Nancy Milliken, MD is the Founding Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is Vice Dean Emerita of the UCSF School of Medicine and Professor Emerita, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.
In 1996, Dr. Milliken led a multidisciplinary team in successfully competing for one of the first National Centers of Excellence (CoE) in Women’s Health designations by the Federal Office of Women’s Health. Under her leadership, the UCSF CoE has developed multiple partnerships within UCSF and the communities it serves and galvanized support for initiatives with impact locally, nationally and globally. The CoE’s success has included: advancing research in women’s health, implementing models of comprehensive women-focused clinical care, promoting partnerships with women and their communities on relevant health issues, designing women’s health curricula for the training of the next generation, and developing leadership potential and opportunities for women.
Dr. Milliken is passionate about mentoring women who are contemplating or pursuing careers in the health professions and has improved leadership development for women at UCSF and in the community. She initiated a mentorship program to encourage young women to enter the field of women's health and in 2000, co-founded the annual San Francisco Young Women’s Health & Leadership Conference with Congresswoman Jackie Speier. To date, more than 9,000 young women have benefitted from these positive youth development programs.
Dr. Milliken continues to improve the health of women by increasing their knowledge of and participation in decisions regarding their health. As a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, she explored the ethical issues involved in reproductive decision-making and participated in the national debate regarding “maternal-fetal conflict” and forced treatment of pregnant women. She has also published, taught and influenced policies surrounding physician-patient sexual misconduct.
Since 1993, Dr. Milliken has been instrumental in UCSF’s effort to develop comprehensive clinical services for women across their lifespan. Today this exists as UCSF Women’s Health, a network of women-focused practices – many of which are located in the eight-story Women’s Health Center at Mount Zion. In February 2015, after a decade of planning by many, UCSF expanded these services with the opening of the Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital at Mission Bay for patients to receive specialty services for a lifetime of reproductive health.
Dr. Milliken has received national recognition for her accomplishments in advancing women’s health including: UCSF’s Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women, Diversity Champion, Award for Exceptional Leadership and Achievements in Establishing Innovative Women’s Healthcare Models, and the 150 Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award; Blue Cross of California’s Community Service Award, Hunters Point Family’s Women’s Warrior in Building Healthy Communities for Young Women, Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women’s CEDAW* Women’s Human Right’s Award for Health, and the Academy of Women’s Health 2015 Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health.
* CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women)