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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

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4841
Fax: 412-692-4838
E-mail: borrerosp@upmc.edu

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
Active Duty Servicewomen and Women Veterans

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation. Dr. Borrero's research examines disparities in reproductive health care; she is particularly interested in identifying targets for interventions that will improve contraceptive use and decrease unintended pregnancy among vulnerable populations. She has used both quantitative and qualitative methodology to investigate how patient-, provider-, and system-level factors contribute to observed racial and socio-demographic differences in contraceptive behavior and subsequent unintended pregnancy. Dr. Borrero is also interested in investigating and improving family planning services for active duty servicewomen and women veterans.

Recent Grants
Title: Investigating racial differences in low-income men’s fertility intentions and behavior
Role: Principal Investigator, 30%
Amount: $387,965
Funding Agency: NICHD
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Understanding Women’s Disparities in Satisfaction with VA Healthcare
Role: Co-Investigator, 12.5%
Amount: $502,319
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion among Native American Women
Role: Co-Investigator, 2%
Amount: $432,976
Funding Agency: NICHD
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Quantifying Contraceptive Failure with Unprotected Intercourse 5-14 Days Prior to Initiaion
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $162,500
Funding Agency: Hewlett Foundation
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Examining Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need among Women Veterans
Role: Principal Investigator, 37.5%
Amount: $1,137,020
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2016

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Medicaid policy on sterilization: Anachronistic or still relevant?
Author(s): Borrero S, Zite N, Potter J, Trussell J
Year: 2014
Journal: New England Journal of Medicine
Volume: 370(2)
Page(s): 102*-4
Title: Associations of mental illness and substance use disorders with prescription contraception use among women Veterans. Contraception.
Author(s): Callegari L, Zhao X, Nelson K,, Lehavot K, Bradley K, Borrero S
Year: 2014
Journal: Published online March 6, 2014
Title: Adherence to hormonal contraception among women Veterans: Differences by race/ethnicity and contraceptive supply PMID: 23524170
Author(s): Borrero S, Zhao X, Mor MK, Schwarz EB, Good CB, Gellad WF
Year: 2013
Journal: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume: 209(2)
Page(s): 103e1-11
Title: Potential unintended pregnancies averted and cost savings associated with a revised Medicaid sterilization policy. Contraception.
Author(s): Borrero S, Zite N, Potter J, Russell J, Smith K
Year: 2013
Journal: PMID: 24028751
Volume: 88(6):
Page(s): 691-6
Title: Racial and ethnic differences in men’s knowledge and attitudes about contraception. Contraception.
Author(s): Borrero S, Farkas A, Dehlendorf C, Rocca C
Year: 2013
Journal: PMID: 23697702; PMCID: PMC3758769
Volume: 88(4)
Page(s): 532-8
Title: Racial disparities in human papillomavirus vaccination: Does access matter? PMID: 23992645
Author(s): Gelman A, Miller E, Schwarz EB, Akers AY, Jeong K, Borrero S
Year: 2013
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Health
Volume: 53(6):
Page(s): 756-62
Title: Unintended pregnancy and contraception among active-duty servicewomen and veterans. PMID: 22200252; PMCID: PMC3361625
Author(s): Goyal V, Borrero S, Schwarz EB
Year: 2012
Journal: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume: 206(6):
Page(s): 463-9
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
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