DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER Biography - Famous Medicine & health care related men and women


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Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a Psychosexual Therapist who helped pioneer the field of         
Media Psychology with her radio program "Sexually Speaking" which began in               
September, 1980 as a 15-minute taped show that aired in New York. Today "Sexually       
Speaking" can be heard across the country and is part of a communications               
network that distributes Dr. Westheimer's expertise via television, books (she           
has written four), newspapers, games, home video and computer software.                 
Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer was sent to a school in Switzerland at           
the age of 10 which became an orphanage for most of the German/Jewish students           
sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country's                 
independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris where she studied         
psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten.                                     
She immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where she obtained her Masters degree in             
Sociology and her Ph.D. in Education from Columbia University. She studied human         
sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University           
Medical Center.                                                                         
Dr. Westheimer is a pioneer in spreading what she has labeled "sexual literacy."         
She has been twice named "College Lecturer of the Year." Her television show             
aired on Lifetime "The Dr. Ruth Show" has been syndicated nationally and                 
internationally. The National Mother's Day Committee has honored Dr. Ruth as "Mother     
of the Year." Dr. Westheimer has two children and resides with her husband in           
New York City.