Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS


Assistant Professor of Medicine

Core Faculty, Center for Research on Health care

Assistant Professor of Clinical and Translational Science

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

Core Faculty, Magee-Womens Research Institute

Core Faculty, RAND- University of Pittsburgh Health Institute

Core Faculty, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4841
Fax: 412-692-4838

BA, Amherst College, 1996
MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 2001
MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
General Medicine Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Women's health
Health services research
Race and gender disparities in health care
Reproductive and contraceptive health services
Unintended Pregnancy
Women Veterans

Dr. Borrero’s research examines gender and racial disparities in health care, with a focus on reproductive health care. Dr. Borrero is interested in understanding how patient-level and provider/system-level factors contribute to health care disparities. She has conducted secondary data analyses to investigate racial/ethnic differences in the use of tubal sterilization and poststerilization regret. She is currently examining the roles of patient preference, knowledge, and patient-provider communication in observed racial differences in contraceptive use.

Recent Grants
Title: Equity and Quality of Contraceptive Care in the VA
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $30,000
Funding Agency: VA VISN 4 Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Pilot Project Award
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2011
Title: Evaluating the VA's Assessment of Military Sexual Trauma in Veterans
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $145,437
Funding Agency: VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) (II 05-306)
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2012
Title: Race and Tubal Sterilization
Role: Clinical Research Scholar
Amount: $623,207
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health and National Center for Research Resources (KL2 RR024154-04)
Start Year: 2007
End Year: 2012

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Racial disparities in awareness of the human papillomavirus.
Author(s): Gelman A, Nikolajski C, Schwarz EB, Borrero S
Year: 2011
Journal: Journal of Women's Health
Volume: 20
Page(s): 1165-1173
Title: Racial variation in tubal sterilization rates: the role of patient-level factors.
Author(s): Borrero S, Abebe K, Dehlendorf C, Schwarz EB, Creinin MD, Nikolajski C, Ibrahim S
Year: 2011
Journal: Fertility and Sterility
Volume: 95
Page(s): 17-22
Title: The impact of contraceptive counseling in primary care on contraceptive use.
Author(s): Lee JK, Parisi SM, Akers AY, Borrero S, Schwarz EB
Year: 2011
Journal: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume: 26
Page(s): 731-736
Title: Women veterans' reproductive health preferences and experiences: a focus group analysis.
Author(s): Mattocks K, Nikolajski C, Haskell S, Brandt C, McCall-Hosenfeld J, Yano E, Pham T, Borrero S
Year: 2011
Journal: Women's Health Issues
Volume: 22
Page(s): 124-129
Title: Providers' perspectives on challenges to contraceptive counseling in primary care settings.
Author(s): Akers AY, Gold MA, Borrero S, Santucci A, Schwarz EB
Year: 2010
Journal: Journal of Women's Health
Volume: 19
Page(s): 1163-1170
Title: Low rates of vasectomy among minorities: a result of differential access to counseling?
Author(s): Borrero S, Moore CG, Creinin MD, Ibrahim S
Year: 2010
Journal: American Journal of Men's Health
Volume: 4
Page(s): 243-249
Title: Family discussions about contraception and family planning: a qualitative exploration of black parent and adolescent perspectives.
Author(s): Akers AY, Schwarz EB, Borrero S
Year: 2010
Journal: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Volume: 42
Page(s): 160-167
Title: Disparities in family planning.
Author(s): Dehlendorf C, Rodriguez MI, Levy K, Borrero S, Steinaue J
Year: 2010
Journal: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume: 202
Page(s): 214-220
Title: Unintended pregnancy influences the racial disparity in tubal sterilization rates.
Author(s): Borrero S, Moore CG, Qin L, Schwarz EB, Akers AY, Creinin MD, Ibrahim S
Year: 2010
Journal: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume: 25
Page(s): 122-128
Title: Women's perspectives on counseling about risks for medication-induced birth defects.
Author(s): Santucci AK, Gold MA, Akers AY, Borrero S, Schwarz EB
Year: 2010
Journal: Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology
Volume: 88
Page(s): 64-69
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