ACOG Selects New Editors for Obstetrics & Gynecology


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has named two new editors to the editorial team of its journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology, also known as the Green Journal. Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, MD, MPH, FACOG, began her term as associate editor for gynecology on July 1. Vivian W. Sung, MD, MPH, FACOG, began her term as deputy editor-elect for gynecology on July 1; on January 1, 2023, she will begin serving as deputy editor for gynecology.

Dr. Laughlin-Tommaso comes to the Green Journal from the Mayo Clinic, where she served as chair of the division of gynecology and is jointly appointed in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology and surgery. Her clinical expertise includes diagnosis and treatment of uterine leiomyomas; management of abnormal uterine bleeding; surgical removal of uterine leiomyomas, uterine polyps, and ovarian cysts; and evaluation and management of chronic pelvic pain. Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Laughlin-Tommaso trains residents and fellows; is active in research and education; and serves as the associate dean for education diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and other materials.

“I’m excited to join the Obstetrics & Gynecology team as associate editor for gynecology,” said Dr. Laughlin-Tommaso. “It’s a privilege and a great opportunity to come to Obstetrics & Gynecology, and I look forward to bringing my expertise in gynecologic disease to the Green Journal and collaborating with other faculty members to broaden and deepen the scope of our work. Obstetrics & Gynecology is a leader in its field, and I’m proud to be on the cutting edge with the rest of our team and readership.”

Dr. Sung, who will train under Deputy Editor, Gynecology, John Schorge, MD, FACOG, is professor and vice chair of faculty development and wellness in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she also serves as director of research for urogynecology. Dr. Sung has served as a member of the ACOG Committee on Gynecologic Practice, chair of the Urogynecology Subcommittee, and president of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. Her research expertise includes patient-centered outcomes and research methods; currently, her research focuses on community- and patient-centered methods for improving engagement and inclusion of underrepresented populations in research and care of pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Sung is also a certified life and career coach with a personal focus on work-life integration, wellness, women physicians, and empowering physicians to advocate for professional change.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as Obstetrics & Gynecology’s deputy editor-elect,” said Dr. Sung. “My research focuses heavily on patient perspectives and communities and ensuring that underrepresented populations are included in research and care, so I’m excited to be able to bring that focus to my work at Obstetrics & Gynecology as the journal continues to further its mission of addressing racism and inequity through publishing. I also eagerly anticipate integrating my passion for physician advocacy into my work as editor at a time when physician voices have never been more critical.”

“Drs. Laughlin-Tommaso and Sung bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the journal,” said Green Journal Editor-in-Chief Jason D. Wright, MD, FACOG. “Their clinical achievements will provide valuable depth and breadth to our editorial team’s repository of knowledge and fortify the Green Journal as we continue to train a keen eye on the latest and most innovative research in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Laughlin-Tommaso’s experience in gynecologic disease and Dr. Sung’s experience in gynecology, gynecologic surgery, and research methodology will allow us to leverage our role as the premier journal of the specialty.”