Carolyn Westhoff, MD, MSc

Divisional Director
Family Planning and Preventive services

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health Professor of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health


Dr. Westhoff received her B.S. and medical degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her clinical and research focus is on contraception, the development of new contraceptive technology, and the evaluation of current methods. Dr. Westhoff has served as principal investigator on numerous research studies and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2010, the Society of Family Planning recognized her accomplishments honoring her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.


Board Certified: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Residency Training: State University of New York - Downstate Health Sciences Center, Brooklyn, NY


Contraceptive development; health services research; obesity; venous thrombosis;


C. Lalor Burdick Award, National Abortion Federation, 2005 American Gynecoloical and Obstetrical Society, elected, 2006 NAMS/Warner Chilcott Innovations in Perimenopausal Contraception Research Award, 2007 Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, elected, 2007 Roy Pitkin Award, Best article in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2008 NFPRHA Dr. Allan Rosenfield Award for Access to Quality Family Planning, 2009 American Women’s Medical Association, Women in Science Award, 2010 PRCH, Dr. Wm. Rashbaum Award, 2010. Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010. Roy Pitkin Award, Best article in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011