Individuals of outstanding achievement in the field of ob-gyn or an allied field receive Honorary Fellowships. These individuals are recognized both in the United States and internationally for their efforts in advancing women’s health care. This year, ACOG congratulates five honorees.
Richard Mawuena Kofi Adanu, MD
Dr. Adanu is a specialist obstetrician-gynecologist, dean of the University of Ghana School of Public Health, and a professor of women’s reproductive health and consultant obstetrician-gynecologist with the University of Ghana Hospital. He lectures on public health and population studies and has developed a number of interactive web-based educational materials in obstetrics and gynecology used by medical students and practitioners worldwide.
Dr. Adanu graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School and completed his postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Korie Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. He later obtained a master’s of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a Gates scholar and was admitted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. He has extensive experience in the fields of maternal mortality and morbidity reduction, contraceptive use by women, and cervical cancer screening.
In addition to clinical practice and public health education, Dr. Adanu also serves as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He leads a consortium of 11 African universities to facilitate an educational mobility program funded by the European Union.
Andrea R. Genazzani, MD, PhD, HcD, FRCOG
Born in Florence in 1942, Dr. Genazzani attained his medical degree, cum laude, from Siena University in 1966. He completed his residencies in gynecology and obstetrics and in endocrinology and metabolism disorders. In 1972, he received his PhD at the Division de Biochimie Clinique, Clinique Medicale at Lausanne University. He became deputy assistant in 1969 and a full assistant a year later at the University of Siena. In 1972, he relocated to the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the University of Cagliari and the next year became senior assistant. Dr. Genazzani relocated to the University of Siena as associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in 1977. In 1980, he was named full professor of obstetrics and gynecology and named director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cagliari.
On Nov. 1, 1982, Dr. Genazzani became director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Modena, and from 1994 to 2012 he was director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Pisa. In 1994, he was awarded the Honoris Causa Laurea by the University of Wroclaw in Poland and was awarded the Honoris Causa Laurea in 2005 by the University Ovidius of Costanta in Romania. He also has been awarded the Honoris Causa Laurea by the University of Bucharest in Romania and by the University of Athens in Greece. In October 21, 2011, he was named professor emeritus of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation.
Rhona Mahony, MD
Dr. Mahony is master and chief executive officer of the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, the first woman to be elected master in Ireland. National Maternity Hospital is one of Europe’s largest maternity hospitals, employing more than 800 and delivering almost 10,000 infants annually. It is a major Irish tertiary referral center that provides advanced obstetric, neonatal, and gynecologic care. Dr. Mahony is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine. A prolific researcher, she has more than 70 publications in the national and international academic press.
The University College Dublin graduate plays an active role in teaching medical students and is a clinical professor with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Mahony is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in the United Kingdom and of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, where she contributes to the strategic development of the specialty. At the national level, Dr. Mahony is working with the Minister and Department of Health to build a new state-of-the-art maternity facility to serve the local and national population. In 2013, Dr. Mahony founded the National Maternity Foundation, which supports the work of the National Maternity Hospital. In 2014, Dr. Mahony became an Eisenhower Fellow, spending seven weeks in the United States as part of a multinational program and visiting a range of institutions to survey hospital design and the role of philanthropy in capital development. Dr. Mahony is a member of the Young Presidents Association and the Institute of Directors in Ireland and serves on the board of the Little Museum of Dublin. She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.
Liselotte Mettler, MD
Dr. Mettler was born in Vienna, Austria, but her heart was opened to the world after a high school exchange year in Humboldt, Iowa.
From 1959 to 1981, Dr. Mettler completed her medical studies, doctorate, gynecology training, habilitation, and professorship in Vienna, Austria, and Tubingen and Kiel, Germany, including three years of general surgery in a jungle hospital in Peru. From 1981 to this year, she served as clinical and research professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospitals of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, Germany. She has 800 publications, 28 books, two honorary doctorate degrees from the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran and the University of Moscow in Russia, and eight honorary memberships. She was involved in the creation of the first baby born through in vitro fertilization in Germany 1982.
Since 1973, Dr. Mettler has attended conferences in gynecology, endoscopic surgery and reproductive medicine around the world and has served as president, board member, general secretary and editor for many professional societies and journals. She is executive director of the International Academy on Human Reproduction and senior consultant at Dubai Healthcare City. Dr. Mettler was taught by Kurt Semm, learned from the first gynecologic laparoscopic surgeons and has taught more than 300 laparoscopy courses with life surgeries around the globe. She has three sons.
David H. Richmond MD, PRCOG, FRCPE, FFMLM, FRCPI
Dr. Richmond is a consultant urogynecologist at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and was medical director from 1993 to 2010. He has been involved with the affairs of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) for 20 years as an examiner and board chair of Standards, Workforce, Subspecialty and Hospital Recognition. Dr. Richmond was vice president of Clinical Quality of RCOG from 2010 to 2013. In 2011, he published High Quality Women’s Health, a public health life-course approach to health care; he also published the first RCOG national maternity clinical indicators report for England. He has encouraged RCOG to develop quality improvement projects such as Each Baby Counts and Perinea! Trauma – 2015.
Dr. Richmond’s interests lie in all aspects of education, training, clinical quality, and the implementation of national guidance. He authored the RCOG report on the Future Workforce in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for England and Wales in 2009. He is implementing the recommendations of the RCOG Governance Review and Representation Working Party.
Dr. Richmond is an executive board member of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and vice chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in the United Kingdom. Dr. Richmond represented RCOG on independent national reviews in Scotland and England on surgical mesh use for incontinence and prolapse and also on the National Maternity Review. His interests outside of medicine involve his family as well as the outdoors, including his garden, golf, running, and climbing in the Himalayas.