Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA


Associate Professor

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Family Planning and Adolescent Reproductive Health


Jane Fonda Center

Medical Director

Grady Teen Clinic

Office: Jane Fonda Center

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Education and Training

Medical Education: University of Minnesota School of Medicine, MD, 2001 
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2005
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine, Family Planning and Contraception, 2007
Graduate Education:
•  The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, MPH, 2009
•  Goizueta School of Business at Emory University, MBA, 2012


American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2008

Areas of Interest

•  Adolescent gynecology
•  Contraception
•  Family planning
•  Sexually transmitted diseases
•  Healthy relationships
•  Developing a computerized tool that helps women choose the best method of birth control 
•  Post-abortion IUD placement
•  Post-partum contraception
•  Contraceptive drug interactions
•  Long term reversible methods of contraception
•  Adolescent reproductive health
•  Teen dating violence prevention
•  Dual protection in adolescents
•  Sexuality education  

Awards and Honors

•  Chairman's Faculty Award, 2016
•  Excellence in Overall Support and Mentorship, 2016
•  Emory's 1% Award, 2012
•  Beta Gamma Sigma, 2012
•  Family Planning Fellow Spotlight, 2011
•  Golden Apple Award, 2009
•  Service Award, South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Sciences, 2009
•  Golden Peach Award, 2006
•  Association of Reproductive Healh Professionals/Wyeth Pharmaceuticals New Leaders Award, 2005

Society and Professional Memberships

•  Society of Adolescent Medicine
•  North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
•  Junior Fellow, Society of Family Planning
•  Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
•  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


Research Articles

Upadhya KK, Santelli JS, Raine-Bennett TR, Kottke MJ, Grossman D. Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives for Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Mar 6. pii: S1054-139X(17)30023-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.12.024. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 28314704

Ewing AC, Kottke MJ, Kraft JM, Sales JM, Brown JL, Goedken P, Wiener J, Kourtis AP. 2GETHER – The Dual Protection Project: Design and rationale of a randomized controlled trial to increase dual protection strategy selection and adherence among African American adolescent females. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 Dec 19. pii: S1551-7144(16)30099-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.12.014. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28007634

Hall KS, Kottke M, Dalton VK, Hogue CR. Ongoing Implementation Challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Dec 6. pii: S0749-3797(16)30539-6. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.10.014. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27939235

Hofler LG, Cordes S, Cwiak CA, Goedken P, Jamieson DJ, Kottke M. Implementing Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Programs. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jan;129(1):3-9. Doi: 10.1097/AOG. 0000000000001798. PMID: 27926643

Clarke KE, Kraft JM, Wiener JB, Hatfield-Timajchy K, Kottke M, Sales JM, Goedken P, Kourtis AP. Factors associated with contraceptive use differ between younger and older African-American female adolescents. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Oct;29(5):448-53. doi: 10.1016.j.jpag.2016.01.129. Epub 2016 Feb 11. PMID: 26877099. 

Shulman R, Kottke M. Impact of maternal knowledge of recommended weight gain in pregnancy on gestational weight gain. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar 18. pii: S0002-9378(16)00490-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.03.021. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27012961

Murphy M, Bennet N, Kottke M. Development and Pilot Test of a Commercial Sexual Exploitation Prevention Tool: A Brief Report. Violence Vict. 2016;31(1):103-10. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708. VV-D-14-00055. Epub 2015 Dec 8. PMID: 26646412

Manski R, Kottke M. A Survey of Teenagers’ Attitudes Toward Moving Oral Contraceptives Over the Counter. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2015 Sep;47(3):123-9. doi: 10.1363/47e3215. Epub 2015 Jun 22. PMID: 26098283

Kraft JM, Whiteman MK, Carter MW, Snead MC, DiClemente RJ, Murray CC, Hatfield-Timajchy K, Kottke M. Identifying Psychosocial and Social Correlates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Black Female Teenagers. Sex Transm Dis. 2015 Apr;42(4):192-197. PMID: 25763671.

Kottke M, Whiteman MK, Kraft JM, Goedken P, Wiener J, Kourtis AP, DiClemente R. Use of Dual Methods for Protection from Unintended Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Adolescent African American Women. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2015 Apr 21. pii: S1083-3188(15)00176X. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2015.04.008 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26152648

Whiteman MK, Tepper NK, Kottke M, Curtis KM, Goedken P, Mandel MG, Marchbanks PA. Using a Checklist to Assess Pregnancy in Teenagers and Young Women. Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Apr;123(4):777-784. PMID: 24785604

Buchsbaum A, Gallo MF, Whiteman MK, Cwiak C, Goedken P, Kraft JM, Jamieson DJ, Kottke M. Sexually Transmitted Disease Partner Notification among African-American, Adolescent Women. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2014;2014:619632. Epub 2014 Dec 25. PMID: 25609905

Garbers S, Meserve A, Kottke MHatcher R, Chiasson MA. Contraceptive History, Unintended Pregnancy, and Contraceptive Method Choice Among Urban Low-Income Women. Journal of Women's Health. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Nov;22(11):930-7. PMID:24033000

Murray CC, Hatfield-Timajchy K, Kraft JM, Bergdall AR, Habel MA, Kottke M, Diclemente RJ. In their own words: romantic relationships and the sexual health of young African American women.Public Health Rep. 2013 Mar-Apr;128 Suppl 1:33-42.PMID: 23450883

Johnson K, Kelch-Oliver K, Smith CO, Green SE, Wallace TM, Kottke M, Collins MH. Depression Screenings during Routine Visits in a Reproductive Healthcare Setting: Identifying Depressive Symptoms in African American Adolescent Males. Psychology 2012 Oct; 3(10): 870-877. PMID: 20567888.

