June 8, 2012
ObGyn Resident PGY 2, Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD is the recipient of this year's Chancellor's Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership in the student/resident/postdoctoral scholar category.
Dr. Obedin-Maliver is being recognized for her LGBT leadership across education and research and her work raising the visibility and status of this community at the local, statewide and national level.
Before coming to UCSF, she attended medical school at Stanford University, where she worked to put LGBT health issues on the local and national medical school stage. She co-created a series of novel presentations, "The Real Deal from Your Queer Peers," and co-founded and served as principal investigator for the Stanford LGBT Medical Education Research Group (MERG).
In September 2011, Dr. Obedin-Maliver published a paper, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender-Related Content in Undergraduate Medical Education," in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) a comprehensive study based on her work at the MERG, which found that few schools teach about primary care issues, such as chronic disease, unhealthy relationships, coming out, substance abuse, adolescent health and transgender-specific information.
At UCSF, she has worked to raise the visibility of LGBT issues, serving on a daily basis as an "out" UCSF resident, making herself available to medical students, residents, and staff who are struggling to balance their professional identities and their LGBT status. She also has been instrumental in planning the inaugural LGBTQ Perinatal Care Conference at UCSF.
Dr. Obedin-Maliver's recent endeavor has been to advocate to the State Legislature in support of AB 2356, a bill that would allow lesbians to use fresh sperm for intrauterine insemination to achieve pregnancy. Currently, semen from a non-sexually intimate donor must be quarantined and frozen. Frozen semen is much less effective at achieving pregnancy than is fresh semen.
Introduced this year on Feb. 24, AB 2356 was double referred to Assembly Local Government and Revenue & Taxation Committees. The bill passed the Assembly Committee on May by a 5 to 13 vote and passed the Assembly Floor on May 3 by a 50 to 24 vote, according to Equality California.