Jennifer Ashton

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Jennifer Ashton, MD
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Born(1969-04-23) April 23, 1969 (age 44)
George Air Force Base, California
Spouse(s)Dr. Robert C. Ashton, Jr.
ChildrenAlex, Chloë
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Jennifer Ashton, MD
Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - IDF Coordination with American Doctor.jpg
Born(1969-04-23) April 23, 1969 (age 44)
George Air Force Base, California
Spouse(s)Dr. Robert C. Ashton, Jr.
ChildrenAlex, Chloë

Jennifer Lee Ashton (born April 23, 1969, on George Air Force Base in Victorville, California[1]) is a physician, author and television medical contributor.

Early life and education[edit]

Ashton was born in California to Dr. Oscar Garfein (a New York City cardiologist) and Dorothy Garfein (a registered nurse). She is married to Dr. Robert C. Ashton, Jr.,[2] a physician and surgeon, and has two children.

She attended Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York,[3] where she graduated in French and English. In 1991, she graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University with a bachelor's in art history.[1][4] Her medical degree is from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 2000.[1][5]


Ashton practices as a board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist at Hygeia Gynecology, LLC, a private medical practice she founded in New Jersey.[6] She served her residency at at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.[1][4] She has also been an attending physician at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, an affiliate of Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Englewood, New Jersey.[7]

Dr. Ashton is the author of two books, many articles in a variety of magazines, and contributed to a health blog for The Bergen Record, a northern New Jersey newspaper. Her first book, The Body Scoop for Girls, published in 2009, is an authoritative and frank discussion about puberty and more for teenage girls. Her second book, Your Body Beautiful, published in 2012 is book about health and wellness for women in their middle life.

Dr. Ashton began her television career in 2006 as the first female medical contributor on the national Fox News Channel.[1][4][8] She appeared in The Learning Channel's A Baby Story, on PBS and on Oprah & Friends XM radio's The Dr. Oz Show.[8][9]

In April 2009, Dr. Ashton started as CBS News Medical Correspondent.[1][4] She contributed to all CBS media platforms including regular appearances on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, and is a featured expert commentator on WCBS Radio and its national affiliates. In January 2012, Dr. Ashton began as co-host of ABC's short lived The Revolution which was canceled in April 2012 due to poor viewership.[6][10][11]

In October 2012 she began working as senior medical contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit with regular appearances on the morning news show Good Morning America.[12][13] In October 2013, she also joined the staff on the daytime medical talk show The Doctors.[14]

Starting December 2013, Dr. Ashton returned to school in pursuit of a Master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University.[5][15]


Awards and honors[edit]

In 2007, Dr. Ashton was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.[7] In 2008, she received the Hope for The Future Award from The Octoberwoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.[7]


Ashton is a member of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.[16] She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and of The Community Chest.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Jennifer Ashton: New Med Correspondent". CBS News. April 1, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ashton MD, Jennifer; Larson, Christine (2009). The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 158333369X. 
  3. ^ "Women’s Issues Club Dinner on Body Image Features Alumni Panelists". Horace Mann School. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Ariens, Chris (March 31, 2009). "CBS’ The Early Show Hires New Doc". Mediabistro. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Dr. Jennifer Asthon". The Doctors. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Ashton's Bio". Jennifer Ashton MD. The Brooks Group. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "All About The Thyroid With Dr. Jennifer Ashton". Women You Should Know. February 12, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Jennifer Ashton". David Hale Smith Literary. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Jennifer Ashton Named CBS Broadcast News Correspondent". Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. April 15, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jennifer Ashton, Tiffanie Davis Henry Join ABC Daytime's The Revolution". Wisdom Digital Media. October 31, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (April 11, 2012). "ABC cancels 'The Revolution,' hangs on to 'General Hospital'". Washington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dr. Jennifer Ashton Joins ABC News". ABC News. October 22, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dr. Jennifer Ashton". ABC MediaNet. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "New Gig: Englewood's Dr. Jennifer Ashton joins "The Doctors"". October 15, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ Jennifer, Asthon (December 3, 2013). "Why I decided to go back to school???!!". Jennifer Ashton MD. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ashton MD, Jennifer; Rojo, Christine (2012). Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong, and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s, and Beyond. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 1583334580.