Katharine O’Connell White, MD MPH

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Katharine White
85 E. Concord St


I’m a practicing gynecologist, the Vice-Chair of Academics and the director of the Fellowship in Family Planning at Boston Medical Center, and an associate professor of OB/GYN at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Officially, my job is to oversee the education of fellows, residents and students in OB/GYN, to run the BEACON family planning research unit, to write grant proposals, and to provide excellent clinical care.

But really? I teach women how to better understand their bodies. I help women be unafraid of seeing the doctor, and to arm them with questions to ask. I empower women with the information they need to make the best choices for themselves and their lives. I speak English, not Doctor.

Other Positions

  • Vice-Chair of Academics, Boston Medical Center


  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, MD
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Duke University, BS


  • Published on 1/6/2022

    Murray Horwitz ME, Fisher MA, Prifti CA, Rich-Edwards JW, Yarrington CD, White KO, Battaglia TA. Primary Care-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management After Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: a Narrative Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Jan 06. PMID: 34993867.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/14/2021

    Bond JC, Harlow BL, White KO. Care Seeking for Chronic Vulvar Pain Among a Large, Population-Based Sample of Reproductive-Aged Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 Sep 14. PMID: 34520267.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/6/2021

    Ramanadhan S, Woodhams E, Srikanth P, White KO. Pain medication requirements in patients with opioid use disorder at the time of surgical abortion: An exploratory study. Contraception. 2021 10; 104(4):350-354. PMID: 34237331.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/10/2021

    Sobel L, Lee YW, White KO, Woodhams E, Patton E. Contraceptive decision making among pregnancy-capable individuals with opioid use disorder at a tertiary care center in Massachusetts. Contraception. 2021 10; 104(4):355-360. PMID: 34118268.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/26/2021

    Tancioco V, White KO. COVID-19 Sheds Light on Opportunities to Reshape Contraception Delivery. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 05; 30(5):632-633. PMID: 33769897.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/16/2020

    Storey A, White K, Treder K, Woodhams E, Bell S, Cannon R. First-Trimester Abortion Complications: Simulation Cases for OB/GYN Residents in Sepsis and Hemorrhage. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 10 16; 16:10995. PMID: 33094159.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/29/2020

    Backley S, Knee A, Pekow P, Markenson G, White KO, Schoen C, Chasan-Taber L. Prenatal Depression and Risk of Short Interpregnancy Interval in a Predominantly Puerto Rican Population. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 11; 29(11):1410-1418. PMID: 32471325.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/21/2019

    Lindsay SF, Woodhams EJ, White KO, Drainoni ML, Johnson NL, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L. Understanding Barriers to Contraception Screening and Referral in Female Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020 02; 9(1):63-71. PMID: 31634022.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/17/2018

    White KO, Jones HE, Lavelanet A, Norman WV, Guilbert E, Lichtenberg ES, Paul M. First-trimester aspiration abortion practices: a survey of United States abortion providers. Contraception. 2019 01; 99(1):10-15. PMID: 30125557.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/14/2018

    White KO, Jones HE, Shorter J, Norman WV, Guilbert E, Lichtenberg ES, Paul M. Second-trimester surgical abortion practices in the United States. Contraception. 2018 Apr 14. PMID: 29665357.

    Read at: PubMed

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