Dr. Jeanne A. Conry recognized as Environmental Health Champion

Dr. John P. McHughJohn P. McHugh, MD, District IX newsletter editor and Section 7 chair

On January 8, ACOG President Elect Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, District IX immediate past chair, was honored with the Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award at a ceremony at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Jared Blumenfeld, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator, presented Dr. Conry with the award. Prior to the ceremony, Dr. Conry led a grand rounds session on “Reproductive Health and the Environment: Well-Women Care and Preconception Health on the National Agenda.”

      EPA Award


Lisa Jackson, former US EPA administrator; ACOG President Elect Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, District IX immediate past chair; and Jared Blumenfeld, US EPA regional administrator

“The EPA applauds Dr. Conry for her national leadership to promote better health for babies and women by preventing harmful chemical exposures during pregnancy,” Mr. Blumenfeld said. “She has made reproductive environmental health a key new emphasis for the obstetric community.”

Also at the ceremony, Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, professor and director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at UCSF, pointed to studies that show virtually all pregnant women in the US are exposed to chemicals. She also mentioned a recent survey of ACOG Fellows that found ob-gyns often feel underprepared to address this issue with their patients.

“We nominated Dr. Conry because of her commitment to teaching her patients and colleagues the importance of avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy,” Dr. Woodruff said.

Congratulations to Dr. Conry for this recognition of her ongoing role in highlighting environmental health in obstetric clinical practice!