Assistant Professor, Obstetrics And Gynecology Dept
Assistant Professor, Health Behavior And Health Education Dept., Sph
Dr. Okeoma Mmeje is an Assistant Professor in the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She was recruited as part of the Presidential Admission Scholar program focused on Global HIV/AIDS in 2013. As a physician researcher, she has expertise in reproductive infectious diseases and their impact on at-risk populations. She has evaluated safer conception options for HIV-affected couples in Kenya and Ethiopia and has been evaluating the implementation of expedited partner therapy as a treatment and prevention strategy for sexually transmitted infections amongst at-risk young adults in Michigan. Dr. Mmeje and her collaborators have conducted mixed methods studies engaging healthcare providers and individuals affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Her projects are focused on understanding the facilitators and barriers to implementing patient-centered initiatives in an effort to influence healthcare decision-making and policy makers. These efforts have resulted in several interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty at the University of Michigan and other institutions, as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Reproductive Health (National and International) Expedited Partner Therapy (prevention of sexually transmitted infections) as a treatment strategy for at-risk populations Safer conception in HIV-serodiscordant couples Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Reproductive Infectious Diseases Healthcare Management and Policy
- Jamison, Cornelius D., Jenell S. Coleman, and Okeoma Mmeje. 2019. "Improving Women's Health and Combatting Sexually Transmitted Infections Through Expedited Partner Therapy." Obstetrics & Gynecology 133(3): 416.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, Betty Njoroge, Pauline Wekesa, Alfred Murage, Raphael O. Ondondo, S. van der Poel, Mary A. Guzé, Starley B. Shade, et al. 2019. "Empowering HIV-infected women in low-resource settings: A pilot study evaluating a patient-centered HIV prevention strategy for reproduction in Kisumu, Kenya." PLOS ONE 14(3): e0212656.
- Tzilos Wernette, Golfo, Melissa Plegue, Okeoma Mmeje, Ananda Sen, Kristina Countryman, Quyen Ngo, Lisa Prosser, and Caron Zlotnick. 2019. "Reducing sexual health risks and substance use in the prenatal setting: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial." Contemporary Clinical Trials 84: 105827.
- Gamarel, Kristi E., Raha Mouzoon, Alejandro Rivas, Rob B. Stephenson, and Okeoma Mmeje. Forthcoming. "Healthcare providers and community perspectives on expedited partner therapy (EPT) for use with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men." Sexually Transmitted Infections : sextrans-2019-054156.
- Pinsky, Alana N., Kylie Steenbergh, Heather M. Boyd, Belen Michael, Delayehu Bekele, Emily Kobernik, Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, and Okeoma Mmeje. 2018. "Healthcare provider attitudes regarding the provision of assisted reproductive services for HIV-affected couples in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia." International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 141(1): 45-51.
- Matthews, Lynn T., Okeoma Mmeje, Jolly Beyeza-Kashesya, Ian Cooke, Natasha Davies, Renee Heffron, Angela Kaida, John Kinuthia, et al. 2018. "Consensus statement: Supporting Safer Conception and Pregnancy For Men And Women Living with and Affected by HIV." AIDS and Behavior 22(6): 1713-1724.
- Jamison, Cornelius D., Tammy Chang, and Okeoma Mmeje. 2018. "Expedited Partner Therapy: Combating Record High Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates." American Journal of Public Health 108(10): 1325-1327.
- Pinto, Rogério M., Kathryn R. Berringer, Rita Melendez, and Okeoma Mmeje. 2018. "Improving PrEP Implementation Through Multilevel Interventions: A Synthesis of the Literature." AIDS and Behavior 22(11): 3681-3691.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, Sarah Wallett, Giselle Kolenic, and Jason Bell. 2018. "Impact of expedited partner therapy (EPT) implementation on chlamydia incidence in the USA." Sexually Transmitted Infections 94(7): 545-547.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, S. Ernst, R. Harfmann, G. Kolenic, N. Speck, and S. Park. 2018. "Implementing expedited partner therapy in disparate health care environments: academic health system, university health service, and high schools in ann arbor." American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 219(6): 640.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, J. Qin, M. Wetmore, G. Kolenic, C. Diniz, and J. S. Coleman. 2018. "Breakdown in the expedited partner therapy treatment cascade: the role of community pharmacists." American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 219(6): 640-641.
- Zafer, Maryam, Hacsi Horvath, Okeoma Mmeje, Sheryl van der Poel, Augusto E. Semprini, George Rutherford, and Joelle Brown. 2016. "Effectiveness of semen washing to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission and assist pregnancy in HIV-discordant couples: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Fertility and Sterility 105(3): 645-655.e2.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, Betty Njoroge, Eliud Akama, Anna Leddy, Brooke Breitnauer, Lynae Darbes, and Joelle Brown. 2016. "Perspectives of healthcare providers and HIV-affected individuals and couples during the development of a Safer Conception Counseling Toolkit in Kenya: stigma, fears, and recommendations for the delivery of services." AIDS Care 28(6): 750-757.
- Brown, Joelle, Betty Njoroge, Eliud Akama, Brooke Breitnauer, Anna Leddy, Lynae Darbes, Richard Omondi, and Okeoma Mmeje. 2016. "A Novel Safer Conception Counseling Toolkit for the Prevention of HIV: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation in Kisumu, Kenya." AIDS Education and Prevention 28(6): 524-538.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, S. van der Poel, Meklit Workneh, Betty Njoroge, Elizabeth Bukusi, and Craig R. Cohen. 2015. "Achieving pregnancy safely: perspectives on timed vaginal insemination among HIV-serodiscordant couples and health-care providers in Kisumu, Kenya." AIDS Care 27(1): 10-16.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, Joan M. Chow, Lisette Davidson, Jennifer Shieh, Jeffrey M. Schapiro, and Ina U. Park. 2015. "Discordant Syphilis Immunoassays in Pregnancy: Perinatal Outcomes and Implications for Clinical Management." Clinical Infectious Diseases 61(7): 1049-1053.
- Heffron, Renee, Natasha Davies, Ian Cooke, Angela Kaida, Reid Mergler, S. van der Poel, Craig R. Cohen, and Okeoma Mmeje. 2015. "A discussion of key values to inform the design and delivery of services for HIV-affected women and couples attempting pregnancy in resource-constrained settings." Journal of the International AIDS Society 18(6S5): 20272.
- Mmeje, Okeoma, Betty Njoroge, Craig R. Cohen, Marleen Temmerman, Sten H. Vermund, and Sheryl van der Poel. 2015. "Achieving Pregnancy Safely in HIV-Affected Individuals and Couples: An Important Strategy to Eliminate HIV Transmission From Mother-To-Child and Between Sexual Partners." JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 70(4): e155.