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Sonya Borrero, MD, MS

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CHERP Affiliate Investigator

  • Co-Director, Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health, CHERP
  • Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science & Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Director, Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity (CONVERGE), University of Pittsburgh


Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, is Co-Director of the Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health at CHERP. She is also a tenured Professor of Medicine in Clinical and Translational Science and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the founding director of the Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity (CONVERGE) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Borrero's work strives to advance reproductive health equity.

Dr. Borrero is a physician-researcher whose work focuses on contraception and abortion care access, equity, and quality.  Her research uses multiple methods and disciplinary approaches to understand the multilevel factors that influence reproductive health equity. In 2022-2023 Dr. Borrero served as a Chief Medical and Scientific Advisor in the US Department of Health and Human Services under the Biden Administration. She also has worked closely with other governmental, scientific, and community organizations and agencies to help advance reproductive health services and policies to support all people’s reproductive autonomy and their ability to build the families they desire.

Research Areas
Contraception and Abortion Health Services
Reproductive Health Equity
Patient-Centered Contraceptive Care

2022, Investigator Excellence in Research Award, VAPHS
2020, Beacon of Science Award, Society of Family Planning
2020, Excellence in Government Gold Award in Outstanding Contribution to Science, Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
2019, Mid-Career Research Mentoring Award, Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)