As a trained gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Culwell has worked extensively, both in research and practice, to break down the barriers between women and their access to reproductive health services, including contraception and safe abortion. Dr. Culwell is a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Diego and Davis campuses, and has published widely in journals including Contraception, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her work includes the development of global guidelines for clinical practice and frequent lectures for medical students and healthcare providers. Dr. Culwell completed her medical training and residency at the University of California, Davis and University of California, San Diego, respectively. She earned a Master of Public Health from Northwestern University, where she also completed a fellowship in family planning and contraception.
Dr. Culwell served as a Medical Adviser and then Consultant to the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London, and prior to that, she was based in Geneva, Switzerland where she served as a Medical Officer with the World Health Organization.