Garbers, S., Meserve, A., Hatcher, R., Kottke, M., Chiasson, M.A. Efficacy of a self-administered computerized counseling module in improving contraceptive method choice and continuation. Contraception 85(3): 321. 2012 March.

Garbers, S., Meserve, A., Kottke, M., Hatcher, R., Chiasson, M.A. Tailored health messaging improves contraceptive continuation and adherence: results from a randomized controlled trial. Contraception. 2012 Mar 23.

Sales JM, Whiteman MK, Kottke MJ, Madden T, DiClemente. RJ. Dual Protection Use to Prevent STIs and Unintended Pregnancy. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 2012, Article ID 972689, 2 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/972689.

Garbers, S, Meserve A, Kottke M, Hatcher R, Ventura A, Chaisson MA. Randomized controlled trial of a computer-based module to improve contraceptive method choice.  Contraception, 2012. PMID 22402258.

Collins MH, Kelch-Oliver K, Johnson K, Welkom J, Kottke M, Smith CO. Clinically Significant Depressive Symptoms in African American Adolescent Females in an Urban Reproductive Health Clinic. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. Published online June, 22, 2010. DOI: 10.1007/s10880-010-9200-9.

Sales JM, Brown JL, DiClemente, RJ, Latham TP, Kottke MJ, Rose E. Age differences in STDs, Sexual Behaviors, and Correlates of Risky Sexual Behavior Among Sexually Experienced Adolescent African-American Females. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 2011; doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr076.

Book Chapters

Kottke M and Zieman M. Management of Abortion. In Rock JA and Thompson JD (eds.) TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology 9th Edition. Lippincott-Raven. 2008.

Kottke M. Chlamydia. In Stovall TJ, Ling FW, et al (eds.) Gynecology for the Primary Care Physician, 2nd Edition. Springer Science; Philadelphia, PA, 2008.

Kottke M and Cwiak C. Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Insertion. In Hilliard, PJA (ed) 5 Minute Ob/Gyn Clinical Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore, MD 2008.

Cwiak C and Kottke M. Reversible Contraception-Hormonal-Implantable. In Hilliard, PJA (ed) 5 Minute Ob/Gyn Clinical Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore, MD 2008.

Review Articles

Kottke M, Cwiak C. Nondaily Contraceptive Options: User Benefits, Potential for High Continuation, and Counseling Issues. Obstet Gynecol Surv, Vol. 63, No. 10, p. 661-8, October 2008.


Kottke, M. Contraceptive Technology, Level 1, Training Module. State of Georgia Department of Health. 2007.


Crittenden Murray, C, Wilkins Thompson, W, Hatfield-Timajchy, K, Kraft, J, Bergdall, A, Blake, Gaydos, L, Kottke, M.J. and DiClemente Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual meeting November, 2011 in Washington DC. "My mama has boyfriends and is still having babies": Sociocultural aspects of dual protection among young African-American women.

Agnew, C, Mitchell, M, Davis, J, and Kottke, M. Oral poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual meeting November, 2011 in Washington, DC. "Starting Strong: Teen dating violence prevention via a youth-driven social networking website."

Agnew, C, Kottke, M and Davis, J. Oral poster presentation at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media, August 10, 2011, Atlanta, GA. “Youth Driven Social-Media: A Strategy for Youth Engagement Online.

Sales, J.M, Brown, J.L., DiClemente, R.J., Kottke, M.J., Latham, T.P., & Rose, E.S. Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine’s Annual Conference, “Age differences in STD acquisition among an adolescent African American sample: Is being young bad for your health?” abstract published in Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol 48, pS59, February 2011.

Kottke M, Goedken P, Cwiak C, et al. Reproductive Health Annual Meeting, Poster, “Use of a self-administered computer module providing personalized contraceptive recommendations in a clinical setting” abstract published inContraception, Vol 82, No 2, p 201, August 2010.

Kottke M, Bednarek P, Creinin M, et al. Reproductive Health Annual Meeting, Poster, “Characteristics of women who fail to return for delayed IUD insertion” abstract published in Contraception, Vol 82, No 2, p 203, August 2010.

Kottke M, Goedken P, Gidvani M, and Cwiak C. “Factors associated with choosing a long acting reversible contraceptive method amongst postpartum women in a large urban teaching hospital” abstract published in Contraception, Vol 82, No 2, p 197, August 2010.

Meyer J, Goedken P, Nash S, Kottke M. North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Annual Meeting, Poster, “Knowledge and Attitudes on Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Adolescents at Grady Memorial Hospital Teen Clinic,” abstract published in Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Vol 73, No. 2, e79, April, 2010.

Kottke M, Cwiak C, Goedken P, et al.  Association of Reproductive Health Professionals Annual Meeting, Poster, “Development of a contraceptive survey to be used in a computerized tool providing personalized output,” abstract published in Contraception, Vol 76, No 2, p 174, August 2007.

Fogg K, Kottke M, Cwiak C.  Association of Reproductive Health Professionals Annual Meeting, Poster, “Medical Abortion in an Urban Clinic Setting,” abstract published in Contraception, Vol. 74, No.2, p.191, September 2006.

Other Publications

Kottke, M. Intimate Partner Violence: Impacting Women’s Health. Atlanta Medicine, Vol 83(1): 20.