Melissa G. Drake, MD
Santa Barbara, California
Obstetrics & Gynecology
reproductive, high-risk pregnancy, gynecologic surgery, hysterectomy, laparoscopy, preterm labor, ectopic pregnancy, lactation, Caesarean section, incompetent cervix, hypertensive disorders, VBAC, TOLAC, malpresentation, shoulder dystocia, abnormal labor, gestational diabetes, obstetrical hemorrhage
I obtained my medical degree at the University of Arizona and completed residency training at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC, where I carried a medical license in three different jurisdictions (VA, MD, and DC). During this time, I worked at hospitals where 2,000 - 10,000 babies were delivered annually and gained experience in both low- and high-risk pregnancy, as well as obstetrical emergencies including shoulder dystocia, hemorrhage, amniotic fluid embolus, seizure, and stroke. My particular areas of interest include TOLAC/VBAC, cesarean section, labor pain relief, patient autonomy, and medical ethics.
My strengths include a robust verbal persuasive ability, strong written and verbal communication skills, a tenacious work ethic, and the ability to solve problems creatively.