Carolyn Westhoff

Carolyn Westhoff

Carolyn Westhoff

Epidemiology and Population and Family Health at the New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center


PH16, 630 West 168 St.
NY NY 10032


Dr. Westhoff's work focuses on improving access to and quality of contraceptive and abortion services through education and research. She has published over 200 scientific articles, as well as many abstracts, relating to safety and effectiveness of contraception and abortion. Current clinical trials evaluate new approaches to contraception such as the use of microbicidal agents that can protect against HIV as well as against pregnancy. In addition, trials evaluate new and simpler ways to initiate contraceptive methods, and evaluate whether drug interactions interfere with contraceptive efficacy. Numerous recent studies have evaluated the safety and effectiveness of early abortion using medications rather than procedures. All studies and projects welcome the involvement of public health students as well as clinicians. Dr. Westhoff serves as editor-in-chief of the international health journal, Contraception, a monthly publication for the advancement of reproductive health. The journal, published by Elsevier, is the official journal of the Society of Family Planning and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals



Other, 1984, Oxford University- Post Doctoral Work
MSc, 1983, University of London
Other, 1982, Kings County Hospital Center-Residency
MD, 1977, University of Michigan
BS, 1972, University of Michigan

Editorial Boards

Editor-in-Chief, Contraception

Academic Appointments

Sarah Billinghurst Solomon Professor of Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Other Affiliations

Board Chair, Society of Family Planning
Senior Medical Advisor, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Past President, New York Obstetrical Society
Past Chair and Member, Board of Directors, National Medical Committee, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Past Member, Board of Directors, Alan Guttmacher Institute
Past Member, Board of Directors, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Honors & Awards

NYCLU, Reproductive Rights Award, 2004
NCWH Shirley Sacks Women's Health Award, 2003
PPNYC, Women Making History Award, 2002

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent Health, Cancer Screening, Women's Health, Abortion, Contraception, Family Planning, Reproductive Health

Select Publications

Madden, T., WESTHOFF, C. Rates and Follow-up and Repeat Pregnancy in the 12 months After First-Trimester Induced Abortion Obstetrics and Gynecology 113 (3) 663-668. 2009 March
WESTHOFF, C., Jones, K. Smoking and oral contraceptive continuation Contraception In Press 2009
Benrubi, G., Edelman, A., Grimes, D., Kaunitz, A., MacIsaac, L., WESTHOFF, C. Contraceptive Effectiveness of Oral Contraceptives in "real world" clinical practice APGO Contraception Module. Including: monograph, case studies, PowerPoint slides, and audio podcasts 2009
Wiegerinck, MM., Jones, HE., O'Connell, K., Lichtenberg, ES., Paul, M., WESTHOFF, CL. Medical Abortion Practices: A Survey of National Abortion Federation Members in the United States Contraception 78(6) 486-91 2008 Dec
Edwards, SM., Zieman, M., Jones, K., Diaz, A., Robilotto, C., WESTHOFF, C. Initiation of oral contraceptives- Start now! Journal of Adolescent Health 43(5) 432-6 2008 Nov
Shimoni N, WESTHOFF C Review of the vaginal contraceptive ring (NuvaRing) Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 34(4) 247-50 2008 Oct
Nelson, AL., WESTHOFF, C., Schnare, SM. Real-world patterns of prescription refills for branded hormonal contraceptives: a reflection of contraceptive discontinuation Obstetrics and Gynecology 112(4) 782-7 2008 Oct
O'Connell, K., WESTHOFF, C. Pharmacology of hormonal contraceptives and acne Cutis 81 8-12 2008
Kalmuss, D., Koenemann, S., WESTHOFF, C., Heartwell, S., Edwards, S., Zieman, M., Cushman, L., Robilotto, C., Stuart, G. Prior Pill Experiences and Current Method Commitment, Satisfaction and Continuation among Young Women Re-Starting Oral Contraceptives Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 40(3) 138-143 2008
Chen, B., Reeves, MF., Gilles, JM., Barnhart, K., WESTHOFF, C., Zhang, J. Misorpostol for treatment of early pregnancy failure in women with previous uterine surgery American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 198 e1-5 2008
Westhoff, C., Heartwell, S., Edwards, S., et al. Initiation of Oral Contraceptives: a Randomized Trial of Quick Start versus Conventional Start Obstet Gynecol. 109 1270-1276 2007
Westhoff, C., Jain, JK., Milsom, I., Ray, A. Changes in weight with Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate subcutaneous injection 104 mg/0.65 mL Contraception 75 261-267 2007
Westhoff, C., Molaei, M., Jones, H. Effectiveness and Safety of Digoxin to Induce Fetal Demise Prior to Second Trimester Abortion Contraception 77(5) 315-388 2008

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