Cynthia DeTata, MD

Cynthia DeTata, MD

Staff Physician, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, CA, USA
Work Experience: 20+ years in obstetrics and gynecology

“I believe that accurate knowledge gives women power to control their own health, and I am honored to have the chance to participate as a medical consultant for Flo.”  

Career Highlights

  • Physician at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Children’s Health, 2002–present
  • Physician at Stanford Hospital, 2001–present
  • Guest instructor in the Masters of Academic Medicine program at the Keck School of Medicine, USC, 2017–present
  • Co-Director of the OB-GYN Clerkship at Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005–2019
  • Speaker at numerous national conferences, including the Innovations in Medical Education Conference in 2018 and 2019, San Gabriel, CA; the Learning Communities Institute 12th Annual Meeting in 2015, San Diego, CA; the Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics Faculty Development Seminar in 2014, Manalapan, FL; and more
  • Editor of The Clinical Teacher, a medical journal for clinicians who teach
  • Member of several professional societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics and Stanford’s Teaching and Learning Academy
  • Recipient of multiple awards, including the APGO Faculty Scholars and Leaders from the Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics in 2019; the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics in 2018; Faculty Fellow, Center of Excellence at Stanford University in 2017; Leadership in Education Award, Stanford University School of Medicine in 2008; and the Resident Laparoscopy Award from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists in 1998

Education

  • Master of Science in Academic Medicine from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
  • Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, CA, 1995–1998
  • Medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1995
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Psychology from the University of California, Davis, 1990

Featured Publications

  • “Teaching and assessing non-technical skills.” The Clinical Teacher, vol. 12, no. 3, Jun 2015, pp. 219, doi: 10.1111/tct.12352

My Journey in Medicine

In my medical practice, I’ve focused mainly on complicated pregnancies. Specifically, I help patients carrying more than one baby, who may be older, pregnant after receiving infertility treatment or weight loss surgery, or dealing with health complications during pregnancy, including thyroid disease, gestational diabetes, hypertension, depression, and anxiety. It’s so fulfilling to help pregnant patients with illnesses or other complications carry out a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

I love partnering with my patients to educate, coach, and facilitate their understanding of their care. I’m also passionate about combating disparities within the health care system and caring for the LGBT+ community.

As a Clinical Professor at Stanford, I work with third and fourth year medical students, teaching them the ins and outs of the OB-GYN specialty. I enjoy instructing because it allows me to have an impact on the doctors of the future by sharing my expertise from my years in the field and showing them the importance of compassionate, evidence-based medical care.

Recently, I was quoted in TIME magazine about the effect of coronavirus on pregnant people.

I joined Flo as a Medical Advisor in the spring of 2019 — I review articles related to pregnancy and consult about gynecological topics in order to help millions of users worldwide take better control over their health.

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