Brindha Bavan, MD has been part of the Stanford community since 2006. As a Human Biology major, she focused her undergraduate studies on women’s reproductive health and biotechnology, completed a global women’s health program as a visiting student at Oxford, and implemented a sexual education curriculum for women’s shelters in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Her senior honors thesis under the guidance of Dr. Valerie Baker surveyed university students’ attitudes toward egg freezing for fertility preservation (experimental at the time) and earned her the 2010 Sandy Dornbusch Award for Excellence in Research Related to Families & Children.
Dr. Bavan then worked as a clinical research coordinator for the Stanford Department of Radiation Oncology before starting medical school, helping to run clinical trials related to head & neck as well as gynecologic cancers. As a Stanford medical student, Dr. Bavan enjoyed leading the Arbor Free Clinic women’s health division and working as a teaching assistant for the Practice of Medicine clinical skills course. She was also elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society before graduating in 2015. Her research with Dr. Lynn Westphal during medical school investigated stress relief techniques for patients undergoing IVF.
During Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Stanford, Dr. Bavan was recognized with the Julianne O’Callahan Award for Compassionate Patient Care and Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. She worked as an AOA Honor Society medical student mentor, achieved robotic surgery certification, and volunteered as a medical advisor to a Stanford GSB fertility start-up as well as a menstrual health awareness non-profit. Before completing her residency training in 2019, she also had the opportunity to work with Health Volunteers Overseas during a global health elective in Kampot, Cambodia.
Now as a fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Stanford, Dr. Bavan’s research interests include cost-effectiveness analysis of ART, clinical predictors of IVF cycle outcomes, and sociocultural impacts of fertility treatment. With the mentorship of Dr. Ruth Lathi and Dr. Ruben Alvero, she was the recipient of the 2020 Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute Master Tuition Program Grant and will be completing a Master Degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research during her fellowship training.
“The Stanford REI team is truly committed to the success and well-being of fellows. We are fortunate to be surrounded by compassionate women’s healthcare providers, innovative research, cutting-edge technologies, and opportunities for collaboration throughout our campus and the Bay Area at large.”