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Beverly Winikoff, MD, MPH

Recipient, SFP 2015 Allan Rosenfield Award for
Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning

Beverly Winikoff, MD, MPHBeverly Winikoff, MD, MPH, is President of Gynuity Health Projects and a Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Gynuity is a research and technical assistance organization dedicated to the idea that all people should have access to the fruits of medical science and technology development. As President, Dr. Winikoff leads the organization’s strategy to ensure that reproductive health technologies are widely available at reasonable cost, provided in the context of high-quality services, and offered in a way that recognizes the dignity and autonomy of each individual. 

Before starting Gynuity in 2003, Dr. Winikoff worked for 25 years at the Population Council, where she was Program Director for Reproductive Health and a Senior Medical Associate. She developed and managed the Council's Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, including work on Safe Motherhood, prevention of STDs/AIDS, prevention of unsafe abortion, provision of safe abortion care, and improving postpartum care for mothers and babies. Prior to joining the Council in 1978, she was Assistant Director for Health Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation.

Dr. Winikoff’s work has focused on issues of reproductive choice, contraception, abortion and women's health. She is particularly interested in issues surrounding the abuse, misuse and non-use of medical technology in relation to women's health and autonomy.

Dr. Winikoff has served on numerous boards of directors including the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (founding member), Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (founding member), the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, the National Abortion Federation, The MediTeam Trust in South Africa, The Society of Family Planning, and Medicines360. She received the 2007 Carl S. Schultz Award from the American Public Health Association and the 2009 Irvin M. Cushner Lectureship Award from the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals.

Dr. Winikoff earned her BA degree from Harvard University, her MD degree from New York University, and her MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.


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