Katharine O’Connell White, MD MPH

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Katharine White
85 E. Concord St


Dr. White is the Vice Chair of Academics, the Associate Director of the Complex Family Planning Fellowship, and the Director of BEACON Research at Boston Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor of OB/GYN at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She is the Site PI for the NICHD Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network at Boston University, and has been the PI on randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and cross-sectional surveys. Dr. White’s interests span quantitative analysis, qualitative studies, and implementation science. She is the PI of the Partners In Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) program, a quality improvement project for contraceptive services at Massachusetts birth hospitals, with a focus on training clinicians in shared decision-making around contraceptive counseling. Dr. White is particularly interested in shared decision-making, miscarriage management, and sexual wellness/dysfunction. She frequently lectures locally and nationally on a number of topics related to reproductive health. Dr. White is also the author of Your Guide to Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss and Your Sexual Health, both published by Mayo Clinic Press.

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 9/20/2023

    Lee EM, O'Connor SK, Pancholi R, White KO, Woodhams E, Patton EW. "Meeting Patients Where They're at": Clinician Perspectives on Integration of Family Planning Services into Office-Based Addiction Treatment. J Addict Med. 2023 Sep 20. PMID: 37729005.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/6/2023

    Sausjord IK, Acton LW, White KO, O'Connor SK, Lerner NM. Breastfeeding and Hormonal Contraception: A Scoping Review of Clinical Guidelines, Professional Association Recommendations, and the Literature. Breastfeed Med. 2023 Sep; 18(9):645-665. PMID: 37672571.

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  • Published on 9/1/2023

    Bond JC, Wise LA, Fox MP, Garcia RI, Murray EJ, White KO, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Heaton B. Preconception Periodontitis and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in a Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 01; 192(9):1509-1521. PMID: 37339008.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/8/2023

    Treder KM, Amutah-Onukagha N, White KO. Abortion Bans Will Exacerbate Already Severe Racial Inequities in Maternal Mortality. Womens Health Issues. 2023; 33(4):328-332. PMID: 37301725.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/1/2023

    Morse AN, Haas S, White KO. Facilitating an Optimal Transition to Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Obstet Gynecol. 2023 May 01; 141(5):1025. PMID: 37103539.

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  • Published on 4/25/2023

    Wong ML, Achu RA, Spence NZ, White KO. Feasibility of methadone for pain relief in first trimester abortion (Boston, Massachusetts 2022). Contraception. 2023 Sep; 125:110052. PMID: 37105280.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/29/2023

    Bond JC, White KO, Abrams JA, Wesselink AK, Wise LA. Sexual dysfunction, distress, and care-seeking among females during the preconception period. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Jul; 229(1):43.e1-43.e12. PMID: 37001576.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Renner RM, Hu V, Guilbert ÉR, Albert AYK, White KO, Jones HE, Guan X, Norman WV. First-trimester surgical abortion practice in Canada in 2012. Can Fam Physician. 2023 Jan; 69(1):36-44. PMID: 36693753.

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  • Published on 11/12/2022

    Rasool A, Mahmoud T, Mathyk B, Kaneko-Tarui T, Roncari D, White KO, O'Tierney-Ginn P. Obesity downregulates lipid metabolism genes in first trimester placenta. Sci Rep. 2022 Nov 12; 12(1):19368. PMID: 36371454.

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  • Published on 11/1/2022

    Bond JC, Abrams J, Wesselink AK, White KO, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Predictors of Non-Response to a Sexual Health Survey in a North American Preconception Cohort Study. J Sex Med. 2022 Nov 01; 19(11):1707-1715. PMID: 36928573.

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