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Dr. Christy Boraas is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She earned her master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and her medical degree with honors from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and went on to complete her fellowship in family planning at the Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Boraas's global health experience has led her to work as a public health consultant for many organizations in multiple countries: Thailand, El Salvador, Tanzania, Ecuador, and Ghana. Her global research and clinical interests include access and education in family planning and maternal health care, referral systems, and innovative solutions for safe cesarean birth. She has also developed global health curriculum for learners in the United States and in low-to-middle income countries. She currently practices obstetrics and gynecology with a focus on family planning in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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Rahel Nardos was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She received a scholarship to attend Franklin and Marshall college where she earned her BS in Biopsychology. A Yale School of Medicine graduate, she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis. Following her residency and with support from Worldwide Fistula Fund, Dr. Nardos spent one year as staff surgeon at the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospital where she served women with childbirth injuries. She then returned to the United States and completed her fellowship training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, as well as her master’s degree in clinical research at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Following her training, Dr. Nardos served as the Division Head of Urogynecology at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Director of Global Health in OBGYN at OHSU. She was recognized for her clinical work and leadership as the 2018 recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Distinguished Physician Award. Global Fund for Women named Dr. Nardos a Mama Hero to recognize her contribution to global women’s health. At OHSU, she founded Footsteps to Healing, a global women’s health initiative which provided team based surgical services to rural Ethiopian women with severe pelvic floor disorders. In 2015, Dr Nardos joined the board of Worldwide Fistula Foundation (WFF), where she currently serves as the chair of Programming committee to support capacity building in the care of women with childbirth injuries in multiple countries in Africa. As part of her leadership role, Dr Nardos has been involved in the creation and ongoing support of the first formal Urogynecology Fellowship program in Ethiopia.

In 2020, Dr. Nardos co-founded and currently serves as the vice chair of Global Perm NW, an NGO based in Portland, Oregon, which was created to build healthcare capacity in low resource settings. Dr. Nardos is the immediate past chair of the American Urogynecologic Society Global Health Interest Group. Dr. Nardos joined the University of Minnesota in August 2020 as associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery and as Director of Global Women’s Health within the Center of Global Health and Social Responsibility.