About Dr. Woodruff

Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. (Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.  Ph.D. 1983, Northwestern University). 

As a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Woodruff has spent the better part of her research career focusing on female reproductive health and infertility.  Dr. Woodruff is:

  • The chief of the Division of Fertility Preservation at the Feinberg School of Medicine  
  • A principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health R01 grants, a P01 grant and core facility
  • The director of two NIH funded center grants (The Center for Reproductive Research (U54) and the Oncofertility Consortium® (UL1)

With the Oncofertility Consortium, Dr. Woodruff has established a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, educators and policy makers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment.  To describe this effort, she coined the term oncofertility, a word that is now officially recognized as a new 'slang' term in the English language.  She edited the first book on this topic called Oncofertility (Springer, 2007) where the scope of the problem and current technology, clinical practice tables, procedural guidelines and patient stories are collected. 

Dr. Woodruff has also advocated for gender specificity in clinical trials in an effort to better understand the effects that technologies and procedures have on women and is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research.  

As an educator and mentor, Dr. Woodruff works hard to encourage young women to pursue careers in the sciences, and has developed the Oncofertility Saturday Academy in conjunction with the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School as a way to involve high school girls in college level science.  She serves on the Endocrine Society Council and the Society for the Study of Reproduction Board of Directors.  Her awards include the Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), the Mentor of the Year Award (2009) and the Distinguished Woman in Medicine and Science (2009) from Northwestern University.  She was also honored by the Alumnae of Northwestern University with their Distinguished Alumnae Award (2008).  She has been honored nationally with awards from the American Women in Science (AWIS) (2008) Innovator Award, the American Medical Women Association (AMWA) Gender Equity Award (2009), and the  “Speaking of Women's Health” Distinguished Service Award (2007). She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005) and awarded the Endocrine Society’s Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award (2000).  

Please check out Dr. Woodruff's personal website at woodrufflab.org

Please check out the Institute for Women's Health Research website here.