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photo Sonya Borrero, MD, MS

General Internal Medicine

Professor of Medicine; Clinical and Translational Science; and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity (CONVERGE)

Co-Director, VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Women’s Health


Phone: 412-692-4841

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4841
Fax: 412-692-4838
Education and Training
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
Research Interest
Dr. Borrero is a health services researcher with advanced clinical training in women’s health whose work strives to advance reproductive health equity. Her research has been funded by NIH, VA, and foundation grants and uses multiple methods to understand the multilevel factors that influence reproductive decision making and access to equitable contraception and abortion care. Her work focuses on socially marginalized populations to inform social, clinical, and policy interventions that will support all people’s reproductive autonomy and their ability to build the families they desire.

Dr. Borrero has worked closely with scientific, government, and community organizations and agencies to help advance equitable reproductive health services and policies, including serving on the boards of the Society of Family Planning, the Women’s Law Project, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, as well as serving on the Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services. Dr. Borrero is currently on sabbatical to serve in the Biden Administration as a Chief Medical and Scientific Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Selected Publications:
Borrero, S., Birru Talabi, M., Dehlendorf, C. Confronting the medical community’s complicity in marginalizing abortion care. JAMA. 2022; 328(17): 1701-1702.
Borrero, S., Frietsche, S., Dehlendorf, C. Crisis pregnancy centers: faith centers operating in bad faith. JGIM. 2019; 34(1): 144-145.
Judge-Golden, C., Smith, K. J., Mor, M., Borrero, S. Financial implications to the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of allowing 12-month dispensing of oral contraceptive pills. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2019; 179(9): 1201-1208.
Borrero S, Nikolajski C, Steinberg J, Freedman L, Akers A, Ibrahim SA, Schwarz EB. “It just happens”: A qualitative study exploring low-income women’s perspectives on pregnancy intention and planning. Contraception. 2015; 91: 150-156.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Developing and Testing a Decision Support Tool for Women Making Tubal Sterilization Decisions
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Grant Number: R01 MD011678
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2022
Title: Sexual Reproductive Health in Adult Women with Cystic Fibrosis
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2020
Title: Pittsburgh Girls Study: Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors/STI in Young Adulthood
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Agency for Drug Abuse
Grant Number: R01 DA012237
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2022
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Workplace Development)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR001857
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: The University of Pittsburgh PCOR Career Development Program
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K12 HS022989
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Notable Achievements
Investigator Excellence in Research Award, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 2022
Beacon of Science Award, The Society of Family Planning, 2020
Excellence in Government Gold Award in Outstanding Contribution to Science, Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board, 2020
Mid-Career Research Mentoring Award, Institute for Clinical Research and Education (ICRE), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2018
Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentoring Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2014