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Whitney R Robinson

Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Community & Population Health
DUMC Box 3084, Durham, NC 27710
Office hours Wednesdays: Office hours for in-person and Zoom meetings at Duke campus  


I design studies and interpret results from big datasets to figure out why rates of health and disease vary across groups.  More generally, I love thinking up new ways to draw causal inference from observational data.

Non-cancerous gynecologic conditions, like endometriosis, fibroids, and PCOS, are my particular focus.  They affect the well-being of a huge number of people but can be difficult to diagnose and treat.  And treatment often involves complex trade-offs regarding quality of life, fertility, and permanence of treatment effectiveness.  I typically investigate these questions using health care data that were not originally intended for research, such as electronic health records, state physician licensing data, etc.

As a Faculty Epidemiologist in the OB-GYN Department, I genuinely love seeing others thrive in their research.  I have a gift for identifying where people can add the most value on a research team.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology · 2022 - Present Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Community & Population Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy · 2021 - Present Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy, Initiatives
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2021 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2008 Ph.D.