Executive Board (College and Congress)


Haywood L. Brown, MD; Durham, NC

Dr. Haywood L. Brown is Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC and his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville, TN, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Brown has participated in ACOG activities in District IV, V and VII over his 30-year career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This includes being the Scientific Program Chair and General Chair (2001-2002) for the Annual Clinical Meeting. He chaired the steering committee for the District of Columbia National Institutes of Health Initiative on Infant Mortality Reduction, the Perinatal and Patient Safety Health Disparities Collaborative for HRSA and serves as the Chief Evaluator for Indianapolis Healthy Start. Dr. Brown is especially committed to the care of women at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome, particularly those disadvantaged.

Dr. Brown has served as Chair of CREOG and has been on the Board of Directors for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and is past President of the Society. He is past President of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society (AGOS) and Chair of the Ob-Gyn Section of the National Medical Association. He also served as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Brown is past president of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and is immediate Past District IV Chair of ACOG.


President Elect
Lisa M. Hollier, MD, MPH; Bellaire, TX

Lisa M. Hollier, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Obstetrics & Gynecology for Texas Children’s Health Plan and is the medical director of Obstetrics and Gynecology for The Centers for Children and Women. She received her Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Hollier has held many roles in ACOG over her career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been Assistant Secretary of ACOG and served on many College committees and Presidential Task Forces and Work Groups. She chaired the Committee on Professional Liability, the Committee on Credentials and the Work Group on Women’s Health Care Team Leadership. She served as the ACOG representative to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine board of directors for five years. She currently acts as the Chair of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. 

Dr. Hollier is past president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is Past Chair of District XI of ACOG. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to caring for the underserved and improving women’s health by advancing women’s health policy. 

Immediate Past President
Thomas Gullineus
Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD; Iowa City, IA

Dr. Gellhaus is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. 

He graduated from Yankton High School in Yankton, South Dakota, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Augustana College in Sioux Falls,South Dakota, and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Following residency, he entered private practice in Davenport, Iowa, and after 20 years in private practice, he returned to academic medicine at the University of Iowa.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Gellhaus has served in many ACOG positions at the local, regional, national and international levels. He completed the McCain Fellowship, a month-long, in-depth experience in advocacy, at ACOG in Washington, D.C., in 1999. In 2001, he was a Primary Care Policy Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Gellhaus has also been very active in leading groups on short-term medical and surgical mission projects for the last 20 years. He has done numerous presentations about these short-term medical and surgical mission projects throughout the United States. He is founder of the The Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship, which is designed to provide senior ob-gyn residents exposure to health care policy at the federal level. 


Ted L. Anderson, MD, PhD; Nashville, TN

J. Martin Tucker, MD; Flowood, MS

Assistant Secretary
Laura A. Dean, MD; Stillwater, MN 

Executive Vice President and CEO
Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD; Washington, DC

Chair, District I
Markus C. Martin, MD; Quebec, Canada

Chair, District II
Nicholas Kulbida, MD; Niskayuna, NY

Chair, District III
Ann L. Honebrink, MD; Ardmore, PA

Chair, District IV
Thomas W. Hepfer, MD; Salem, SC

Chair, District V
David W. Doty, DO; Louisville, KY

Chair, District VI
Denise M. Elser, MD; Oak Lawn, IL

Chair, District VII
Verda J. Hicks, MD; Leawood, KS

Chair, District VIII
Robert H. Palmer, Jr, MD; Seattle, WA

Chair, District IX
John S. Wachtel, MD; Stanford, CA

Chair, Armed Forces District
John D. O’Boyle, CAPT, MC USN; Bethesda, MD

Chair, District XI
Carl A. (Tony) Dunn, MD; Waco, TX 

Chair, District XII
Karen E. Harris, MD, MPH; Gainesville, FL

John P. Keats, MD; Timonium, MD 

Wanda K. Nicholson, MD, MBA, MPH; Chapel Hill, NC 

Young Physician-at-Large
Tamara G. Helfer, MD, MBA; Champaign, IL

Young Physician-at-Large
Erin A Keyser, MD; San Antonio, TX 

Young Physician-at-Large
Hartaj L. Powell, MD, MPH; Reston, VA

Chair, Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council
Ryan D. Cuff, MD; Johns Island, SC 

Vice Chair, Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council
Katherine W. McHugh, MD; Indianapolis, IN 

Representative, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc
George D. Wendel, MD; Dallas, TX 

Subspecialty Representative, American Urogynecologic Society
Amy E. Rosenman, MD; Santa Monica, CA 

Subspecialty Representative, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Mary E. Norton, MD; San Francisco, CA 

Subspecialty Representative, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Thomas M. Price, MD, Hillsborough, NC 

Subspecialty Representative, Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Barbara A. Goff, MD; Seattle, WA 

Public Member
Jamie H. Bardwell, MPP; Jackson, MS


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