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Melissa F. Natavio, MD

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentObstetrics & Gynecology
AddressIRD 520 2020 Zonal Ave
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 409 3416
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    TitleDirector of Family Planning


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    Dr. Natavio joined the USC faculty in 2010 after completing a fellowship in family planning from the University of Southern California, which allowed her to receive advance clinical and research training in the area of family planning. During her fellowship, she also completed a Master of Public Health degree in Healthcare Management & Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Natavio holds an appointment of assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the USC Keck School of Medicine, where she teaches and mentors trainees in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, and family planning. It is her goal to provide the highest quality of comprehensive reproductive health care services to all women.


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    1. Natavio M, Blotky E, Van Horn CM, Waters C, Ihenacho U, Silverstein E, Cortessis VK, Nelson AL. Availability of long-acting reversible contraceptives in Los Angeles County clinics through a Medicaid state plan amendment program. Contraception. 2018 Aug 01. PMID: 30076832.
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    2. Natavio MF, Cortessis VK, Zite NB, Ciesielski K, Eggers H, Brown N, Segall-Gutierrez P. The use of a low-literacy version of the Medicaid sterilization consent form to assess sterilization-related knowledge in Spanish-speaking women: results from a randomized controlled trial. Contraception. 2018 Mar 23. PMID: 29477629.
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    3. Cortessis VK, Barrett M, Brown Wade N, Enebish T, Perrigo JL, Tobin J, Zhong C, Zink J, Isiaka V, Muderspach LI, Natavio M, McKean-Cowdin R. Intrauterine Device Use and Cervical Cancer Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Dec; 130(6):1226-1236. PMID: 29112647.
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    4. Atrio J, Stek A, Vora H, Sanchez-Keeland L, Zannat F, Natavio M. The effect of protease inhibitors on the cervical mucus of HIV-positive women taking norethindrone contraception. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2015 Apr; 20(2):149-53. PMID: 25285572; PMCID: PMC4655593.
    5. Natavio MF. The provision of comprehensive reproductive health services in Los Angeles: a physician's perspective. Am J Public Health. 2013 Apr; 103(4):596-8. PMID: 23409895; PMCID: PMC3673271.
    6. Natavio MF, Taylor D, Lewis RA, Blumenthal P, Felix JC, Melamed A, Gentzschein E, Stanczyk FZ, Mishell DR. Temporal changes in cervical mucus after insertion of the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system. Contraception. 2013 Apr; 87(4):426-31. PMID: 23121828.
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    7. Bell JD, Bergin IL, Natavio MF, Jibrel F, Zochowski MK, Weadock WJ, Swanson SD, Aronoff DM, Patton DL. Feasibility of LNG-IUS in a baboon model. Contraception. 2013 Mar; 87(3):380-4. PMID: 23114737; PMCID: PMC3565102.
    8. Lewis RA, Taylor D, Natavio MF, Melamed A, Felix J, Mishell D. Effects of the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system on cervical mucus quality and sperm penetrability. Contraception. 2010 Dec; 82(6):491-6. PMID: 21074010.
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    9. Ren J, Wold LE, Natavio M, Ren BH, Hannigan JH, Brown RA. Influence of prenatal alcohol exposure on myocardial contractile function in adult rat hearts: role of intracellular calcium and apoptosis. Alcohol Alcohol. 2002 Jan-Feb; 37(1):30-7. PMID: 11825854.
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