Deborah Ottenheimer, MD, FACOG is the director of the Women’s Holistic Health Initiative at Harlem United/ URAM, Nest Community Health Center, where she is focused on immigrant health as well as the development and implementation of a multispecialty medical service for women and girls affected by female genital mutilation/cutting. She was previously an attending physician, director of adolescent OB/GYN services, and co-director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Program at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Ottenheimer spends a significant portion of her professional time assisting asylum-seeking women who have suffered human rights violations. Dr. Ottenheimer is an active member of Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network, and serves as faculty at the Human Rights Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Weil Cornell Clinic for Human Rights, and the CUNY School of Medicine Human Rights Collaborative; in these roles, she aids survivors of gender-based violence – including female genital mutilation/cutting, domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking – in their applications for asylum in the United States. She has published and lectured extensively on human rights violations against women, with a focus on female genital mutilation/cutting. She has also worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, and Rwanda, helping to improve the health and lives of women in low-resource settings.
Dr. Ottenheimer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and was awarded the Paul Stolley Award in Clinical Epidemiology for her work on family planning practices in Cameroon, West Africa. Dr. Ottenheimer completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at St.Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan.