Executive Staff

Hal C. Lawrence IIIHAL C. LAWRENCE III, MD
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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.

 

Richard C. BaileyRICHARD C. BAILEY, CPA, MBA
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE

Richard C. Bailey, CPA, MBA, is the Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President, Finance. He oversees the Finance Division. He is responsible for all financial management, accounting, financial and tax reporting, and management of institutional funds. Reporting to him are the Development Office, Publication Fulfillment and Marketing, the District and Section Financial Service Center, and Controller's Office. Before joining ACOG, Mr. Bailey was Chief Financial Officer at the Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington and the Associate Director of Finance for The George Washington University Medical Center. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in accounting from The George Washington University, where he also received a master's of business administration degree in finance and investment. Mr. Bailey is a certified public accountant. 

 

Elsa P. BrownELSA P. BROWN, MA
VICE PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION

Elsa P. Brown, MA, is the Vice President, Administration. She oversees the Administration Division, whose departments provide support to ACOG members and to staff. These departments include Central Services, Electronic Resources, History Library and Archives, Information Systems, Resource Center, and the Travel Office. She also oversees the activities of the Department of the Executive Board Affairs and all the ancillary activities connected with that department. Other responsibilities include managing the Committee on Nominations and the national election process.  Ms. Brown joined the College in 1984 as an administrator to the Executive Board. She became vice president in 1998. She received her master's of education degree at Catholic University of America, and has an extensive background in administration. Before her tenure at the College, she conducted research and edited material for the Alan Guttmacher Institute and was a special assistant to the president of a consulting firm in Washington, DC. Ms. Brown was a founding member and former president of the Community Learning Center, Inc, a neighborhood after-school center for children and youths. She began her professional life as an elementary school teacher in the Washington, DC, public school system.

 

Sandra A. CarsonSANDRA ANN CARSON, MD
VICE PRESIDENT, EDUCATION

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.  

 

Gerlad F. Joseph Jr.GERALD F. JOSEPH JR, MD
VICE PRESIDENT, PRACTICE ACTIVITIES

Dr. Gerald F. Joseph Jr is the Vice President, Practice Activities and an ACOG past president. He has served in numerous officer roles at the district and section levels and on many committees and task forces. Before coming to ACOG, he served as Senior Consultant for the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ochsner Clinic, North Shore Affiliate, New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Joseph returned to Louisiana in 2007 after serving six years as Medical Director, Women's Services at Saint John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Missouri. He received his medical degree from Tulane University and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. After residency, he joined the Ochsner Clinic, practiced for 26 years, and held numerous positions. Dr. Joseph is a member and former Board of Trustee member of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Southeastern Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, and past president of the New Orleans Ob-Gyn Society. He serves as a reviewer for Obstetrics & Gynecology, and was an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Inc until 2010. 

 

Barbara S. LevyBARBARA S. LEVY, MD
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTH POLICY

Dr. Barbara S. Levy is the Vice President, Health Policy. She oversees ACOG's federal and state legislative policy and regulatory affairs. 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.

 

Penny RutledgePENNY RUTLEDGE, JD
GENERAL COUNSEL AND VICE PRESIDENT, LEGAL

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.

 

Albert L. StrunkALBERT L. STRUNK, JD, MD
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES

Dr. Albert L. Strunk is Deputy Executive Vice President and Vice President, Fellowship Activities. He oversees District and Section Activities, Junior Fellows, Health Economics, Practice Management, Membership Services, and Professional Liability/Risk Management. He graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in biology. He interrupted medical school to enlist in the U.S. Navy with an appointment to Naval Officer's Candidate School. During the Vietnam War, he served aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer as a line officer. Subsequently, he attended Columbia Law School where he received his JD (LLB) degree. He practiced law in New Jersey between 1971 and 1977, often representing members of the New Jersey Medical Society in defense of medical liability claims. He returned to the study of medicine in 1976 and received his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School (UMDNJ). After completing residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, he engaged in the group practice of obstetrics and gynecology in central New Jersey and taught as a Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He joined ACOG's executive staff in 1999. Dr. Strunk speaks and writes on issues of medical jurisprudence and alternative systems of medical justice.