Family Planning Faculty & Staff

Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH – Program Director

Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH

Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH

Director, Family Planning

Paul D. Blumenthal, MD, MPH, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Stanford Gynecology Service in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also directs the Division of Family Planning Services and Research.

He received his medical degree from The University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1977 and, after an internship in Internal Medicine, completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, both at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. He completed an additional residency in the Department of Preventive Medicine and a Fellowship in Family Planning and Reproductive Epidemiology at UCLA, under the mentorship of Dr. Irvin Cushner. After completing his postgraduate medical training, he served as a faculty member at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1984-1988) and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya (1988-1990). Dr. Blumenthal joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 1990, where he directed Women’s Health Research and Programs and served as Director of the Fellowship Program in Family Planning.  He was also an associate in the University’s Population Center, and Director of the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (1999-2005) of JHPIEGO. Since 1988, Dr. Blumenthal has been a consultant to several international programs administered by such agencies as JHPIEGO Corporation, Ipas, Family Health International, Gynuity Health Projects, and the World Health Organization in Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Blumenthal is a past medical Director of Planned Parenthood in Maryland (1994-2001) and has been a member of the National Medical Committee of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1996-2002). He has also served as a special advisor to the World Health Organization on the development of technical guidelines for program managers in abortion care (2000); he has served in a similar capacity since 2005 to help introduce approaches to cervical cancer prevention in settings with limited resources. From 2005-2007 Dr. Blumenthal served as the special Advisor to Minister of Health and Family Planning of the Republic of Madagascar. Under his direction, the newly established Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services (SPIRES) has provided technical assistance and training to family planning and reproductive health programs in 18 countries across Africa, Asia, and Central America.

Erica P. Cahill, MD, MS—Faculty

Erica P. Cahill, MD, MS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Specialist in Complex Family Planning at Stanford University. Dr. Cahill enjoys connecting with patients during all phases of their reproductive lives, from explaining and de-mystifying the very first pelvic exam to supporting each individual pregnancy journey to celebrating menopause. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior. After college, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health in clinical research on mental health during pregnancy and menopause. She subsequently earned her MD from The University of Vermont and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University Hospital. Her research and teaching interests include expanding contraceptive options, examining the impact of legislation on reproductive health access, examining the social determinants of maternal health care, and optimizing sexual health knowledge. She is committed to supporting and creating medically accurate and experience-driven policy nationally and globally. She enjoys teaching residents and medical students as part of her generalist practice. She co-hosts a podcast called The V Word where she discusses the latest research and questions in reproductive health with colleague, Dr. Jenn Conti.

Lisa Goldthwaite, MD, MPH—Faculty

Lisa Goldthwaite, MD, MPH, is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where she lived until moving to Minnesota for her undergraduate education in biology at Carleton College.  She returned to Oregon for her medical education, where she attended Oregon Health & Science University for both medical school and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology.  She then completed a fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, while concurrently obtaining a Master of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology.  Dr. Goldthwaite is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  She also serves as the Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning.  In addition to valuing her clinical practice, she enjoys her involvement in medical education. Her research and professional interests include immediate postpartum contraception, family planning in the adolescent population, pain control with outpatient procedures, studying the population wide impact of family planning public health programs, and political advocacy.

Michele Hugin, MD, MS—Faculty

Michele Hugin, MD, MS, grew up in Northern California, the only child of European immigrants who instilled in her the values of hard work and the importance of social justice. After attending UCSD for her undergraduate and Masters in Biology, she matriculated to medical school at Tufts University. She stayed on for residency at Tufts where she sought training in Family Planning. After completion of residency she returned to California to work at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a county hospital in San Jose. There she enjoys teaching residents and medical students. She is a generalist but also provides full scope family planning services and care to women with physical disabilities. Michelle is an active collaborator with Stanford’s Fellowship in Family Planning. Her research interests include weight variation in women using Mirena or Nexplanon, cervical preparation for second trimester abortion, and the use of methamphetamine among women seeking abortion. She is the mother of a teenage son and enjoys cooking and running in her spare time.

