Sonya Borrero, MD, MS

  • Professor of Medicine; Clinical and Translational Science; and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
  • Director, Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity (CONVERGE)
  • Co-Director, VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Women’s Health

Dr. Borrero is a tenured Professor of Medicine and the Founding Director of the Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity (CONVERGE) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is a health services researcher with advanced clinical training in women’s health whose work strives to advance reproductive health equity. Her research has been funded continuously by the NIH for the past 15 years and uses multiple methods and disciplinary approaches to understand the multilevel factors that influence reproductive decision making and access to contraception and abortion care. Her work focuses on socially marginalized populations to inform social, clinical, and policy interventions that will support all people’s reproductive autonomy and their ability to build the families they desire.

Dr. Borrero has worked closely with scientific, government, and community organizations and agencies to help advance equitable reproductive health services and policies, including serving on the boards of the Society of Family Planning, the Women’s Law Project, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, as well as serving on the Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services. Dr. Borrero is currently on sabbatical to serve in the Biden Administration as a Chief Medical and Scientific Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Borrero is on Twitter! Follow her at @SonyaBorrero. Outside of work, she enjoys Japanese whisky and historical fiction (preferably together).

Education & Training

  • BA, Amherst College, 1996
  • MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 2001
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • General Medicine Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Representative Publications


Borrero S, Birru Talabi M, Dehlendorf C. Confronting the medical community’s complicity in marginalizing abortion care. JAMA. 2022; 328(17):1701-1702. 

Borrero S, Frietsche S, Dehlendorf C. Crisis pregnancy centers: faith centers operating in bad faith. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2019;34(1):144-145.

Judge-Golden C, Smith KJ, Mor M, Borrero S.* Financial implications to the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of allowing 12-month dispensing of oral contraceptive pills. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2019; 179(9): 1201-1208.  

Borrero S, Nikolajski C, Steinberg JR, Freedman L, Akers AY, Ibrahim S, Schwarz EB. "It just happens": a qualitative study exploring low-income women's perspectives on pregnancy intention and planning. Contraception. 2015;91(2):150-156.

Click here for a more complete bibliography of Dr. Borrero's works.

Research Interests

  • Reproductive health equity
  • Contraception
  • Marginalized populations
  • Women's health