Leslee L.Subak, MD

Leslee L.Subak, MD


Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Urology

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Dr. Subak is a board-certified gynecologist in the Gynecology Clinic at Stanford Health Care. She is fellowship trained in urogynecology and pelvic surgery. Dr. Subak is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and, by courtesy, of urology.

Her clinical interests include female pelvic medicine, general gynecology, and LGBTQ+ health. Dr. Subak is the founding director of the LGBTQ+ Health Program at Stanford Health Care. She is committed to providing compassionate and affirming care to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Dr. Subak is an award-winning researcher who has conducted extensive studies on female reproductive health and urologic function. Her primary research focus is identifying interventions to reduce urinary incontinence in females. Her research group pioneered studies of weight loss as a treatment for incontinence. The research group also investigates novel interventions for female incontinence, such as slow-paced breathing, yoga, and mobile health apps.

Dr. Subak has published more than 100 articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Most of these articles focus on urinary incontinence, the association between weight and urinary incontinence, and new treatments for urinary incontinence. Her research has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JAMA Internal Medicine, The Journal of Urology, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She also wrote book chapters on several topics, including the economics of urinary incontinence.

She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics (APGO), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG), and the International Continence Society (ICS). Dr. Subak has served on many committees focused on incontinence at AUGS, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the International Consultation on Incontinence (ICI), which is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ICS.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certified, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Diplomate) (1997)
  • Fellowship: University of California San Francisco (1997) CA
  • Fellowship: UCSF - Veterans Administration Medical Center (1997) CA
  • Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC), Epidemiolgy & Clinical Research (1997)
  • Fellowship, UCSF and SFVAMC, Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery (1997)
  • Residency: University of California San Francisco (1995) CA
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, Obstetrics & Gynecology (1995)
  • Certificate, UCSF, Advanced Training in Clinical Research (1996)
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Medicine (1991)
  • AB, Dartmouth College, Earth Sciences, Economics (1983)

Honors & Awards
  • Distinction in Mentoring Award Nominee, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Academic Senate (2015, 2016)
  • Green Key Honor Society, Dartmouth College (1982)
  • Honoree, UCSF Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, UCSF, Chancellor (2002)
  • Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence, UCSF (1991)
  • Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient Oriented Research (K24), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health (2008, 2015)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching, UCSF Department of OBGYN & RS (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Outstanding Resident Consultant, UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science (1994)
  • Rolex Achievement Award for outstanding career achievements and contribution to society, College Golf Foundation (1996)
  • UCSF Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Scholar,, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH (2000)
  • Women's Health Foundation Medical Activist Award, Women's Health Foundation (2009)

  • Member, Committee on the Socio-Economic Impact of Urinary Incontinence, WHO and International Continence Society, 1st to 6th International Consultation on Incontinence (1998 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, NIDDK International Collaborative Research Group on Bladder Dysfunction (2003 - 2007)
  • Co-Chair, NIDDK Research Symposium: Urologic Outcomes of Diabetes & Obesity (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, NIH.NIDDK, Urologic Diseases in America External Expert Panel (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, UCSF-Kaiser Permanente Urological Epidemiology Research Career Development Program (K12) (2017 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University (2017 - Present)
  • Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2017 - Present)
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and, by courtesy, of Urology, Stanford University School of Medicine (2017 - Present)


Clinical Trials

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Specializing In

  • LGBTQ+ Health
  • Women's Health

Practice Locations

Gynecology Clinic in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 2nd Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 725-6079

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Patient Reviews

(38 reviews)

Dr Subak was very knowledgeable and engaging during the video visit. She put me at ease and answered all my questions. She took the time to explain what she was ordering for me and next steps. I feel like I’m in great hands under her care.
Very pleased to have had this appointment with Dr. Subak. She was clear and concise and honest in her appraisal of the situation and actions that will be taken.
Dr. Subak seems like a wonderful, very professional doctor. Highly recommended!
Very good communicator and listens well.
Dr. Subak is very patient.
She is lovely, knowledgeable and very thoughtful.
Dr Subak and her Medical Assistant are very nice
Leslie was great, very knowledgable and understanding. She conducted a pre assessment of my concerns and treatments I had been trying. Gave me good choices and explained the types of options available. Excellent follow up plan communicated and intervals.
Very wonderful and pleasant to speak with, I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with her and discussing my medical concerns.
Exceptionally good. Great doctor. Very friendly. I was so scared but she made me feel very very comfortable.
Friendly, knowledgeable, patient. My questions were adequately answered and next steps clearly outlined. I also did not feel rushed.
Dr. Subak is superb, on all levels
Wonderful doc. Great listener, great at explaining things and addressing concerns. Came away with a great plan to address my current issues. I really appreciated having this visit with Dr. Subak
Very respectful and explained everything in detail
Dr. Subak is very good at listening, and makes you feel comfortable to talk about every issue.
Very nice and personable and caring
Dr. Sabak was very personalable and showed concerned about my health issues. She let me know when I could expect her to follow up with me.
Wonderful experience with Dr. Leslee. Thank you!
Leslee was very relaxed and that made me feel comfortable enough to remember all that I needed to say. Leslee was also a good listener and allowed me enough time for me to think through my medical issues and say what needed to be said. Leslee seemed confident and ready to help. I had a Great visit
very friendly and helpful
Thank you to Dr. Subak. I appreciate her care and concern and attention to my concerns.
She is fantastic, I feel very grateful that she is my doctor.
Nothing. Very satisfied with the visit
I am very impressed with her.
She is a gift and a great doc.
Attentive, caring, and helpful
Dr. Surbak is a highly skilled physician, she listened to my concern about being prescribed additional Diflucan because I've had multiple yeast infections in a short period of time. However my appointment time with her was short. I would've preferred more time to talk about preventing future yeast infections.
Very good experience.
As a PA at Stanford, I found it a little concerning that she needed to use up-to-date to answer my questions, especially considering that Dr. Subak is the chair of OB/GYN.
Doctor was behind & rushed. Did not do full woman's wellness exam, no internal exam. Didn't seem to be listening all of the time. Diagnosed me with something I didn't have. Talked about getting me "looking good" not feeling good. Had to schedule another appt. to have full exam. Will not see this doc again.
Very pleased w/Dr. Subak.
Great bedside manners!!!
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Subak - I have been going to her for my gyn care since 2001 - just at UCSF & now Stanford.
Knowledgeable, thorough.
Dr. S. is excellent!
Dr. Subak is the best OB-GYN I have had. She explained the solutions to my problems thoroughly. I have utmost confidence in her professional expertise. In addition, she is a nice person!
I never realized how meaningful it is to have representation in health care until I met Dr. Subak. Dr. Subak's expertise and professionalism was physically healing, but being treated by an LGBT professional was medicine for my soul.
I loved Dr. Subak! She took her time with me to explain everything. Very thorough!

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