Kate Shaw, MD, MS—Faculty

Kate Shaw, MD, MS, is a northern California native and completed college at UC Davis with a degree in Nutrition Science. She moved to San Diego where she worked in BioTech until matriculating to medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany NY, where she got her medical degree. She then undertook and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University before coming back to California for a fellowship in Family Planning at Stanford. As a Clinical Associate Professor she enjoys teaching residents and medical students and her research interests include obesity and contraception, improving patient experience with abortion, decreasing barriers to access for abortion and contraception and use of mifepristone and misoprostol for abortion care and labor induction.  In addition to her clinical and research interests, Dr. Shaw also acts as the Residency Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford. Dr. Shaw is also the Assistant Director of the Family Planning Fellowship.

Amy Voedisch, MD, MS—Faculty

Amy Voedisch, MD, MS, was born and raised in a small farming community in Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota for her medical training and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center in Santa Clara, California. She worked at Kaiser Santa Clara for two years as an attending physician before starting her Fellowship in Family Planning at Stanford University in July 2009.  Her research interests include expanding access to contraception in low-resource international settings via post-partum IUD insertion. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Voedisch currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Gynecology at Stanford University. She enjoys spending time with her husband Nader, her daughters and her two labs Sasha and Simba, in her free time.

Sarah F. Peterson, MD, MS(c)—Family Planning Fellow, Clinical Instructor

Sarah F. Peterson, MD, MS(c), is a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellow in Family Planning at Stanford University. She is a Midwesterner – she grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan, from which she received a BA in Women’s Studies. She subsequently earned her MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine while living in downtown Detroit, MI. After graduation, she moved to Denver, Colorado to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado. Her research and professional interests include increasing access to abortion care, impact of restrictive laws to abortion and contraceptive care, global women’s health and political advocacy.  In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking and travel.

Taylor Stanton, MD, MS(c)—Family Planning Fellow, Clinical Instructor

Taylor Stanton, MD, MS(c), is a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellow in Family Planning at Stanford University. She grew up in rural Virginia and had an interest in education- specifically sexual health education- and taught in Pohnpei, Micronesia for a year prior to medical school. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, a rural, conservative medical school, where she started their first chapter of Medical Students and served as president for 3 years. During medical school she also served as a board member on the Rockford Sexual Assault Council and was the Physical Activity Committee Chair for community health engagement.  She sought outside rotations to develop her interest in family planning through electives in Wichita, KS and Bronx, NY. She completed her Ob/Gyn residency at the University of Chicago. Her research during residency included a collaborative project with peds and obgyn on attitudes and knowledge of peds sub-specialists on contraception (specifically those on Category X medications). She plans to return a rural community after fellowship to provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare. She is an avid musician, dancer and teacher and enjoys yoga, writing and travel. 

Klaira Lerma, MPH—Clinical Research Manager

Klaira Lerma, MPH, holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Colorado School of Public Health at University of Colorado-Denver. Klaira has committed herself to advancing reproductive health, rights and justice, both domestically and internationally. Her family planning experience includes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research and evaluation, policy advocacy, health education, and direct clinical services. Klaira manages clinical research within the division and is the evaluation manager for Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services (SPIRES). Klaira also coordinates GOFAR (Global Outreach for Faculty and Residents) within the greater Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology—arranging for international education for residents and supporting global public health contributions of faculty. Klaira also oversees administration of the Fellowship in Family Planning at Stanford. Klaira enjoys acting as a research mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, resident physicians, and fellows as part of her role.

Corinne Montgomery—Clinical Research Coordinator

Corinne Montgomery has been working to improve women’s reproductive health for the last decade and has advanced experience coordinating abortion care for women in California. She received her BA in Social Science from California State University-Chico. Corinne coordinates multiple studies within the Family Planning Division and is the Ryan Program Coordinator.

Tayler Hughes—Clinical Research Coordinator

Tayler Hughes was born and raised in Chino Valley in Southern California. She recently received her BA from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, emphasis in Cell and Developmental Biology, and Gender and Women’s Studies. She spent part of her time at Berkeley as a research assistant investigating sexual health needs of Black students on campus and developing programming to meet those needs. She is passionate about women’s reproductive health and justice and commits herself to eliminating barriers to access reproductive health services.