Katharine O. White, MD MPH
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology

MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health
BS, Duke University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. White is the Vice Chair of Academics, the Associate Director of the Complex Family Planning Fellowship, and the Director of BEACON Research at Boston Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor of OB/GYN at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She is the Site PI for the NICHD Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network at Boston University, and has been the PI on randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and cross-sectional surveys. Dr. White's interests span quantitative analysis, qualitative studies, and implementation science. She is the PI of the Partners In Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) program, a quality improvement project for contraceptive services at Massachusetts birth hospitals, with a focus on training clinicians in shared decision-making around contraceptive counseling. Dr. White is particularly interested in shared decision-making, miscarriage management, and sexual wellness/dysfunction. She frequently lectures locally and nationally on a number of topics related to reproductive health. Dr. White is also the author of Your Guide to Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss and Your Sexual Health, both published by Mayo Clinic Press.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

The importance of centering diversity, equity, and inclusion has threaded throughout my work:

Clinical: I have been devoted to improving the reproductive health of historically structurally marginalized people with the capacity to become pregnant. My practice in abortion, miscarriage, and contraceptive care predominantly serves people from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups and those who are economically disadvantaged.

Education: I have co-led our efforts in recruitment of students and residents of color for our residency and fellowship. Our residency is now the most diverse in our institution with 80% of our current residents identifying as Black, Latine, Asian, or multi-racial, and 65% as a racial group that is underrepresented in medicine (URM). Additionally, I have mentored several URM residents into successful applications for fellowship.

Programming: I designed our statewide program Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) with a commitment to enacting policies that address reproductive coercion. PICCK includes a diverse Community Advisory Board, whose members speak at our trainings and meet regularly to direct our programming. This Board has been so successful, the Massachusetts Department of Health will support it after the grant ends. PICCK has also created programming around social determinants of health (including a toolkit, webinar, and brief screener) that will be utilized statewide.

Research: I supported three of my fellows in completing research on contraceptive coercion at the time of abortion care and on racism and reproductive health. I’m currently working with one of these former fellows, Dr. Kelly Treder (whom I hired as faculty), on a commentary about the impact of abortion restrictions on racial inequities in maternal health.

Department: I helped establish a Standing Leadership Search Committee, as well as a standardized interview procedure to make hiring into leadership positions a more transparent and equitable process. I have had years-long mentorship and sponsorship of Black junior faculty members, including our Director of Health Equity. Together, we are initiating efforts to address obstetric racism and to remove inequities in outcomes for both pregnancy care and gynecologic surgery.

Advocacy: I have spoken and written in multiple local and national forums about the disproportionate impact on people of color of the US Supreme Court decision overturning the right to an abortion.

On a personal level, I am the daughter of Irish and Italian parents who was the first to go to college directly after high school, and the first to pursue doctoral-level education. I am also the parent of an adolescent with autism and have a special interest in providing gynecological care to individuals with autism.

As my career progresses, I will include addressing health equity as a driving force in all these areas.

Chief and Chair
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Vice-Chair of Academics
Boston Medical Center

Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network - Female Sites
08/01/2020 - 07/31/2027 (PI)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of Levonorgestrel Butanoate for Female Contraception
09/28/2019 - 07/14/2025 (PI)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Refining a novel, non-hormonal, long-acting female contraceptive device
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2025 (PI)
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

MK8415-060 Nexplanon Extension: A Phase 3, Open-label, Multi-Center, Single Arm Study to Assess Contraceptive Efficacy and Safety of the Etonogestrel (MK-8415) Implant During Extended Use From 3 Years After Insertion in Females 35 Years of Age or Younger
12/02/2020 - 12/01/2024 (PI)

Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge
10/10/2019 - 09/30/2024 (PI)
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Ovaprene Phase 1: Protocol Finalization, Procurement of Regulatory Approval, and Complete Start-Up Activities for the Ovaprene Vaginal Device Clinical Trial
09/28/2023 - 09/27/2024 (PI)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Development of a novel, non-hormonal female contraceptive device
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
Venova Technologies, Inc. National Institutes

Massachusetts Sexual and Reproductive Health Training Center - PICCK24-1 - SDOH
12/04/2023 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. Massachusetts Dept.

Improvements in Reproductive Health Access, Infrastructure, and Security
02/16/2023 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH

Birth Control to Improve Birth Spacing
07/15/2021 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Brigham and Womens Hospital National Institute o

