Gelila Goba2018-08-02T20:39:44+00:00
Gelila Goba

Gelila Goba, MD, MPH, FACOG

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director of the Global Women’s Health Fellowship​
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) 996-7430
Fax: (312) 996-4238

Medical SchoolResidencyGraduate
Jimma University, EthiopiaNorthwestern UniversityUniversity of Washington


Dr. Goba’s clinical expertise includes obstetric care for moderate risk pregnancies, trial of labor after Cesarean section, operative vaginal delivery, minimally invasive gynaecologic surgery, fibroid surgery, and the management of abnormal pap smears, menopause, complex gynaecologic conditions and contraception. Her practice philosophy is “…to advocate for patients, patient safety and quality of care. Therefore, I take a whole-patient approach – which includes the medical presentation, individual and social context and the range of care options. I firmly support the patient’s right and ownership of decisions regarding her care”.

Dr. Goba has a major commitment to women’s health, both in Chicago and globally. She is the Fellowship Director of our Department’s Global Women’s Health Fellowship, and a core faculty member of the University’s Global Medicine (GMED) Program for medical students.  Additionally, Dr. Goba established The Mela Project, a four-year OB/GYN Residency Program through Mekelle University in Ethiopia.  Supported by the Chicago-based IDP Foundation, The Mela Project provides resident education, mentored research and OB/GYN faculty development in Mekelle; many of our faculty, and well as a growing number of faculty outside of our Department, donate their time to this Project. The ultimate goal is to establish an “OB/GYN Center of Excellence” at Mekelle University.  Under Dr. Goba’s leadership, The Mela Project is expanding regionally and beyond, to include South Sudan, Uganda, and Somaliland..

In 2016, Dr. Goba received the UIC Rising Star Award for Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Prior to her residency, Dr. Goba was the Director for “EngenderHealth Ethiopia”, an organization aimed at improving maternal child health globally and obtained grant and private donor funds to support maternal health and HIV/AIDS efforts in Ethiopia.

Recent Publications


Goba, G., Legesse AY., Zelelow YB., Gebreselassie MA., Rogers RG., Kenton KS., et al. Reliability and validity of the Tigrigna version of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory–Short Form 20 (PFDI-20) and Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire-7 (PFIQ-7). International Urogynecology Journal. 2018.

Goba, G., Tsegay, H., Gebregergs G.B., Mitiku M,. Kim K.A., Alemayehu M. “A facility-based study of factors associated with perinatal mortality in Tigray, northern Ethiopia.” Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2018 Apr;141(1):113-9.

Ebuy, Y., Alemayehu M., Mitiku, M., Goba, G. “Determinants of severe anemia among laboring mothers in Mekelle city public hospitals, Tigray region, Ethiopia”, PLoS ONE. 2017, Nov 3; 12(11): e0186724.

Mekango D.E., Alemayehu M., Gebregergs G.B., Goba, G. “Determinants of Maternal Near Miss Among Women in Public Hospital Maternity Wards in Northern Ethiopia: A Facility Based Case-Control Study”, PLoS One. 2017 Sep 8;12(9), DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0183886. PMID: 28886034

Yost, G.L., Collofello, B., Goba, G., Koch, A., Harrington, A., Esmailbeigi, H., Robinson, N., Kutz-McClain, P., Geller, S., Dobiesz, V. “A novel obstetric medical device designed for autotransfusion of blood in life threatening postpartum hemorrhage”. Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, 2017 Aug 29:1-7. DOI: 10.1080/03091902.2017.1364308.

Alemayehu M, Yebyo H, Medhanyie A, Fantahun, M, Goba, G. “Determinants of repeated abortion among women of reproductive age attending health facilities in Northern Ethiopia: a case–control study.” BioMedCentral Public Health(2017) 17:188:e1-8.

Current Grants

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor’s Office, “Evaluation of current cervical cancer screening and cost-analysis of alternative screenings in Ethiopia”, Principal Investigator.

Moy Family Grant, “Patient Attitudes towards Resident Communication (“PARCS Study”) at Mekelle University Ayder Referral Hospital in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia”, Principal Investigator.

The IDP (Innovation, Development, Progress) Foundation, Inc. (Irene Pritzer, President), “The MELA Project”, Principal Investigator.