Raquel D. Arias, MD, MPH

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Clinician Educator)

Associate Dean of Admissions

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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.


  • Bone density recovery after depot medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable contraception use Contraception. 2008 Feb; 77(2):67-76. . View in PubMed
  • The combined etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol contraceptive vaginal ring Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2007 Aug; 8(11):1769-77. . View in PubMed
  • Dührssen incision to prevent a high cervical tear during mid-trimester abortion Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Jan; 96(1):50-1. . View in PubMed
  • Cardiovascular health and the menopause: the gynecologist as the patients’ interface Climacteric. 2006 Sep; 9 Suppl 1:6-12. . View in PubMed
  • Changes in bleeding patterns with depot medroxyprogesterone acetate subcutaneous injection 104 mg Contraception. 2006 Sep; 74(3):234-8. . View in PubMed
  • Women’s and providers’ attitudes toward menstrual suppression with extended use of oral contraceptives Contraception. 2004 Nov; 70(5):359-63. . View in PubMed
  • Breast cancer: adaptation of fine-needle aspiration to office practice Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Sep; 45(3):761-6. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Lack of utility in clinical practice of cytologic examination of nonbloody cyst fluid from palpable breast cysts Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Jun; 182(6):1300-5. . View in PubMed
  • A breast clinic in a department of obstetrics and gynecology Obstet Gynecol. 1999 Jun; 93(6):1044-8. . View in PubMed