Gerald F Joseph Jr MD Appointed VP for Practice Activities

July 1, 2011

Washington, DC -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) today announces Gerald F. Joseph, Jr, MD, as its new Vice President for Practice Activities. The College, headquartered in Washington, DC, is a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women.

Dr. Joseph's prime responsibility will be the supervision of the development of clinical practice guidelines and opinions related to ob-gyn practice. He will work closely with the numerous committees, subcommittees, and task forces under the purview of the Division of Practice Activities that focus on the ob-gyn specialty.

"I'm extremely honored and excited to be appointed as The College's Vice President for Practice Activities. This division is central to why ob-gyns become members of The College in the first place," Dr. Joseph said. "Ob-gyns use College recommendations to help treat their patients every day, just as I have over the 30-plus years that I've practiced medicine. Having walked in their shoes, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to represent the best interests of our members."

Dr. Joseph was elected the 60th president of The College, and served from 2009-10. During his presidency, he championed awareness of perinatal and postpartum depression and the important role that ob-gyns can play in identifying women at risk. "I wanted to focus attention on a specific problem that is prevalent in women and that contributes to so many of the symptoms we see in our patients," Dr. Joseph said. While in office, he helped develop a Committee Opinion on screening for depression during and after pregnancy and a joint statement with the American Psychiatric Association that outlined treatment regimens for women with depression before and during pregnancy.

A Louisiana native, Dr. Joseph has dedicated much of his career to caring for the women of his home state. He spent his first 26 years in practice at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans where he held numerous leadership positions including medical staff president, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and residency program director in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Joseph served as medical director of women's services and chair of the section of obstetrics and gynecology at St. John's Clinic and St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, MO, for six years before returning to Louisiana as a senior consultant in gynecology at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Covington. He is also clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tulane University School of Medicine, both in New Orleans.

On the national level, Dr. Joseph chaired The College's Committee on Scientific Program and the Task Force on Enhancing Practice Satisfaction, and has served on many other College and Congress committees over the years. On the regional level, he has held several leadership positions, including chair of ACOG's District VII and the Louisiana Section. He has also served on the medical advisory board for The College's pause® magazine.

Dr. Joseph is past president of the New Orleans Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and the Southeastern Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. He has been active in the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for many years, serving on its board of trustees and as vice president.

The recipient of an athletic scholarship in football, Dr. Joseph earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He received his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School and completed his ob-gyn residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport.

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 55,000 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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