The Executive Desk: Collaboration and Learning, Everywhere

Hal C. Lawrence IIIHal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

The coming of spring signifies a time of renewal and learning, with many professional and society meetings for ob-gyns and medical professionals everywhere. This includes the premier meeting for the ob-gyn specialty— the ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, May 2-6. Earlier in April, I had the honor and pleasure of being a part of ACOG’s annual delegation and attendance at the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG). Meetings like these continue to be a great way to build relationships and ensure collaboration and learning, nationally and internationally.

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Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG) 2015

The 67th Annual Congress of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG) was held April 9-12, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. As part of our ACOG/JSOG Exchange Program, six residents joined President John Jennings, Past President Jeanne Conry and EVP/CEO Hal Lawrence to share ideas and interact with leaders and young doctors from Japan, Taiwan and Korea. The residents and their districts are:


District I

Karen Kwei, MD

District III

Lindsey M. Davis, MD

District V

Marlena Mattingly, MD

District VII

Amanda N. Thomas, MD

District IX

Kathleen Rooney, MD

District XI

Bernard Lynch, MD


The ACOG residents participated in poster sessions and gave talks on uterine myomas, assisted reproduction and preterm labor during the International Junior Fellows Workshop. Dr. Lynch was awarded an International Session Award for his presentation: “The prevalence of Lynch Syndrome-related mismatch repair mutations in a population of young endometrial cancer patients in South Texas” and Dr. Kwei won an International Session Good Poster Award for her poster “Umbilical Cord Blood Banking: Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs in a New Hampshire Cohort.”

Barney Lynch, Luke Newton, Amanda Thomas, Dr. Jennings, Karen Kwei, Dr. Lawrence, Marlena Mattingly, Dr. Conry, Kathleen Rooney, Lindsey Davis

After three busy days of seminars, JSOG treated the group to a trip to Kamakura to see the great Buddha.

We look forward to welcoming the JSOG delegation to San Francisco as part of the ACOG Annual Meeting.

Next year’s JSOG Congress will be held April 21-24, 2016, in Tokyo. Even-numbered districts will be invited to send one 3rd or 4th year resident. Please contact your District Manager or Catherine Sacks ( for more information.

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