David K. Turok
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Turok, MD/MPH, directs the Family Planning Fellowship and research program at the University of Utah. He is an experienced clinical Obstetrician/Gynecologist, an educator, and researcher. He is involved in a wide variety of clinical research projects including testing of new contraceptive methods and improving access to highly effective methods of contraception. He currently leads the HER (Highly Effective Reversible) Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative. This county-wide intervention removed financial barriers to all contraceptive methods will provide data on the economic and educational effects of this service for over 4,000 women and serve as an evidence base for expanding contraceptive access for all women with limited resources throughout Utah.
Provides a framework for family planning efforts that combines patient autonomy with informative communication and free access to all methods of contraception.
Examines the misperception that same-day intrauterine system placement and STI testing lead to pelvic infections, and concludes that women without evidence of active infections can have intrauterine system placement and STI screening on the same day.
Explores the relationship between long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and women’s sexual outcomes. New LARC users reported no measurable objective change in sexual function or satisfaction.
Argues that declining rates of unintended pregnancy in the US are due in part to increased use of highly effective, long-acting reversible contraception methods such as IUDs and implants. Explores advances in delivery systems, devices, and use.