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Vanessa M. Barnabei

Professor Emerita of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo


Women’s health, menopause, hormone therapy, pregnancy, prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum depression, contraceptives, access to abortion, New York’s Reproductive Health Act

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Vanessa M. Barnabei is an expert on obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health.

She has practiced for many years as a physician, with particular expertise on caring for women with menopausal and perimenopausal problems. Menopause and hormone therapy have also been a focus of Barnabei’s research, along with issues related to pregnancy and postpartum care. For many years, she has also focused her practice on women with vulvar disorders such as pain and lichen sclerosus.

She has also been involved with the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the Safe Motherhood Initiative, which seeks to lower maternal morbidity and mortality through the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy and venous thromboembolic disease. She has been involved in a statewide effort in New York to better understand and address maternal mortality.

Barnabei can speak to the media about numerous issues in obstetrics and gynecology, ranging from pregnancy, childbirth and contraception to menopause, hot flashes, hormone therapy and vulvar disorders. She can also discuss abortion and access to abortion.


Vanessa M. Barnabei, MD, PhD
Professor Emerita of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo