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Sonya Borrero, MD, MS


Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science

Core Faculty, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)

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

Director, Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation

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

Dr. Borrero’s research examines disparities in reproductive health care. Dr. Borrero 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. She is also interested in investigating and improving family planning services for active duty servicewomen and women Veterans.

Recent Grants
Title: R21-HD076327 Investigating racial differences in low-income men’s fertility intentions and behavior (Borrero) (7/1/14-6/30/16)
Role: PI, 30%
Amount: $387,965
Funding Agency: NICHD
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: II 12-124 Examining Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need among Women Veterans (Borrero) (12/31/12 to 12/30/15)
Role: PI, 37.5%
Amount: $957,094
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2015
Title: R21-HD068736 Race, Contraceptive Behavior, and Unintended Pregnancy (Borrero) (6/1/2012 to 5/31/2014)
Role: PI, 25%
Amount: $426,756
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2015
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: 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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