Global Operations Advisory Group (GOAG)

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, Office of Global Women's Health, Global Operations Advisory Group (GOAG)

Herbert B. Peterson, MD (Chair, GOAG), the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, is the past chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and has a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health, based in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at UNC. Certified by both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Peterson served for 20 years at the CDC, where he was Chief of the Epidemiologic Studies Branch and the first Chief of the Women’s Health and Fertility Branch of the Division of Reproductive Health. In 1999, he was assigned by CDC to WHO in Geneva, Switzerland where he served until coming to UNC in 2004. Dr. Peterson’s major research interests are at the interface of clinical medicine and public health and have focused on assuring that policies, programs and practices in global reproductive health are based on the best available science with an emphasis on the value of interdisciplinary approaches, including implementation science.

Ted L. Anderson, MD, PhD, FACS, is the Betty and Lonnie S. Burnett professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Anderson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and his doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from Vanderbilt University, where he received his medical degree and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive pelvic surgery. After serving as the chair of the ob-gyn department at the Centennial Women’s Hospital, he returned to Vanderbilt to take up his current position as vice chairman for clinical operations and quality in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and executive medical director of women’s services for the Vanderbilt Medical Center. He has also served on the board of directors for the Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Domestic Violence; the Step Ahead Foundation, which provides long-acting reversible contraceptive birth control for patients at no cost; and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the AAGL fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Anderson is former president of the Middle Tennessee Ob-Gyn Society and the Lonnie S. Burnett Ob-Gyn Society. Within ACOG, he has served as JFCAC chair, Section and District chair, CDC chairman, and treasurer.  He is currently the ACOG President-Elect.   Dr. Anderson’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgical options, alternatives to hysterectomy, and the impact of technology on medicine and society.

Lisa M. Hollier, MD, MPH
, is a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Obstetrics & Gynecology for Texas Children's Health Plan and is the medical director of Obstetrics and Gynecology for The Centers for Children and Women. She received her Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and her Master's in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Hollier has held many roles in ACOG over her career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been Assistant Secretary of ACOG and served on many College committees and Presidential Task Forces and Work Groups. She chaired the Committee on Professional Liability, the Committee on Credentials and the Work Group on Women's Health Care Team Leadership. She served as the ACOG representative to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine board of directors for five years. She currently acts as the Chair of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. Dr. Hollier is past president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is Past Chair of District XI of ACOG. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to caring for the underserved and improving women's health by advancing women's health policy.

Haywood L. Brown, MD, is F. Bayard Carter Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He was Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center from 2002 to June 2016. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC and his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville, TN, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Brown has participated in ACOG activities in District IV, V and VII over his 30-year career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This includes being the Scientific Program Chair and General Chair (2001-2002) for the Annual Clinical Meeting. He chaired the steering committee for the District of Columbia National Institutes of Health Initiative on Infant Mortality Reduction, the Perinatal and Patient Safety Health Disparities Collaborative for HRSA and serves as the Chief Evaluator for Indianapolis Healthy Start. Dr. Brown is especially committed to the care of women at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome, particularly those disadvantaged.
Dr. Brown has served as Chair of CREOG and has been on the Board of Directors for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and is past President of the Society. He is past President of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society (AGOS) and Chair of the Ob-Gyn Section of the National Medical Association. He also served as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Brown is past president of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and is immediate Past District IV Chair of ACOG.

Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Roseville, California and has been affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Kaiser Permanente for thirty years. She received her medical degree from University of California Davis School of Medicine and her PhD from the University of Colorado Bolder. Dr. Conry was part of the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver and is currently the President of the Environmental Health Leadership Foundation. She also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish.

James N. Martin, Jr, MD, is professor emeritus of obstetrics, gynecology & maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Winfred L Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants) in Jackson where he worked in many leadership positions from 1981 through 2014.  Since the beginning of his postgraduate training in 1973, Dr. Martin has authored more than 750 scientific publications and communications principally in the areas of hypertensive disorders and other medical complications of pregnancy.  He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Preeclampsia Foundation in 2009, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 2014, and distinguished medical alumni awards from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the University of Mississippi in Jackson. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and a fellow of the American Heart Association.  From 2012-2016 Dr. Martin represented ACOG on the FIGO Executive Board.  Dr. Martin was ACOG President from May 2011-May 2012 during which time the Global Operations Advisory Group (GOAG) was initiated. He is chair of ACOG’s Task Force on Pregnancy and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease, Dr. Hollier’s ACOG Task Force Initiative for 2018-2019.

