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Aletha Akers, MD, MPH
Aletha Akers
Medical Director, Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services

Dr. Akers is an adolescent gynecologist and her research focuses on improving reproductive health outcomes among adolescent women by reducing teen pregnancy, and reducing sexually transmitted infection rates by increasing adolescents’ access to high quality reproductive health services.

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Bio

Dr. Akers is an expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, provding clinical care to children, adolescents, and young women with complex gynecologic care needs. She has expertise in providing routine, preventive care and addressing the contraception needs of adolescents with medical problems and those at risk of unplanned pregnancy.

Dr. Akers also has experience developing and evaluating public health programs and health services interventions to improve adolescent and young adult health in both academic and community settings. Her research focuses on improving reproductive health outcomes among adolescent women by reducing teen pregnancy, and reducing sexually transmitted infection rates by increasing adolescents’ access to high quality reproductive health services. In addition, Dr. Akers has served as a consultant, inluding work for the World Health Organization, has served on the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for NIH-funded studies, and lectures extensively on adolescent sexual decision-making and family communication about sexual health for community organizations and outreach programs.

Her notable career accomplishments to date include:

  • Recieving Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for leadership in a policy initiative that expanded access to long-acting reversible contraceptives for underserved adolescents in Pennsylvania
  • Chairing the North American society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Recieving the “Outstanding New Member” Award and Platform presentation invitation during the Presidential Scientific Plenary Session from the Society for Pediatric Research and Pediatric Academic Society Meeting

Education and Training

BA, Bryn Mawr College (Biology/Chemistry), 1993

MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2000

MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Public Health), 2006

Titles and Academic Titles

Medical Director, Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics

Professional Awards

North American Society for Pediatric and Adolesecnt Gynecology, Sally Perlman Award, 2013

Outstanding New Member Award, Society for Pediatric Research, 2017

Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Award for Governmental Leadership, 2018

Publication Highlights

Akers AY, Cohen Ed, Marshall MP, Roebuck G, Yu L, Hipwell AE. Objective and Perceived Weight: Associations with Risk Adolescent Sexual Behavior. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2016 Sep; 29(3):129-37. PMCID: PMC5028289
Borrero S, Moore CG, Qin L, Schwarz EB, Akers A, Creinin MD, Ibrahim SA. Unintended pregnancy influences racial disparity in tubal sterilization rates. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Feb; 25(2):122-8. PMCID: PMC2837493
Farris C, Akers AY, Downs JS, Forbes EE. Translational research applications for the study of adolescent sexual decision making. Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Feb; 6(1):78-81. PMCID: PMC3628755
Corbie-Smith G, Adimora AA, Youmans S, Muhammad M, Blumenthal C, Ellison A, Akers A, Council B, Thigpen Y, Wynn M. Project GRACE: A staged approach to development of a community-academic partnership to address HIV in rural African American communities. Health Promot Pract. 2011 Mar; 12(2): 293-302. PMCID: PMC3063323
Akers AY, Holland CL, Bost JE. Interventions to improve parental communication about sex: A systematic review. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar; 127(3):494-510. PMCID: PMC3065139

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