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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Shashwati Pradhan, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

[MUSIC PLAYING] My name is Shashwati Pradhan. I am a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist. So what that means is that I take care of gynecologic issues in patients from birth until about 21 to 24. I was definitely inspired by family members who are physicians. So I think that was my first initial exposure to becoming a physician in medicine. But then, I think medicine has a lot of different things that I am really passionate about. So whether that's the science and clinical aspect of it, but also sort of the patient advocacy, patient education aspect of it is really important to me. So I think it's a perfect blend of different things that interests me.

I really love the collaborative nature of UChicago. I am in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department. So I get a chance to collaborate with some of the experts in the country about different kinds of gynecologic issues and gynecologic surgery. But then, I also have so many amazing colleagues at Comer Children's, who I can collaborate with as well across a whole range of different specialties. So me and some of the hematologists collaborate to do a clinic, specifically for patients who have bleeding disorders. And I help with their gynecologic care.

But then, I also collaborate with tons of other specialties like rheumatology, pediatric surgery. So it's a really great atmosphere to work with different colleagues in order to give patients really great care, great multidisciplinary care. I think when I am approaching a patient and for the first time, if they are new patient, I think my biggest thing is to get across that it is all about communication with us. So me communicating information and education to them, but them communicating back to me their questions and things that they want to know. And I think that's sort of the basis of how I structure my visits.

A lot of times, I have patients that come in, their moms have sort of prep them to say, oh, you might be getting an exam today, and they're really nervous. And I think the first-- a lot of times, the first thing I say when I walk into a room is, don't worry, all we're going to do is talk. And so I think that really sets the stage of what I want to do, and how I want my patients to feel in the appointment. It's just sort of no pressure, just we're here to talk, you're here to get to know me as a provider, and I'm here to get to know you as a patient, and answer your questions, and see what's going on.

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Shashwati Pradhan, MD, excels in providing comprehensive gynecology care to children and young adults, helping them navigate gynecologic conditions while minimizing any nervousness, embarrassment or worry.

Dr. Pradhan’s clinical practice focuses on diagnosing and treating congenital gynecologic anomalies. She also specializes in a wide range of common and complex pediatric and adolescent gynecology, including:

  • pediatric vaginal concerns
  • labial adhesions
  • early on-set puberty
  • menstrual problems (irregular, heavy and painful periods)
  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • contraception
  • surgical treatment of pelvic and ovarian masses.

Board Certifications

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi

Medical Education

  • Case Western Reserve University

Residency

  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Fellowship

  • National Institute of Health/Children's National Medical Center

News & Research

When should teens and preteens start visiting the gynecologist?
Important considerations for starting routine gynecologic care with teens and preteens


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