Deborah A. Penava, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology


Dr. Penava reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Penava is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the research committee for the department and past Director of Undergraduate Education. Dr. Penava is actively involved in the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC). She served as chair of the Women's Health Policy Committee until 2006.

Education and Training

MD: University of Western Ontario, London, ON, 1994

Residency: University of Western Ontario, London, ON, 1994-1999

Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1999

MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1999-2000


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Academic Appointments

University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, London, ON:

  • Associate Professor, 2007-present
  • Assistant Professor, 2000-2007

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