Division of Family Planning

Division director: Tessa Madden, MD, MPH

The Division of Family Planning is comprised of three board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists who have completed a formal fellowship in family planning. In addition to providing compassionate, patient-centered care, we conduct clinical research and teach medical students, residents and fellows.

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Our clinical mission

Our physicians and trainees care for a diverse patient population at two locations in the St. Louis region. We provide comprehensive family planning care, including the full-range of reproductive options, to reproductive-age women. We also provide general gynecologic care, including minor and major gynecologic surgery, to women of all ages.

Our entire team is committed to providing patients outstanding care in a supportive, caring, and nonjudgmental environment.

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Our educational mission

Our division teaches and mentors students and trainees across the continuum of medical education. Our offerings include a medical student elective, the Ryan Residency Training Program, mentored research opportunities across training levels, and a two year post-residency fellowship.

We are passionate about providing exceptional education at all levels and work to inform future physicians – students, residents and fellows – of the public health impact of unplanned pregnancy and restricted access to safe reproductive care.


Our research initiatives

The Division of Family Planning is highly productive in the area of clinical research, focusing on contraceptive counseling, contraceptive selection and use, and strategies to prevent unintended pregnancy. Washington University is the home of the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, a landmark study that provided over 9,000 women with no-cost contraception and showed significant reductions in unintended pregnancy. We are actively recruiting for multiple studies at our Contraceptive Choice Center and Division of Clinical Research.

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Our faculty