Rowena D. Pingul-Ravano, MD

  • Director, Centering Pregnancy

Rowena D. Pingul-Ravano, MD, FAAFP is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. Originally from the Philippines and raised in Southern California, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and received her medical training at the University of the East. She completed her residency training and served as Chief Resident at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Following residency, she pursued a fellowship in Maternal Child Health at Alpert Medical School of Brown University/MHRI where she served as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and was actively involved in medical student and resident education. She completed a Faculty Development, Teaching & Learning Fellowship at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Faculty at UPMC Shadyside, she served as the Maternity Care Director at Forbes Family Medicine Residency Program. She joined the faculty in Shadyside in 2013.

During her MCH fellowship, Dr. Pingul-Ravano implemented Centering Pregnancy: A Model for Group Prenatal Care in Preventing Preterm Birth. As a Shadyside Grant Recipient in 2014, she implemented the first Family Medicine Centering Pregnancy in Pittsburgh and in the UPMC System at Shadyside FHC. She currently serves as the Director of The Centering Pregnancy at Shadyside FHC. She also serves as a certified ALSO Instructor for the annual ALSO Course. Her special interests include obstetrics in family medicine (especially prevention of preterm labor), family centered maternity care, women's health care (especially HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention), and global health for women and evidence based medicine. Dr. Pingul-Ravano is a dedicated volunteer: internationally in Jamaica at The Treasure Beach Women’s Group Medical Mission and locally at The East End Cooperative Ministry (men’s shelter for the homeless in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Bethlehem Haven Clinic (women’s shelter for the homeless also located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). During her free time, she enjoys photography, writing, Philippine cultural dancing, and traveling internationally. Most importantly, she loves spending quality time with her husband and their two daughters.

Presentations and Publications

Scholarly Research Project

2016 - 2017

  • Mentor:  Molly Weber, MS3, University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Longitudinal Primary Care and Preceptorship Program.  Maternity Care Medical Student in Centering Pregnancy at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center. Summer-Fall 2016.

Selected Publications

2015 - 2016

  • Meeting Resident Scholarly Activity Requirements Through a Longitudinal Quality Improvement Curriculum, Journal of Graduate Medical Education MS. No. JGME-D-14-00360R1; Simasek M, Ballard S, Phelps P, Pingul-Ravano R, Kolb R, Finkelstein A, Weaver-Agostoni J, Takedai T Pub Med # 26217429


2016 - 2017

  • ALSO Course, “Preterm Labor/PROM,” “Shoulder Dystocia,” and “Labor Dystocia.” Washington Health System, Family Medicine Residency Program, September 14-15, 2016. 


2016 - 2017

  • Centering Pregnancy Group. “Prenatal Group Visits and Home Visits. PCMH Model: “Preventing Preterm Birth One Woman At A Time.” Rowena Pingul-Ravano, MD, FAAFP, Teiichi Takedai, MD, FAAFP, Margaret Judge, RN, BSN, LCCE. Implement and pilot an innovative model of Prenatal Care in our Shadyside FHC as the first centering group visit (at Shadyside) of pregnant women in preventing preterm labor followed by post-partum home visits (serving the underserved women). Grant from the Shadyside Foundation, August 2016-August 2017

  • Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy and Women Population; Rowena Pingul-Ravano, MD, FAAFP, Shoaib Malik, MD. Implement a model of Prenatal Care with Smoking Cessation in Pregnant Women Grant from the March of Dimes, October 17, 2016

2015 - 2016

  • Prenatal Group Visits and Home Visits. PCMH Model: “Preventing Preterm Birth One Woman At A Time.” Shadyside Hospital Foundation, August 2015-August 2016


2016 - 2017

  • Hepatitis C in Family Medicine Program. Co-presenter with Benjamin Skinker MD, Stephanie Ballard PharmD, N Randall Kolb MD, Rowena Pingul-Ravano MD, FAAFP, Nicole D’Antonio PharmD, Marianne Koenig PharmD.  FMEC 2016. Pittsburgh, PA. October 30, 2016.