Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, will be sworn in as ACOG’s 66th president today during the Presidential Inauguration and Convocation.
The event starts at 8:30 am in Hall D. The Convocation Reception will follow at 10:30 am in the Exhibition Hall.
Dr. DeFrancesco has a private practice in Waterbury, CT, and is a founding member of Women’s Health Connecticut, where he has served as chief medical officer for many years. He has held many ACOG positions at the local, regional, and national levels.
The theme of Dr. DeFrancesco’s speech will be “Take Charge of Health Care.” He will talk about several proposals that will help obstetrician-gynecologists play an even more important role in the general health of their patients.
Today’s speech also will announce the start of efforts by ACOG to ensure that the College continues to uphold its missions and values for both members and their patients amid the external forces that pressure practitioners throughout the nation in ways that impact both professional performance and personal lives. He also will take a moment to pay tribute to President John C. Jennings, MD, for Dr. Jennings’ work as the 65th ACOG president.
In addition to his years of work with ACOG, Dr. DeFrancesco is a board member and a past president of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and also serves as president of the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. He has also been a longtime member of the Connecticut State Medical Society, serving on the legislative committee for many years, and is a past president of the Connecticut Society of American Board Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Prior to his medical career, Dr. DeFrancesco served as a state representative in the Connecticut Legislature.
He received the Patients’ Choice Award and was named one of America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The Chilean Obstetrics and Gynecology Society inducted him as an honorary member in 2009.
The Yale University graduate earned his medical degree at the University of Connecticut, where he is currently an assistant clinical professor. Dr. DeFrancesco also earned an MBA from the University of New Haven.