Nicole Irene Economou, M.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Nicole Irene Economou, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Clinical Professor

To see if Nicole Irene Economou is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Obstetrics and Gynecology

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

Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Economou is passionate about providing patient-centered, evidence-based, compassionate care to everyone throughout their reproductive life journeys. Specifically, she finds great privilege in caring for patients experiencing early pregnancy loss and for patients who desire termination of pregnancy. Dr. Economou is thrilled to provide this important clinical care at UC Davis.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Economou is a complex family planning specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has a special clinical interest in optimizing pain control during abortion and gynecologic procedures. She is also interested in improving reproductive healthcare for patients with substance use disorder and linking treatment services with family planning care.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Economou’s research interests center around finding effective interventions for pain control during gynecologic procedures, specifically for family planning services.


Family Planning

Center/Program Affiliation

Women's Center for Health

Undergraduate School

B.A., Barnard College of Columbia University, New York NY 2009

Other School

M.P.H., General Public Health, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2021


Obstetrics and Gynecology, LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2015-2019


Complex Family Planning, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2019-2021

Fellows Teaching Award, UC San Diego Health, 2021

Award for Patient Advocacy and Commitment to Quality Care, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2019

Nurses Choice for Overall Excellence in Patient Care, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2019

Resident Research Award for Outstanding Research Presentation, Keck School of Medicine, USC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2018

Award for Patient Advocacy and Commitment to Quality Care, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2017

“Team Spirit” Award for Cooperation and Partnership, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2016

Benjamin Tenney Prize in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2015

Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2014

Joffe H, Crawford SL, Freeman MP, White DP, Bianchi MT, Kim S, Economou N, Camuso J, Hall JE, Cohen LS. Independent Contributions of Nocturnal Hot Flashes and Sleep Disturbance to Depression in Estrogen-Deprived Women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Oct;101(10):3847-3855. doi:10.1210/jc.2016-2348. Epub 2016 Sep 28. PMID:27680875.

Joffe H, White DP, Crawford SL, McCurnin KE, Economou N, Connors S, Hall JE. Adverse effects of induced hot flashes on objectively recorded and subjectively reported sleep: results of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist experimental protocol. Menopause. 2013 Sep;20(9):905-14. doi:10.1097/GME.0b013e31828292d1. PMID:23481119.

Joffe H, Crawford S, Economou N, Kim S, Regan S, Hall JE, White D. A gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist model demonstrates that nocturnal hot flashes interrupt objective sleep. Sleep. 2013 Dec 1;36(12):1977-85. doi:10.5665/sleep.3244. PMID:24293774.

Freeman MP, Hibbeln JR, Silver M, Hirschberg AM, Wang B, Yule AM, Petrillo LF, Pascuillo E, Economou NI, Joffe H, Cohen LS. Omega-3 fatty acids for major depressive disorder associated with the menopausal transition: a preliminary open trial. Menopause. 2011 Mar;18(3):279-84. doi:10.1097/gme.0b013e3181f2ea2e. PMID:21037490.