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Kavita Arora
MD, MBE, MS, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division Director, General Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Midwifery; Core Faculty, Center for Bioethics
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Dr. Arora is an obstetrician-gynecologist, bioethicist, health policy advocate, and reproductive justice scholar.  Her clinical, research, and education interests center around reproductive justice and ensuring evidence-based and equitable reproductive health policy, with a focus on permanent contraception (sterilization) disparities due to the federal Medicaid policy. She approaches her work through transdisciplinary, team science philosophies as well as mixed methods approaches including quantitative, qualitative, normative bioethics, and policy analyses. 

Dr. Kavita Shah Arora is an Associate Professor with Tenure and the Division Director for General Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Midwifery at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been funded by the NIH, HRSA, Greenwall Foundation, and Society for Family Planning. She has served as the Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics for the National Academy of Medicine and Chair of the national ethics committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has also served on the national ethics committee of the American Medical Association, on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, and on the Governing Council for the Young Physicians Section of the American Medical Association. She was named a 40 under 40 leader in minority health by the National Minority Quality Forum. She also was named as the 2021 NICHD nominee for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for outstanding young investigators beginning their independent careers.

Dr. Arora received her BS with a minor in Philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2009, she graduated with both an MD from Jefferson Medical College and a Master's Degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She subsequently completed a Master's in Science of Clinical Research at Case Western Reserve University.

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