Alice Marya Abernathy, MD, MSHP

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Gynecology, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Attending Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PA
Instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact information
Penn Ob/Gyn Associates
3701 Market St, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
BA (Biochemistry)
New College of Florida, 2010.
University of Florida College of Medicine, 2017.
MSHP (Health Policy)
University of Pennsylvania, 2023.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Preconception counseling, sexual and reproductive health, contraception

Description of Other Expertise

Health policy
Health Services Research
Causal inference
Geospatial analysis

Description of Research Expertise

Alice Abernathy, MD MSHP an Academic Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Health Services Researcher. Dr. Abernathy’s research interests include exploring the links between legislation surrounding family planning services and the racial, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality. She is also interested in understanding the impact of health policy and neighborhood factors on maternal morbidity and mortality, and interventions aimed to improve pregnancy outcomes for all people.

Selected Publications

Alice M. Abernathy, Courtney A. Schreiber, Tang Li, Jinbo Chen, Howard M. Julien, Ashwin Nathan, Lauren Eberly, Sameed Ahmed M. Khatana, and Jennifer Lewey: Variation in Hypertension in Pregnancy by State Restrictions on Abortion. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Advances November 2023.

Alice Abernathy, MD Courtney A. Schreiber, MD, MPH Sindhu K. Srinivas, MD, MSCE: State restrictions on abortion are associated with fewer abortions in patients with high risk cardiovascular conditions. Contraception August 2023.

Alice Abernathy : FDA Approval of the First Over-The-Counter Contraceptive Isn’t Enough. The Messenger August 2023.

Roe AH, Abernathy A, Flynn AN, McAllister A, Koelper NC, Sammel MD, Schreiber CA, Sonalkar S: Utility and Limitations of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Levels for Remote Follow-up After Medical Management of Early Pregnancy Loss. Obstet Gynecol 139(6):1149-1151, Jun 2022.

McAllister A, Lang B, Flynn A, Meisel ZF, Abernathy A, Sammel MD Schreiber CA: Pregnant and bleeding: A model to assess factors associated with the need for emergency care in early pregnancy. Am J Emerg Med 53:94-98, Mar 2022.

Abernathy A, Strong M, Maurer R, Janiak E, Delli-Bovi L, Bartz D: An improved process to determine eligibility for surgical abortion at a community-based clinic. BMJ Sex Reprod Health 48(1):68-69, Jan 2022.

Abernathy, Alice and Mehta, Aasta: Abortion is still legal in Pennsylvania-But it is hanging by a thread. Philadelphia Inquirer 2022.

Alice Abernathy, MD: Pregnant & Vaccinated. Next Generation, Brigham Clinical and Research News 2021.

Abernathy A: As a pregnant OB/GYN, I’m acutely aware of covid-19’s risks. That’s why I’m taking the vaccine. The Lily. Washington Post, 2021.

Dethier D, Abernathy A: Maintaining certainty in the most uncertain of times. Birth 47(3):257-258, Sep 2020.

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Last updated: 01/30/2024
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