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Raquel D. Arias, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Clinician Educator)
Associate Dean of Admissions
Obstetrics & Gynecology
KAM 100cc Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 2552


Dr. Arias holds two faculty appointments at the University of Southern California: Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Keck School of Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Gerontology at University Park Campus. She also serves as Associate Dean for Educational Affairs (Special Projects) and Chairman of the Admissions Committee at the School of Medicine. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and completed course work for her M.P.H. at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Arias attended medical school at USC and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She served in the National Health Service Corps in Merced, California where she directed the “Sweet Success” Program for the multidisciplinary management of diabetes in pregnancy. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She has received teaching awards from students for teaching in each of the 4 years of medical school as well as multiple awards for teaching from the Ob/Gyn residents. She is a consultant on policy matters at the national, state and local levels in matters that relate to women’s reproductive health, as well as healthy aging. In this capacity she has been recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives, the California Legislature and the County of Los Angeles. Her clinical interests include breast disorders, contraception and menopause. Public health interests include the provision of healthcare for marginalized populations.


Kaunitz AM, Arias R, McClung M. Bone density recovery after depot medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable contraception use. Contraception. 2008 Feb; 77(2):67-76. View in: PubMed

Wagner MS, Arias RD, Nucatola DL. The combined etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol contraceptive vaginal ring. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2007 Aug; 8(11):1769-77. View in: PubMed

Arias RD, Jain JK, Brucker C, Ross D, Ray A. Changes in bleeding patterns with depot medroxyprogesterone acetate subcutaneous injection 104 mg. Contraception. 2006 Sep; 74(3):234-8. View in: PubMed

Andrist LC, Arias RD, Nucatola D, Kaunitz AM, Musselman BL, Reiter S, Boulanger J, Dominguez L, Emmert S. Women's and providers' attitudes toward menstrual suppression with extended use of oral contraceptives. Contraception. 2004 Nov; 70(5):359-63. View in: PubMed

Hindle WH, Arias RD, Felix JC, Sueda A. Breast cancer: adaptation of fine-needle aspiration to office practice. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Sep; 45(3):761-6. View in: PubMed

Arias RD. Compelling reasons for recommending IUDs to any woman of reproductive age. Int J Fertil Womens Med. 2002 Mar-Apr; 47(2):87-95. View in: PubMed

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