Christopher M. Zahn, MD, Appointed Vice President for Practice for The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

May 19, 2015

Washington, DC — The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today announced that Christopher M. Zahn, MD, has assumed the role of Vice President of Practice Activities. In joining ACOG, Dr. Zahn replaces Gerald F. Joseph, Jr. MD, who has transitioned to the role of Vice President for Fellowship.

As Vice President of Practice activities, Dr. Zahn will oversee development of essential recommendations for best practices and other clinical guidelines for Fellows, such as Practice Bulletins, Committee Opinions, and Task Force Reports. The Practice Division’s activities are wide-reaching in its goal to provide guidance to obstetrician-gynecologists to enhance and improve care for women. The Practice Division also educates other stakeholders – including health care professionals in other specialties, health insurers, government personnel and policy makers – regarding safe, effective and efficient health care for women.

“Being part of the ACOG team is an absolute honor. It’s a privilege to work with such an incredible group of people dedicated to advancing care of women as well as advocating for patients and our Fellows,” Dr. Zahn said. “One of my goals is to enhance the delivery of ACOG’s excellent content such that it is available widely via numerous formats. It is also essential that our information be provided on a timely basis; as emerging evidence and information becomes available, we must be able to update our materials in a timely and efficient manner.”

Dr. Zahn also stressed the importance of supporting the role of the patient in women’s health: “A new emphasis on patient education, in addition to health care provider awareness, will lead to more informed patients. This will enhance their care as well as the physician-patient relationship.”

“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished individual join the ACOG administration,” said ACOG Executive Vice President and CEO Hal C. Lawrence III, MD. “Dr. Zahn’s diverse career as an ob-gyn and as a leader in the specialty brings a breadth of expertise and experience to our organization that will surely enhance our continued ability to be a leader in the field of women’s health.”

Dr. Zahn, a retired Air Force Officer and member of ACOG’s Armed Forces District, received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and has been in practice for 29 years.

Dr. Zahn was Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and a staff physician in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, before coming to ACOG. Dr. Zahn was also the Program Director of the Uniformed Services Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a maximally accredited tri-military Service residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, under the auspices of the National Capital Consortium at USUHS. Dr. Zahn has also been a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

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 58,000 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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