Executive Board (College and Congress)

Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD; Iowa City, IA

Professional Position
Division director, General Ob-Gyn, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA; clinical associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa; director, Grand Rounds Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa

MD: University of Oklahoma
Residency: Obstetrics/Gynecology, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics; Pathology, University of South Dakota School of Medicine 

ACOG Activities
National: assistant secretary; member, executive committee, Executive Board; Committee Member and Founding Member Ob-Gyn PAC; chair, Credentials Committee; Hearing Panel Committee; Grievance Committee; Continuing Medical Education Committee; International Affairs Committee; Government Affairs and Outreach Committee; chair, Nominating Committee; Global Operations Advisory Group Committee; chair, Global Data Base Task Force; chair, Sub-Committee for Implementation of Task Force on Leadership in the 21st Century; Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Policy Fellow; McCain Fellow; founder/sponsor, Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship

District VI: treasurer, vice chair, chair, immediate past chair, past chair; Committee for Underserved Women, Legislative Committee; Patient Safety Committee; Nominating Committee; Council of District Chairs
Chair; Legislative Committee; chair, Nominating Committee

President Elect
Haywood L. Brown, MD, Durham, NCHaywood L. Brown, MD

Professional Position

professor and chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; Professor and chair, Duke University School of Nursing; chief evaluator, Indianapolis Healthy Start; steering committee chair, District of Columbia National Institutes of Health Initiative on Infant Mortality Reduction; steering committee chair, Perinatal and Patient Safety Health Disparities Collaborative, HRSA; past board of directors, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine; president, American Gynecological Obstetrical Society (AGOS); chair, Ob-Gyn Section, National Medical Association; director, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; president, North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.

MD: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Residency: Obstetrics/Gynecology, University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences

ACOG Activities
National: chair, Scientific Program; chair, Annual Clinical Meeting; chair, CREOG; executive board; chair, Government Relations; chair, Well Women’s Task Force; editor board, Obstetrics and Gynecology (The Green Journal); Committee on Scientific Program; chair, general chair, Scientific Program; Committee for Continuing Medical Education

District IV: immediate past chair; secretary; vice chair


Immediate Past President
Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA; Waterbury, CT
Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA

Professional Position
Private practice; assistant clinical professor, University of Connecticut; chief medical officer, Women’s Health Connecticut; founding partner, vice president, and medical director of Physicians for Women’s Health LLC

MD: University of Connecticut
Residency: University of Connecticut

ACOG Activities
National: secretary; member, Executive Boards, Executive Committees; chair, Council of District Chairs; chair, committees on Practice Management, Ambulatory Practice Operations, Bylaws; chair, task forces on SGR Reform, Changing Practice in the 21st Century; chair, SCOPE Steering Committee; chair, Subcommittee to Select the Public Member; member, committees on Finance, Nominations, Continuing Medical Education, Global Women’s Health; member, task forces on Patient Safety in the Office Setting, Section Activities, Enhancing Practice Satisfaction, Committees; member, Global Operations Advisory Group; member, Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee; speaker, Congressional Leadership Conferences; honorary member, Chilean Ob-Gyn Society; member, editorial board, Your Pregnancy and Childbirth, 5th edition; member, medical advisory board, pause® magazine; reviewer, Obstetrics & Gynecology; member, work groups on ACNM-ACOG Liaison, Strategic Planning, Office Patient Safety Assessment; participant, ACOG Leadership Institute; participant and speaker, Chantilly II Conference on Future Directions in Resident Education; ACOG representative to the Board of Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

District I: chair; vice chair; member, Advisory Council; general chair, Annual District Meeting; chair, Committee on Meetings; member, committees on Nominating, Practice, Scientific Program; Connecticut Section chair, vice chair; chair, Connecticut Providers’ Partnership Task Force on HIV Perinatal Testing


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

Joseph Apuzzio, MD; Newark, NJ


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



Wilma I. Larsen, MD; Belton, TX



John P. Keats, MD; Timonium, MD


Young Physician-at-Large

Rajiv B. Gala, MD; New Orleans, LA


Young Physician-at-Large

Tamara G. Helfer, MD, MBA; Champaign, IL


Young Physician-at-Large

Erin A Keyser, MD; San Antonio, TX


Chair, Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council

Kristen P. Zeligs, MD; Washington, DC

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

Representative, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc

Larry C. Gilstrap III, MD; Dallas, TX


Subspecialty Representative, American Urogynecologic Society

Deborah L. Myers, MD; Providence, RI


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

John P. Curtin, MD; New York, NY


Public Member

Jamie H. Bardwell, MPP; Jackson, MS



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