Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. As a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Woodruff has spent the better part of her research career focusing on advancing our knowledge of women’s health including fertility and reproductive health. She has brought national awareness to the unmet fertility management needs of young cancer patients and survivors. 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 has revolutionized the procedural guideline for young cancer patient care and has provided hope for a fertility future to thousands of cancer survivors. She has edited several books on the topic, and has published more that 170 peer-reviewed journal articles.
In addition to her research, she has been an advocate for sex- and gender inclusivity and study in basic science, translational studies and clinical trials and created the Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern University to better understand sex difference in symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments. As an educator and mentor, she encourages young women to pursue careers in the sciences, and has developed the Women’s Health Science Program for High School Girls as a way to involve high school girls in college level science. She has been honored for her work on many occasions including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2011) from President Barack Obama. She is also the newly elected president of the Endocrine Society.