ACOG Thanks Retiring EVP/CEO Dr. Hal C. Lawrence, III



Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) bids farewell to Dr. Hal C. Lawrence, III, as executive vice president (EVP) and CEO and wishes him a very happy retirement. 

"It has been an honor to lead the association and our dedicated team of employees to support members and advance women’s health. I am proud of all we have achieved together,” said Dr. Lawrence.

“On behalf of our executive board, we sincerely thank Hal for his contribution and extraordinary accomplishments during his 11 years at ACOG, including seven years as our EVP and CEO,” said ACOG Immediate Past President Dr. Haywood Brown. Under Dr. Lawrence’s leadership, ACOG reinforced its commitment to serving our members; made great strides in women’s health; and built partnerships such as the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), which partners with 19 women’s health organizations representing nurses, nurse-midwives, and other providers to find solutions to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States. He also led ACOG’s efforts to shape consensus around key topics through groups and task forces such as ACOG’s Global Operations Advisory Group and immunization expert workgroup. 

“I personally want to thank Dr. Lawrence for being a tireless advocate and voice for women’s rights and access to reproductive health care,” said Dr. Barbara Levy, ACOG’s vice president of advocacy. “He has not only been a champion of programs like LARC, which educate physicians on providing more contraception options to women, but he’s also spoken up for comprehensive coverage for women through the Affordable Care Act and other government programs.”

During Dr. Lawrence’s tenure, ACOG made universal access to preventative services a key focus. As the leader of the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI), ACOG worked with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a list of essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act, allowing women with insurance to access key preventative services at no out-of-pocket cost. 

He also strengthened ACOG as an institution by initiating ACOG 2020, our strategic plan, to empower members to advance the future of women’s health. As part of our plan, he found ways to broaden our reach through a new ACOG membership type: the Allied Health Professional Memberships, which welcome physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and other ob-gyn professionals as ACOG members. 

Prior to his leadership roles at ACOG, Dr. Lawrence had a long and outstanding career serving ob-gyns and their patients. From 1979 to 2007, Dr. Lawrence was a practicing ob-gyn in Asheville, North Carolina, where he held many leadership positions.

“Thank you for your support and your continued enthusiasm for what we do,” said Dr. Lawrence. “While I am retiring as ACOG’s EVP and CEO, I will continue to be a proud and active Fellow of ACOG. I’m excited to see how ACOG and our members shape women’s health care in the future.”

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