The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Global Women's Health Programs

The Division of Family Planning and Global Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center began its global health initiatives in 2009 with the generous support of the Einstein Global Health Center. We are grateful for their continuing support as our work has expanded. We are currently working in sub-Saharan Africa to improve women’s access to quality reproductive healthcare services. We believe that the key to producing sustainable improvements in women’s healthcare in this region begins with recognizing the complex nature of the problems that exist and having a multi-faceted approach to our work. Therefore, our mission is to empower healthcare providers in these countries to provide high-quality, evidence-based medical services to women and girls through education, clinical, and research capacity building activities. All of these efforts are ultimately aimed at creating a highly skilled workforce at every level of the healthcare and medical education infrastructure. In addition, as an academic institution, the ever-increasing interest of US medical students and residents in global women’s health is further fostered through education and field exposure with our faculty. 


Family Planning


Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended around the world and in the United States each year; improved access to reproductive health care services is one way to address this important public health issue. The Family Planning Division offers comprehensive clinical services in a caring, supportive environment designed to meet the needs of our diverse population. Our division is home to a Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning, the foundation for resident and medical student family planning education in our department, as well as a Fellowship in Family Planning that provides advanced level training. Clinical research efforts in family planning are focused both locally and internationally.



Our division provides superior reproductive health services to women with simple or complex family planning needs. We routinely collaborate with the Divisions of Reproductive Genetics and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine on a variety of family planning matters.

Available services include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient services
  • Medical and surgical management of miscarriage and pregnancy terminations
  • Contraceptive consultation and provision including IUD, implant, and sterilization
  • Access to emergency contraception

For those requiring operating room services, hospital staff and anesthesiology assist us in providing quality care for high-risk and medically-complicated women and pregnancies.

We accept most insurances and office staff is available to help facilitate financial matters.



Nerys Benfield, MD. MPH
Director, Family Planning Services
Director, Fellowship in Family Planning
Assistant Professor

Sierra Washington, MD, MSc.
Assistant Professor

Erika Levi, MD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Director, Kenneth J. Ryan Resident Training Program in Family Planning

Jessica Atrio, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor

Melissa Peskin-Stolze, MD
Assistant Professor

Julie Solomon, MD
Assistant Professor

Mary Morales, BSN
Program Coordinator



Division of Family Planning
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Women’s Health
Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
1695 Eastchester Road, Suite 302
Bronx, NY 10461

Appointments: 718-405-8260 
Academic Office: 718-405-8030
Fax: 718-405-8596


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