Dr. Stek is currently assistant professor and a member of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests are in maternal-fetal medicine, in particular HIV and other infectious diseases and medical complications in pregnancy, and HIV in women. She has been providing ob/gyn care to HIV positive women for 25 years and is very happy to have achieved 0% perinatal HIV transmission among her prenatal patients for over 19 years.
She is Director of Perinatal Services at the multidisciplinary Maternal, Child and Adolescent HIV Program at LAC+USC, the largest perinatal HIV program in California, where she provides medical care and conducts research and teaches. Locally, she is on the faculty of the USC Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. She is actively involved with the domestic and international IMPAACT HIV clinical trials networks of the NIH’s NIAID and NICHD. Her work at LAC+USC hospital includes staffing high-risk obstetrics clinics, labor and delivery and antepartum and postpartum wards.
Dr. Stek attended medical school at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and completed her ob/gyn residency and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at University of Cincinnati.
Since her teenage years, Dr. Stek has been involved in movements promoting peace, social justice, human rights and environmental causes. As a university student, she developed her interest in the intersections of social justice, human rights and public health.
Currently, she is active in Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP California) to bring universal high quality health care to all Californians. She is also a long-time member of Physicians for Human Rights, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Physicians for Reproductive Health, as well as several ob/gyn and HIV professional societies.
Since 2002, Dr. Stek has been a member of California’s Peace and Freedom Party State and County Central Committees and the PFP Venice chapter. In 2008, she was part of a delegation of PFP leaders invited to attend May Day celebrations in Cuba.
She serves as a liaison to other progressive organizations as a member of the board of the Southern California Americans for Democratic Action.
In her local Venice community, she is a long-time member of the collective publishing the Free Venice Beachhead monthly newspaper and she served as an elected representative on the Venice Neighborhood Council. She is one of the founders of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee, which draws attention to the imprisonment of Americans of Japanese descent during WWII, and encourages vigilance against future injustices.
She maintains an enthusiastic interest in performing arts, particularly music, including all types of Cuban music, as well as cinema. She collects art from around the world which includes paintings and drawings from Cuba.