The College Distinguished Service Award goes to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the College or the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology in government, in research, in teaching, or in direct patient care.
David Lakey, MD
Dr. Lakey, commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, leads one of the largest state agencies with more than 12,000 employees. He oversees disease prevention and emergency preparedness, family and community health services, environmental and consumer safety, regulatory programs, and mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment.
Prior to being appointed commissioner, Dr. Lakey served as an associate professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Clinical Infectious Disease, and medical director of the Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler. He had been a faculty member there since 1998.
Dr. Lakey served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in 2011-2012.
At the University of Texas Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness, Dr. Lakey served as associate director for infectious disease and biosecurity. He also chaired a bioterrorism preparedness committee for 34 hospitals in East Texas and led the development of the Public Health Laboratory in 2002.
Dr. Lakey trained at Vanderbilt University and is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, infectious disease, and pediatric infectious disease. He earned his medical degree with honors from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dorothy Shaw, MBChB
As vice president, medical affairs for British Columbia’s Women’s Hospital, Dr. Shaw is responsible for quality and safety using patient-centered, cost-effective approaches.
Dr. Shaw is a clinical professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has held senior leadership roles at UBC, at BC Women’s and in professional organizations.
She has many peer reviewed papers and chapters and is the executive producer of an award winning film on insights into FGM. She is recognized academically for her policy and advocacy contributions to the health and rights of women in Canada and globally and known for her collaborative approach in all aspects of her work to facilitate better outcomes, based on evidence.
Dr. Shaw is Past President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (1991-1992) and was the first woman President of FIGO from 2006-2009. She was the inaugural chair of the FIGO Committee for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights and now chairs the Canadian Network on Maternal Newborn Child Health.
She received her medical degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.