Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, of Waterbury, CT, will be inaugurated Wednesday as ACOG’s 66th president.
Dr. DeFrancesco is the chief medical officer of Women’s Health Connecticut, managing partner at Westwood Women’s Health, division of PWH, and founding partner, vice president and medical director of Physicians for Women’s Health LLC.
He served as national secretary of ACOG from 2010-2013 and also served as chair of District I from 2006-2009 in addition to chairing or serving on many other ACOG committees and task forces. In 2014, he received the ACOG District I Outstanding District Service Award.
Dr. DeFrancesco graduated from Yale University and earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut. He also completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Connecticut, where today he serves as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Ob-Gyn.
In private practice since 1984, Dr. DeFrancesco also worked as chairman of the Department of Ob-Gyn at St. Mary’s Hospital from 1987-1995.
Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, FACOG, serves as director of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and as a clinical instructor for the Genesis Family Residency Program. He also is the course director for the university’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Postgraduate Course and the director/coordinator of the Grand Rounds Program.
Dr. Gellhaus had a private practice from 1990-2010 in Davenport, IA, working in general obstetrics and gynecology with a special interest in infertility and ultrasound.
He has served on several ACOG committees and task forces and chaired the Credentials Committee, Global Database Task Forces, and the Sub-committee for Implementation of Task Force on Leadership in the 21st Century. He also is a founding member of the OB/GYN PAC.
His medical work spans the globe, as he has participated in many international health care missions. He was a global mentor for the USAID’s Survive and Thrive program. For his efforts, he received the 2011 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Award for International Service.
After graduating from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Gellhaus earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Ted L. Anderson, MD, PhD, FACOG, is director of the Division of Gynecology and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He also serves as medical director of the Gynecologic Surgery Unit and the director of the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Vanderbilt.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Anderson chaired the Department of Ob-Gyn at HCA Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
He earned a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD from Vanderbilt before graduating from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also did his residency work.
In 2014, Dr. Anderson received the District VII Outstanding District Service Award and the Mentor of the Year Award.
Wilma I. Larsen, MD, FACOG, graduated from the United States Military Academy and completed her medical training at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and Madigan Army Medical Center.
She currently is in full-time practice in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and assistant chair and fellowship director of the Department of Ob-gyn at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX. She also is associate professor of obstetrics-gynecology at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.
Dr. Larsen has been an examiner for ABOG since 2012. Earlier in her career, she served as department chair and staff ob-gyn at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and chief medical officer and staff ob-gyn at the Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, TX.
Tamara Helfer, MD, MBA, FACOG, works in private practice at the Christie Clinic in Champaign, IL, where she focuses on teenage health and rapid improvement in addition to practicing general obstetrics and gynecology.
She received the District VII Outstanding District Service Award in 2013.
After earning her bachelor’s from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Dr. Helfer received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, and also earned a master’s of business administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics, Columbia, MO.