Washington, DC -- Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, officially assumes the helm of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) today as the new Executive Vice President (EVP). The College, headquartered in Washington, DC, is a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women.
Dr. Lawrence is a well-respected and well-known ob-gyn who has served as The College's Vice President for Practice Activities since 2007. He is a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University Hospital in DC and is also an adjunct professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill.
"I am truly privileged to lead the nation's ob-gyns into the future as we navigate the many new—and old—challenges that face our specialty and our patients," said Dr. Lawrence. "I look forward to communicating with our Fellows about emerging issues and seeking solutions to the problems that they're experiencing in day-to-day practice. On the national level, the implementation of health care reform and its impact on ob-gyns, our patients, and the overall delivery of health care will be a top priority. Also, under my leadership, we will continue pursuing medical liability reform because this remains a crucial unresolved issue for our members."
Dr. Lawrence also noted his appreciation for his predecessors. "I am especially grateful to Drs. Warren H. Pearse and Ralph W. Hale who set a very high standard for leadership and enabled our organization to be, without question, the leading organization for women's health care." As EVP, Dr. Lawrence will oversee the management of the organization's day-to-day operations, including the more than 200 employees, 11 regional districts, and 89 sections. He will work closely with the Executive Board and implement its mandates, policies, and procedures.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Lawrence as the new EVP," said ACOG President James N. Martin, MD. "His exceptional leadership skills are exactly what is needed to meet the long-range goals of our organization and our Fellows, and most importantly, improve the health and well-being of our patients."
Dr. Lawrence began his career in private practice with Asheville Ob-Gyn Associates in Asheville, NC. He then became clinical assistant professor in ob-gyn at UNC-Chapel Hill before becoming a clinical professor in 1996. Prior to joining The College's administration, Dr. Lawrence was department chair and the program director for the ob-gyn residency training program at the Mountain Area Health Education Center affiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill.
An active Fellow since 1975, Dr. Lawrence has served in many district and section leadership positions and on numerous national committees and task forces. He's been a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1994 and is a reviewer for Obstetrics & Gynecology, The College's official peer-reviewed medical journal. He's also a past chair of the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Lawrence is a past president of the North Carolina Ob-Gyn Society, as well as a past president of the Southern Ob-Gyn Seminar and the Robert A. Ross Society.
Originally from Muncie, IN, Dr. Lawrence received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He returned to Indiana to obtain his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He completed both his internship and residency training at UNC, North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.
As EVP of The College, Dr. Lawrence also serves as the EVP of its companion organization, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org
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