Three of the authors completed their fellowship training at UNC OB-GYN.


Three former UNC OB-GYN fellows recently published commentary titled, ‘Black Lives Matter: Claiming a Space for Evidence-Based Outrage in Obstetrics and Gynecology’ in the American Journal of Public Health.

The piece was published September 15, 2016 in the October 2016 issue of the journal.

“This perspectives piece from three former UNC fellows allowed us to voice our frustration at the persistent racial and ethnic inequality that we see on a day-to-day basis in our exam rooms, and which we see in larger research studies, journal articles and textbooks that encompass academic medicine,” said Dr. Matthew Zerden, a graduate of UNC OB-GYN’s family planning fellowship and an OB-GYN at WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital.

“These disparities have existed for decades, and we feel outraged at their persistence. We are trying to connect our passion for equity in women’s health with the broader social movement sweeping through the country from the Black Lives Matter campaign. We hope this will be a start.”

The other authors are Dr. Kacey Y. Eichelberger, with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Carolina Greenville School of Medicine; Dr. Kemi Doll, with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer; and Dr. Geraldine E. Ekpo, with the Laurel Fertility Center, and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. All authors contributed equally to the writing and editing of the editorial.

Dr. Eichelberger and Dr. Doll also completed fellowships at UNC-OBGYN, in maternal-fetal medicine and gynecologic oncology, respectively.

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