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Sarrah Shahawy, M.D.

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Harvard Medical School, BostonMD05/2016Magnum Cum Laude, Honors in a Special Field
Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, Chicago, IL06/2020Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, BostonMPH11/2021MPH in Clinical Effectiveness
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston06/2022Global OBGYN Fellowship

Dr. Sarrah Shahawy is an obstetrician-gynecologist clinician, researcher, and educator at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School. Her research expertise is at the intersection of local and global migrant women’s health, with a focus on optimizing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) by taking into account the ethical, social, and political realities that marginalize women globally. In the US, she conducts community-based, qualitative research with immigrant and refugee groups to identify innovative solutions to care delivery and SRH empowerment for these populations. Internationally, her research has focused on the Middle East North African (MENA) region and has included the driving factors of the high national cesarean section rate in Egypt, the challenges accessing healthcare and family planning services for Palestinian women, the effect of female genital cutting on women in the diaspora, and the reproductive health of Muslim women. Working with MedGlobal, she has led trainings of providers worldwide, including point of care ultrasound for front-line providers caring for Venezuelan refugees, operative vaginal delivery trainings in Egypt as part of a multi-pronged effort to reduce cesarean section rates, and gynecologic surgery in Gaza. Committed to the interconnectedness of local and global women’s health, Dr. Shahawy works with both community and international groups in an effort to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, promote health equity and diversity, and enrich women’s reproductive health across borders.

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.