Our Team




Heather Huddleston M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Ovum Donation Program, PCOS Clinic

Dr. Heather Huddleston graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed both her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her clinical interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), recurrent pregnancy loss and laparoscopic/hysteroscopic surgery. Her research interests include PCOS and recurrent pregnancy loss.



Marcelle I. Cedars M.D.
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Director, UCSF In Vitro Fertilization Program

Dr. Marcelle Cedars received her medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and did her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at UCLA. She is board certified in both reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology. Her clinical and research interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, the perimenopause, and assisted reproduction. She is an NIH-funded researcher and has chaired the FDA panel on Obstetrical and Gynecological Devices and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


Lauri A. Pasch, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Psychological Support Services

Dr. Lauri Pasch completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, completed her internship in behavioral medicine at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, and completed her fellowship in psychology and medicine at UCSF. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical and research interests include psychological aspects of reproductive medicine and women's health, including pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and menopause

Kanade Shinkai M.D., PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology

Dr. Kanade Shinkai is an attending physician in the Dermatology Clinic. She has expertise in dermatology of hospitalized, systemically ill patients. She sees patients with all types of skin disease but specializes in complex medical dermatology with a focus on autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders of skin. Shinkai performs research on immunologic and inflammatory cutaneous diseases.


Mary Ellen DiPaola, RD, CDE 

Mary Ellen DiPaola is a registered dietitian who has lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years and is a certified diabetes educator. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and completed an internship at the University of Indiana/Purdue University Medical Center. Her experience has been in the outpatient setting providing nutrition therapy for diabetes, weight management, cardiac health, gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for women’s health and pediatric feeding issues. She has developed and presented an array of community nutrition education programs on a variety of health topics. At UCSF, Mary Ellen provides nutrition therapy for adults and children in the Nutrition Counseling Clinic, for the Adult Diabetes Practice, and for the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) clinic. She provides nutrition education for obstetrics clients in the Young Women’s Program and for patients in the Pre-Renal Transplant Clinic.



Research Coordinators

Jamie Corley

Nik Lenhart