Meet your new district officers

Dr. Steven W. RemmengaSteven W. Remmenga, MD, District VI chair

I am looking forward to my term as District VI chair after serving as District VI secretary. We have a great group of people on the District Advisory Council, which will help immensely as we move into a new era of medicine.

I was born and raised in Lincoln, NE, and attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on a Navy scholarship. I was commissioned in the Navy to be a line officer (or ship driver), but I was allowed to go to medical school instead and attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Following an internship at UNMC, I was sent to Okinawa, Japan, with the Marines. I did my residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center San Diego and then did a tour in the Aleutian Islands as a solo general ob-gyn in a 15-bed hospital.  

I became actively involved in the ACOG Armed Forces District while completing my residency program. Then, during my gynecologic oncology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, my program director was ACOG president. I spent approximately 10 years at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth before returning to Walter Reed, where I retired from the Navy after 25 years of service. I returned home to Nebraska where I serve as vice chair and director of gynecologic oncology at UNMC. 

I love outdoor activities, such as hunting, and reading a good book from time to time. I am a Big Red (Nebraska Cornhuskers) fan, though my assistant high school football coach was Barry Alvarez, past coach and current director of athletics at University of Wisconsin–Madison. My wife and I foster rescue golden retrievers, with three of our own and a pug that thinks it is a golden retriever. We also love spoiling our grandchildren.

 

Dr. Denise M. ElserDenise M. Elser, MD, District VI vice chair

After serving as District VI treasurer, I am eager to begin my term as District VI vice chair. I grew up in Chicago and received most of my education and training in Illinois. I attended undergraduate school at the University of Illinois and completed medical school and my residency at Rush University Medical Center. For my urogynecology fellowship, I ventured south to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, but I was homesick and have been back in the Chicago area ever since. I am lucky I was exposed to ACOG early in my career. My chairs at Rush University Medical Center and the Medical College of Virginia served as ACOG presidents.

I enjoy working at a private urogynecology practice in the southern and western suburbs of Chicago. Thankfully, I passed the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery board exam this past June. At home, there is never a dull moment. I am surviving (so far) a house full of teenagers and a variety of pets. I’ve worn many hats as a soccer and hockey mom and am an avid hockey and football fan. I also enjoy working out, golfing, and attending theater and concerts.

 

Dr. Bridget B. KellerBridget B. Keller, MD, District VI secretary

I am thrilled to be serving District VI as secretary. I am originally from St. Cloud, MN. After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, I traveled to Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk for my medical degree. Because Minnesota girls always seem to come home eventually, I decided to explore the country more and moved to the West Coast for my residency.

I first got involved in ACOG as a resident at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. When I moved home to Minnesota after residency, I joined the Minnesota Section Advisory Council. I’ve been in practice at Park Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis for 13 years. My free time is spent running, skiing, and enjoying time with my husband and children.

 

Dr. Thaddeus L. AndersonThaddeus L. Anderson, MD, District VI treasurer

I have an undergraduate degree in pharmacy and a medical degree from the University of Illinois. I completed my residency at the University of Iowa. After four years of service in the Army Medical Corps, I moved to Dubuque, IA, where I practice general ob-gyn. I have served on the Iowa Medical Society Maternal Mortality Committee since 1997 and as chair since 2011.

For ACOG, I have served as a member of the Coding and Nomenclature Committee, National Nominating Committee for 2013, and Committee on Professional Liability, on which I also served as vice chair. For District VI, I have served as McCain Fellow, legislative chair, and Iowa Section chair.

 

Dr. Amandeep S. MahalAmandeep S. Mahal, MD, District VI Junior Fellow chair

I am honored and excited to serve as District VI Junior Fellow chair. I’ve been involved in ACOG since my third year of medical school when a great mentor and teacher introduced me to this wonderful organization. Since then, I’ve had the privilege to represent District VI at clinical leadership conferences, annual clinical meetings, and various other district and section meetings. I hope I can be a resource for you and all ACOG members. My goals for my tenure as chair are to help spur new programming and ideas for Junior Fellow members and to respond to the needs of young physicians and ACOG leaders.

Currently, I am a fourth-year resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After completing my training, I will sadly depart from my beloved District VI to begin a female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Stanford University in California. Watch out, District IX, here I come! I will be leaving the district in good hands with Tashera E. Perry, MD, our talented Junior Fellow vice chair.

 

Dr. Tashera E. PerryTashera E. Perry, MD, District VI Junior Fellow vice chair

Thank you for the opportunity to serve District VI as Junior Fellow vice chair. Hailing from Westfield, NJ, I received my undergraduate degree in biology from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. I then completed a two-year research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, before making my big move “out West.” I graduated from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, and happily remain in Chicago as an ob-gyn resident at the University of Illinois.

I joined ACOG in 2009 with the hope of learning the skills necessary to become an informed and effective lobbyist for the interests of my patients and colleagues at the institutional, state, and national levels. As an Illinois Section Junior Fellow officer, I’ve had the honor and privilege of channeling my desire for civic engagement into productive work for the benefit of my fellow residents and disadvantaged women in the city of Chicago. I am thrilled to continue this work at the district level.

Of course, even busy residents need a break! In my free time, I go to the gym before moonlighting as an amateur gastronome and connoisseur of classic cocktails, circa 1930s. If you are ever hungry in Chicago, I have many delicious suggestions!

 

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