Incoming ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, MD, was officially named ACOG president-elect in May 2016. During the 2017 Annual Meeting, Dr. Brown will become its 68th president.
Dr. Brown, a native of North Carolina, received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro and his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville, followed by a subspecialty fellowship training in maternal–fetal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Brown is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in maternal–fetal medicine. He returned to North Carolina in 2002 as chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center.
Throughout his career, Dr. Brown has been especially committed to the care of women who are at high risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly disadvantaged women. He served as the co-medical director for the Indianapolis Healthy Babies Project and was active with the Indiana Perinatal Network, an organization dedicated to decreasing infant mortality and the racial disparity for infant mortality. He also chaired the steering committee for the District of Columbia National Institutes of Health Initiative on Infant Mortality Reduction.
Dr. Brown previously served as chair of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and as president and board member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is past president of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society and of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. He was director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is immediate past chair of ACOG District IV.
President-Elect Nominee Lisa M. Hollier, MD, MPH, FACOG, of Houston, Texas, is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and serves as the chief medical officer, women’s health, for the Texas Children’s Health Plan.
She has provided direct patient care in both private and public clinical settings and is the medical director of obstetrics and gynecology for the Centers for Children and Women. This innovative project creates integrated patient-centered medical homes in Houston for children and pregnant women covered by Medicaid. The pregnancy medical home is a demonstration project for Texas.
She is assistant secretary of ACOG and has served on many ACOG committees, presidential task forces, and workgroups. She chaired the Committee on Professional Liability, the Committee on Credentials, and the Work Group on Women’s Health Care Team Leadership.
From 2010-2013, Dr. Hollier chaired District XI. Earlier in her career, she was president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also served as ACOG’s representative to the Board of Directors for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine for five years.
Dr. Hollier earned her medical degree and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University after graduating from Pomona College. She did her residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Fellow-at-Large Nominee Wanda K. Nicholson, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG, is professor, obstetrics and gynecology, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.
Dr. Nicholson is a faculty attending physician at University of North Carolina Hospitals.
She was a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force from 2010-2013 and served as a liaison of the Task Force to ACOG. She was also a member of the Committee on Underserved Women and served as chair between 2014-2016. She is currently a board member for DiabetesSisters, Inc.
After earning an undergraduate degree from UNC, Dr. Nicholson received her medical degree and completed her residency in obstetrics/gynecology at the University of North Carolina. Following medical training, she completed a health services research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. She also has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.
Young Physician-at-Large Nominee Hartaj K. Powell, MD, MPH, works as a hospitalist at Reston Hospital Center in Reston, Virginia, for OB Hospitalist Group. She worked in private practice for two years in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Before moving to Maryland, Dr. Powell was an assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and also served as medical student clerkship director.
Dr. Powell was District II young physician chair from 2011-2013 and has been part ACOG’s Government Affairs and Coding and Nomenclature Committees.
She earned her medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey after completing her undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Emory University School of Medicine and later earned a Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University.