Executive Staff


Dr. Hal C. Lawrence III became Executive Vice President July 1, 2011. As Executive Vice President, he oversees the day-to-day operations of ACOG, and with his executive team, provides leadership to more than 200 staff. He started at ACOG in fall 2007 as the Vice President for Practice Activities. Dr. Lawrence's undergraduate work was completed at Vanderbilt University, and he attended medical school at Indiana University. Following residency training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Lawrence joined a private practice in Asheville, North Carolina. In January 1991, he rejoined the University of North Carolina faculty and worked with the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville to establish an ACGME-approved ob-gyn residency training program in 1992. Dr. Lawrence chaired that department and program until coming to ACOG. He is active in many medical organizations, included the Robert A. Ross Society, North Carolina Ob-Gyn Society, Southern Ob-Gyn Seminar, South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc, as well as a reviewer for the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology.



Dr. Sandra Ann Carson began her tenure at ACOG on March 1, 2013. She received her medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School, and completed her ob-gyn residency at Northwestern's Prentice Women’s Hospital, and her reproductive endocrinology (REI) fellowship at the University of Chicago/Michael Reese Hospital.  Most recently, Dr. Carson was professor of ob-gyn and director of REI at Brown University Medical School. An accomplished surgeon, Dr. Carson designed hysteroscopic instruments and was recognized in Best Doctors in America for more than 10 years.   She is included regularly in Good Housekeeping’s “401 Best Doctors for Women,” the Guide to America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and others. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 60 chapters, and 6 books in reproductive medicine. She was an associate editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and editor-in-chief of Sexuality, Reproduction and Menopause.   Dr. Carson served as ABOG Vice President and Director of REI. She also was President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Secretary –Treasurer of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. She chaired FDA’s Reproductive Drugs Advisory Committee and was consultant to both the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the President’s Council on Bioethics. Finally, Dr. Carson’s research was funded by NIH for 18 years. She recently completed her tenure on the NICHD Council. Her latest research development, the Artificial Human Ovary, was named a top 10 medical breakthrough in 2010 by Time magazine and Rhode Island 2011 Innovation of the Year.  


Barbara S. LevyBARBARA S. LEVY, MD

Dr. Barbara S. Levy is the Vice President, Health Policy. Dr. Levy also supervises the Voluntary Review of Quality of Care program, the Safety Certification for Outpatient Practice Excellence in Women's Health (SCOPE) program, and the Office of Global Women's Health program. She has been a member of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) since 1999 and is currently serving a second term as chair. The RUC is an expert panel of volunteer physicians and providers that issues recommendations to CMS regarding the relative work and direct practice expenses required to perform medical services. Before joining ACOG, Dr. Levy was in private ob-gyn practice and medical director of the Women's Health and Breast Center and Women's and Children's Services for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington. She has published and co-authored more than 65 studies and articles related to her primary research interests: hysterectomy, endoscopic surgery, pelvic pain, surgical outcomes, and physician payment policy. Dr. Levy graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, followed by an internship and residency in ob-gyn at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (now Oregon Health & Sciences University) in Portland.



Rick Robinson, CPA, MBA, joined ACOG in October 2016 as the inaugural Chief Operating Officer. He sets strategic priorities and refines the organization’s operating structure to deliver those priorities efficiently and effectively. In this role, he also oversees Membership, Compliance, the Resource Center, and Facilities. Prior to his arrival at ACOG, Rick was a management consultant with PwC, working with Fortune 500 companies in the retail and consumer products sectors such as Nordstrom, Staples, JM Smucker and 7-Eleven. While there, he led broad, cross-functional teams to refine market strategies and retool key processes, working with a diverse set of stakeholders to create alignment, accountability, and results. Also, Rick previously spent more than eight years working in health care with The Carter Center in Atlanta, leading finance and administration for its international health programs as they expanded operations in Africa and Latin America. Rick holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified public accountant.



Penny Rutledge, JD, is General Counsel and Vice President, Legal. Her division includes the Legal and Human Resources Departments. She is responsible for advising on all legal matters affecting ACOG and for representing ACOG in legal proceedings, including litigation to which ACOG is a party, third-party subpoenas, and friend of the court briefs. She also advises ACOG on corporate governance issues, the grievance process, personnel matters, intellectual property, contracts and various other legal issues. Ms. Rutledge started at ACOG in 1982 and worked for the Department of Government Affairs and then as a Staff Attorney for the Department of Professional Liability. She joined the Legal Division in 1994, was promoted to Associate General Counsel in 1996, and has served in her current position since July 2000. Before joining ACOG, Ms. Rutledge worked as a law clerk for the federal government. Ms. Rutledge received her law degree from George Mason University and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She also is a member of the American Bar Association.


Christopher M. ZahnCHRISTOPHER M. ZAHN, MD

Dr. Christopher M. Zahn is the Vice President, Practice Activities. A retired Air Force Officer and member of ACOG’s Armed Forces District, he received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is a specialist in comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology who has been practicing for 29 years. Before joining ACOG, Dr. Zahn was Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and a staff physician in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also the Program Director of the Uniformed Services Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a maximally accredited tri-military Service residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, under the auspices of the National Capital Consortium at USUHS. Dr. Zahn has also been a member of the ACGME Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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