Haffner Award


Announcement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):


The 2018 Haffner Award


Glen Y. Kishi, MD, FACOG, is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious ACOG Outstanding AI/AN Women’s Healthcare Clinician Award, also known as the

William H.J. Haffner AI/AN Women’s Health Award. 


On Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Austin, TX, Dr. Glen Kishi will be recognized at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for his career-long commitment to the highest standards of clinical care for women through his practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology, for education of the next generations of residents and medical students, and for his leadership and vision of maximizing the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of care provided for American Indian and Alaska Native women at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC), the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service and nationwide. At Maricopa Medical Center since 1989 and at PIMC since 2001, he has made many significant contributions to care of high-risk populations as a clinician, an educator, and as an administrator and leader.  As Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at PIMC since 2003, he has actively promoted a uniform, evidence-based standard of care through developing and then revising every three years a very highly regarded handbook of Policies, Procedures and Practice Guidelines for Medical Staff Providers for physicians and midwives.  These Guidelines have been commended by the Arizona Perinatal Trust and by The Joint Commission as providing the best up-to-date practice standards for all providers to follow, assuring that highest quality of women’s health care is received by all patients. He holds the academic rank of Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine since 2002 and has received numerous awards for his role as a clinician and educator, including being elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, and being named among the Best Doctors in America for six years.  Dr. Kishi by his superb background and temperament, his commitment to quality in clinical care and education, and his long-standing dedication to promoting and advancing the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native women has clearly earned the distinction of being the 2018 recipient of this prestigious award of the Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Women’s Health of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the “Haffner Award.”


Previous recipients of the Haffner AI/AN Women’s Health Award include:

 Ursula Knoki-Wilson, Certified Nurse Midwife (2016)
Amanda Leib, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist (2015)
Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, Certified Nurse Midwife (2014)
John S. Condojani, DO, Family Practitioner (2013)
Ann Glasheen, Family Nurse Practitioner (2012)
Judith Thierry, DO, Pediatrician (2011)
Nigel Wappett, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist (2010)


Nominations for recipients of this annual ACOG award for 2019 will be solicited throughout the Indian Health system in several months.  Please consider nominating a provider who demonstrates the outstanding caliber of those already recognized when the nominations are opened for the next award cycle.  Clinicians could be, but do not need to be, obstetricians and gynecologists.  Any health care professional such as a family physician, physician assistant, registered nurse, certified nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner can be nominated for this award.  Nominees must clearly demonstrate sustained commitment and dedication to providing exceptional care to AI/AN women, and they must be currently working within an IHS or Tribal position or be recently retired from such a position.  The chair of the ACOG AI/AN Committee on Women’s Health serves as the chair of the awards committee.  The IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Obstetrics and Gynecology serves as a non-voting resource to the awards committee.  An endowed fund raised by contributions from friends of ACOG and its Indian women’s health initiatives is matched by the College’s overall endowment to support the cost of sustaining this annual award process.



Yvonne Malloy
Native American Health Programs


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998