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Carolyn Beth Sufrin, A.M., M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics


Expertise: Family Planning, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Obstetrics, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health

Research Interests: Incarcerated women and reproductive health care; Public and private delivery of correctional health care; Health disparities and discourse on health rights more

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


301 Mason Lord Drive Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Phone: 410-550-0337


Carolyn Sufrin, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor in gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include family planning, general obstetrics and gynecologic care.  

Dr. Sufrin earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology at Amherst College, followed by a medical degree at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed residency training at Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), as well as a fellowship in family planning at the University of California, San Francisco. While at the University of California, also earned a Ph.D. in medical anthropology.

Dr. Sufrin joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2014. Prior to that, she served as assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Sufrin’s research focuses on reproductive health care for incarcerated women. While in San Francisco, she started a women’s health clinic at the San Francisco County Jail. The clinic continues to provide gynecologic and obstetric care to female inmates. Based on her ethnographic research with workers and pregnant women at the jail, she wrote and published Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars

In 2015, Dr. Sufrin received a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health grant to study pregnancy outcomes in prisons and jails, compiling national scale statistics on women who are pregnant while in custody.

Dr. Sufrin serves on the board of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the Society of Family Planning. more


  • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics



  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003)


  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2007)


  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2010)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Sufrin CB, Postlethwaite D, Armstrong M, Wendt JM, Steinauer JE. Neisseria gonorrhea and Chlamydia trachomatis Screening at Intrauterine Device Insertion and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Obstetrics and Gynecology; 2012 Dec; 120(6): 1314-1321.

Niehuus, R and Sufrin, CB Women's Empowerment in Critical Focus: Healthy Reproducers, Political Agents, and Market Participants. Western Humanities Review. 2012 Fall; 66(3): 8-34.

Sufrin CB, Autry AM, Harris KL, Goldenson J, Steinauer JE. County jail as a novel site for obstetrics and gynecology resident education. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2012 Sep; 4(3): 346-350.

LaRochelle F, Castro C, Goldenson J, Tulsky J, Cohan D, Blumenthal P, Sufrin CB. Contraception Use and Barriers to Access among Newly Arrested Women. Journal of Correctional Health Care 2012 Apr; 18(2): 111-9.

Sufrin CB, Saleeby E. Readers Respond: Care at the Crossroads, Incarceration and Pregnancy. JAMA Online, February 26, 2011.

Sufrin CB, Tulsky JP, Goldenson J, Winter KS, Cohan D. Emergency Contraception for Newly Arrested Women: Evidence for an Unrecognized Public Health Opportunity. Journal of Urban Health 2010 Mar; 87(2): 244-253.

Sufrin CB, Creinin MD, and Chang JC. Contraception Services for Incarcerated Women: A National Survey of Correctional Health Providers. Contraception 2009 Dec; 80(6): 561-5.

Activities & Honors


  • Virchow Award runner-up for outstanding graduate student essay in medical anthropology, 2012
  • Outstanding Research Award, Researcher in Training, Reproductive Health 2010 Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching, UCSF, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, 2011 - 2012
  • Most Outstanding Fellow Award, UCSF, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, 2008 - 2009
  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Resident Teaching, UCSF, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, 2008 - 2012
  • Senior Resident Research Award, University of Pittsburgh/Magee Womens Hospital, 2007
  • Margaret Scearce Compassionate Care Award, University of Pittsburgh/Magee Womens Hospital, 2007
  • Irene McLenahan Young Investigators Award, Magee Womens Research Institute, 2007
  • Gold Foundation Little Apple Teaching Award Finalist, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Yale/Johnson and Johnson Physician Scholars Program, 2005
  • Berlex Resident Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 1 year of independent, international travel and study, 1997 - 1998
  • Graduated Summa cum laude, Amherst College, 1997
  • Frank Fowler Dow Prize in Chemistry, Amherst College, 1997
  • Edison T. Uno Chancellor Award for Public Service, University of California, San Francisco


  • Academy of Correctional Health Professionals
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Society for Family Planning

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

  • When Seeking Family Planning Services, Baltimore Women Deserve to Know Which Options Are, and Are Not, On the Table, The Baltimore Sun (10/2016)
  • BIRCWH Grants Awarded to Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Faculty, Press alert (03/2016)
  • Helping Women and Girls in Prison, The New York Times (12/2015)
  • Woman says NYPD officers forced her to give birth while shackled to a bed, Fox News (December 7)
  • What We Do to Women Behind Bars': A Q&A With 'Jailcare' Author Dr. Carolyn Sufrin, Rewire.News (June 2, 2017)
  • Federal Legislation Seeks Ban On Shackling Of Pregnant Inmates, NPR (December 5, 2018)
  • 'I didn't get arrested, I got rescued': jail is a lifeline for some pregnant women, The Guardian (August 31, 2018)

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