ACOG Elects New Officers

May 16, 2016

Washington, DC — Today, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced the election of Haywood L. Brown, MD, of Durham, NC as President Elect; J. Martin Tucker, MD, of Jackson, MS as Secretary; Laura A. Dean, MD, of Stillwater, MN as Assistant Secretary; John P. Keats, MD, of Phoenix, AZ as Fellow-at-Large; and Erin A. Keyser, MD of San Antonio, TX as Young Physician-at-Large. They assumed their respective offices on May 17, 2016.

“As obstetrician-gynecologists, we are the leaders in women’s health care and I congratulate the new officers, who represent the best of the best,” said ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA. “I look forward to their continued dedication to our profession and our patients.”


President Elect —Haywood L. Brown, MD


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.


Secretary – J. Martin Tucker, MD


Dr. J. Martin Tucker received his undergraduate, medical and residency training at the University of Mississippi. He completed his MFM fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Dr. Tucker has been in private practice with Jackson Healthcare for Women since 1990. He is affiliate faculty at the University of Mississippi (MS) School of Medicine. Dr. Tucker has served as Chief of Staff of Woman’s Hospital and Medical Director of Obstetrical Services at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. He is a past president of the Winfred Wiser Society, the Jackson Gynecologic Society, and the UM Medical Alumni Chapter. He has chaired the MS Infant Mortality Task Force and the MS State Medical Association Council on Legislation. He is currently a member of the steering committee of the MS Perinatal Quality Collaborative.


After serving as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair of the MS Section, Dr. Tucker was Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair of ACOG District VII. He is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of District Chairs. Dr. Tucker has served on numerous ACOG Committees at the section, district, and national levels, chairing several of those committees. He was a member of the AMA CPT Editorial Panel and a McCain Fellow.


Assistant Secretary – Laura A. Dean, MD


Dr. Laura A. Dean received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. She attended the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.


Dr. Dean has been with the Stillwater Medical Group, located in Stillwater, Minnesota since 1996 and is currently the Chair of the Department of Ob-Gyn there. She is also the Vice Chief of Staff of Lakeview Health in Stillwater, MN.


Dr. Dean is very involved in advocacy, serving as the ACOG District VI AMA Representative as well as a Member of the Ob-Gyn PAC Governing Committee. Previously, she was ACOG District VI Vice Chair and Program Committee Chair. She is a frequent attendee of the Congressional Leadership Conference and advocated on behalf of her patients on Capitol Hill as well as in the Minnesota Legislature.

Dr. Dean has been active in ACOG for many years, serving in elected offices at the section, district and national levels since her residency. She is excited to be returning to serve on the ACOG Executive Board since her time on the Board as Fellow-at-Large from 2005-2007.


In her free time, Dr. Dean enjoys being with her family, her husband Matt of 25 years and their 3 teenagers Marta, Jack and Jane. She especially likes going for hikes, playing tennis and spending time on the lake.


Fellow-at-Large -- John P. Keats, M.D.


Dr. John P. Keats is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, RI, where he attended their seven-year Program in Medicine. He completed his residency at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Following his residency, Dr. Keats spent three years of active duty as an ob-gyn with the Air Force.


After leaving the military in 1985, Dr. Keats joined Buenaventura Medical Group (BMG) in Ventura, CA and was appointed Medical Director in 1995. In July 2007, Dr. Keats became President and Medical Director of California HealthFirst Physicians, a multispecialty group in southern California affiliated with Catholic Healthcare West (CHW).  In addition, he was designated the Medical Director for Perinatal Safety for the CHW system, which includes 32 obstetrical units performing approximately 60,000 deliveries per year. He left CHW in January 2012 to join Cigna Health Plans as Market Medical Executive for the state of Arizona, and in 2016 was named Senior Medical Director for Enterprise Trend Analysis.  


Dr. Keats is the course director for ACOG’s post-graduate course entitled Quality and Safety for Leaders in Women’s Health Care. In addition, he serves as a site reviewer for ACOG’s Voluntary Review of Quality of Care program and is a member of that program’s national steering committee. Dr Keats is an ex-officio member of ACOG’s national Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee, and serves on the steering committee for ACOG’s office patient safety program called SCOPE for Safety Certification for Outpatient Practice Excellence. 


Young Physician-at-Large – Erin A. Keyser, MD

Dr. Erin Keyser is the Associate Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She accepted a military scholarship and completed her residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio, TX.  After completing her residency, she worked as an Obstetrician Gynecologist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX and during that time she served in Afghanistan as a General Medical Officer for the 4th Infantry Division. She recently returned to San Antonio where she is an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and enjoys working with and teaching residents. 

Dr. Keyser has been actively involved with ACOG since 2009 when she became the Junior Fellow Armed Forces District Army Section Vice Chair. After completing her Section Chair position, Dr. Keyser became the Junior Fellow District Chair. 

She is a proud mother of two boys and excited to be representing young physicians. 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.

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