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David K. Turok

David K. Turok, MD, MPH, FACOG

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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  • David Turok, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Practice. His areas of clinical interest and expertise include all aspects of women's healthcare, particularly family planning.

    Board Certification

    American Board of Family Medicine
    American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
  • David Turok, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Practice. His areas of clinical interest and expertise include all aspects of women's healthcare, particularly family planning.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Family & Preventive Medicine -Adjunct
    Academic Divisions
    Family Medicine
    Board Certification
    American Board of Family Medicine
    American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

    Education history

    Residency OB/GYN - University of Utah School of Medicine Resident
    Family Practice and Obstetrics - University of Utah School of Medicine Fellow
    Residency Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Resident
    Family & Community Medicine - Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Intern
    Professional Medical Medicine and Public Health - Tufts University School of Medicine M.D., M.P.H.
    Environmental Earth Sciences - Middlebury College B.A.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Higgins JA, Kramer R, Senderowicz L, Everett B, Turok DK, Sanders JN (2022). Sex, poverty, and public health: Connections between sexual wellbeing and economic resources among US reproductive health clients. Perspect Sex Reprod Health, 54(1), 25-28.
    2. Thorman A, Engle A, Brintz B, Simmons RG, Sanders JN, Gawron LM, Turok DK, Kaiser JE (2022). Quantitative and qualitative impact of One Key Question on primary care providers' contraceptive counseling at routine preventive health visits. Contraception, 109, 73-79.
    3. Sanders JN, Kean J, Zhang C, Presson AP, Everett BG, Turok DK, Higgins JA (2022). Measuring the Sexual Acceptability of Contraception: Psychometric Examination and Development of a Valid and Reliable Prospective Instrument. J Sex Med, 19(3), 507-520.
    4. Kaiser JE, Galindo E, Sanders JN, Simmons RG, Gawron LM, Herrick JS, Brintz B, Turok DK (2021). Determining the impact of the Zika pandemic on primary care providers' contraceptive counseling of non-pregnant patients in the US: a mixed methods study. BMC Health Serv Res, 21(1), 1215.
    5. Kramer RD, Higgins JA, Everett B, Turok DK, Sanders JN (2021). A prospective analysis of the relationship between sexual acceptability and contraceptive satisfaction over time. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 226(3), 396.e1-396.e11.
    6. Walhof KA, Gawron LM, Turok DK, Sanders JN (2021). Long-Term Failure Rates of Interval Filshie Clips As a Method of Permanent Contraception. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle), 2(1), 279-284.
    7. Myers K, Sanders JN, Dalessandro C, Sexsmith CD, Geist C, Turok DK (2021). The HER Salt Lake media campaign: comparing characteristics and outcomes of clients who make appointments online versus standard scheduling. BMC Womens Health, 21(1), 121.
    8. Higgins JA, Kramer RD, Wright KQ, Everett B, Turok DK, Sanders JN (2021). Sexual Functioning, Satisfaction, and Well-Being Among Contraceptive Users: A Three-Month Assessment From the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative. J Sex Res, 1-10.
    9. Turok DK, Gero A, Simmons RG, Kaiser JE, Stoddard GJ, Sexsmith CD, Gawron LM, Sanders JN (2021). Levonorgestrel vs. Copper Intrauterine Devices for Emergency Contraception. N Engl J Med, 384(4), 335-344.
    10. Simmons RG, Myers K, Gero A, Sanders JN, Quade C, Mullholand M, Turok DK (2020). Evaluating a Longitudinal Cohort of Clinics Engaging in the Family Planning Elevated Contraceptive Access Program: Study Protocol for a Comparative Interrupted Time Series Analysis. JMIR Res Protoc, 9(10), e18308.
    11. Disney EA, Sanders JN, Turok DK, Gawron LM (2020). Preconception Counseling, Contraceptive Counseling, and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Use in Women with Type I Diabetes: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle), 1(1), 334-340.
    12. Chen MJ, Creinin MD, Turok DK, Archer DF, Barnhart KT, Westhoff CL, Thomas MA, Jensen JT, Variano B, Sitruk-Ware R, Shanker A, Long J, Blithe DL (2020). Dose-finding study of a 90-day contraceptive vaginal ring releasing estradiol and segesterone acetate. Contraception, 102(3), 168-173.
