Division of Family Planning
The Division of Family Planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Health is committed to providing culturally competent and evidence-based reproductive healthcare to every woman, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or citizenship. We believe that all women deserve the means to control when, whether, and with whom they have families.
Our mission, under the leadership of Siripanth Nippita, MD, division director, is to educate the next generation of highly skilled women’s health practitioners, to conduct groundbreaking and relevant family planning research, and to advocate for patients’ access to family planning, contraception, and abortion services. We advance this mission at our dedicated clinical arm—a family planning ambulatory center that’s part of the Reproductive Choice Clinic at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.
Our History of Family Planning
As the oldest public hospital in the United States, Bellevue has a rich history of pioneering care for underserved individuals in the New York City area, which includes establishing the country’s first maternity ward in 1799. Bellevue’s Contraception Clinic, opened by Gordon Douglas, MD, in 1958, was one of the first in the country. Today, as a result of Bellevue’s status as a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and the referral hospital for NYC Health + Hospitals, the Reproductive Choice Clinic receives frequent transfers of the most medically complicated patients who cannot be safely cared for at outside facilities.
In 1956, Dr. Douglas also became chair of NYU Langone’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Division of Family Planning was later established by Livia S. Wan, MD, largely because of her pioneering work in the field. Dr. Wan was instrumental in securing funding from the Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) to support the division’s ongoing research.
Our Patient Advocacy
Patient advocacy is an integral part of our work in the Division of Family Planning. We strongly believe that women’s health practitioners should take an active role in advocating for systems and policies that improve the reproductive health of our patients beyond the clinic and hospital settings.
To further their advocacy skills, our faculty have participated in professional development programs through the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy. We also collaborate on policy and research projects with organizations such as the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Division faculty work in specialized clinics that care for underserved patients, including the EMPOWER clinic for survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence. Our faculty also use social media to reach a wider range of patients and providers and for online organizing efforts for physician groups dedicated to health policy reform.
Our Role in Education
The Division of Family Planning is committed to educating healthcare practitioners at all levels of medical training. We provide both classroom-based and clinical instruction in reproductive health and patient care, as well as hands-on procedure simulations.
Training at Bellevue gives medical students and residents opportunities to care for women with a wide range of complex medical issues. Interested physicians-in-training can also engage in advocacy at the local, state, and national levels by participating in lobbying efforts and attending health policy sessions at family planning association and society meetings.
Training for Medical Students
Third- and fourth-year NYU Grossman School of Medicine students can participate in a Reproductive Choice Service elective at Bellevue that includes seeing patients in the clinic and participating in procedures. Senior medical students have the opportunity to join the team for longer subinternships. Family planning attendings regularly lecture to third-year students and oversee hands-on procedural training opportunities such as intrauterine device placement workshops. Visiting medical students are also able to participate in rotations in our division.
Training for Residents
Our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program includes assigned rotations at Bellevue. Training is supported by the Ryan Residency Training Program and involves procedural training as well as comprehensive patient care and counseling.
Our Role in Research
Our division’s commitment to research dates back to the 1970s. Since that time, we have conducted early stage trials on many contraceptive technologies that were later approved for public use, including the copper and Progestasert® intrauterine devices and Loestrin® oral contraceptives.
We are a major site for the CCTN, part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Through CCTN we are studying the efficacy and safety of the Nestorone® and estradiol vaginal ring, and the effectiveness of ulipristal acetate versus levonorgestrel for emergency contraception in obese women. Learn more about our clinical trials.
Our Role in Patient Care
Clinicians at the Reproductive Choice Clinic at Bellevue offer safe, confidential, and comprehensive care for women who seek services for treatment of miscarriage, contraceptive services, and induced abortion. These clinical services are integrated into Bellevue’s larger Women’s Health Clinic, which sees patients from all five boroughs of New York City. Many women are recent immigrants to the United States, and medical translation services are provided in 130 languages, 24 hours a day. We also partner with non-physician groups such as The Doula Project to provide integrative care and improve the overall experience of our patients.
Our faculty members are experts in family planning.
For more information about our clinical trials, please contact Anna Davis, research coordinator, at email@example.com. For information about our educational programs, please contact Jennifer Link, program manager for education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.