Haywood L. Brown, M.D., Becomes 68th President of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

May 8, 2017

San Diego, CA Today, Haywood L. Brown, M.D., of Durham, North Carolina, became the 68th president of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), based in Washington, D.C. In assuming this role, Brown also became the president of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Brown was sworn in during the presidential inauguration and convocation at the ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (ACSM), the largest meeting of obstetrician-gynecologists in the United States and the premier medical conference focused solely on women’s health.

During his speech, he discussed the importance of the Hippocratic Oath and the responsibilities and obligations ob-gyns have to provide the best evidence-based care and emphasized that they are “our moral values, our core values.”

In an important focal point of his address, Brown stressed the need to improve obstetric outcomes and prevent severe morbidity and mortality. Over the past year and a half, Brown focused on implementing the Levels of Maternal Care health care provider classification system with ACOG, a collaborative effort with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others. The program ensures that pregnant women across the country have access to a hospital or birthing center in their community that has the capability to provide the level of care that meets their specific needs. It also includes creating an integrated system that would allow providers to communicate with each other and help identity women who would benefit from a transfer of care to a higher level facility.

Telehealth and telemedicine are also one of Brown’s presidential initiatives and during his talk he told an audience of his fellow ob-gyns that, together, they have a “perfect opportunity to advance technology and innovation, telehealth and video consultation to provide counseling, consultation and team-based care to women especially in rural access communities.”

Additionally, a task force of Brown’s will focus on revamping prenatal care and redefining postpartum care. “We must redefine what should be the content of prenatal and postpartum care and use the postpartum period as an opportunity to counsel women on long-term health implications,” he said.

Brown is F. Bayard Carter Professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro and his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville, Tennessee, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

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 Health Resources Services Administration and serves as the chief evaluator for Indianapolis Healthy Start.  Brown is especially committed to the care of women at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome, particularly those disadvantaged.

Brown has been an academic leader and has served as chair of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was on the board of directors for the SMFM and is also a past president. He is past president of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society and past 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.  Brown is past president of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and is immediate past District IV chair of ACOG. 


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 more than 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. www.acog.org