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Emily Godfrey


Emily M. Godfrey, MD MPH (she/her) is a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. She is a practicing family physician, with a clinical focus on women’s healthcare and chronic disease. She is a core faculty member of the University of Washington Family Medicine Research Section. Dr. Godfrey earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a family medicine residency at the West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois. She is a graduate of the Complex Family Planning Fellowship, and holds a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She is a current member of the expert committee on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria and U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use.

By combining primary care with her public health and experience in clinical trials, observational studies, quality improvement (QI) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), Dr. Godfrey developed a robust research portfolio around women’s health issues with funding from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), Society of Family Planning (SFP), industry and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Godfrey is the co-founder of a nationally recognized patient-engaged research organization: Cystic Fibrosis Reproductive and Sexual Health Collaborative ( She is the author of more than 300 publications, scholarly works and conference presentations, covering comprehensive reproductive health, including groundbreaking early abortion services in primary care. She is one of the nation’s leading experts in family planning and primary care and has spoken considerably about her research with the media, including Time Magazine, NBC News and the Washington Post. Dr. Godfrey is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Family Planning. She earned a certificate in Quality Improvement from the University of Washington’s Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety. She is a three-time recipient of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassador Scholarship Award. She received the University of Illinois Faculty Mentoring Award and the Linda K. Gunzburger Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine. In 2006, she was recognized for her extraordinary contribution to the health and well-being of women by Sara Feigenholtz of the Illinois House of Representatives.

She is a foodie at heart and life-long yoga practitioner. When not working you will find her walking with family, friends and her adorable rescue dog in the park or on hiking trails.



Godfrey EM, Fiastro AE, Ruben MR, Young EV, Bennett IM, Jacob-Files E. Patient perspectives regarding clinician communication during telemedicine compared with in-clinic abortion. Obstet Gynecol. Jun 2023

Lindley AR, McClintock AH, Godfrey EM Supporting women in academia: A dyad mentorship model. Med Educ. Feb 2023

Miller M, Lindley A, West J, Thayer EK, Godfrey EM Lower use of academic affiliation by university faculty who study abortion in top U.S. newspapers. J Commun Healthc. Dec 2022

Kazmerski TM, Stransky OM, Lavage D, Taylor-Cousar JL, Sawicki GS, Ladores SL, Godfrey EM, Aitken ML, Fields A, Sufian S, Jain M, Barto TL, Billings J, Hadjiliadis D, Jain R Sexual and reproductive health experiences and care of adult women with cystic fibrosis. J Cyst Fibros. Oct 2022

Fiastro AE, Sanan S, Jacob-Files E, Wells E, Coeytaux F, Ruben MR, Bennett IM, Godfrey EM Remote Delivery in Reproductive Health Care: Operation of Direct-to-Patient Telehealth Medication Abortion Services in Diverse Settings. Annals of Family Medicine. Jul 2022

Stransky O, Pam M, Ladores S, Birru Talabi M, Borrero S, Godfrey E, Roe A, Sawicki G, Zuckerwise L, Mentch L, Deal A, O’Leary R, Taylor-Cousar J, Jain R, Kazmerski T Engaging stakeholders in the development of a reproductive goals decision aid for women with cystic fibrosis. J Patient Exp. Feb 2022

Josephy T, Sanan S, Thayer E, Godfrey EM Comparison of completeness and timeliness of paper, text and smartphone app bleeding diaries. Matern Child Hlth J. Jan 2022

Godfrey EM, Thayer EK, Mentch L, Brown G, Pam M, Kazmerski TM, Al Achkar A Development and evaluation of a virtual patient-centered outcomes research training program for the cystic fibrosis community. Res Involv Engagem. Dec 2021

Josephy T, Loeffler DR, Pam M, Godfrey EM A model for building a national, patient-driven database to track contraceptive use in women with rare diseases. [epub ahead of print]. J Amer Med Informatics Assoc J. Oct 2021

Godfrey E, Fiastro AE, Jacob-Files EA, Coeytaux FM, Wells ES, Ruben MR, Sanan SS, Bennett IM Factors associated with successful implementation of telehealth abortion in 4 United States clinical practice settings. Contraception. Jul 2021

Godfrey EM, Dehlendorf C Integrating sexual and reproductive healthcare training into family medicine. In Medical Education in Sexual and Reproductive Health: A systems approach in family planning and abortion, 1st Ed. U Landy, PD Darney and J Steinauer eds. . Cambridge University Press. Jul 2021

McClintock AH, Nguyen A, Tan N, Godfrey EM Faith-Based and Federal Government-Affiliated Training Sites for Primary Care: Implications for the Provision of Women's Health Services. J Gen Intern Med. . May 2021

Godfrey EM, Kazmerski TM, Brown G, Thayer EK, Mentch L, Pam M, Al Achkar M Educational needs and preferences for patient-centered outcomes research in the cystic fibrosis community: Mixed methods study. JMIR Form Res. Mar 2021

