Ashton in Haiti after the earthquake, 2010
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Robert C. Ashton, Jr. (divorced)|
Jennifer Lee Ashton (born April 23, 1969) is a physician, author, and television correspondent. She is chief health and medical editor and chief medical correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America, chief women's health correspondent for The Dr. Oz Show, and a columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine. She is also a frequent guest speaker and moderator for events raising awareness of women's health issues.
Early life and education
Ashton was born in California to Oscar Garfein, a New York City cardiologist, and Dorothy Garfein, a registered nurse. Her brother, Evan Garfein, is chief of plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery at Montefiore Hospital in New York City.
Ashton has authored numerous magazine articles and contributed to a health blog for The Record of Bergen, New Jersey. In addition, she has written three books: The Body Scoop for Girls (2009), which educates teenage girls on the topic of puberty; Your Body Beautiful (2012), which addresses health and wellness issues in middle-aged women; and Eat This When You're Expecting, Not That (2016), in which she outlines a diet designed specifically for pregnant women.
Ashton launched her television career in 2006 as the first female medical contributor to the Fox News Channel. She appeared on The Learning Channel's A Baby Story, on PBS, and on Oprah & Friends XM radio's The Dr. Oz Show.
She joined CBS News as a medical correspondent in 2009, contributing to all CBS media platforms, with regular appearances on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and The Early Show. She remains a featured expert commentator on WCBS Radio and its national affiliates.
In January 2017, Ashton divorced Robert Ashton Jr., a thoracic and cardiac surgeon with whom she had two children, Alex and Chloe. On February 11, two weeks after the divorce was finalized, Robert, 52, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. On June 6, 2018, after news of Kate Spade’s suicide broke, Ashton went public about her ex-husband's death during an interview with colleague George Stephanapoulos on Good Morning America.
- 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
In 2007, Ashton was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. In 2008, she received the Hope for The Future Award from The Octoberwoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.
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. She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and of The Community Chest.
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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
- 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.