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photo Mehret Birru Talabi, MD, PhD


Assistant Professor of Medicine

Associate Program Director, UPMC Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program


Office: 3500 Terrace Street
Bioscience Tower South, 7th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Administrative Assistant:
Monique Dowdy
Address: S705A Biomedical Science Tower
3500 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-8861
Fax: 412-383-8864
Education and Training
B.A, Kenyon College, 2002
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, 2009
M.D., Univeristy of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2011
Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medica Center, 2014
Fellowship, UPMC Rheumatology Division, 2016
Research Interest
Optimizing reproductive health management for women with rheumatic diseases
Evaluating safety and efficacy of contraception
Evaluating contraceptive care and family planning
Clinical Interest
General Rheumatology
Women's Health
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Selected Publications:
Sammaritano, L., Bermas, B., Chakrvarty, E., Chambers, C., Clowse, M., Lockshin, M., Marder, W., Guyatt, G., Branch, D.W., Buyon, J., Christopher-Stine, L., Crow-Hercher, R., Cush, J., Druzin, M., Kavanaugh, A., Laskin, C., Plane, L., Salmon, J., Simard, J., Somers, E. 2020 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases. Arthritis and Rheumatology. 2020; 72(4): 529-556.
Hunt, N., Birru Talabi, M. Family planning and rheumatoid arthritis. Invited Review. Clinical Rheumatology Reports. 2019; 6;21(5): 16.
Birru Talabi, M., Clowse, M.E.B., Blalock, S., Hamm, M., Borrero, S. Perspectives of adult rheumatologists regarding family planning counseling and reproductive health care: A qualitative study. Arthritis Care Research. In press. 2019.
Birru Talabi, M., Eudy, A.M., Jayasundara, M., Haroun, T., Nowell, W.B., Curtis, J.R., Crow-Hercher, R., White, W., Ginsberg, S., Clowse, M.E.B. Pregnancy, Periods, and "The Pill": Exploring the Reproductive Experiences of Women with Inflammatory Arthritis. American College of Rheumatology Open Rheumatology Journal. 2019; 1(2): 125-132.
Birru Talabi, M., Clowse, M. E. B., Schwarz, E. B., Callegari, L. S., Moreland, L., Borrero, S. Family Planning Counseling for Women With Rheumatic Diseases. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018; 70(2): 169-174.
Birru Talabi, M., Mackey, R. H., Kuller, L. H., Dorman, J. S., Deane, K. D., Robinson, W. H., Walitt, B. T., Chang, Y., Holers, V. M., Liu, S., Moreland, L. W. Human Leukocyte Antigen Shared Epitope and Inflammation, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, and Mortality Among Postmenopausal Women in the Women's Health Initiative Rheumatoid Arthritis Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2017; 186(2): 245-254.
Mackey RH, Kuller LH, Deane KD, Walitt BT, Chang YF, Holers VM, Robinson WH, Tracy RP, Hlatky MA, Eaton CB, Liu S, Freiberg MS, Talabi MB, Schelbert EB, Moreland LW. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Positivity, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the Women's Health Initiative. Arthritis Rheumatology. 2015; 67(9): 2311-22.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Investigating Pathways to Optimal Reproductive Outcomes Among Women with Rheumatic Diseases
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health
Grant Number: AR075057
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2025
Title: A Patient and Provider Decision Support Intervention to Advance Reproductive Care for Women with Rheumatic Dis
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Research Institute / Robert Wood Johnson Research Institute
Grant Number: IND AGR
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2023