    13. Chen BA, Eisenberg DL, Schreiber CA, Turok DK, Olariu AI, Creinin MD (2019). Bleeding changes after levonorgestrel 52-mg intrauterine system insertion for contraception in women with self-reported heavy menstrual bleeding. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 222(4S), S888.e1-S888.e6.
    14. Turok DK, Nelson AL, Dart C, Schreiber CA, Peters K, Schreifels MJ, Katz B (2020). Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of a New Low-Dose Copper and Nitinol Intrauterine Device: Phase 2 Data to 36 Months. Obstet Gynecol, 135(4), 840-847.
    15. Gawron LM, Sanders JN, Sward K, Poursaid AE, Simmons R, Turok DK (2019). Multi-morbidity and Highly Effective Contraception in Reproductive-Age Women in the US Intermountain West: a Retrospective Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med, 35(3), 637-642.
    16. Gawron LM, Simmons RG, Sanders JN, Myers K, Gundlapalli AV, Turok DK (2019). The effect of a no-cost contraceptive initiative on method selection by women with housing insecurity. Contraception, 101(3), 205-209.
    17. Royer PA, Olson LM, Jackson B, Weber LS, Gawron L, Sanders JN, Turok DK (2019). "In Africa, There Was No Family Planning. Every Year You Just Give Birth": Family Planning Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Among Somali and Congolese Refugee Women After Resettlement to the United States. Qual Health Res, 30(3), 391-408.
    18. Everett BG, Myers K, Sanders JN, Turok DK (2019). Male Abortion Beneficiaries: Exploring the Long-Term Educational and Economic Associations of Abortion Among Men Who Report Teen Pregnancy. J Adolesc Health, 65(4), 520-526.
    19. Thompson I, Sanders JN, Schwarz EB, Boraas C, Turok DK (2019). Copper intrauterine device placement 6-14 days after unprotected sex. Contraception, 100(3), 219-221.
    20. Campbell AD, Turok DK, White K (2019). Fertility Intentions and Perspectives on Contraceptive Involvement Among Low-Income Men Aged 25 to 55. Perspect Sex Reprod Health, 51(3), 125-133.
    21. Gawron LM, Pettey WBP, Redd AM, Suo Y, Turok DK, Gundlapalli AV (2019). Distance Matters: Geographic barriers to long acting reversible and permanent contraception for homeless women Veterans. J Soc Distress Homeless, 28(2), 139-148.
    22. Betstadt SJ, Turok DK, Kapp N, Feng KT, Borgatta L (2011). Intrauterine device insertion after medical abortion. Contraception, 83(6), 517-21.
    23. Gurtcheff SE, Turok DK, Stoddard G, Murphy PA, Gibson M, Jones KP (2011). Lactogenesis after early postpartum use of the contraceptive implant: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol, 117(5), 1114-21.
    24. Turok DK, Espey E, Edelman AB, Lotke PS, Lathrop EH, Teal SB, Jacobson JC, Simonsen SE, Schulz KF (2011). The methodology for developing a prospective meta-analysis in the family planning community. Trials, 12, 104.
    25. Jacobson JC, Simonsen SE, Ward KM, Havlicak AL, Turok DK (2011). A Survey of Sexual Activity and Contraceptive use among University of Utah Undergraduate Students Aged 18-20.
    26. Turok DK, Gurtcheff SE, Handley E, Simonsen SE, Sok C, Murphy P (2010). A pilot study of the Copper T380A IUD and oral levonorgestrel for emergency contraception. Contraception, 82(6), 520-5.
    27. Turok DK, Gurtcheff SE, Gibson K, Handley E, Simonsen S, Murphy PA (2010). Operative management of intrauterine device complications: a case series report. Contraception, 82(4), 354-7.
    28. Turok DK, Simonsen SE, Schulz K (2010). Misoprostol for cervical priming prior to IUD insertion in nulliparous women. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, (1).
    29. Warren JE, Turok DK, Maxwell TM, Brothman AR, Silver RM (2010). Array comparative genomic hybridization for genetic evaluation of fetal loss between 10 and 20 weeks of gestation. Obstet Gynecol, 114(5), 1093-102.
    30. Turok DK, Simonsen SE, Marshall N (2009). Trends in levonorgestrel emergency contraception use, births, and abortions: the Utah experience. Medscape J Med, 11(1), 30.
    31. Warren JE, Turok DK, Maxwell TM, Brothman AR, Silver RM (2009). Array comparative genomic hybridization for genetic evaluation of fetal loss between 10 and 20 weeks of gestation. Obstet Gynecol, 114(5), 1093-102.
    32. Turok DK, Gurtcheff SE, Esplin MS, Shah M, Simonsen SE, Trauscht-Van Horn J, Silver RM (2008). Second trimester termination of pregnancy: a review by site and procedure type. Contraception, 77(3), 155-61.
    33. Romero I, Turok D, Gilliam M (2008). A randomized trial of tramadol versus ibuprofen as an adjunct to pain control during vacuum aspiration abortion. Contraception, 77(1), 56-9.

