Carolyn L. Westhoff, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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 more than 250 peer-reviewed articles. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (Formerly the Institute of Medicine). 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.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Contraceptive Care
  • Family Planning Counseling
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Insertions
  • Pregnancy Termination

Academic Appointments

  • Sarah Billinghurst Solomon Professor of Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Population and Family Health and Epidemiology at the Columbia University Med

Administrative Titles

  • Chief, Division of Family Planning & Preventive Services

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • French


  • Female

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Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • HMO
  • PPO


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

Oxford Health Plans

  • Liberty

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Special Needs


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
  • Residency: 1982 State University Of New York Downstate Medical Cen
  • Fellowship: Kings County Hospital Center

Board Certifications

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Honors & Awards

  • C. Lalor Burdick Award, National Abortion Federation, 2005
  • American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, elected, 2006
  • Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, elected, 2007
  • Roy Pitkin Award, Best article in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2008 & 2011
  • 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
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Alan F. Guttmacher Lectureship Honoree, 2013
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Most Impactful Article of 2013
  • Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions, Award for Outstanding Outcomes Assessment, 2016
  • Planned parenthood Federation of America/National Medical Committee, Michael S. Burnhill Lectureship, 2018