Nguyen VP, Lindley AR, Mansoori B, Godfrey EM. Phleboliths mistaken for intraperitoneal TCu380A IUD in the presence of missing strings: A case report. . BMJ Case Reports. March 2021

Thayer EK, Pam M, Al Achkar M, Mentch L, Brown G, Kazmerski TM, Godfrey E Best Practices for Virtual Engagement of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Teams During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic: Qualitative Study. J Particip Med. Jan 2021

Thayer EK, Pam M, Godfrey E, Mentch L, Brown G, Kazmerski TM, Al Achkar M Best practices for virtual patient-centered outcomes research team engagement during the era of covid-19 and beyond: A qualitative research study. J Particip Med. Dec 2020

Godfrey EM, Mody S, Schwartz MR, Heltshe SL, Taylor-Cousar JL, Jain R, Sufian S, Josephy T, Aitken ML Contraceptive use among women with cystic fibrosis: A pilot study linking reproductive health questions to the cystic fibrosis foundation national patient registry. Contraception. Jun 2020

Zhang Y, McCoy EE, Scego R, Phillips W, Godfrey E A qualitative exploration of somali refugee women's experiences with family planning in the U.S.. J Immigr Minor Health. Feb 2020

Gilmore K, Ojanen-Goldsmith A, Callegari LS, Godfrey EM The first 6 months: Developing a user-informed anticipatory counselling video about the levonorgestrel intrauterine system. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 22-Jun 2018

Godfrey EM, West, II, Holmes J, Keppel GA, Baldwin LM Use of an electronic health record data sharing system for identifying current contraceptive use within the wwami region practice and research network. Contraception. Dec 2018

Amico JR, Cheng TL, Godfrey EM Providing abortion services in the primary care setting. Prim Care. Dec 2018

Harper DM, Godfrey EM Optimizing women's health in primary care. Prim Care. Dec 2018

Torres LN, Turok DK, Clark EAS, Sanders JN, Godfrey EM Increasing iud and implant use among those at risk of a subsequent preterm birth: A randomized controlled trial of postpartum contraceptive counseling. Womens Health Issues. Sep-Oct 2018

Tepper NK, Godfrey EM, Folger SG, Whiteman MK, Marchbanks PA, Curtis KM Hormonal contraceptive use among women of older reproductive age: Considering risks and benefits. J Womens Health (Larchmt). Apr 2018

Hoopes AJ, Simmons KB, Godfrey EM, Sucato GS 2016 Updates to US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use: Highlights for Adolescent Patients. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. Apr 2017

Heltshe SL,Godfrey EM,Josephy T,Aitken ML,Taylor-Cousar JL. Pregnancy among cystic fibrosis women in the era of CFTR modulators. J Cyst Fibros. Feb 2017

Hoopes AJ,Simmons KB, Godfrey EM, Sucato GS, 2016 Updates to US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use: Highlights for Adolescent Patients.. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. Feb 2017

Godfrey EM,Zapata LB, Cox CM, Curtis KM, Marchbanks PA, Unintended pregnancy risk and contraceptive use among women 45-50 years old: Massachusetts, 2006, 2008, and 2010.. Am J Obstet Gynecol. Dec 2015

Godfrey EM,Tepper NK, Curtis KM, Moskosky SB, Gavin LE, Developing Federal Clinical Care Recommendations for Women.. Am J Prev Med. Jul 2015

Godfrey EM, Helping Clinicians Prevent Pregnancy among Sexually Active Adolescents: U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use.. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. Jun 2015

Wu JP,Godfrey EM, Prine L, Andersen KL, MacNaughton H, Gold M, Women's satisfaction with abortion care in academic family medicine centers.. Fam Med. Feb 2015

Gavin L,Moskosky S, Carter M, Curtis K, Glass E, Godfrey EM, Marcell A, Mautone-Smith N, Pazol K, Tepper N, Zapata L, Providing quality family planning services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs.. MMWR Recomm Rep. Apr 2014

Callegari LS, Darney BG, Godfrey EM, Sementi O, Dunsmoor-Su R, Prager SW Evidence-based selection of candidates for the levonorgestrel intrauterine device (IUD).. J Am Board Fam Med. Jan-Feb 2014

Lind CE,Godfrey EM, Rankin KM, Handler AS, Likelihood of emergency contraception use among African-American women at risk of adverse birth outcomes.. Matern Child Health J. Sep 2013

Turok DK,Godfrey EM, Wojdyla D, Dermish A, Torres L, Wu SC, Copper T380 intrauterine device for emergency contraception: highly effective at any time in the menstrual cycle.. Hum Reprod. Aug 2013

Godfrey EM,Folger SG, Jeng G, Jamieson DJ, Curtis KM, Treatment of bleeding irregularities in women with copper-containing IUDs: a systematic review.. Contraception. Dec 2012

