A  Companion  site  for  the  C-SPAN  series  airing  Sunday  nights  at  8pm & 11pm ET 


Advanced Search
January 6, 2008
Dr. Yvonne Thornton
Author, "The Ditchdigger’s Daughters"
Dr. Yvonne Thornton BIO:
· New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Associate Attending, Full-time Academic Staff, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, 1982-92.
· Rockefeller University (NY) Hospital, Visiting Associate Physician, 1986-96.
· Morristown (NJ) Memorial Hospital, Perinatal Diagnostic Testing Center Director, 1992-2000.
· St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (NY), Obstetrics and Gynecology Dept., Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 2000-02.
· Jamaica Hospital Medical Center (NY), Vice Chair and Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology Dept., 2002-05.
· Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Perinatal Consultant, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, 2006.
· Westchester Medical Center, Perinatal Consultant, 2007.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Roosevelt Hospital July, 1973-July 1977, Chief Resident -- 1976-77.

Fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Babies Hospital and The Sloane Hospital for Women, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center July, 1977-July, 1979.

· Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, 1979-82.
· Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cornell University Medical College, 1982-89; Associate Professor, 1989-92.
· Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1995-97; 2002.
· Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey——New Jersey Medical School, 1998-2000.
· Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cornell University (Weill) Medical College, 2003-05.

· Bachelor of Science, 1969, Monmouth College.
· Doctor of Medicine, 1973, Columbia University Master of Public Health, 1996, Columbia University School of Public Health.

· Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology – 1979.
· Board Certification for Special Competency In Maternal-Fetal Medicine – 1981.
· Voluntary Recertification in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine – 1998-2008.

MILITARY: (volunteered for active duty)
U.S. Navy - Commissioned as Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps Tour of Duty: July 8, 1979 -July 8, 1982, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

· Performed with family orchestra, known as "The Thornton Sisters", during high school, college, medical school and residency; 1955-1976.
· Professional saxophonist (woodwinds).
· Vocalist (soprano)


Born in Manhattan, New York, Married, has two children.

More about Dr. Yvonne Thornton

Program Details
Watch Program
Read Transcript

Info: Dr. Yvonne Thornton discusses her family's life story described in her book, "The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story." She is one of six daughters born to a ditchdigger from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. They eventually formed a musical group, the Thornton Sisters Band, which became the source of the daughters' college tuition. According to the author, all six of the girls went onto have successful careers in the legal and medical fields, including Dr. Thornton who is a double-board certified specialist in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.

C-SPAN  ·  American Writers  ·  American Presidents · Booknotes  ·  Book TV
Capitol Hearings  ·  Students & Leaders