Aparna Ramanathan

Aparna Ramanathan, MD, MPH, FACOG

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology

Center for Women’s Health:
Phone: (312) 413-7500
Fax: (312) 413-8331

Academic Office:
Phone: (312) 996-7430
Fax: (312) 996-4238


Medical SchoolResidencyFellowshipGraduate

University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School

University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Quantitative Methods

Harvard School of Public Health


Dr. Ramanathan provides obstetric care for low and moderate risk pregnancies. She also provides gynecologic care including contraception, management for complex gynecological conditions, and she performs surgery for benign gynecology. Following her residency training, Dr. Ramanathan completed her fellowship in Global Health Leadership and Innovation from Massachusetts General Hospital, where in she was the Women’s Health Services Director at Sagam Community Hospital in rural western Kenya. There she developed obstetric protocols, provided obstetric and surgical services, provided training for clinical officers, directed community outreach, and development and provision of minimally invasive surgical services. During her Global Health fellowship she co-invented a device (SmartClot) for low-cost point-of-care INR monitoring in low-income settings for which she also won an Alpha Core Award at the CAMTech Global Cancer Hackathon 2016; a Global Cancer Innovation Post-Hack-a-thon award; IDEA2 Global Finalist 2016. She also initiated clinical trials for a novel drug-dispensing device for infants through an initiative called “Just Milk”.

Dr. Ramanathan completed a Masters in Public Health in Quantitative Methods at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in May 2018.

Recent publications:

Ramanathan A, Eckardt MJ, Nelson BD, Guha M, Oquttu M, Altawil Z, Burke T. Safety of a condom uterine balloon tamponade (ESM-UBT) device for uncontrolled primary postpartum hemorrhage among facilities in Kenya and Sierra Leone.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:168.

Ramanathan A, Gupta A, Walk D, Carstens E. A student driven course brings medical students into the innovation arena. Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship 2015; 6:13-21.

Ramanathan A, Bryant S, Montoya T, Wai C. Obturator neuropathy following tension-free vaginal tape placement. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2015;125:62-64.