The Outstanding District Service Award recognizes effective leadership and outstanding contributions performed by a Fellow on behalf of his or her district.
Erin E. Tracy, MD, MPH, FACOG
Dr. Tracy serves as the director of the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Grand Rounds at Massachusetts General Hospital, director of the faculty mentoring program, and director of the residency mentoring program. She also is an assistant professor in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.
A past national chair of the ACOG Junior Fellows, she was the first young Fellow on ACOG’s Executive Board and was an ACOG delegate to the AMA.
Dr. Tracy graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and earned a master’s in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mary E. D’Alton, MD, FACOG
Dr. D’Alton is the Willard C. Rappleye Professor and Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She directs ob-gyn services at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).
She has held academic appointments at the University of Ottawa and Tufts, and hospital directorships in maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) and ob-gyn in Ottawa and in Boston and New York.
Dr. D’Alton has won international recognition advancing maternal-fetal medicine research, policy and clinical practice. She was instrumental setting up Columbia University Medical Center’s Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics, a regional coordinated care center to treat fetal complications, which opened in 2010.
She received her medical degree from the National University of Ireland.
Robert Nerhood, MD, FACOG
Dr. Nerhood served 19 years as the
chair the Department of Ob-Gyn at the Marshall University School of Medicine and later returned to serve as acting dean and then interim dean in 2010 to lead the school successfully through an accreditation crisis.
Before starting his pursuit of an academic medical career in 1987, Dr. Nerhood had a private practice in Huntington, WV, and co-directed a federally funded Improved Pregnancy Outcome Project and organized the second regional maternal/neonatal transport service in the United States.
He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of West Virginia and later spent two years in the Air Force Medical Corps at Keelser Medical Center as director of ob-gyn services before starting his private practice.
Tanya Ellis Franklin, MD, MSPH, FACOG
Dr. Franklin, assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduated from that school with a joint degree in medicine and a master’s in public health with a clinical investigation emphasis.
In July 2011, she received grant funding to establish the Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning. Dr. Franklin has received the Outstanding Educator Award for her accomplishments in developing a new curriculum, a new clinical service, and a regional patient referral site.
As District V Junior Fellow vice-chair, chair, and immediate past chair from 2011-2014, she revitalized Junior Fellow involvement and activity. She also organized the first Legislative Day in Kentucky this year, helping physicians advocate and build relationships with state legislators.
Kirk D. Ramin, MD, FACOG
Dr. Ramin, professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota and director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program, chairs the ACOG District VI CME Committee, requiring him to review and approve applications for regional Minnesota, Ilinois, and Wisconsin meetings.
He also has played a leadership role nationally as a member of the ACOG National Committee on Continuing Medical Education. His teaching awards include the CREOG Resident Teacher of the Year award, the Charles S. Field, MD, Award, the Zuspan Award, and the Mayo Fellows Association Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Ramin received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1988.
Nirupama K. DeSilva MD, FACOG
Dr. DeSilva has an active pediatric and adolescent gynecology practice in Tulsa, OK, and is an associate clinical professor at University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.
She has been vice-chair of the ACOG Adolescent Health Committee and served on other committees. She recently completed her tenure as section chair for Oklahoma, actively working to get proper health education into schools in Oklahoma and to help decrease the unintended teen pregnancy rate.
She’s also received multiple grants to create the website Girlsmarts (www.girlsmarts.org), which helps adolescent girls decrease risk-taking behaviors through awareness and knowledge.
Dr. DeSilva went to medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY.
Susan Lemagie, MD, FACOG
Dr. Lemagie is a clinician and women’s health activist in Palmer, AK, where she has maintained a private, solo, rural practice for more than 30 years.
She has participated in the State Maternal and Infant Mortality Review since its inception, helped the Valley Women’s Shelter, organized rural health and women’s conferences, and served as Planned Parenthood medical director. She began defending physicians’ rights after attending an ACOG Medicine and the Law Postgraduate Course, and then began defending her patients when their rights to reproductive health care were compromised. She organized Mat Su Coalition for Choice, which helped secure a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court victory that established a fundamental right to reproductive freedom for Alaskan women.
She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and fell in love with Alaska during her first year of medical school in Fairbanks.
John P. McHugh, MD, FACOG
Dr. McHugh has been active with ACOG District IX since 2008, when he became the District IX newsletter editor, and today serves as Chair of Section 7. He received District IX sponsorship in 2010 to participate in the Cefalo Leadership Institute.
He also works as an OB hospitalist, assistant professor at the University of California-Irvine, and is involved with evaluation and policy planning for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Dr. McHugh previously served as interim medical director for Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles and medical director and vice president of clinical services for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties.
Dr. McHugh earned his medical degree through the joint Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences & Technology program.
ARMED FORCES DISTRICT
Capt. William H.J. Haffner, MD, USPHS (Ret), FACOG
Dr. Haffner has been a member of the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences since 1981. He now serves as professor and chair of the Departmental Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure.
He had been medical student program coordinator, residency program director, chair of the OBG Department, and interim associate dean for faculty development. In addition, he is editor-in-chief of Military Medicine, the monthly peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.
Dr. Haffner was commissioned in the USPHS in 1971 and was the chief medical officer for the Surgeon General of the United States, 1990-1994. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics in 2015.
He earned his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1965.
Dudley P. Baker, MD, FACOG
Dr. Baker, assistant system chief medical officer at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, TX, has served in various leadership capacities, including past chairman of the Texas Section of ACOG, and past present and secretary/treasurer of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
He was chairman of Baylor Scott & White Health Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 30 years and was an original member of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine in 1977.
Dr. Baker earned his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, in 1962.