Press Release


The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II

ACOG District II
Applauds HANYS Survey
Highlighting Physician Shortage

Albany, NY - April 3, 2014 - The New York State Chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG District II) commends the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) for shedding light on the growing physician shortage in New York State through its 2013 Physician Advocacy Survey.

For years, ACOG District II has voiced concern over the diminishing numbers of obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) in New York State. Many women rely on their ob-gyns as their primary care physicians. According to the 2013 ACOG Workforce Fact Sheet, the ob-gyn workforce is aging, the average number of work hours is declining, and more ob-gyns are retiring from obstetrics early or not practicing obstetrics altogether due in part to high malpractice premiums. In fact, New York State has some of the highest premiums in the country - which discourages ob-gyns from practicing in the state.

2013 ACOG Workforce Fact Sheet: New York

  • 9 of New York’s 62 counties do not have any ob-gyns.
  • New York has 2,624 ob-gyn physicians serving a population of 8,315,058 women.
  • There are 3.16 ob-gyns per 10,000 women, and 6.51 per 10,000 women age 15-45 (national average is 2.65 and 5.42 respectively).

With projections of relatively fewer general internists and family physicians, more women needing health care, and continued high medical liability insurance premiums in New York, the strain on the ob-gyn workforce will likely heighten.

ACOG District II remains committed to providing the best health care for New York’s women as we strive to ensure that they have access to the health care they need and deserve.


The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II (ACOG) represents the board certified obstetrician-gynecologists in the state who deliver health care to New York's women. Our Albany office offers the
New York State Legislature its resources as a scientific and educational organization dedicated to
quality health care for women.

Contact Information: 518-436-3461

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998