Charles B. Hammond, MD, Receives Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award

May 6, 2012

Charles B. HammondSan Diego, CA -- In honor of a career filled with momentous achievements for women’s health, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) presented the Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award to former ACOG President Charles B. Hammond, MD, of North Carolina. The award recognizes an ob-gyn who has dedicated his or her life in a significant way to women’s health.

“I have great respect for ACOG and Dr. Klein, so it is a pleasure for me to receive this award,” Dr. Hammond said. “ACOG always fit with where I was in my career and my practice and professional interests. I am amazingly appreciative of the opportunities the organization afforded me.”

Dr. Hammond spent his entire career at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he currently serves as professor and chair emeritus of ob-gyn. In 1957, he enrolled at Duke as a medical student and subsequently completed an internship in surgery, an ob-gyn residency, and training for one year in research. He also held a two-year post as a clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, MD, in reproductive endocrinology.

At NCI, Dr. Hammond worked with other researchers in refining a cure for placental malignancy, or choriocarcinoma, and credits that work as some of his most gratifying. In 1968, he joined the faculty of Duke University, serving as chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the department of ob-gyn from 1970 to 1980. In 1980, he became chair of the department of ob-gyn and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2002. He then continued patient care and teaching until 2010, when he fully retired.

“The endpoint I had in mind when I started in academia was to be a department chair and an educator at a medical university,” Dr. Hammond said. “To have achieved those goals is very rewarding for me. I really enjoyed the chance to affect young people interested in ob-gyn and to build a high-quality faculty in the department of ob-gyn.”

In addition to serving as ACOG president from 2002 to 2003, Dr. Hammond has been president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation, American Gynecological Club, and North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. 

He is also a former director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2003, he received the Leonard Palumbo Jr, MD, Faculty Achievement Award from Duke University for compassionate patient care and excellence in the mentoring of young physicians.

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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