Ali Houston-Ludlam, MD, PhD

Ali Houston-Ludlam, MD, PhD



Undergraduate School: Anne Arundel Community College; University of Maryland, College Park
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis


Why did you choose WashU for your residency?

I had a great learning experience as a medical student at Wash U, and I was excited to continue learning from people I looked up to so much. There are also lots of opportunities for residents to do research and be active in local and national advocacy, all of which are opportunities I am looking for as I progress in my career.

What goals do you hope to accomplish during your residency?

I want to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be an excellent OB/Gyn for my patients, develop experience in community-based/qualitative research, and advocate for my patients individually and by translating new research findings into public policy to improve patient and community health.

What are your research interests?

Social and geographic influences on health outcomes, understanding factors underlying observed health disparities, public policy, addiction, health screening, lactation medicine

Awards & Honors

  • The Dr. Samuel D. Soule Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University
  • The Dr. Ernst L. Wynder Prize in Preventive Medicine, Washington University
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/​PhD and other Dual Degree Fellowships
  • 2019 NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Differences Research Junior Investigator Travel Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Meeting
  • 2018 Gold Ribbon Award (top 25 trainee abstract),
  • Translational Science Annual Meeting 2nd Prize
  • 2016 National Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Poetry Competition


Hometown: Edgewater, MD
Pronouns: she/her/hers
PubMed Name: Alexandra N Houston-Ludlam

What do you do outside of work?    
I like to spend time with the important people in my life, including my spouse, twin toddlers, and family/friends. I like to take walks, read novels, watch cooking TV shows, and have recently gotten back into crocheting!

What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

We know it’s early, but do you have any fellowship plans for after residency?
I’m considering either Generalist or Maternal-Fetal Medicine

What advice would you give medical students applying for a residency in OBGYN?

Keep a log of the patient interactions and learning experiences that make you feel most excited about the field to look back on. Follow your interests even if they don’t seem to “fit” with the current path you are on. And make time for the people and activities that matter to you outside of medicine!