About Dr. Teresa Woodruff
Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. (Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Ph.D. 1989, Northwestern University). As a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Woodruff has spent the better part of her research career focusing on female reproductive health and infertility. To that end, she was made Chief of the newly created Division of Fertility Preservation at the Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Combining this effort with her work on two R01 NIH grants, a P01 grant and core facility, and her work as director of two NIH funded center grants: The Center for Reproductive Research (U54) and the Oncofertility Consortium (UL1), Dr. Woodruff has established a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, educators and policy makers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment. To describe this effort, she coined the term oncofertility, a word that is now officially recognized as a new 'slang' term in the English language. She has co-edited three books on the topic, the first titled simply Oncofertility (Springer, 2007) where the scope of the problem and current technology, clinical practice tables, procedural guidelines and patient stories are collected. Her second book is titled Oncofertility: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities (Springer, 2010) and discusses the ethical, religious, economic, and legal issues surrounding fertility preservation. The third book in the series, called Oncofertility: Clinical Issues and Implementation, focuses on medical practice needs to preserve the fertility of cancer patients.
She has been an advocate for gender specificity in clinical trials in an effort to better understand the effects that technologies and procedures have on women and is the Founder and Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute. As an educator and mentor, she encourages young women to pursue careers in the sciences, and has developed the Oncofertility Saturday Academy in conjunction with the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School as a way to involve high school girls in college level science. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2011) for her work with the Women’s Health Science Program. She serves on the Endocrine Society Council and the Society for the Study of Reproduction Board of Directors. Her awards include the Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), the Mentor of the Year Award (2009) and the Distinguished Woman in Medicine and Science (2009) from Northwestern University. She was also honored by the Alumnae of Northwestern University with their Distinguished Alumnae Award (2008). She has been honored nationally with awards from the American Women in Science (AWIS) (2008) Innovator Award, the American Medical Women Association (AMWA) Gender Equity Award (2009), and the “Speaking of Women's Health” Distinguished Service Award (2007). She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005) and awarded the Endocrine Society’s Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award (2000). She is the 2010 recipient of the Feinberg School of Medicine Tripartite Legacy Award, the inaugural recipient of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School’s Girl Power Award, and received an honorary degree in 2010 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.