.
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    24. Implant contraception. Semin Reprod Med. 2001 Dec; 19(4):339-54. Meckstroth KR, Darney PD. PMID: 11727176.
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    25. Serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin levels and endometrial thickness after medical abortion. Contraception. 2001 May; 63(5):255-6. Harwood B, Meckstroth KR, Mishell DR, Jain JK. PMID: 11448465.
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    26. Early pregnancy termination with vaginal misoprostol combined with loperamide and acetaminophen prophylaxis. Contraception. 2001 Apr; 63(4):217-21. Jain JK, Harwood B, Meckstroth KR, Mishell DR. PMID: 11376649.
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    27. Implantable contraception. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2000 Dec; 27(4):781-815. Meckstroth KR, Darney PD. PMID: 11091988.
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    28. A comparison of tamoxifen and misoprostol to misoprostol alone for early pregnancy termination. Contraception. 1999 Dec; 60(6):353-6. Jain JK, Meckstroth KR, Park M, Mishell DR. PMID: 10715370.
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    29. Early pregnancy termination with intravaginally administered sodium chloride solution-moistened misoprostol tablets: historical comparison with mifepristone and oral misoprostol. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1999 Dec; 181(6):1386-91. Jain JK, Meckstroth KR, Mishell DR. PMID: 10601917.
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