Dr. Jennifer Ashton

Senior Medical Contributor, ABC News

Dr. Jennifer Ashton is ABC News' senior medical contributor. As part of the ABC News Medical Unit, she reports on major health and wellness issues across all ABC News platforms.

Dr. Ashton is a board-certified Ob-Gyn, having received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and her post-graduate training in women's health and surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

Before joining ABC News in 2012, Dr. Ashton was co-host of the ABC Daytime TV show "The Revolution." In April 2009, she was named medical correspondent for CBS News and appeared on "The Early Show" and "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric." Dr. Ashton received the prestigious Columbia Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Journalism for her work on CBS' "Children of the Recession" series. Additionally, Dr. Ashton was a regular expert guest on "The Dr. Oz Show" and has appeared on TLC and PBS. From 2006-2009, she appeared on Fox News as a medical contributor, and was a featured expert guest on "Oprah & Friends" with Dr. Oz on satellite XM Radio.

Her award-winning book, The Body Scoop for Girls (Penguin Publishers), was released in January 2010 and is a guidebook for teenage health. Her second book, Your Body Beautiful (Penguin Publishers), was released on January 5, 2012 and is a new-age, head-to-toe guide to vitality and beauty for women aged 30 and over.

In January 2010, Dr. Ashton traveled to Haiti with a medical team, where she treated victims of the earthquake for eight days and shared her experiences on CBS News.

A member of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ashton is on the attending staff of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey, an affiliate of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Her private medical practice, Hygeia Gynecology, is also located in Englewood, New Jersey, where she treats women of all ages for both medical and surgical gynecologic conditions and treats such primary care issues as depression, hypertension and obesity.

Additionally, Dr. Ashton serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and has been recognized for her philanthropic efforts by numerous foundations, including The Girl Scouts and The OctoberWoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. She was awarded the Policemen's Benevolent Association Medal of Honor for providing emergency medical care to injured Englewood police officers during the snow storm of February 2008, and was honored by the city of Englewood for heroic service to Haitian earthquake victims.

Part of a family of six other physicians and one nurse, Dr. Ashton resides in New Jersey with her husband, renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Ashton, and their two children. She is a triathlete and an ice hockey fan and mom. In her private medical practice, Dr. Ashton cares for numerous Division I and Division III collegiate athletes and has managed their menstrual issues so as to maximize their athletic performance.