The Executive Desk: January

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

A new year always brings a sense of new beginnings. Here at ACOG, we have many reasons to be excited.

Hal C Lawrence III MD

Plans for the 2015 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, May 2–6, in San Francisco, are in full gear. This year, the Annual Meeting has a new organization and a new five-day schedule, beginning on Saturday. In this issue, you’ll read about the unique offerings, including including collaborative sessions with 10 subspecialty organizations and special sessions for Junior Fellows and medical students.

We are also looking forward to the April arrival of a new Vice President, Practice Activities, Dr. Christopher M. Zahn, Col. (Ret.), USAF, MC, FACOG. Dr. Zahn is a specialist in comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology, which will help ACOG continue to lead in developing best practices in women’s healthcare, including the development of new guidelines and other resources for physicians and patients. We welcome Dr. Zahn to ACOG and look forward to his leadership in the Practice Activities Division. We are particularly pleased that Gerald Joseph, MD, currently Vice President, Practice Activities, will remain with ACOG in another important role—Vice President, Fellowship Activities. Dr. Albert Strunk, JD, MD, who also serves as the Deputy Executive President, will be retiring; we thank him for his extraordinary years of service. We’ll provide more information about these important transitions in April.

Our activities to support you continue on many fronts. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to complete the Liability Survey by March 13. Data from this survey plays a critical role in educating lawmakers and the public about the liability crisis and its negative effects on women’s access to healthcare in our country.

It’s not too late to vote in the election for ACOG Fellow Section and District Officers. But you only have until Sunday, February 1!

We also hope you’ll learn more about ACOG programs and projects in this issue of ACOG Rounds. Happy New Year!