Catherine Cansino, M.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Catherine Cansino, M.D., M.P.H.


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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Women's Health

Family Planning


Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Get Directions

Phone: 916-734-6900

Additional Numbers

Clinic Referral Phone


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Catherine Cansino is dedicated to providing comprehensive and equitable reproductive health care to women and adolescent girls. She aims to improve patient access to basic and specialized care, and believes that optimal decisions about one’s health are conceived from a partnership between a patient and her physician.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cansino's clinical interests include general obstetrics and gynecology, treatment of early pregnancy failure, abortion care, and contraceptive use among people with medical co-morbidities.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Cansino's research interests include contraceptive initiation and continuation, contraceptive use among women with medical co-morbidities, and post-abortion care. She serves as the Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Inclusion, Diversity, Antiracism and Equity Task Force.


Obstetrics and Gynecology

Center/Program Affiliation

Women's Center for Health

Undergraduate School

B.S., Ohio State University, Columbus OH 1998

Medical School

M.D., University of Toledo, Toledo OH 2002

Other School

M.P.H., John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD 2007


Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 2003


Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 2006


Family Planning, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 2008

Golden Speculum Award, UC Davis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2019, 2021

Wikipedia Scholar, Society of Family Planning, 2020

Wyeth New Leaders Award, 2006

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2002

American Medical Women’s Association Janet Glasgow Achievement Citation, 2002

Summa cum laude, The Ohio State University, 1998

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1998

Honors in the Liberal Arts, 1998

Hsia JK, Schimmoeller NR, Cansino CD, Hou MY, Jensen HM, Creinin MD. Prospective quantification of fetomaternal hemorrhage with dilation and evacuation procedures. Contraception. 2019 May;99(5):281-284. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2018.11.015. Epub 2018 Nov 27. PMID:30500335.

Cansino CD. The Utility of and Indications for Routine Pelvic Examination. ACOG Committee Opinion No. 754 Summary. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Oct;132(4):1080-1083. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000002896. PMID:30247359.

Cansino C, Lichtenberg ES, Perriera LK, Hou MY, Melo J, Creinin MD. Do women want to talk about birth control at the time of a first-trimester abortion? Contraception. 2018 Dec;98(6):535-540. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2018.08.005. Epub 2018 Aug 12. PMID:30110618.

Cansino CD. The role of transvaginal ultrasonography in evaluating the endometrium of women with postmenopausal bleeding. ACOG Committee Opinion No. 734. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol. 2018;131:e124-9.

Chen MJ, Hou MY, Hsia JK, Cansino CD, Melo J, Creinin MD. Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Initiation With a 2- to 3-Week Compared With a 6-Week Postpartum Visit. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Oct;130(4):788-794. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000002246. PMID:28885429.

Chen MJ, Rounds KM, Creinin MD, Cansino C, Hou MY. Comparing office and telephone follow-up after medical abortion. Contraception. 2016 Aug;94(2):122-6. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2016.04.007. Epub 2016 Apr 18. PMID:27101901.

Billingsley CC, Cansino C, O'Malley DM, Cohn DE, Fowler JM, Copeland LJ, Backes FJ, Salani R. Survival outcomes of obese patients in type II endometrial cancer: Defining the prognostic impact of increasing BMI. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Mar;140(3):405-8. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.01.020. Epub 2016 Jan 20. PMID:26801939.

Tilles C, Denny A, Cansino C, Creinin MD. Factors influencing women's satisfaction with surgical abortion. Contraception. 2016 Feb;93(2):164-9. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2015.09.012. Epub 2015 Sep 26. PMID:26410173.

Billingsley CC, Kenne KA, Cansino CD, Backes FJ, Cohn DE, O'Malley DM, Copeland LJ, Fowler JM, Salani R. The Use of Transvaginal Ultrasound in Type II Endometrial Cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2015 Jun;25(5):858-62. doi:10.1097/IGC.0000000000000423. PMID:25768078.

Wolfe K, Cansino C. Injectable contraception: current practices and future trends. Curr Obstet Gynecol Rep. 2015 Mar;4(1):26-36. doi:10.1007/s13669-014-0106-7.