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A welcome message from the chair

robert bristow, md, chair of the uc irvine department of obstetrics and gynecology
Robert E. Bristow, MD, chair of the Department of the Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Irvine. As the only academic medical center serving the demographically diverse and culturally rich population of Orange County, we are dedicated to the tripartite mission of UC Irvine: Discover, Teach, Heal.

As champions for women’s health, our calling is to deliver clinically excellent, patient-centered, holistic and accessible obstetrical and gynecological care to the women of our community, advance the science of women’s health in a meaningful and applicable fashion and train the future leaders in women’s healthcare.

Our department has a proud tradition of clinical excellence. It comprises nationally and internationally recognized leaders in maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, family planning, and general obstetrics and gynecology.

Our department is also one of the first in the nation to house a dedicated Division of Obstetric-Gynecologic Hospitalists. Although primarily based at the 400-bed, tertiary referral UC Irvine Health Douglas Hospital in Orange, our faculty and staff serve a number of clinical practice locations throughout the region, including Long Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Anaheim and Laguna Hills.

Services we provide

Our faculty and staff provide a full range of services including:

  • Well-woman care
  • Family planning
  • Routine and high-risk pregnancy management
  • Laparoscopic and robotic surgery
  • Pelvic floor medicine
  • Complex treatment of gynecologic cancer

Leading-edge research

Our clinician-scientists and investigators are widely recognized for their leading-edge, innovative research in:

  • Basic and translational science
  • Clinical trials
  • Drug development
  • Device development
  • Health services
  • Public health
  • Health policy
  • International medicine
  • Social justice for women

Research generated from our department has helped build the foundation for the contemporary practice of obstetrics and gynecology and continues to advance the field of knowledge. Visiting scholars come to UC Irvine from around the world to study with our research team.

Medical education

We take great pride in our comprehensive medical education program and are committed to training the next generation of leaders in women’s health. Our medical student clerkships are consistently ranked at the top of the school of medicine rotations, and our residency program and fellowships are among the most highly regarded and sought after training opportunities in the country.

Thank you for your interest in our department. We hope that you find our website informative and welcome you to contact us with any questions or comments.

Robert E. Bristow, MD, MBA
Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Edward J. Quilligan Administrative Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of California, Irvine