Lisa Hollier, M.D., MPH, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), issued the following comment:
“On behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), we applaud Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford for her efforts to help a fellow passenger on her recent flight and are dismayed by the treatment she received. The fact that she continued to help the patient in need is commendable.
As physicians we dedicate our lives to improving the health of our patients and Dr. Stanford is a wonderful example of the medical profession. As obstetrician-gynecologists, we are proud to be the most diverse specialty. Ob–gyns were reported in 2016 to have the highest proportion of underrepresented minorities, especially African Americans and Hispanics.
We recognize that racial and gender bias affect both our patients and our colleagues and ACOG will continue our efforts to address these injustices.
Notably, the October 2018 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the official publication of ACOG included a special section on bias in the ob-gyn workplace.”