    Review

    1. Shih G, Turok DK, Parker WJ (2011). Vasectomy: the other (better) form of sterilization. [Review]. Contraception, 83(4), 310-5.
    2. Deutchman M, Tubay AT, Turok D (2009). First trimester bleeding. [Review]. Am Fam Physician, 79(11), 985-94.
    3. Turok D (2007). The quest for better contraception: future methods. [Review]. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am, 34(1), 137-66, x.
    4. Turok DK, Ratcliffe SD, Baxley EG (2003). Management of gestational diabetes mellitus. [Review]. Am Fam Physician, 68(9), 1767-72.

    Book Chapter

    1. Turok DK (2008). Chapter 6, Section C: Management of Miscarriage. In Ratcliffe S (Ed.), In Family Practice Obstetrics (3rd Edition, pp. 144-50). Philadelphia: Mosby.
    2. Turok DK, Schultz TR (2008). Chapter 8, Section I: Complications of Pregnancy, Endocrine Conditions. In Ratcliffe S (Ed.), In Family Practive Obstetrics (3rd Edition, pp. 243-54). Philadelphia: Mosby.
    3. Beukema R, Raiche M, Turok DK (2008). Chapter 7, Section A: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. In Ratcliffe S (Ed.), In Family Practice Obstetrics (3rd Edition, pp. 151-61). Philadelphia: Mosby.
    4. Mata JM, Turok DK (2008). Chapter 16, Section F: Intrapartum Complications, Retained Placenta. In Ratcliffe S (Ed.), In Family Practice Obstetrics (3rd Edition, pp. 488-91). Philadelphia: Mosby.
    5. Turok DK, Van Horn JT (2004). Obstetrics and Gynecology. In Haas LJ (Ed.), Primary Care Psychology (pp. 87-94). Oxford University Press.
    6. Turok DK (2001). Diabetes in Pregnancy. In Radcliffe S (Ed.), Family Practice Obstetrics. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams, & Wilkins.

    Editorial

    1. Nguyen BT, Shih G, Turok DK (2014). Putting the man in contraceptive mandate. Contraception, 89(1), 3-5.
    2. Shields WC, Cohen EL, Turok D (2011). Bringing it home: our imperative to translate reproductive health research into real practice change. Contraception, 84(1), 1-3.
    3. Turok DK, Shih G, Parker WJ (2011). Reversing the United States sterilization paradox by increasing vasectomy utilization. Contraception, 83(4), 289-90.

    Letter

    1. Gawron LM, Gero A, Kushner KL, Turok DK, Sanders JN (2019). Unprotected intercourse in the 2 weeks prior to quick-start initiation of an etonogestrel contraceptive implant with and without use of oral emergency contraception. [Letter to the editor]. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 222(4S), S891-S892.

    Abstract

    1. Flores MES, Turok DK, Jacobson JC (2012). Differences in birth control use and unintended pregnancy among Latina and white populations giving birth in Utah, 2004–2007. [Abstract]. Reproductive Health 2011. Las Vegas, NV, September 16, 2011. Contraception Journal, 85(3), 321.
    2. Jacobson JC, Maurer KA, Turok DK, Murphy P (2012). Patient Travel Time and Distance for Second Trimester Dilation and Evacuation in the Intermountain West [Abstract]. Reproductive Health 2011. Las Vegas, NV, September 16, 2011. Contraception Journal, 85(3), 323.
    3. Swenson C, Jacobson JC, Mitchell J, Turok DK (2012). LNG IUD removals when the strings are not present: a case series. [Abstract]. Reproductive Health 2011. Las Vegas, NV, September 16, 2011, 85(3), 328.
    4. Jacobson JC, Murphy P, Turok DK (2012). Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevalence in Women choosing the Copper T380A IUD for Emergency Contraception [Abstract]. Reproductive Health 2011. Las Vegas, NV, September 16, 2011. Contraception Journal, 85(3), 223.
    5. Turok DK, Jacobson JC, Gurtcheff SE, Flores M (2011). Pregnancy Intendedness and Pregnancy Outcomes among Women Presenting For Intrauterine Device or Oral Levonorgestrel as Emergency Contraception [Abstract]. Contraception, 84(3), 332-3.
    6. Jacobson J, Maurer K, Turok DK (2011). Same-day cervical preparation with misoprostol prior to second-trimester D&E: a case series. [Abstract]. Contraception Journal, 84(3), 310.
    7. Dermish A, Turok DK, Jacobson JC, Burke K, Flores M (2011). Failed Iud Insertions In Nulliparous And Parous Women [Abstract]. Contraception, 84(3), 332.
    8. Swenson C, Turok DK, Ward K, Jacobson JC (2011). Misoprostol vs. Placebo Prior to IUD Insertion in Nulliparous Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial; also presented as a poster at the North American Forum on Family Planning, Washington, DC, October 23, 2011 [Abstract]. Contraception Journal, 84(3), 307.
    9. Turok DK, Jacobson JC, Simonsen SE, Gurtcheff SE, Trauscht-Van Horn J, Murphy PA (2011). The Copper T380a Iud Vs. Oral Levonorgestrel For Emergency Contraception: A Prospective Observational Study [Abstract]. Contraception, 84(3), 321-2.
    10. Pawasarat J, Gibson K, Jacobson JC, Turok DK (2010). IUD Removals in Emergency Department Settings [Abstract]. Reproductive Health 2010 Atlanta, GA.
    11. Gammon L, Simonsen SE, Handley E, Gurtcheff S, Turok DK (2009). U USE IT (University Undergraduates' Sexual Education—Investigating Teachings survey) to evaluate students' perceptions of virginity. [Abstract]. Contraception Journal, 80(2), 222.

    Newspaper

    1. Turok DK, Jones K (2012). Compassion, Contraception, and Abortion. Salt Lake Tribune; Available at: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/53609137-82/abortion-women-contraception-effective.html.csp.