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



Family Planning


  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Director of Outpatient Services
  • Interim director of Section of Family Planning
  • Director of Residency Research Program
To see if Catherine Cansino is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Glassrock Building - Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic (Women's Clinic)

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 4200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2500
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Referral Phone: 916-734-6413
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Catherine Cansino is dedicated to providing comprehensive 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 gynecology, treatment of early pregnancy failure, abortion care, and contraceptive use among women 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.


Family Planning
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Center/Program Affiliation

Women's Center for Health


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

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

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


Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital, Baltimore MD 2006


Family Planning, Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital, Baltimore MD 2008

Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology,

Professional Memberships

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

National Abortion Federation

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health

Society of Family Planning

Honors and Awards

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

Select Recent Publications

Wolfe K, Cansino C. Injectable contraception: current practices and future trends. Curr Obstet Gynecol Rep. 2015;4(1):26-36.

Bukowski J, Rogers A, Cansino C. Evaluation of levonorgestrel intrauterine device upon presumed non-intact removal. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014;211(6):e1-2.


Liang MI, McCann GA, Rath KS, Backes FJ, Cansino C, Salani R. Training the next generation of robotic surgeons using guided mentorship: a randomized controlled trial. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2014; 21(6):1075-9.

Matulich M, Cansino C, Culwell KR, Creinin MD. Understanding women’s desires for contraceptive counseling at the time of first-trimester surgical abortion. Contraception. 2014;89(1):36-41.

Zapata LB, Paulen ME, Cansino C, Marchbanks PA, Curtis KM. Contraceptive use among women with inflammatory bowel disease: A systematic review. Contraception 2010;82:86-94.

Cansino C, Melgar JLD, Burke A. Physicians’ approaches to post-abortion care in the Philippines. INT J Gynecol Obstet 2010;109(3):216-8.

Paulen ME, Zapata LB, Cansino C, Curtis KM, Jamieson DJ. Contraceptive use among women with a history of bariatric surgery: a systematic review. Contraception 2010;82:86-94

Cansino C, Edelman A, Burke A, Jamshidi R. Paracervical block using ketorolac with lidocaine in first trimester surgical abortion. Obstet Gynecol 2009;114:1220-6.

Cansino C, Creinin M. Women 35 years and older: safety issues. In: Shoupe D, ed. Contraception. West Sussex, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2011:168-74.

Cansino CD, Lipsett PA. Critical care. In: Fortner KB, Szymanski LM, et al., eds. The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2007: 38-57.