Jennifer Ashton

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Jennifer Ashton
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Born (1969-04-23) April 23, 1969 (age 47)
George Air Force Base, California
Occupation Ob-Gyn
Spouse(s) Dr. Robert C. Ashton, Jr. (divorced)
Children Alex, 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. She is the Chief Women's Health Correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America and is a columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine. Ashton is a frequent guest speaker and moderator for public events including Women and Heart Disease, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, and Women's Health and Fertility.

In 2016, Dr. Ashton was named the first-ever Chief Women's Health Correspondent for The Dr. Oz Show and was designated by Team USA as one of the nationally recognized physicians in the Team USA Medical Network to care for female Olympians.

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. Her brother, Dr. Evan Garfein is the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Montefiore Hospital in New York City.[2]

She attended Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York City,[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]

In 2016, she received her Master's of Science Degree in Nutrition from Columbia University.


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 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]

Ashton is the author of three books, many articles in a variety of magazines, and contributed to a health blog for The Record, of Bergen, New Jersey. Her first book, The Body Scoop for Girls, published in 2009, about puberty, is for teenage girls. Her second book, Your Body Beautiful, published in 2012, is book about health and wellness for women in their middle life. For her third book, Eat This When You're Expecting, Not That, Dr. Ashton and Dave Zinczenko created a diet designed specifically for pregnant women.The book was published in April 2016

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, 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, 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 and evening news show ABC World News Tonight.[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]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2017, Ashton divorced from Dr. Robert Ashton Jr., a thoracic and cardiac surgeon. They have two children, Alex and Chloe. In 2014 she stated she had learned Transcendental Meditation through the David Lynch Foundation.[16] Ashton is an avid sports fan and has shown her support for the NHL on multiple social media platforms.

On February 11, 2017, Dr. Robert Ashton, 52, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. His death came two weeks after his divorce from Dr. Jennifer Ashton, 47, according to the Fort Lee Daily Voice.


  • The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You, by Jennifer Ashton M.D., Ob-Gyn with Christine Larson, 2009, ISBN 1-5833-3458-0.
  • Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong, and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s, and Beyond, by Jennifer Ashton M.D., Ob-Gyn with Christine Rojo, 2012, ISBN 1-5833-3458-0.
  • Eat This When You're Expecting, Not That: Your Complete Guide to the Very Best Foods For Every Stage of Pregnancy, by America's leading OB/GYN Jennifer Ashton, MD and David Zinczenko, 2016.

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.[17] She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and of The Community Chest.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Jennifer Ashton: New Med Correspondent". CBS News. April 1, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
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  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. ^ "Healthy Hollywood: Jennifer Ashton". Skinny Mom. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. I felt that my body was in shape, but I needed to take care of my mind and spirit better. TM is easy, and involves just 20 min, twice a day. It is a great way to prevent or deal with stress. That’s my mental wellness ritual now 
  17. ^ 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. 

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