Dr. Carolyn Westhoff professor of epidemiology and population and family health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health was chosen one of “10 Women Over 50 Who Prove It’s Never Too Late to Change the World.” Named “The Breakthrough Researcher” by Good Housekeeping, Dr. Westhoff was selected for her leadership in contraceptive research and family planning services.
[Photo: Dr. Carolyn Westhoff]
Dr. Westhoff, who is also professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York Presbyterian Hospital, focuses on improving the quality of and access to contraceptive and abortion services. She has published hundreds of scientific articles relating to safety and effectiveness of contraception and abortion. As a member of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network, Dr. Westhoff develops new contraceptives using novel pharmaceutical agents, evaluating ways to initiate contraceptive methods, and whether drug interactions interfere with contraceptive efficacy. Dr. Westhoff serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Contraception, a monthly publication for the advancement of reproductive health, and the official journal of the Society of Family Planning and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. She is also is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and is senior medical advisor to Planned Parenthood Federation of America.