ACOG Elects New Officers

May 9, 2012

San Diego, CA -- Today, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced the election of Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, of California, as President Elect; Scott D. Hayworth, MD, of New York, as Treasurer; Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, of Iowa, as Assistant Secretary; Owen C. Montgomery, MD, of Pennsylvania, as Fellow-at-Large; Eduardo Lara-Torre, MD, of Virginia, as Young Physician-at-Large; Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, MSPH, of Texas, as Young Physician-at-Large; and Cathy H. Whittlesey, of Colorado, as Public Member. They will assume their respective offices on May 10, 2012. 

Jeanne ConryDr. Jeanne A. Conry is assistant physician in chief at the Permanente Medical Group in Roseville, CA, and associate clinical professor of ob-gyn at the University of California, Davis. She has been practicing ob-gyn with the Permanente Medical Group for more than 20 years.

Dr. Conry’s clinical interests include menopausal health and preconception care. She served as chair of the California Preconception Care Council from 2006 to 2010 and currently serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Panel on Preconception, a coalition of government and health care providers that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes by emphasizing the need for healthy choices across the reproductive life span of women.

As assistant physician in chief at the Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Conry had an integral role in developing the group’s chronic conditions management program, making sure the particular needs of women and preconception care were included. She also oversaw the design and development of the group’s Women and Children’s Center, which is one of the largest obstetric service providers for Kaiser Permanente in the US. She currently oversees health and wellness activities, focusing on the health and well-being of Kaiser Permanente members and employees and the Sacramento community overall.

Dr. Conry received her medical degree from and completed her residency training at the University of California, Davis. Prior to medical school, Dr. Conry earned a doctor of philosophy in biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. YouTube Hear more with Dr. Conry.

Scott HayworthDr. Scott D. Hayworth is president and chief executive officer at the Mount Kisco Medical Group and attending gynecologist at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. He is also assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY.

For nearly 25 years, Dr. Hayworth has been practicing ob-gyn with the Mount Kisco Medical Group, with a focus on laser and endoscopic surgery. He is active in the American Medical Group Association, serving as the organization’s chair in 2011.

Dr. Hayworth is currently head of the board of directors of the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Westchester; a member of the foundation board at Northern Westchester Hospital; and president of the board of directors of Bedford Physicians Risk Retention Group. He serves as one of nine physicians on the national advisory board for Aetna Insurance and as a senior advisor at Arsenal Capital Partners.

Dr. Hayworth, a graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey, received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and performed his residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY, where he served as chief ob-gyn resident. YouTube Hear more with Dr. Hayworth.

Thomas GellhausDr. Thomas M. Gellhaus is clinical associate professor of ob-gyn and director of general ob-gyn at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He currently serves as Assistant Secretary of ACOG.

In addition to his active career in ob-gyn, Dr. Gellhaus has maintained a visible profile in legislative activities. He has served as a board member of the Iowa Medical Society Political Action Committee for more than 10 years. He also founded the Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship, which gives ob-gyn residents interested in women’s health care advocacy the opportunity to work directly with the ACOG government relations and outreach department.

Over the past 17 years, Dr. Gellhaus has participated in numerous international health care missions to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Tanzania, Peru, and Bolivia. He was the project medical director for most of these missions and was awarded the 2011 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Award for International Service in recognition of this work.

Dr. Gellhaus received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in Oklahoma City and completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. YouTube Hear more with Dr. Gellhaus.

Owen MontgomeryDr. Owen C. Montgomery is associate professor and chair of ob-gyn at Drexel University College of Medicine and chief of service at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has previously held faculty appointments at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Montgomery is a specialist in female pelvic reconstructive surgery and has explored a range of concerns throughout his career, including the provision of care to underserved women, issues of gender education, and the prevention of sexual assault, especially in teenagers. He has served on a national advisory committee on sexual assault prevention and as a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

A past president of the Philadelphia Obstetrical Society, Dr. Montgomery currently serves on the Maternal Mortality Committee of the City of Philadelphia and ACOG’s Work Group on Maternal Mortality and the Making Obstetrics and Maternity Safer Committee. He is also interested in the use of technology in women’s health, specifically in electronic medical records and inter-professional simulation education.

Dr. Montgomery received his medical degree from Hahnemann University and completed his residency at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he served as chief ob-gyn resident. YouTube Hear more with Dr. Montgomery.

Eduardo Lara-TorreDr. Eduardo Lara-Torre is associate professor and residency program director of ob-gyn at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine/Carilion Clinic Medical Center in Roanoke.

Dr. Lara-Torre is a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, and his clinical interests include adolescent contraception, pediatric gynecologic disease, uterine bleeding disorders in adolescents, and human papillomavirus in teens. He is an active member of the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and currently serves as deputy editor of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

As the residency program director at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, he is involved with resident and medical student education, working in the simulation laboratory and actively involved in research. He also serves as assistant professor of ob-gyn at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Dr. Lara-Torre received his medical degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Ignacio A. Santos School of Medicine in Mexico and completed his residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He completed a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. YouTube Hear more with Dr. Lara-Torre.

Patrick RamseyDr. Patrick S. Ramsey is adjunct associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and the University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio, TX. He is also medical director of the maternal transport service for the San Antonio Methodist Healthcare System and in private practice at the Texas Perinatal Group in San Antonio.

Dr. Ramsey is active in many medical and professional societies in addition to ACOG, including the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Continental Gynecologic Society, and International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. He is on the editorial boards of Current Women’s Health Reviews and Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a regular reviewer for 13 different journals, including Obstetrics & Gynecology.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Ramsey held various faculty appointments at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, including associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine and epidemiology and international health. He was also a research scientist at the university’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center.

Dr. Ramsey received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison and completed his residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, MN. He completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he also received his master of science in public health.

Cathy WhittleseyCathy H. Whittlesey recently retired as executive director of the Larimer County Medical Society in Windsor, CO, where she worked with representatives of physician specialties to formulate their diverse opinions into shared policies that could be disseminated into their community.

Ms. Whittlesey is former executive vice president of the Rock Island and Scott County medical societies and past board member of the Quad City Health Initiative. She has previously served as a public member on the Grievance Commission of the Iowa Supreme Court. Ms. Whittlesey holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Denver in Colorado.

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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