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The Section of Family Planning consists of academic physicians and public health scholars with fellowship training in Complex Family Planning. Section members also work as generalist obstetrician-gynecologists in partnership with and consultation to Generalist's Division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.


  • Provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to some of the most vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County, including the uninsured, undocumented, incarcerated, and homeless.  

  • Training providers and future leaders in the field of family planning

  • Cutting-edge contraceptive research on such topics and emergency contraception and male contraception

  • Patient and community-centered investigations and interventions to improve equitable reproductive health care 

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A little history about USC Family Planning

Daniel Mishell, Jr., M.D., former chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at USC, was a pioneer in women’s health. He was the first to perform a serum pregnancy test in the USA and the first to describe the daily hormonal changes that occur throughout a women’s menstrual cycle.  He was a member of the Population Council’s  International Committee on Contraceptive Research that was responsible for developing the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), Copper IUD, and Norplant contraceptive implant.  He not only conducted groundbreaking studies that resulted in the development of the majority of devices and hormonal treatments used in contraception today, but also trained over 400 residents during his career. His landmark contributions in family planning touched the lives of women all over the world.

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