CU Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology

CU Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology

CU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology – Central Park

The Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology is a diverse and growing division of 24 full-time faculty members dedicated to the mission of providing innovative, evidence-based care to improve the health of women. Our division is one of the largest, strongest, and most diversified academic specialist divisions in the region with specialists in obstetric and gynecologic quality and safety, hospitalist medicine, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, lower genital tract diseases, menopause, sexual medicine, pelvic pain, global health, and fertility preservation. Our tertiary university system continues to offer a unique academic setting for resident training and career opportunity for the academic obstetrician-gynecologist.

Division members devote time to their faculty-based practice in obstetrics and gynecology while pursuing a wide range of individualized academic interests. These areas involve clinically oriented specialization, clinically based research and a wide range of educational and administrative activities. We continue to play an ever-important role in the education of residents and medical students. Our faculty are actively involved in teaching within the department, School of Medicine and surrounding community and many serve as board examiners for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Additionally, many of our members are involved in regional and national organizations involving women’s health. These opportunities are a stimulus for continued professional growth, developing our faculty into national and international leaders in Women’s Health. Faculty membership in organizations include:

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL)
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP)
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
he Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG)
Search Results Web results  North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG)
The Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG)
Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH)
The research mission of the Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN is to establish a local, regional, and national reputation for research excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology by building a streamlined infrastructure to support study diversity, clinical integration, education and mentoring that serves as a model for others.

Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN Research Mission



Department Health and Human Services (HHS)        09/30/2022 - 09/29/2023

(ASTWH220117-01-00; PI: Kathryn McKenney)

A Demonstration project to implement and evaluate a multi-disciplinary PCOS clinical care and patient navigation program at a large academic hospital.

This study will implement and evaluate a comprehensive, multidisciplinary PCOS care program to increase completion of testing, referrals, and follow up. The program includes a community advisory board, nurse-led patient navigation; multidisciplinary biomedical evaluation and treatment; nutrition counseling and support; integrated behavioral health care; and specialty referrals to dedicated PCOS-aware providers in primary care, endocrinology, and dermatology. We will use qualitative and quantitative process evaluation measures, as well as patient-level biomedical, psychosocial, lifestyle, and pregnancy outcomes.

Department Health and Human Services (HHS)        09/30/2022 - 09/29/2023

(ASTWH220121-01-00; PI: Jenny Tam)

Experiences with the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis among a racially and ethnically diverse population to improve maternal outcomes: a mixed methods analysis

This study will survey both patients and providers to evaluate patients' and providers' experiences and perceptions with the treatment and diagnosis of endometriosis at University of Colorado Hospital. We will then assess the effectiveness of using the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) Pelvic Pain Assessment Form help to increase early diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and improve health and maternal outcomes.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)        08/01/2022 - 07/30/24

(R21 MH131281; PI: Karen Hampanda)

mHealth Intervention to Increase Uptake of Contraception and PrEP Among Female University Students in Zambia

In the first phase of this study, we will create and pilot test an acceptable, effective, and scalable tablet-based platform to facilitate a peer delivered sexual and reproductive health intervention for young women in low and middle-income settings of sub-Saharan Africa. We hypothesize that a peer-delivered mhealth intervention will improve uptake of oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and modern contraception among high-risk young women aged 18 to 24 years attending the University of Zambia.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)        05/01/2020 - 4/30/2023

(R00 MH116735; PI: Karen Hampanda)

Promoting HIV Health Behaviors Among Pregnant Couples in Zambia Using an Adaptive Relationship Strengthening Intervention

In a randomized controlled trial, this study will test a couples counseling intervention focused on strengthening relationships for HIV-positive pregnant women and their male partners in Zambia to promote HIV care and treatment and PMTCT outcomes, including postpartum viral suppression (primary outcome), and ascertain underlying mechanisms. The intervention has the potential to significantly reduce the burden of disease among families affected by HIV.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus         05/02/2022 - 05/02/2023

(PRIME HEALTH and digiSPARK; PI: Diane Christopher)

Hypertension in Pregnancy: Using remote monitoring to improve outcomes and decrease cost

In this study, the effectiveness and implementation of a novel phone application will be tested to see if remote monitoring of blood pressure can help improve outcomes and lower cost for mothers with a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (HDP). The aim of this intervention is to reduce the number of re-admissions and emergency room visits for mothers with HPD, and this app has the potential to significantly improve antepartum and postpartum outcomes for mothers with HDP.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus         09/01/2022 - 12/31/2023

(OER Creation Grant; PI: Kathryn McKenney)

Step Up from Residency: A Longitudinal Professional Development Workshop Series

This project will create and implement a series of workshops, including videos and power point slides, aimed at longitudinal professional development for residents at CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Our faculty are dedicated to creating a learning environment that allows residents, students and fellows to develop into excellent providers of women's health care, while also fostering interest in research, teaching and other professional pursuits.

Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN Education Mission



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Our practice has both regional and local community impact.  We serve patients with unique gynecologic problems in the Rocky Mountain region.  Similarly, we treat patients who have complex medical issues, but with routine gynecologic diagnoses.  We have several grants focused on serving our immediate Aurora and Denver metro community, and plan to continue these efforts by providing women’s care at the new Aurora Commons.  Given our location on the Anschutz campus, we treat many women who work and learn at our medical campus.  We are often the “doctor’s doctor,” and take pride in offering this level of care to all of our patients.

Division of Academic Specialists in OB-GYN Community Impact Mission

Treating over 15,000 Patients a Year

Across the Denver Metro Area

Clinical revenue and patient volume have continued to increase by approximately 13%.

3,800 Births a Year

at UCHealth Labor and Delivery Unit

Approximately 50% of births occur under physician directed care, and 50% under midwifery care.

Under 450 Surgeries per Year

Including minimally invasive, vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery as well as open abdominal procedures.


Contact Info

Carly Johnson, MHA
Division Administrative Director
12631 East 17th Avenue
Room 4213, B198-2
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-8166
Fax: (303) 724-2056



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