Distinguished Faculty

Risa Kagan

Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
Berkeley, California

Dr Kagan is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist, a graduate of New York University and the Albany Medical College of Union University. She completed her internship-residency at the University of California San Francisco in 1982 and then was on the full time faculty at UCSF. Subsequently, Dr Kagan moved to Berkeley to a private practice, OB/Gyn Fertility Specialists Medical Group. Since 2005, she has been practicing gynecology with the Sutter East Bay Medical Group affiliated with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation.

Dr Kagan continues to teach medical students and residents and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco. In addition to her gynecology practice, she was previously co-medical director and principal investigator (PI) for multiple clinical trials at the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education (FORE) in Oakland, CA, and now serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of American Bone Health (FORE). Currently, she is a PI on numerous women's health clinical research trials with the Jordan Research and Education Institute (REDI) of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Sutter Health Research Institute.

Dr Kagan is the author or co-author of numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of Menopause. She is often an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals including the Journal of Women's Health and The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) and is certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (CCD). She specializes in gynecology with particular focus on gynecologic surgery and women's health issues including menopause, female sexuality, bone health, and female cancer survivorship. She serves on many committees developing standards for menopause, bone health, female sexuality and overall women's health issues. She is actively involved in many professional organizations including the North American Menopause Society, where she served as treasurer and a member of the NAMS Board of Trustees 2006- 2012. She was the Scientific Chair for the 2013 NAMS annual meeting. Dr Kagan is well known as a communicator and teacher and is often approached by media and public forums for her expertise. She is also frequently an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings.

Dr Kagan was honored as the Bay Area Tumor Institute (BATI) Living Example 25th anniversary tribute dinner, May 2010. She was also the recipient of the Alumni AOA Award at Albany Medical College, November, 2010. Most recently she was honored to be the recipient of the 2017 NAMS /Leon Speroff Outstanding Educator Award.

Dr Kagan has been listed for many years as one of the best Bay Area physicians in San Francisco and Oakland Magazines and nationally listed in US Best Doctors. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband, Dr Richard Stern, an interventional cardiologist, and has three adult children.