ACOG Secretary Ben H. Cheek, MD, past District IV chair, was awarded an ACOG Outstanding District Service Award at the Annual Clinical Meeting in May. The award is given to individuals who have made notable contributions to their district.
Dr. Cheek has been in private practice in general ob-gyn for more than 26 years in Columbus, GA. He is a clinical assistant professor of ob-gyn for Mercer University School of Medicine. During his career, he has delivered more than 5,000 babies and served his community in local hospitals in various leadership positions. Dr. Cheek received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed his ob-gyn residency at Emory University in Atlanta.
For District IV, Dr. Cheek has served as treasurer, secretary, vice chair, and chair. While chair, he served on the ACOG Executive Board and the Council of District Chairs. For ACOG, he has served on the committees on Government Affairs, Nominations, and Credentials, as well as the Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee.
Dr. Cheek has served as president of his county medical society and the second and first vice president of the Medical Association of Georgia. He has also been a delegate to the Medical Association of Georgia for 26 years. Dr. Cheek chaired Gampac, the medical association’s political action committee, and served on the board of directors for the association. He is also past president of the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.
Dr. Cheek has spent 17 years on the board of directors of MAG Mutual Insurance Company, a southeastern regional professional liability company. He is secretary of the board of directors and chairs the Government Relations and Compensation and Benefit committees. He is on the board of directors of Georgia Health Sciences University and is chair of its Long-Range Planning and Development Committee. Dr. Cheek has a long history of teaching medical students and residents, having served on the clinical faculty of the Family Practice Residency Program at the Medical Center in Columbus.