Carolyn Westhoff, MD

Carolyn Westhoff is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The College of Physicians and Surgeons, and professor of population and family health, and of epidemiology, at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

From 1990-2012, she was medical director of New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Title X-funded family planning clinics. She is also senior medical advisor for PPFA.

Carolyn has served as principal investigator on research studies of the safety and effectiveness of contraception and abortion, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. She served on the USPSTF for five years and also served on the board of directors of ARHP, SFP, Guttmacher Institute, and PPFA.

Her professional accomplishments have been recognized by election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of Family Planning. In 2013, she became editor-in-chief of the journal Contraception.