New Orleans, LA -- Today, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced the election of John C. Jennings, MD, of Texas, as President Elect; Ben H. Cheek, MD, of Georgia, as Secretary; Paul G. Tomich, MD, of Nebraska, as Fellow-at-Large; and Michelle Y. Owens, MD, MS, of Mississippi, as Young Physician-at-Large. They will assume their respective offices on May 9, 2013.
Dr. John C. Jennings is professor of ob-gyn at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at the Permian Basin. Dr. Jennings is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN. He completed his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis and his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and the University of Tennessee City of Memphis Hospitals. Between medical school and residency, Dr. Jennings served as a general medical officer for the United States Air Force Security Service Command.
Dr. Jennings was in private practice in San Angelo, TX, for 12 years before entering academic medicine. He has served as head of gynecology and program director of ob-gyn at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC; professor and program director of ob-gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston; chair and program director of ob-gyn at TTUHSC at Amarillo; and regional dean of the school of medicine at TTUHSC at the Permian Basin. Dr. Jennings has previously served as ACOG vice president.
Dr. Ben H. Cheek is in private practice in Columbus, GA, and is also clinical assistant professor of ob-gyn at Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Cheek is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens. He completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and his residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. His clinical interests include pelvic prolapse surgery and low- and high-risk obstetrics.
Dr. Cheek is past president of the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and has been a member of its board of directors for 25 years. He has been on the board of directors of MAG Mutual Insurance Company, a southeastern regional professional liability company with assets greater than $1.6 billion, for 17 years, currently serving as secretary. He is also on the board of directors of Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta.
Dr. Paul G. Tomich is professor and director of the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and medical director of obstetrics at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He completed his medical degree at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He also completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Tomich served on the faculty of Loyola University for 22 years before moving to the University of Nebraska, where he has worked since 2002. His academic interests include prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound in pregnancy; medical complications in pregnancy; women’s advocacy in health care; patient safety in obstetrics; and medical education. Dr. Tomich has previously served as ACOG assistant secretary.
Dr. Michelle Y. Owens is vice chair and associate professor of ob-gyn, assistant fellowship director of maternal-fetal medicine, and medical director of the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. She completed her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her master of science degree is in biomedical sciences from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Owens’ academic interests include maternal and infant mortality; hypertensive disorders of pregnancy; obesity in pregnancy; and sickle cell trait and disease in pregnancy. She is a board member for the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and for the Mississippi Chapter of the March of Dimes.
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 more than 57,000 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