ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent
Dr. Jennifer Ashton is a Board-certified Ob-Gyn, women’s health expert, author and two-time Emmy award-winning Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America. A practicing physician, Dr. Ashton operates a private medical practice committed to improving the lives of girls and women by increasing health literacy and busting myths that have spread through folklore with little medical or scientific basis. Affectionately referred to as your all-in-one ‘BFF’/Ob-Gyn, Dr. Ashton marries an unparalleled medical background with an accessible attitude, breaking the barrier between doctor and patient.
Prior to being named Chief Medical Correspondent & Health editor, Dr. Ashton served as ABC News Chief Women’s Health Correspondent, was a co-host on the Emmy Award-winning daytime medical show, The Doctors, and the Medical Correspondent for CBS News. She regularly contributed to a number of shows including The Early Show, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Dr. Oz Show and TLC’s A Baby Story. One of the few practicing physicians with a national media platform, Dr. Ashton’s dual roles in clinical medicine and medical media keep her on the cutting edge of medical and health news and advances.
Dr. Ashton is an award-winning author of six books including The Body Scope For Girls, Your Body Beautiful, Eat This Not That When You’re Expecting, The Self Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter – One Month At A Time, and Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable Loss. In 2021, she released The New Normal, a doctor’s guide to finding resilience in the time of COVID, while staying safe and sane in a rapidly changing world.
A graduate of the prestigious Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Ashton immediately gravitated towards gynecology, as it encompassed virtually every facet of the medical field. From surgical to psychiatry, Dr. Ashton’s knowledge of women’s health runs the gamut. A big believer in perpetual education, Dr. Ashton received a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, making her one of the only M.D.’s with a national media platform who is also formally credentialed in Nutrition. She is also board certified in Obesity Medicine.
Leading by example, Dr. Ashton not only ‘talks the talk,’ but ‘walks the walk.’ When she’s not in the office, she can be found training for triathlons or following her very own Five-Day/Two-Day Eating Plan. She demonstrates first-hand how to embrace and feel empowered at every stage of womanhood.
She is as warm and personal in-person as she is on television, and connected on an individual basis with so many in the audience. Her explanations about how the media selects, interprets and covers medical health news were extremely honest and valuable, and her insights on what women can—and should—expect from their doctors when it comes to health were intelligent and caring.