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Center for Women with Disabilities

Center for Women with Disabilities

The Center for Women with Disabilities at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has been delivering state-of-the-art preventive health care to women with disabilities since 2001.

One of the first such services in the country, the center was designed in consultation with women with disabilities to meet their needs for accessible, regular exams and screenings.

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We offer a comprehensive, patient-centered model of care that encourages and facilitates equal access and accommodation of physical differences.

Services We Provide

Women with disabilities have the same woman-specific health care needs as all women. Health care needs associated with a woman’s disability, however, often take precedence and woman-specific health care is neglected. To remedy this situation, the Center for Women with Disabilities at Magee offers full access to women’s health care services.

Gynecological services

We offer the following gynecological care services, including:

  • Preventive care
  • Birth control
  • Pap test
  • Menstrual problems
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Vaginitis

Consulting services

We offer services to hospitals and medical centers, clinics, community organizations, and disability advocate groups that are interested in establishing specialty clinics for this underserved population.

Learn more about starting your own center.

Our Experts

Our physician, Dr. John A. Harris, is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and is a faculty clinician at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science.

Joining Dr. Harris as a second provider is Certified Nurse Midwife Julie McKechnie. 

Joining Dr. Harris, Peter Bulova, MD assistant professor of General Internal Medicine and director of the Down Syndrome Center at UPMC Montefiore, provides internal medicine consultation. Dr. Bulova sees patients at the Center for Women with Disabilities on Friday afternoons.


The Disability Resource Center at UPMC works to identify and expand the network of clinical services at UPMC for people with disabilities.

The Center for Assistive Technology, a joint program of UPMC and University of Pittsburgh, works to improve choices in wheelchairs, adaptive keyboards, and personal mobility systems.