Catherine Ford

Catherine Ford , 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 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 Global Women’s Health. As a medical student she won multiple awards and scholarships for her research in obstetrics and gynecology and global 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. 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 research in Zambia focused on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and women’s empowerment, which she hopes to continue in her position at UIC/UI Health.

Following her residency training, Dr. Ford also obtained a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Recent Publications:

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:


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.