Beatrice Chen, MD, MPH

  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Division of Gynecologic Specialties

Dr Chen is a member of the Center for Family Planning Research, where researchers perform clinical research trials related to the development of new contraceptive methods and other techniques. The field of family planning addresses the needs of women and men by helping to control if and when they desire to become pregnant. By helping individuals avoid unintended pregnancies, women who become pregnant can do so at a time when they are able to best maximize the changes of a happy and healthy pregnancy. The goal of developing new contraceptive techniques is to find safer, easier to use and more effective ways to prevent pregnancies. Much of the research the Center does has a significant impact on the use and availability of contraceptives in developing countries. The Center works to find contraceptives that can also prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV

Education and Training

MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2006-2008
Fellowship, Complex Family Planning, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, 2006-2008
Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002-2006
MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, 2002

Representative Publications

Donley G, Chen BA, Borrero S. The Legal and Medical Necessity of Abortion Care Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Law Biosci. 2020 Apr 29;7(1):lsaa013.

Chen BA, Eisenberg DL, Schreiber CA, Turok DK, Olariu A, Creinin MD. Bleeding changes after levonorgestrel 52-mg intrauterine system insertion for contraception in women with self-reported heavy menstrual bleeding. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Dec 19.

Chen BA, Blithe DL, Muraguri GR, Lance AA, Carr BR, Jensen JT, Kimble TD, Murthy AS, Schreiber CA, Thomas MA, Walsh TL, Westhoff C, Burke AE. Acceptability of the Woman’s Condom in a Phase III multicenter open-label study. Contraception. 2019 Jun;99(6):3357-362.

Chen BA, Zhang J, Gundacker HM, Hendrix CW, Hoesley CJ, Salata RA, Dezzutti CS, van der Straten A, Hall WB, Jacobson CE, Johnson S, McGowan I, Nel AM, Soto-Torres L, Marzinke MA. Phase 2a Safety, Pharmacokinetics, and Acceptability of Dapivirine Vaginal Rings in US Postmenopausal Women. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2019 Mar 19;68(7):1144-1151.

Bell KN, Meyn LA, Chen BA. Long-acting reversible contraceptive uptake before and after the Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate in women undergoing 1st trimester surgical abortion. Women’s Health Issues. 2018 Jul-Aug;28(4): 301-305.

Lu J, Saller DN, Fraer LM, Chen BA. Investigating pregnancy outcomes after abnormal cell-free fetal DNA test results. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2018 Aug;27(4): 902-908.

Whitaker AK and Chen BA. Society of Family Planning Clinical Guidelines: Postplacental insertion of intrauterine devices. Contraception 2018 Jan;97(1):2-13.

Rapkin RB, Achilles SL, Schwarz EB, Meyn L, Cremer M, Boraas CM, Chen BA. Self-administered vaginal lidocaine gel for intrauterine device insertion in nulliparous women: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep;128(3):621-8.

Boraas CM, Achilles SL, Cremer ML, Chappell CA, Lim SE, Chen BA. Synthetic osmotic dilators with adjunctive misoprostol for same-day dilation and evacuation: a randomized controlled trial. Contraception. 2016 Nov;94(5): 467-472.

Van der Straten A, Panther L, Laborde N, Hoesley C, Cheng H, Husnik M, Horn S, Nel A, Soto-Torres L, Chen BA. Adherence and acceptability of a multidrug vaginal ring for HIV prevention in a Phase 1 study in the United States. AIDS Behav. 2016 Nov;20(11): 2644-2653

Chen BA, Panther L, Marzinke MA, Hendrix CW, Hoesley CJ, van der Straten A, Husnik MJ, Soto-Torres L, Nel A, Johnson S, Richardson-Harman N, Rabe LK, Dezzutti CS. Phase 1 safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of dapivirine and maraviroc vaginal rings: a double-blind randomized trial. JAIDS. 2015 Nov 1;70(3): 242-9.

Chen BA, Reeves MF, Creinin MD, Schwarz EB. Postplacental or delayed levonorgestrel intrauterine device insertion and breastfeeding duration. Contraception Nov 2011; 84(5):499-504.

Chen BA, Reeves MF, Hayes JL, Hohmann HL, Perriera LK, Creinin MD. Postplacental or delayed insertion of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device after vaginal delivery: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2010; 116(5):79-87.

Chen BA, Parviainen K, Jeyabalan A. Correlation of catheterized and clean catch urine protein/creatinine ratios in preeclampsia evaluation. Obstet Gynecol Sept 2008; 112(3): 606-610.

Chen BA, Reeves MF, Creinin MD, Gilles JM, Barnhart K, Westhoff C, Zhang J. Misoprostol for treatment of early pregnancy failure in women with previous uterine surgery. Am J Obstet Gynecol June 2008; 198(6): 626.e1-626.e5.

In The News

Dec 20, 2019, Dr. Beatrice Chen quoted in AP story on the feasibility of a once-a-month birth control pill