Sara A. K. Irwin, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
My friends from childhood say that I used to proclaim "I want to deliver babies when I grow up." I feel so fortunate to have a career that centers on an idea I have loved for so long, even though I now understand that practicing obstetrics and gynecology entails a lot more than delivering babies! I grew up in San Diego, California, went to Brown University in Rhode Island for my undergraduate education and then returned to California for medical school and residency training. My husband and I have had our sights on the Northwest for its wonderful sense of community, outdoors, and urban-meets-neighborhood lifestyle; we love living and working here. What draws me to OB/GYN is the breadth of care we are able to provide women: from primary and preventative care issues and surgeries to sharing in the magical moment of welcoming new life into the world. It is truly a privilege to practice medicine in this way.
About my practice
I think it is important for patients to find a provider that they feel comfortable with, especially in the field of OB/GYN. Our department really fosters that connection between patients and providers, and I enjoy working with patients toward their own personal medical goals. I have a particular interest in working with adolescents, contraception management, laparoscopy, and pregnancy care, but I also like office gynecology practice. Since I lived so many years in California, "hablo espanol" for any patients seeking a Spanish-speaking physician.
How I thrive
To me, "to Thrive" means that I am my best self at work, at home, and in my community. Traveling is a big part of my life, one that helps me explore, inspire and appreciate what I have at home. I also enjoy family time, cooking (and eating), reading, exercising, and being outdoors. And, since work is where I spend a lot of my time, I like to find ways to have fun at work and laugh with my patients.