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  1. Lee EM, O'Connor SK, Pancholi R, White KO, Woodhams E, Patton EW. "Meeting Patients Where They're at": Clinician Perspectives on Integration of Family Planning Services into Office-Based Addiction Treatment. J Addict Med. 2023 Nov-Dec 01; 17(6):702-707.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37934535
  2. Lee EM, O'Connor SK, Pancholi R, White KO, Woodhams E, Patton EW. "Meeting Patients Where They're at": Clinician Perspectives on Integration of Family Planning Services into Office-Based Addiction Treatment. J Addict Med. 2023 Sep 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37729005
  3. Sausjord IK, Acton LW, White KO, O'Connor SK, Lerner NM. Breastfeeding and Hormonal Contraception: A Scoping Review of Clinical Guidelines, Professional Association Recommendations, and the Literature. Breastfeed Med. 2023 Sep; 18(9):645-665.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37672571
  4. Bond JC, Wise LA, Fox MP, Garcia RI, Murray EJ, White KO, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Heaton B. Preconception Periodontitis and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in a Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 01; 192(9):1509-1521.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37339008; PMCID: PMC10666963; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwad142;
  5. Treder KM, Amutah-Onukagha N, White KO. Abortion Bans Will Exacerbate Already Severe Racial Inequities in Maternal Mortality. Womens Health Issues. 2023; 33(4):328-332.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37301725
  6. Morse AN, Haas S, White KO. Facilitating an Optimal Transition to Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Obstet Gynecol. 2023 May 01; 141(5):1025. PMID: 37103539
  7. Wong ML, Achu RA, Spence NZ, White KO. Feasibility of methadone for pain relief in first trimester abortion (Boston, Massachusetts 2022). Contraception. 2023 Sep; 125:110052.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37105280
  8. Bond JC, White KO, Abrams JA, Wesselink AK, Wise LA. Sexual dysfunction, distress, and care-seeking among females during the preconception period. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Jul; 229(1):43.e1-43.e12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37001576; PMCID: PMC10330018; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2023.03.037;
  9. Renner RM, Hu V, Guilbert ÉR, Albert AYK, White KO, Jones HE, Guan X, Norman WV. First-trimester surgical abortion practice in Canada in 2012. Can Fam Physician. 2023 Jan; 69(1):36-44. PMID: 36693753; PMCID: PMC9873287; DOI: 10.46747/cfp.690136;
  10. Rasool A, Mahmoud T, Mathyk B, Kaneko-Tarui T, Roncari D, White KO, O'Tierney-Ginn P. Obesity downregulates lipid metabolism genes in first trimester placenta. Sci Rep. 2022 Nov 12; 12(1):19368. PMID: 36371454; PMCID: PMC9653480; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-24040-9;
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What two dueling court rulings mean for abortion care and rights in Massachusetts

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Abortion medication rulings raise question of access in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts providers brace for Texas antiabortion ruling, a threat ‘knocking at our front door’

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Whitney Cummings on Birth Control: ‘You Don’t Have to Settle.’

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Abortion foes downplay complex post-Roe v. Wade realities

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Retailers limit purchase of emergency contraception

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Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

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a Step-by-Step Guide to a Safe Medical Abortion

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POV: Overturning Roe v. Wade Will Worsen Health Inequities in All Reproductive Care

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What to Consider About Contraception and Pregnancy After Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

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A Guide to Safer Sex for People With Vulvas

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The Abortion Pill: How It Works, Side Effects And More

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What to Do If You Can’t Find Tampons

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No, Plan B Emergency Contraception Isn’t Banned In Any States Right Now

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Hormone monitoring may play role in remote miscarriage management

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Is It Possible to Be Pregnant and Still Get Your Period? Doctors Share the Truth

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Early abortion medication use shortens time to abortion in pregnancy of unknown location

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Can I Eat Papaya While Pregnant?

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We Need to Talk More About Stillbirths

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Why You Need To Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins Way Before You're Pregnant

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Despite half million death toll, misinformation still fueling concerns

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2016 Tufts University School of Medicine: Notable Teaching Citation
2015 Baystate Medical Center: William Zussman Outstanding Teacher Award
2015 North American Forum on Family Planning: Top 17 Posters
2014 Contraception (journal): Daniel R. Mishell, Jr, MD Outstanding Article Award
2014 North American Forum on Family Planning: Third Place Poster Award
2014 Tufts University School of Medicine: Accomplished Teaching Citation
2011 Council for Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baystate Medical Center: National Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
2011 Tufts University School of Medicine: Accomplished Teaching Citation
2010 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Annual Conference: Sally Perlman Best Poster Award
2010 Tufts University School of Medicine: Notable Teaching Citation
2004 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: Excellence in Teaching by a Resident or Fellow
2002 Baystate Medical Center: Excellence in Teaching by a Chief Resident
2002 Baystate Medical Center: Resident Research Award
2001-2002 Tufts University School of Medicine: Excellence in Teaching by a Resident
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Reproductive health

I am the Vice Chair of Academics in the Department of OB/GYN, and head the department Research Steering Committee and Education Steering Committee. I am also the Associate Program Director for the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning. I am deeply involved in faculty development in both of these roles, and serve as a regular individual advisor and mentor to fellows and multiple junior faculty members.

My research expertise is shared decision-making and patient-centered care, particularly in contraceptive counseling. I am also involved in research focusing on new contraceptive method development, addressing inequities in reproductive health, and the impact of sexual dysfunction. I have successfully mentored 23 student, doctoral, post-doctoral, and junior faculty trainees on research projects in gynecology and reproductive health. I have also mentored dozens of students, fellows, and faculty in career development.

A career that involves research can take many forms. I have mentored multiple "big R" researchers, who intend to devote a significant portion of their careers to research. And I have mentored even more "small R" researchers, who apply for smaller grants, are co-investigators on larger projects, and find great satisfaction in mentoring students and residents through their own projects. I am energized by helping a mentee figure out what the best path is for them, recognizing both their strengths and interests, and what they want their future career to look like. I particularly enjoy working with mentees on designing a balance between clinical care, research, education, and advocacy.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Project Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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