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Gelila Goba, MD, MPH, FACOG

Associate Professor, Division of Academic Specialists

Director of the Global Women’s Health Fellowship

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Office Phone:

(312) 355-1661

Center for Women’s Health

Office Phone:

(312) 413-7500


Dr. Goba’s clinical expertise includes obstetric care for moderate risk pregnancies, trial of labor after Cesarean section, operative vaginal delivery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, fibroid surgery, and the management of abnormal pap smears, menopause, complex gynecologic 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 Director of our UIC Ob/Gyn’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 FoundationThe Mela Project provides resident education, mentored research and OB/GYN faculty development in Mekelle. Many UIC faculty 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 and child health globally and obtained grant and private donor funds to support maternal health and HIV/AIDS efforts in Ethiopia.

Selected Publications

Goba G, George J, Alemayehu M, Amdeslasie F, Divelbess K, Makoul G, Curry R, Stephenson M. Translation, Adaptation and Assessment of the Communication Assessment Tool (CAT) in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, Journal of Graduate Medical Education (accepted March 2019)

Abame D, Abera M, Tesfay A, Yohannes Y, Ermias D, Markos T, Goba G. Relationship between unintended pregnancy and antenatal care use during pregnancy in Hadiya Zone, southern Ethiopia. Journal of Reproductive Infertility. 2019;20(1)42-51.

Gejo, N, Mekango D, W/Michael E, Woldetnsaie K, Weldearegay H, Alemayhu M, Goba G, Buda A. Exclusive breastfeeding practice and associated factors among HIV-positive mothers in public hospitals. PLoS One. 2019;14(1):e0210782.

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 Mar 13.

Goba G, Tsegay H, Gebregergs GB, Mitiku M. Kim KA, 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. 12(11):e0186724.

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, BMC Public Health. 2017. 17(1):188.

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):e0183886.

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, J Med Eng Technol. 2017 Oct;41(7):515-521.

Research Currently in Progress

Cavanaugh E, Corey E, Class QA, Goba G. “Characteristics associated with regular cervical cancer screening in Tigray, Ethiopia.” Presented at the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics on October 14-19, 2018 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Laursen L, Yeman A, Zelelew Y, Goba G. “Lessons learned from introducing dilation and evacuatin in Tigray Region of Ethiopia.” Presented at the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics on October 14-19, 2018 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Yeman A, Zelelow Y, Ahmed S, Teka H, Goba G. “Prevalence and determinants of maternal and perinatal outcomes of preeclampsia at a teaching hospital in Ethiopia.” Presented at ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting on May 3-6, 2019 in Nashville, TN