Douglas Laube, MD, M.Ed, assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin in February of 1993. He served in that capacity until September 2006. During that time, the department experienced unprecedented growth in faculty as well in research funding. The academic and clinical growth occurred in all of the clinical divisions. To accommodate a growing number of doctoral scientists, the division of Reproductive Sciences became established in 1997.
In May of 2006, Dr. Laube became President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) following a year as President Elect. Prior to becoming president of ACOG, he served in a number of different capacities in clinical educational organizations including: the Council on Residency Education Obstetrics and Gynecology (Chair 1996-1999), the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), United States Medical Licensing Exam (US MLE), and educational self-help projects in central Asia and Afghanistan. Most recently, Dr. Laube has become involved with an educational project in residency accreditation and certification in six Central American countries. He has also been appointed to other reproductive health boards, including Physicians for Reproductive Choice (PRCH) and the Centering Health Care Institute (CHI), while continuing to volunteer with the ACOG committees. Currently, Dr. Laube is a Professor Emeritus of Ob/Gyn at the University of Wisconsin and works part time at the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Madison while assisting in various international development projects with ACOG.

Thomas Gellhaus MD is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated from Yankton High School in Yankton, South Dakota, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Following residency, he entered private practice in Davenport, Iowa, and after 20 years in private practice, he returned to academic medicine at the University of Iowa. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Gellhaus has served in many ACOG positions at the local, regional, national and international levels. He has completed the McCain Fellowship, a month-long, in-depth experience in advocacy at ACOG in Washington, D.C. in 1999 and in 2001, he was a Primary Care Policy Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Gellhaus has also been very active in leading groups on short-term medical and surgical mission projects for the last 20 years. He has done numerous presentations about these short-term medical and surgical mission projects throughout the United States.

Meg Autry MD is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist at the University of California, San Francisco. In her clinical practice, she does obstetrics and complex gynecology. Her areas of interest include family planning, cervical dysplasia, and benign gynecology. Dr. Autry is a sustaining member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and is the Director of Graduate Medical Education for UCSF Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2014-2016, past president of the SF Gyn Society, a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is on the board of the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and is on the editorial board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her international work has been mostly in Uganda and focuses on skills transfer and collaborative research.

Gelila Goba, MD, MPH has clinical expertise which includes obstetric care for moderate risk pregnancies, trial of labor after Cesarean section, operative vaginal delivery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, fibroid surgery, and the management of abnormal pap smears, menopause, complex gynecologic conditions and contraception. Her practice philosophy is “…to advocate for patients, patient safety and quality of care. Therefore, I take a whole-patient approach – which includes the medical presentation, individual and social context and the range of care options. I firmly support the patient’s right and ownership of decisions
regarding her care”. Dr. Goba has a major commitment to women’s health, both in Chicago and globally. She is the Fellowship Director of our Department’s Global Women’s Health Fellowship, and a core faculty member of the University’s Global Medicine (GMED) Program for medical students.  Additionally, Dr. Goba established The Mela Project, a four-year OB/GYN Residency Program through Mekelle University in Ethiopia.  Supported by the Chicago-based IDP Foundation, The Mela Project provides resident education, mentored research and OB/GYN faculty development in Mekelle; many of our faculty, and well as a growing number of faculty outside of our Department, donate their time to this Project. The ultimate goal is to establish an “OB/GYN Center of Excellence” at Mekelle University.  Under Dr. Goba’s leadership, The Mela Project is expanding regionally and beyond, to include South Sudan, Uganda, and Somaliland. In 2016, Dr. Goba received the UIC Rising Star Award for Obstetrics & Gynecology. Prior to her residency, Dr. Goba was the Director for “EngenderHealth Ethiopia”, an organization aimed at improving maternal child health globally and obtained grant and private donor funds to support maternal health and HIV/AIDS efforts in Ethiopia.

