Catherine Witkop, MD, MPH

Catherine Takacs Witkop, MD, MPH, Colonel, Air Force

Name: Catherine Takacs Witkop, MD, MPH, Colonel, Air Force

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Program Director, General Preventive Medicine Residency
Faculty Rank: 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Women's health
Shared decision making and person-centered care

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-3719


Yale University
B.S. in Biology, 1993

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
MD, 1997

David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2001

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MPH, Certificate in Health Finance and Management, 2007
Residency in General Preventive Medicine, 2008


Col Catherine Takacs Witkop is the Vice Chair for Medical Education and Program Director for the General Preventive Medicine (GPM) Residency in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. She is a Professor in the Departments of PMB and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Col Witkop graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology before entering the Air Force under the Health Professions Scholarship Program and earning her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed a residency in Ob/Gyn at Travis AFB, CA, and served as an Attending Physician at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, MD, from 2001-2006. She then completed her MPH and Residency in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As Chief of Trainee Health at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from 2008-12, Col Witkop provided oversight for monitoring the health of over four thousand cadets annually and led the implementation of preventive medicine programs and mitigation of population-based medical conditions. From 2012-15, she served as Chief of Preventive Medicine at the Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA). In that capacity, she advised the Air Force Surgeon General on preventive medicine issues and oversaw the development of preventive medicine policy for execution at all Military Treatment Facilities supporting Active Duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel. While at AFMSA, Col Witkop was one of the Air Force leads for the Quality Team for the SECDEF-directed 2014 Military Health System Review of Quality, Safety, and Access.

Col Witkop is board certified and remains clinically active in Preventive Medicine and Ob/Gyn. Dr. Witkop has served on several editorial boards including the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology, currently serves on the Implementation Steering Committee for the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI), and is Vice-Chair of ACOG’s Gynecologic Practice Committee.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Interim Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, 2016-17
  • Active Research: Evaluating the perceived impact of a contraceptive decision aid mobile application on shared decision making among servicewomen in the National Capital Region
  • Active Research: Educational interventions to facilitate agency in shared decision making
  • Research Advisor for MPH Project (Dr. Aliye Sanou): Preterm birth rated and postpartum complications among women serving in the United States Armed Forces
  • Research Advisor for MPH Project (Dr. Jessica Reeves): Association of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) with Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Characteristics from 2014 to 2017


  • Wolfe HL, Wolfe JA, Ranjit A, Banaag A, Koehlmoos TP, Witkop CT. Prenatal use of medications for gastroesophageal reflux disease and early childhood fracture risk. Birth. 2019;00:1-7.
  • Stahlman S, Witkop CT, Clark LL, Taubman SB. Complications and care related to pregnancy, labor and delivery among active component service women, U.S. Armed Forces, 2012-2016. MSMR. 2017 Nov; 24(11): 22-29. PMID 29211491
  • Witkop CT, Webber BJ, Chu K, Clark LL. Contraceptive prescriptions for US servicewomen, 2008-2013. Contraception. 2017 Jul;96(1): 47-53. PMID 28578145
  • Duncan JR, Witkop CT, Webber BJ, Costello AA. Varicella seroepidemiology in United States Air Force recruits: a retrospective cohort study comparing immunogenicity of varicella vaccination and natural infection. Vaccine. 2017 Apr 25; 35(18):2351-2357. PMID 28359621
  • Webber, BJ, Witkop CT. Screening for sickle-cell trait at accession to the United States military. Mil Med. 2014 Nov;179(11): 1184-9. PMID 25373039
  • Witkop CT: Evaluation of medical journal websites. Clin Obstet Gyn. 2013 Sep;56(3): 485-494. PMID 23722917
  • Witkop C, Duffy M, Fishbein D, Selent M. Assessment of ESSENCE performance for influenza-like illness surveillance after an influenza outbreak --- U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, 2009. MMWR April 8, 2011; 60(13); 406-409.
  • Witkop CT and Warren MP. Understanding the spectrum of the female athlete triad. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Dec;116(6): 1444-8. PMID 21099615.
  • Witkop CT, Duffy MR, Macias EA, Gibbons TF, Escobar JD, Knight KK. Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Outbreak at the U.S. Air Force Academy: Epidemiology and Viral Shedding Duration. Am J Prev Med 2010;38(2): 121-126.
  • Witkop CT, Neale D, Wilson LM, Bass EB, Nicholson WK. Active compared with expectant delivery management in women with gestational diabetes: a systematic review. Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jan;113(1): 206-17.