ACOG Announces Retirement of EVP and CEO Hal C. Lawrence, III, M.D.

September 7, 2018

Washington, D.C. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today announced that Hal C. Lawrence, III, M.D. will retire as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 31, 2018.

"After 11 years at ACOG, and seven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, I have decided to retire from the organization," said Dr. Hal Lawrence. "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.”

"On behalf of our Executive Board, we sincerely thank Hal for his contribution and commitment to ACOG over the course of his career," said ACOG Immediate Past President Dr. Haywood Brown. "Under Hal’s leadership, ACOG has had numerous important accomplishments, including creation of the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), development of ACOG’s Global Operations Advisory Group and immunization expert workgroup, and creation of the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI). The Board is committed to conducting a thorough search to identify the right candidate to guide ACOG into its next chapter of success. Until the search is completed, the Board has asked ACOG President Dr. Lisa Hollier to serve as interim Executive Vice President and CEO,” continued Dr. Brown.

Dr. Lawrence has had a long and outstanding career serving ob-gyns and their patients. From 1979 to 2007, Dr. Lawrence was a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist in Asheville, North Carolina, where he held many leadership positions.

Dr. Lawrence joined the ACOG staff in 2007. During his tenure at ACOG, he served as Vice President of Practice Activities for four years and in 2011 he was selected as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of ACOG. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Lawrence worked collaboratively with ACOG Board leadership to oversee the development and implementation of the latest strategic plan. This plan provided new purpose and vision for the ACOG 2020 initiative. Additionally, under Dr. Lawrence’s leadership, ACOG’s annual meeting, the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, was restructured and revitalized, leading to increased member attendance, satisfaction and profitability. 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 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, ACOG 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.

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