Owen Montgomery, MD is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is an author, frequent speaker and funded researcher in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, a Leader in Global Health and Simulation Education, a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer and a Harvard Center for Medical Simulation certified de-briefing expert. Dr Montgomery is committed to improving the quality and safety of medical and surgical care of women locally and globally. Dr. Montgomery is currently working on the Curriculum Review Program in Kampala, Uganda. He recently discussed on program improvement, innovations in technology, and sustainability during the first 2018 Stakeholder Meeting. He is also working closely on the new training program called “Essential Training in Operative Obstetrics." Dr. Montgomery has explored a wide range of concerns throughout his career including the prevention of adolescent sexual assault, sex and gender education, improving care to underserved women, both nationally and internationally and specially ending preventable Maternal and Neonatal mortality.  Dr. Montgomery is a specialist in female pelvic reconstructive surgery and post reproductive women’s health care and he sees patients in Center City Philadelphia.

Scott Petersen, MD, is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon and attended medical school at USUHS. He completed residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship training at Johns Hopkins. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, on the Board of Directors for the Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), and an education committee member for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). He is currently an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is the residency program director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Petersen is a technical advisor to the Survive and Thrive program advancing global health initiatives and education and serves on the Global Operations Advisory Group for ACOG. He serves as a reviewer for multiple peer- reviewed journals including, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Editorial Board member), Transfusion, BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of Reproductive Immunology, Journal of Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound. He is the District X Champion for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders for ACOG. His research interests include prenatal diagnosis, novel fetal therapies, medical student and resident education, and global health.

Susan Raine, JD, LLM, MEd received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Raine completed a Juris Doctor degree (JD) at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. She has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1995. After completing her MD degree, Dr. Raine remained at Baylor College of Medicine for her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology which she completed in 2001. Dr. Raine received her board certification in OB/Gyn in 2007. She subsequently joined the Baylor Faculty and returned to obtain a Master's Degree in Health Law and Policy from the University of Houston Law Center in 2010 as well as her Master's of Education from University of Houston. She is currently an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Dr. Raine is the former Vice Chair of Global Health Initiatives in the BCM Department of OB/Gyn where she helped develop and implement the first postgraduate training program in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Malawi.  Dr. Raine currently serves as the Director of Educator Initiatives and Faculty Awards in the Office of Faculty Development at Baylor.

Chi Chiung Grace Chen, M.D., M.H.S., is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for the evaluation and treatment of women with gynecologic issues in general and specifically pelvic floor disorders. Well-versed in traditional surgical and non-surgical management practices, as well as innovative minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Chen is able to tailor her skills and expertise to provide each patient with individualized care and attention. In addition to clinical and surgical responsibilities, Dr. Chen incorporates educating residents and fellows into her practice. She believes this not only sustains the future of gynecology, but also furthers the understanding of pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Chen serves as a mentor for gynecology residents and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellows. She is the director of the Johns Hopkins Global Health Leadership Program (interprofessional and multidisciplinary Global Health Leadership Program for medical, nursing, public health students interested in careers in global health)
Dr. Chen is also active in scientific research, specifically in obstetric fistula and global health, and in surgical skills assessment and surgical education. She received training specifically in the care of obstetric fistula patients and fistula surgery in Ethiopia and has worked with local health ministries and international agencies such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on clinical and research initiatives aimed at caring for fistula patients and patients with other pelvic floor disorders in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She is currently involved in clinical, research, and educational programs in the United States, India, and Rwanda.

Nawal Nour, MD,MPH, is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and is the Director of the Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She also established the African Women's Health Center which provides appropriate health and outreach programs to the African community in Boston. Dr. Nour was honored as a 2003 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for creating the country’s only center of its kind that focuses on both physical and emotional needs of women who have had or undergone FGC.  This work has been covered by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, O and Essence magazine and CNN Espanol.  In 2008, Dr. Nour became the Director of the Global Obstetrics and Gynecology Division at BWH.
Born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England, Dr. Nour came to the United States to attend Brown University.  She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994 and completed a chief residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA in 1998.  She received the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Health Policy where she obtained her MPH at Harvard School of Public Health in 1999.  She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College for her community work and outreach.