Rodriguez MI,Godfrey EM, Warden M, Curtis KM, Prevention and management of nausea and vomiting with emergency contraception: a systematic review.. Contraception. Nov 2012

Godfrey EM,Whiteman MK, Curtis KM, Treatment of unscheduled bleeding in women using extended- or continuous-use combined hormonal contraception: a systematic review.. Contraception. Oct 2012

Folger SG,Jamieson DJ, Godfrey EM, Zapata LB, Curtis KM, Evidence-based guidance on Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use: identification of research gaps.. Contraception. Oct 2012

Godfrey EM,Bordoloi A, Moorthie M, Pela E, Medication abortion within a student health care clinic: a review of the first 46 consecutive cases.. J Am Coll Health. Feb 2012

Godfrey EM, Strategies to expand contraception coverage: another tool in the box.. Contraception. Sep 2011

Godfrey EM,Chin NP, Fielding SL, Fiscella K, Dozier A, Contraceptive methods and use by women aged 35 and over: A qualitative study of perspectives.. BMC Womens Health. Feb 2011

Logsdon MB,Handler A, Godfrey EM, Women's preferences for the location of abortion services: a pilot study in two Chicago clinics.. Matern Child Health J. Nov 2010

Godfrey EM,Wheat SG, Cyrier R, Wong W, Trussell J, Schwarz EB, Contraceptive needs of women seeking care from a publicly funded sexually transmitted infection clinic.. Contraception. Nov 2010

Dada OA,Godfrey EM, Piaggio G, von Hertzen H, Okonofua FE, Eguzoro G, Okaro J, Anumba C, Adekunle Y, Bello B, Otubu JA, Izzah N, Ogedengbe B, Osifoh C, Wakwe V, Jonathan KM, Odusoga OL A randomized, double-blind, noninferiority study to compare two regimens of levonorgestrel for emergency contraception in Nigeria.. Contraception. Sep 2010

Jordan B,Espey E, Godfrey EM, Improving patient care and reducing unintended pregnancy: translating new guidelines into effective practice.. Contraception. Aug 2010

Wu S,Godfrey EM, Wojdyla D, Dong J, Cong J, Wang C, von Hertzen H, Copper T380A intrauterine device for emergency contraception: a prospective, multicentre, cohort clinical trial.. BJOG. Jul 2010

Wu S,Dong J, Cong J, Wang C, VonHertzen H, Godfrey EM, Gestrinone compared with mifepristone for emergency contraception: a randomized controlled trial.. Obstet Gynecol. Mar 2010

Gilliam ML,Neustadt A, Kozloski M, Mistretta S, Tilmon S, Godfrey EM Adherence and acceptability of the contraceptive ring compared with the pill among students: a randomized controlled trial.. Obstet Gynecol. Feb 2010

Godfrey EM,Rubin SE, Smith EJ, Khare MM, Gold M, Women's preference for receiving abortion in primary care settings.. J Womens Health (Larchmt). Feb 2010

Godfrey EM,Memmel LM, Neustadt A, Shah M, Nicosia A, Moorthie M, Gilliam M, Intrauterine contraception for adolescents aged 14-18 years: a multicenter randomized pilot study of levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system compared to the Copper T 380A.. Contraception. Jan 2010

Panchal HB,Godfrey EM, Patel A, Buccal misoprostol for cervical ripening prior to first trimester abortion.. Contraception. Jan 2010

Godfrey EM,Leeman L, Lossy P, Early pregnancy loss needn't require a trip to the hospital.. J Fam Pract. Nov 2009

Rubin SE,Godfrey EM, Shapiro M, Gold M, Urban female patients' perceptions of the family medicine clinic as a site for abortion care.. Contraception. Jul 2009

von Hertzen H,Godfrey EM, Emergency contraception: the state of the art.. Reprod Biomed Online. Mar 2009

Patel A,Rashid S, Godfrey EM, Panchal H, Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae genital infections in a publicly funded pregnancy termination clinic: empiric vs. indicated treatment?. Contraception. Oct 2008

Rubin SE,Godfrey EM, Gold M, Patient attitudes toward early abortion services in the family medicine clinic.. J Am Board Fam Med. Mar 2008

Godfrey EM,Anderson A, Fielding SL, Meyn L, Creinin MD, Clinical utility of urine pregnancy assays to determine medical abortion outcome is limited.. Contraception. Apr 2007

Shulman LP,Bateman LH, Creinin MD, Cullins VE, Doyle LL, Godfrey EM, Murphy P, Rodriguez P, Spear SJ, Stewart FH, Thomas MA, Westhoff CL, Worthington S, Surrogate markers, emboldened and boxed warnings, and an expanding culture of misinformation: evidence-based clinical science should guide FDA decision making about product labeling.. Contraception. Apr 2006