A lifelong passion for women’s health is what drove Oluwatosin Onibokun, MD, to the field of obstetrics and gynecology.
“Taking care of not only a woman’s physical health, but also her emotional and mental health helps to ensure that our communities are healthier as well,” says Dr. Onibokun.
Dr. Onibokun, who practices at the Vidone Birthing Center at Yale New Haven Health’s Saint Raphael campus, says she enjoys the collaborative nature of the center, which combines the care of midwives, Ob/Gyns and anesthesiologists. “This creates a very holistic environment for women to achieve their own unique birth plans and deliver in a safe environment,” she says.
Dr. Onibokun, who grew up in Nigeria, also has a deep interest in global health and is active in research to provide basic gynecologic and obstetric care to women in underserved populations. She is working with Yale School of Medicine colleagues to establish a program in Ghana that would improve access to cervical cancer screening.
“Some of the challenges in women’s health care are universal, and not just in developing countries,” she says. “My work abroad helps me think ‘outside the box’ in terms of ways to help women navigate social and economic factors that affect them, and that helps me to be a better physician in any part of the world.”
Dr. Onibokun is an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine.