Dr. Rachel Urrutia is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, preventive medicine specialist, and women’s reproductive epidemiologist. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Urrutia’s interests include diet and physical activity approaches to improve health, communicating research to patients in understandable ways, and optimizing health in noninvasive ways. Her research focuses on developing behavior change programs that will help reproductive-age women improve their long-term health and wellbeing. Some of her research projects include investigating the benefits and harms of oral contraceptive use, diet and physical activity patterns among pregnant women, lifestyle change programs for low income women at a family planning clinic, and research with women in Haiti about their health needs. Additionally, Dr. Urrutia serves as the Medical Consultant, Women’s Health Branch and Women’s and Children’s Health Sections of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She is also the lead investigator for an ongoing systematic review evaluating the effectiveness of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods for family planning.
Dr. Urrutia originally is from New England where she attended Clark University and Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University, her epidemiology degree at UNC, and her preventive medicine residency at UNC. In her spare time, Dr. Urrutia loves spending time with her husband and three boys swimming, biking, and hiking. She also loves cooking and eating locally grown foods.