Lauren Witchey, MD, attended medical school and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Irvine. Hailing from a family deeply rooted in healthcare, she drew inspiration from her grandfather's gastroenterology practice and her mother and grandmother's roles as operating room nurses. From an early age, she knew her calling was to become a physician.
Her medical interests encompass a wide range of gynecologic specialties, including abnormal bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, family planning, contraception, and menopause. She possesses a deep passion for surgery, particularly in the realm of minimally invasive techniques, as evidenced by her accolades, including the Michael L. Berman Award for Excellence in Gynecologic Surgery and the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons Outstanding Achievement Award. Additionally, her commitment to providing high-quality obstetric care earned her recognition with the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine award for excellence in Obstetrics.
Guided by a passion for procedural specialties, Dr. Witchey chose obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) for its captivating blend of patient diversity and medical procedures. She finds fulfillment in the multifaceted nature of her specialty, allowing her to establish enduring relationships with patients in the clinic, perform immediate treatments in the operating room, and partake in the momentous experience of delivering babies in the labor & delivery ward. Being a women's healthcare provider is a privilege for her, enabling her to advocate for the unique needs of women throughout their lifespans, from adolescence through pregnancy to menopause.
In her role as an OBGYN, Dr. Witchey is privileged to be part of pivotal moments in women's lives, providing support during joyous occasions like childbirth and navigating challenging diagnoses and treatments. Her greatest reward lies in forming lasting bonds with her patients and acting as their ally in enhancing their health and well-being.
I understand how important it is to create an environment based on trust and understanding in a healthcare setting. By creating this space, I hope my patients feel comfortable sharing sensitive issues, as well as their values and goals in care. I aim to empower my patients to make informed decisions about their health.
Dr. Witchey grew up in Santa Barbara, California. Outside of medicine, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, spending time with loved ones, listening to live music, immersing herself in the outdoors, and going on adventures in various cities and countries with her husband. Their French bulldog, Bolognese, is a cherished companion during their travels.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Residency - Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of California, Irvine Medical Center