Alison Edelman, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine


Alison Edelman, M.D., M.P.H. is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of the OHSU Complex Family Planning Section and Fellowship. She is Lead Editor of the Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group, newly housed at OHSU. She is a ‘lifer’ at OHSU having completed all of her medical training at OHSU including a fellowship in family planning (2003). As part of her fellowship, she completed a Master’s in Public Health at UW, Seattle (2003). Dr. Edelman is an active clinician-scientist with independent research funding.  She also serves as a global technical consultant, adapting global evidence to local context and resource availability, supporting sexual and reproductive health training and programming and the development of government guidelines and their implementation as well as designing and performing research.

She has several additional leadership positions in the field including the Principal Investigator of OHSU’s NIH/NICHD-funded Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network site, Associate Editor of the journal, Contraception, member of the expert working group for the Centers for Disease Control Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) for Contraceptive Use as well as the Selective Practice Guidelines for Contraceptive Use and a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Guidance Group (GSG) for the MEC. She is currently the Chair of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Committee on Gynecology Practice Bulletins and part of the ACOG’s COVID-19 Gynecology Guidance group.

Dr. Edelman provides Obgyn care at the Center for Women’s Health, with a focus on family planning.

Dr. Edelman’s research has focused on several significant research gaps in family planning with the ultimate goal of improving the contraceptive experience for women and users of contraception. She has investigated the interaction between body weight and contraception, the development of new contraceptive methods, improving pain control with office-based gynecologic procedures and performing and supporting the generation of Cochrane systematic reviews. Her research has been nationally recognized with the American Society for Emergency Contraception ‘The Charlotte Ellertson Innovation Award’ (2017) and Contraception’s 2019 Daniel R. Mishell, Jr MD Outstanding Article Award.

Her current research includes the NIH/NICHD Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network Site. OHSU as well as 12 other sites across the country are part of NICHD’s mission to develop protocols and conduct clinical trials that will assist in development of new contraceptive methods in order to provide safe and effective contraception.  

Another project is Improving emergency contraceptive effectiveness. Individuals of higher body mass index (BMI) are more likely than their peers with a lower BMI to experience failure of their emergency contraceptive. We are performing detailed drug level and ovarian monitoring in women to determine why this is occurring and how to fix it.

Education and training

    • M.D., 1997, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine
    • M.P.H., 2003, University of Washington
  • Residency

    • Obstetrics and gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University, 2001
  • Fellowship

    • Fellowship in family planning, Oregon Health & Science University, 2003
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004

Memberships and associations:

  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)


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