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Catherine Ford , MD, MPH, FACOG

Associate Residency Program Director

Director of Global Health Graduate Education, Center for Global Health

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology

Division of Academic Specialists in General 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

New York University

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Global Women’s Health, University of North Carolina

Harvard School of Public health


Dr. Ford provides obstetric care for low and moderate risk pregnancies. She also provides gynecologic care including contraception, management of complex gynecological conditions, and surgery for benign gynecology. Dr. Ford has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Global Women’s Health.

Following her residency training, Dr. Ford moved to Lusaka, Zambia to complete a two-year fellowship in Global Women’s Health through the University of North Carolina, focusing on the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and women’s empowerment. During her time in Zambia, she practiced at the University Teaching Hospital with an emphasis on clinical teaching of Zambian post-graduate trainees in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical, educational and research experiences in Zambia continue to impact her work today, with her current academic focus on resident education and research interests in obstetrics care in both local and global settings.

Recent Publications:

Gultekin-Elbir EE, Ford C, Genç MR. The value of amniotic fluid analysis in patients with suspected clinical chorioamnionitis. Journal of Perinatal Medicine. 2019;47(5):493-499.

Ford CE, Coetzee D, Winston J, Chibwesha CJ, Ekouevi DK, Welty TK, Maman S, Stringer EM, Stringer JSA, Chi BH. Maternal decision-making and uptake of health services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission: a secondary analysis. Accepted Maternal and Child Health July 2018.

Ford CE, Chibwesha CJ, Winston J, Jacobs C, Lubeya MK, Musonda P, Stringer JSA, Chi BH. Women’s decision-making and uptake of services to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in Zambia. Accepted AIDS CARESeptember 2017

Chibwesha CJ, Ford CE, Mollan KR, Stringer JSA. Point-of-Care Virologic Testing to Improve Outcomes of HIV-Infected Children in Zambia: A Clinical Trial Protocol. JAIDS. 2016 Aug:72:S197-S201

For a list of Dr. Ford’s publications, please click the following link:


Izewski J, Whelan A, Morgan A, Wheatley C, Buhimschi C, Ford CE. Indications for Primary Cesarean Deliveries and their Association with Medical Comorbidities. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Conference 2020.

Whelan A, Morgan A, Izewski J, Wheatley C, Buhimschi C, Ford CE. Agreement Between Providers When Determining Primary Cesarean Deliveries for Fetal Heart Tracing Indications. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Conference 2020.

Chibwesha CJ, Mollan K, Ford CE et al. A Randomized Trial of Point of Care Early Infant HIV Diagnosis in Zambia. Oral Presentation by first author at Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections 2020.

Atkinson S, Amdeslasie F, Alexander T, Cavanaugh E, Whelan A, Ford C. “Professionalism Training in the Global Setting: Program at Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital and Mekelle University in Ethiopia”, Presented at CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting on February 2019 in New Orleans, LA.