Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in family planning at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked extensively on reproductive health issues affecting incarcerated women, from providing clinical care in jail, to research, policy, and advocacy. Her work is situated at the intersection of reproductive justice, health care, and mass incarceration, which she examines in her book, Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars.
Carolyn's current research activities include collecting data on pregnancy outcomes in prisons and jails across the country, treatment of opioid use disorder in pregnancy in jails, and how incarceration affects abortion access. Her work has been published by and featured in numerous scholarly and popular outlets, including NPR and the New York Times. Dr. Sufrin also serves on the board of directors of the National Commission on Correctional Health care as the liaison for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A graduate of Elmwood Franklin School, Carolyn earned an MD from Johns Hopkins, a PhD in medical anthropology from University of California at San Francisco, an MA in cultural anthropology from Harvard, and a BA from Amherst College.