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Aileen Gariepy

Associate Professor of OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences; Director, Fellowship in Family Planning, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences



“On average, women spend 30 years of their lives trying to avoid pregnancy,” says Dr. Aileen M. Gariepy. “I'm here to help.” As Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale, Dr. Gariepy sees patients everyday who are seeking the latest information about their birth control options. “Developments in contraceptive technology have led to pregnancy prevention options that better match women's needs—and can be 20 times more effective than the pill,” she explains.

A magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Gariepy earned her MD from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she also served as Chief Resident. After completing a fellowship in family planning at the University of Pittsburgh and Magee Women’s Hospital, Dr. Gariepy stayed on to earn her Masters of Public Health.

As a Yale faculty member, Dr. Gariepy has won numerous awards, including the 2015 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) GREOG National Faculty Award, the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the 2013 ACOG Mentor of the Year Award for District I. In 2010, she brought her family planning expertise to Malawi, a country in Southeastern Africa, where she helped train local healthcare providers in modern contraceptive methods.

In her academic work, Dr. Gariepy is committed to making women’s lives better through patient-oriented clinical research. Her research interests include contraception, unintended pregnancy and comparative effectiveness in obstetrics and gynecology. Her latest work focuses on the relationship between pregnancy planning and maternal mental health. In 2014, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg cited Dr. Gariepy’s research in a Supreme Court decision on the impact of cost on IUD utilization (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby).

“I am continuously amazed and humbled by the difficult circumstances women and their families find themselves in and the strength and grace with which they approach their decisions,” says Dr. Gariepy. “I love taking care of women!”

Education & Training

  • MHS
    Yale School of Public Health (2018)
  • MPH
    University of Pittsburgh Graduate Studies, Public Health (2010)
  • Fellowship
    University of Pittsburgh (2010)
  • Residency
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2005)
  • MD
    MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine (2001)
  • BA
    Cornell University, Magna Cum Laude (1996)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting Outstanding Researcher AwardSociety of Family Planning2019
ACOG CREOG National Faculty AwardAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology2015
APGO Excellence in Teaching AwardAPGO Medical Foundation2014
Best poster abstract, Second Place, North American Forum on Family PlanningSociety of Family Planning2013
Mentor of the Year AwardAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)2013
Outstanding Student AwardGraduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh2011
Berlex Foundation Junior Faculty Development AwardBerlex Foundation2007
John B. Franklin AwardDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital2005
Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Humanism & Excellence in Teaching AwardGold Foundation, Jefferson Medical School Class of 20052004

Professional Service

Society of Family Planning Advisory Board, Society of Family PlanningBoard Member2020 - Present
Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Working GroupCo-Chair, Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Working Group2020 - Present
Fellowship in Complex Family Planning Executive Council, Fellowship in Complex Family PlanningSecretary2019 - Present
Fellowship in Complex Planning Research Review CommitteeChair2019 - Present
Fellowship in Complex Family Planning Executive Council, Fellowship in Complex Family PlanningBoard Member2018 - Present
PCORIAd-hoc reviewer2018 - Present
Gynecologic and Obstetric InvestigationAssociate Editor2015 - Present

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