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photo Sonya Borrero, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science

Director, Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI)

Director, Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program for Medical Students

Co-Director, VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Women’s Health, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Email: borrerosp@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4841

Contact
Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4841
Fax: 412-692-4838
E-mail: borrerosp@upmc.edu
Education and Training
Education
BA, Amherst College, 1996
MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 2001
MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
Training
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
General Medicine Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
Research Interest
Dr. Borrero's work strives to advance reproductive health equity. She is interested in understanding multilevel influences on contraceptive and pregnancy decision making in vulnerable populations to identify targets for interventions that will optimize reproductive health care provision and decrease women’s risk for undesired pregnancy. As a clinician and researcher at VA Pittsburgh, Dr. Borrero's research has also focused on VA reproductive health care to help inform efforts to ensure high-quality, comprehensive care for the growing number of women veterans. Her research has been supported by grants from NIH, VA, and private foundations.
Publications
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Selected Publications:
Borrero S, Schwarz EB, Reeves MF, Bost JE, Creinin MD, Ibrahim SA. Race, insurance status, and tubal sterilization. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2007; 109: 94-100.
Borrero S, Reeves MF, Schwarz EB, Bost JE, Creinin MD, Ibrahim SA. Race, insurance status, and desire for tubal sterilization reversal. Fertility and Sterility. 2008; 90: 272-277.
Borrero S, Schwarz EB, Creinin M, Ibrahim. The impact of race and ethnicity on receipt of family planning services in the United States. Journal of Women’s Health (Larchmont). 2009; 18: 91-96.
Borrero S, Moore CG, Qin L, Schwarz EB, Akers A, Creinin MD, Ibrahim SA. Unintended pregnancy influences racial disparity in tubal sterilization rates. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2010; 25: 122-128.
Borrero S, Zhao X, Mor MK, Schwarz EB, Good CB, Gellad WF. Adherence to hormonal contraception among women veterans: Differences by race/ethnicity and contraceptive supply. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2013; 209(2):103e1-11. 2013; 209: 103e1-111e1.
Gelman A, Miller E, Schwarz EB, Akers AY, Jeong K, Borrero S. Racial disparities in human papillomavirus vaccination: Does access matter?. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013; 53: 756-762.
Borrero S, Zite N, Potter J, Trussell J, Smith K. Potential unintended pregnancies averted and cost savings associated with a revised Medicaid sterilization policy. Contraception. 2013; 88: 691-696.
Callegari L, Zhao X, Nelson K, Lehavot K, Bradley K, Borrero S. Associations of mental illness and substance use disorders with prescription contraception use among women veterans. Contraception. 2014; 90: 97-103.
Borrero S, Zite N, Potter J, Trussell J. Medicaid policy on sterilization: Anachronistic or still relevant?. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014; 370(2): 102-104.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Examining Rates of Screening and Diagnosis of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Among Women Veterans
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: CHERP Pilot
Grant Number: Pilot XIP 72-003
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2016
Title: Differences in Satisfaction with Choice: Laying the Foundation for the Evaluation of the Choice Act
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA QUERI
Grant Number: VCA 15-245
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2015
Title: Investigating Racial Differences in Low-Income Men's Fertility Intentions and Behavior
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R21 HD076327
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Investigating Racial Differences in Low-Income Men's Fertility Intentions and Behavior
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R21 HD076327
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Quick Start Levonorgestrel Intrauterine Contraceptive Initiation in the Setting of Unprotected Intercourse: A Pilot Study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Hospital
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: Quantification of Immune Cells in Women Using Contraception
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Hospital/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Grant Number: R01 AI102835
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2017
Title: Quantifying Contraceptive Failure with Unprotected Intercourse 5-15 Days Prior to Contraceptive Initiation
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Hewlett Foundation
Grant Number: XNV 72-197
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Understanding Women's Disparities in Satisfaction with VA Health Care (DISC Women)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: SDR SDR 13-425
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion Among Native American Women
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R21 HD077101
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Examining Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need Among Women Veterans
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: I01 IIR 12-124
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Quantifying Contraceptive Failure with Unprotected Intercourse 5-14 Days Prior to Initiation
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Hewlett Foundation
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion among Native American Women
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R21 HD077101
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: Patient Self-Administered Social Health Screening in Primary Care: A Pilot Study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VISN4 Competitive Pilot Project Fund
Grant Number: Pilot XVA 72-173
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: Cervical Cancer Screenings and Outcomes in Veterans with Severe Mental Illness
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: VISN4 MIRECC Pilot Project Program
Grant Number: Pilot XVA 72-172
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2014
Title: Race, Contraceptive Behavior, and Unintended Pregnancy
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R21 HD068736
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2015
Title: Race, Contraceptive Behavior and Unintended Pregnancy
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R21 HD068736
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2015
Notable Achievements
Member, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2004–present
Member, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, 2006–present
Member, Society of Family Planning, 2008–present
Women’s Health Presentation Award for the highest-rated, peer-reviewed poster abstract, SGIM Annual Meeting, 2010
Member, European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health, 2012–present
Women’s Health Presentation Award for the highest-rated, peer-reviewed oral abstract presentation, SGIM Annual Meeting, 2013
Elected member, Board of Directors, Society of Family Planning, 2013
Best Poster Abstract Award, 1st place, North American Forum on Family Planning Annual Meeting, 2013
Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentoring Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2014