Message From The Chair

Carlos E. Sueldo, MD

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno campus. We carry on a proud tradition of excellence in medical education, patient care, and research dating back to our days at Valley Medical Center, the county hospital of Fresno County, where our independent residency was originally accredited in 1954.

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Christopher Downer, MD

Residency Program Director

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Research & Community Service


Research is strongly supported within our Department, whether it is in basic or clinical science, educational initiatives or quality improvement. A structured research curriculum has been designed to provide residents with expected research milestones over the course of their training program. These milestone will guide them throughout their training in completing their required research project by the end of their 4th year. These projects are presented during the Chief year at the Resident Research Day. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to present their projects at local, regional and national meetings.

Quality Improvement (QI) Project
Residents are required to complete a QI project by the end of the second year of training. Residents must demonstrate the ability to analyze the care they provide, understand their roles within health care teams, play an active role in system improvement processes and systematically analyze their practice using quality improvement methods and implement changes with the goal of practice improvement. Experiential learning is essential to developing the ability to identify and institute sustainable systems-based changes to improve patient care.

Community Service
Highly encouraged and supported at UCSF Fresno. Projects have included health fairs, health education to middle-high school students, and fundraising drive for the Marjorie Mason center.

The UCSF Fresno Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology encourages residents to advocate for their patients and overall women’s health. Our department has a long history of holding the ACOG District IX-Section 3 Junior Fellow Advisory Council positions. In addition, annually selected residents participate in the annual ACOG Lobby Day where they visit legislators at the capital to discuss legislation related to women’s health.

Research/QI Support

Subhashini Ladella, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Cynthia Cortez

Research Coordinator


UCSF Fresno OB/GYN Active Research Studies:

  • The Impact of Extreme Temperature Exposure on the Risk of Preterm Birth and Preterm Labor (Ladella/ Alagh)
  • Improving Access to 17alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P) in Fresno County: Incorporating Academic Detailing to Improve Knowledge, Reduce Barriers and Increase Utilization of an Evidence-Based Preterm Birth Intervention (Ladella)
  • Abortion Care and Counseling Curriculum Study (Emeney/Lee)
  • The effects of a cross discipline education and developed EMR data collection tool on the accuracy of critical birth record data (Middleton)
  • HPV Health Literacy and Vaccination Rates in the Central Valley (Agrawal/Brah)
  • Quality initiative: Implementation of immediate postpartum long-acting contraceptives in preventing unintended pregnancies (Ladella)
  • Prediction of Response to Inositol Supplementation in Patients with PCOS (Sueldo/Mo)
  • Outcomes of Placenta Accreta and Previa Cases at CRMC (Ladella/Mo)
  • An assessment of current diagnostic and management strategies of women with pre-gestational and gestational diabetes mellitus and how it impacts maternal and fetal/neonatal health (Morgan/Fahimuddin)
  • Quantitative blood loss versus Visual estimated blood loss (Ladella)
  • The Impact of Resident Wellness Curriculum in an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program (Downer/Fahimuddin)
  • Response prediction to progesterone therapy for recurrent spontaneous preterm birth prevention using electronic medical records information (Ladella/Mo)
  • Shock index in non-hypertensive and hypertensive pregnant patients and its relationship to postpartum hemorrhage (Morgan/Fahimuddin)
  • The Effects of Simulation Base Training on Residents’ Proficiency and Comfort in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Emeney/Fahimuddin)
  • Abnormal umbilical coiling diagnosed prenatally is a marker for Adverse Perinatal Outcomes (Ladella)

Resident at ASRM conference Residents at open clinic Residents at resident fair Residents presenting poster