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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) 355-1661
Fax: (312) 996-4238

Medical School Residency Fellowship Graduate

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, utilizing techniques to promote vaginal delivery including trial of labor after Cesarean section, external cephalic version, and use of obstetric forceps.Gynecologically, Dr. Ramanathan has a particular focus on care of uterine fibroids, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery including vaginal hyterectomy, treatment of abnormal pap tests, contraception, care of menopause, and other complex gynecologic care.

Following her residency training, Dr. Ramanathan completed her fellowship in Global Health Leadership and Innovation from Massachusetts General Hospital, and her primary research focus is in developing and implementing innovative technologies to improve women’s health care outcomes worldwide. She is one of the core faculty for the Innovation Medicine (IMED) program at UIC, and has invented numerous award-winning novel medical devices.

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:

Dosaj A, D Thiyagarajan, C ter Haar, J Cheng, J George, C Wheatley, A Ramanathan. “Rapid Implementation of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Telemedicine and E-Health: 2021 (27;2): 116-120. Epub 2020 Jul 17.

Goba G, A Yermane Legresse, A Whelan, K Divelbess, E Cavanaugh, S Ahmed Mohammednur, A Ramanathan, Y Berhe Zelelow, M Stephenson. “Prevalence of stillbirth in Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, North Ethiopia: A Descriptive Retrospective Study.” Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health: 2019(11;3):26-32.

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.

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Gwer, SO, R. Bailey, J. Imbamba, S. Odenyo, J. Omoto, A. Ramanathan. “Validation of Chloe SED, a low-cost, reusable syringe extension device for the provision of paracervical analgesia during manual vacuum aspiration.” Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society Annual Meeting, February 2021.

Calderon, R., A. Hernandez, B. Sakas, K. Salcedo-Diaz, H. Sattar, A. Ramanathan, A. Felder, M. Kotche. “Fetal Heart Monitor for Prenatal Telemedical Applications.” University of Illinois at Chicago Annual Engineering Expo, April 2021.

Biedron, J., K. Chandetka, F. Jabri, R. Kanamarlapudi, H. Mehreen, A. Ramanathan, A. Felder, M. Kotche. “A Modification to Cesarean Section Surgical Draping for Obese Patients.” University of Illinois at Chicago Annual Engineering Expo, April 2021.

Thiyagarajan, D., C. Wheatley, A. Ramanathan. “Development of a Novel, Low-cost, Low-Fidelity Simulation Model for Pudendal Nerve Block Application.” CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting, March 2021.

Research Funding:

Grand Challenges Canada OPTions Initiative: Bold Ideas with Big Impact, “Validation of a novel device for the provision of humane pain control during manual vacuum aspiration”, Principal Investigator Feb 2021 – present.

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) VentureWell E-team grant, “SonoHug”, Principle Investigator June 2021 – present.