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Susan A. Ballagh, MD

Susan A. Ballagh, MD

Susan A. Ballagh, MD, Visiting Associate Professor, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA

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Susan A. Ballagh, MD, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is part of the faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Ballagh earned her medical degree from the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program in Los Angeles. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she did a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and contraception. She joined the Eastern Virginia Medical School faculty in 1997 and participates in CONRAD, formerly known as the Contraceptive Research and Development program. Since 2001, she also has served as medical director of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia.

Dr. Ballagh has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, online peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters, including Vaginal Ring Hormone Delivery Systems in Contraception and Menopause, Alcohol: The Link Between Hormone Replacement and Breast Cancer Risk, and Oral Contraceptives and Smoking (online CME activity). She has delivered over 80 talks and speeches, including eight international presentations, and has appeared on many radio and television programs. Dr. Ballagh has been principle investigator for over 45 research projects and grant support and co-principle investigator on many more.

She is the recipient of many awards, including the Hartford Clinical Faculty Award for Research in Geriatrics and Berlex Foundation Scholar. Dr. Ballagh was also a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii in 1994. She is a peer reviewer for six journals, including American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Contraception, and Journal of Women's Health.

Dr. Ballagh is a member of many organizations and societies and furthers her education by attending many CME presentations across the United States. As the medical director of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia, she participates in community health education, which includes talks titled, "Update on Oral Contraceptives and Their Use as Emergency Contraception" (July 1998), and "Historical Perspective on Contraception" (March 1999).