Lauri Romanzi, MD, MScPH. FPMRS has decades of experience as a national and global champion for women's health. She has worked in over 20 countries throughout Africa and South Asia, from Somaliland to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Afghanistan. Her experience ranges from clinical and public health research to clinical education, skills and curriculum development in both academic and non-academic settings; regional needs assessments, national and regional strategies; public-private partnerships designed to improve health equity and quality of care; and advocacy coalition building and policy-making at local, national and global levels.
In the United States, she is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New York, and holds dual certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; one for Obstetrics and Gynecology and another in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.
In her global work, Dr. Romanzi is dedicated to health education and health systems equity, evidence-based quality assurance frameworks in both the development and humanitarian sectors, and a cross-sector approach to women's health, well-being and empowerment.
Recent global health activities include bridging the gap between maternal/newborn health stakeholders and emerging global platforms for safe surgery and anaesthesia. She is a passionate campaigner to realise the UNSG's 2018 call to action to "End fistula by 2030" through innovative health systems governance, UHC, health workforce density and retention, maternal/newborn health components of national surgery, obstetrics and anesthesia plans (NSOAP), and creative partnering between academic, public, civil society and private sectors.

Aparna Sridhar, MPH, is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology with special focus on family planning. She completed her basic medical education in India followed by her residency, family planning fellowship and masters of public health in the United States.  She leads the ACOG Los Angeles county section as the fellow officer for California District IX. She is a member of the patient education review panel of ACOG. Her clinical interests include managing normal and high risk pregnancies, general gynecological care, access to family planning options, adolescent health care, management of menstrual problems and international health. Physician advocacy is an important part of Dr. Sridhar’s medical philosophy. She consistently uses her voice as a physician to fight to ensure reproductive rights for all men and women in the US and abroad. She enjoys educating medical students and residents about women’s health care. Dr. Sridhar’s research aims to educate future generations about family planning values and she has published in many national and international journals. She is a visiting faculty at an academic medical school in Mysore, India and has collaborated research projects in India. She is passionate about integrating technology into family planning education for providers and patients. Her innovative projects include mobile apps, games and comics for contraception education.

Liaison Members

Mark B. Woodland, MS, MD serves as the Chair of the Department of OBGYN at Reading Hospital for the Reading Health System in Reading PA and appointed Chair of the Council on Resident Education in OBGYN in July of 2017. He previously served as the Vice Dean of Graduate Medical Education (GME), OBGYN Residency Program Director, Associate Director of the MIGS Fellowship and Director of the Women’s Health Advocacy and Public Policy Fellowship for Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM)/Hahnemann University Hospital (HUH) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also represented DUCOM on the Group on Residency Affairs (GRA) of the AAMC. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine (MD), Villanova University (MS), and Ursinus College (BS) with Honors in Philosophy and Religion.
Dr. Woodland provides national and regional leadership for resident education. He was the Region 2 Representative to the CREOG Council and served on the CREOG Competency Task Force, Education Committee and Simulation Initiative. He was a founding force for ARCOG. He served as the CREOG Program Director for the Annual CREOG Program Director’s summer retreat and the co-Director of the Annual CREOG/APGO meetings. He is the immediate past Chair of the CREOG Council and leads work groups on physician well-being, sexual health and social etiquette. He received the 1995 and 2001 CREOG Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and recognized for excellence in teaching and practice by being awarded the 21st and 27th Annual Clarence C. Briscoe Recognition from Pennsylvania Hospital. He also received the DUCOM 2010 Alumni Recognition Award for his contributions to the medical education programs. During his tenure with Reading, some of his accomplishments have been the re-organization of the administrative leadership of the department, the creation of a department development fund, the initiation of a department relationship with the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network, the implementation of an innovative technology as an adjunct to routine prenatal care, and was awarded a $500,000 state Center of Excellence grant for Opioid Use Disorder as the Principal Investigator.   

Urania Magriples MD is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale and Attending Physician at the University Teaching Hospital of Rwanda. She is Principal Investigator for Obstetrics in a multi-university project for the last 8 years to increase the number of specialty trained physicians in Rwanda. The Rwanda Human Resources for Health has trained over 60 OB/GYN residents and 800 medical students in Rwanda and hopes to start a maternal fetal medicine fellowship next year.

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