Dr. Sarrah Shahawy

Dr. Sarrah Shahawy is an obstetrician-gynecologist clinician, researcher, and educator at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After her OBGYN residency at Northwestern University, she completed a Global OBGYN fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Shahawy’s research expertise is at the intersection of local and global migrant women’s health, with a focus on optimizing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) by taking into account the ethical, social, and political realities that endanger and marginalize women globally. In the US, she conducts community-based, qualitative research with immigrant and refugee groups in multiple cities to identify innovative solutions to care delivery and SRH education and empowerment for these populations. Internationally, her research has focused on regions often overlooked in global health—namely, the Middle East North African (MENA) region. Her research has included the driving factors of the high national cesarean section rate in Egypt, the challenges accessing healthcare and family planning services for Palestinian women, the effect of female genital cutting on women in the diaspora, and the reproductive health of Muslim women. Working with MedGlobal, she has also led trainings of providers worldwide in obstetric and gynecologic techniques, including point of care ultrasound for front-line providers caring for Venezuelan refugees, operative vaginal delivery trainings in Egypt as part of a multi-pronged effort to reduce cesarean section rates, and gynecologic surgery in Gaza.