Aletha Akers MD, MPH, FACOG
Aletha Akers is a faculty member at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an adolescent gynecologist and medical director of Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP. Dr. Akers is an expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She provides clinical care to children, adolescents, and young women with complex gynecologic care needs. She has expertise in providing routine, preventive care and addressing the contraception needs of adolescents with medical problems and those at risk of unplanned pregnancy. At PolicyLab, Dr. Akers also sits on the strategy team and serves as the special project lead for the Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup, which is focused on developing and implementing recommendations to ensure diversity across the center's team members.
Dr. Akers also has experience developing and evaluating public health programs and health services interventions to improve adolescent and young adult health in both academic and community settings. Her research focuses on improving reproductive health outcomes among adolescent women by reducing teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) rates by increasing adolescents’ access to high quality reproductive health services. Her current projects include a clinical trial investigating pain management options during insertion of intrauterine contraceptive devices, a retrospective study of longitudinal datasets to understand sexual risk behaviors among obese adolescents, and the development of online educational modules to improve parental/child communication about sexuality.
Dr. Akers is widely published in the fields of medicine, public health, and the social sciences. In addition, Dr. Akers has worked as a consultant for The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and to the World Health Organization Quality of Care and Technologies Office. She has also served on the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for NIH-funded studies and lectures extensively on adolescent sexual decision-making and family communication about sexual health for community organizations and outreach programs.
Prior to coming to CHOP, Dr. Akers was an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and Assistant Investigator at the Magee-Womens Research Institute, Magee-RAND Womens Health Initiative. She received her BA in Chemistry and Biology from Bryn Mawr College, her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency at the University of Michigan. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Akers participated in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.