1:32 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
Dr. Jennifer Ashton is a Board-Certified Ob-Gyn, who specializes in Adolescent Gynecology. Born in California and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, she hails from a family of 6 other physicians and one nurse. She attended the Horace Mann School and then Columbia College of Columbia University before obtaining her medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was the single recipient of the prestigious Bartlestone Prize in Pharmacology from Columbia medical school. Dr. Ashton served as Chief Resident in Ob-Gyn at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where she was awarded Chief Resident of the Year upon completing her post-graduate training.
Dr. Ashton is an active member of the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has authored numerous scientific papers and presented posters at national conferences ranging in subject matter from bariatric surgery and septic shock to ovarian cysts and ductal lavage as a screening test for breast cancer. She has performed both clinical and basic science medical research in the fields of general surgery, cardiovascular pharmacology and gynecology.
From March 2006 to 2009, Dr. Ashton was signed by Fox News Channel as their first female medical contributor. She appeared several times a week on the national news network, often along with her fellow physician husband, Dr. Robert Ashton. Television viewers were first introduced to Dr. Ashton in January 2006, when she was featured on The Learning Channel’s A Baby Story, performing a drug-free delivery of one of her patients. Dr. Ashton has been a featured expert guest on Oprah & Friends XM radio with Dr. Mehmet Oz and with Dr. Laura Berman. Dr. Ashton is a regular Women's Health expert for The Dr. Oz Show and can be heard daily on WCBS Radio's national "HealthWatch" with health and fitness tips.
In March 2009, Dr. Ashton joined CBS News as a Medical Correspondent. She reports on a broad range of medical topics for CBS News' THE EARLY SHOW and THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC. In January 2010, Dr. Ashton spent 8 days in Haiti caring for earthquake victims and reporting on the medical crisis for CBS News before and after her medical shifts. She has covered the H1N1 pandemic and the health consequences of the Gulf Oil Spill. Dr. Ashton is also the author of The Body Scoop for Girls, which was published in January 2010. It is modern guide for parents and teens ages 10-21 and has been awarded a Gold Medal by the Mom's Choice Awards.
At Hygeia Gynecology, her private clinical practice in Englewood, New Jersey, Dr. Jennifer Ashton has emphasized a return to old-school medicine with a new-age approach. As an Ob-Gyn, she enjoys the daily contact with women of all ages at various critical points in their lives. “I can deliver a baby, treat an adolescent with painful periods, a 50 year-old with hot flashes and diagnose cancer all in the same day. This field encompasses endocrinology, psychiatry, surgery, oncology and infectious diseases all wrapped up in one specialty.” Many of her adult patients are the mothers of her teenage patients, who embrace Dr. Ashton’s relatable approach and welcome her up-to-date medical knowledge and her un-hurried approach to healthcare.
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