Barbara S. Levy, MD, Appointed VP for Health Policy, Advocacy Division The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

May 9, 2012

Barbara LevyWashington, DC -- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced today Barbara S. Levy, MD, as its Vice President (VP) for Health Policy, Advocacy Division, a new position.

As VP of Health Policy, Dr. Levy will oversee ACOG’s legislative policy and regulatory affairs at both the federal and state level. Dr. Levy’s responsibilities will include supervision of ACOG’s Voluntary Review of Quality of Care and the Safety Certification for Outpatient Practice Excellence for Women’s Health (SCOPE) program. In addition, Dr. Levy will continue the efforts of ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health in promoting national and international programs to improve the status of women’s health worldwide.

“ACOG is doing so many exciting things in the global women’s health arena,” Dr. Levy said. “I am looking forward to being actively involved in these projects and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for ACOG and expand our leadership role in promoting quality health care for women.”

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have someone as well-qualified and committed to women’s health as Dr. Levy join ACOG’s administration,” said ACOG Executive Vice President Hal C. Lawrence III, MD. “Dr. Levy’s breadth of expertise is especially valuable given the ongoing and emerging challenges facing women’s health and our specialty, whether they’re in the legislative arena or in the clinical practice area.” 

Dr. Levy is from Washington state, where she has been in private practice, as well as the medical director of the Women’s Health and Breast Center and the medical director of women’s and children’s services for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma. She has published or co-authored more than 65 studies and articles related to her primary research interests, including hysterectomy, endoscopic surgery, menopause and hormone therapy, osteoporosis, pelvic pain, surgical outcomes, and physician payment policy.

An ACOG member since 1984, Dr. Levy has served on several of its national committees and task forces. She is a member of many related medical organizations, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Urogynecologic Society, and is a past president of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Dr. Levy has also been a consultant to and member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Ob-Gyn Devices Panel.

Dr. Levy graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University in NJ. She went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, followed by an internship and residency in ob-gyn at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (now the Oregon Health & Sciences University) in Portland. 

Dr. Levy will officially assume her position full time as VP of the Advocacy Division on July 1.

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 56,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.


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