This award recognizes effective leaders and outstanding contributions performed by a Fellow on behalf of their particular district.
Patricia M. Miller, MD
Dr. Miller has enjoyed a varied career in private practice, hospital employment, and academia. She is particularly passionate about volunteering at her local hospice, leading youth groups, and serving the younger generation practicing obstetrics and gynecology. She ensured the endowment of the Pat Miller Junior Fellow Initiative Toolkit Award, an annual ACOG award that recognizes a project or program developed to make a difference for women and their health care providers. Each Junior Fellow Initiative Toolkit helps facilitate the planning and carrying out of a specific Junior Fellow initiative.
With ACOG, Dr. Miller has served at all levels of the New Hampshire section office, sat on various district and national committees, mentored the Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council, and eventually chaired District I. She has faithfully served the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society as its president and as an executive committee and council member.
Robert K. Silverman, MD
Dr. Silverman is professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He was promoted to professor with tenure in 2009 and chair in 2011.
Dr. Silverman has been a member of numerous state and national committees and task forces, including those for ACOG, the Society for Maternal–Fetal Medicine, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He participated in the New York State Safe Motherhood Initiative and helped develop evidence-based management bundles that address the most common causes of maternal death in New York. Dr. Silverman has also been an ACOG section chair.
A leading expert on obesity in pregnancy, Dr. Silverman has lectured extensively nationally and worldwide on the treatment and surgical management of this issue. He is the author of the comprehensive textbook “Obesity Medicine: Management of Obesity in Women’s Health Care” and is a journal reviewer for multiple publications, including Obstetrics & Gynecology and American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Joseph J. Apuzzio, MD
Dr. Apuzzio is a professor, vice chair, and director of the division of maternal–fetal medicine in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health, and a professor of radiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. Dr. Apuzzio practices high-risk obstetrics at University Hospital Newark, New Jersey and serves on numerous medical school and University Hospital committees.
Dr. Apuzzio’s clinical and research interests are high-risk pregnancy, infectious diseases in obstetrics and gynecology, and prenatal diagnosis. He has published more than 125 articles and 100 abstracts in medical literature. The Castle Connolly guide has named him a best doctor in the New York metropolitan area for the past 13 years.
Dr. Apuzzio is immediate past chair of ACOG District III, which encompasses Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Dominican Republic. He serves as chair of the New Jersey Maternal Mortality Review team.
Lydia M. Jeffries, MD
Dr. Jeffries practices at Asheville Women’s Medical Center, which has a main office in Asheville, NC, and offers clinical services, ultrasonography, laboratory, mammography, and bone density screening. The most senior member of the center’s physicians, she is responsible for clinical leadership, developing and monitoring the in-office surgery program, and mentoring the younger partners. Asheville Women’s Medical Center also has a satellite office for clinical services.
An active member with ACOG, Dr. Jeffries has held many leadership posts. In 2000 and 2009, she was the local arrangements chair of the Annual District Meeting in Asheville. She served as vice chair and chair of the North Carolina section within District IV in 2000-2004 and 2004-2007, respectively. She was District IV’s chair of the Committee for State Legislative Activities and Professional Liability 2013 through 2015. She has served on ACOG’s Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee since 2013 and on the Government Affairs Committee since 2016.
Donald K. Bryan, MD
Dr. Bryan, now retired from practice, combined private practice with clinical teaching as an associate clinical professor at the Ohio State University and Riverside Methodist Hospitals. Dr. Bryan’s clinical expertise is in general obstetrics and gynecology with a specialty in minimally invasive and vaginal surgery.
As a committed advocate for patients and physicians, Dr. Bryan has found his involvement with ACOG an enriching experience. With ACOG, he has been a McCain Fellow, Ohio section chair, and District V chair, among many other positions, offices, and committee memberships. In addition to his positions with ACOG, Dr. Bryan is also a member of the American Medical Association, the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Surgeons.
A champion of private practice and long-term individualized patient care, Dr. Bryan was president of Kingsdale Gynecologic Associates; a founding member and chair of MaternOhio Clinical Associates; a founding member and board member of OASIS; and a founding member and board member of Ascent Practice Management Service.
Steven W. Remmenga, MD
Dr. Remmenga practiced as a solo general obstetric–gynecologic specialist in Adak, AK, in the Aleutian Islands, and then completed his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served 25 years in the Navy and today is vice chair and director of the division of gynecologic oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. He is also vice chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and the McClure Smith professor of gynecologic oncology.
Dr. Remmenga is the immediate past chair of the Council of District Chairs and immediate past chair of District VI. While serving as chair, he implemented the Mentorship Program developed by the previous chair, Tom Arnold, MD, and elevated it to a national ACOG-supported program. He has served as vice chair, Navy section of the Armed Forces District; vice chair and chair of the Nebraska section, and secretary of District VI.
Carlos Fernández-del Castillo, MD
Dr. Fernández-del Castillo has been recognized for his outstanding career and especially for his humanistic quality that has earned him multiple renowned awards, including the ACOG H. Graham Waite Jr., Memorial Presidents Award in 1991.
In 1972, Dr. Fernández-del Castillo founded the Mexican Obstetrics and Gynecology Private Center, which he still directs. From 1980-2003, he served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán, and still teaches there as emeritus professor. He was director of the Maximino Avila Camacho Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital from 1972-1981. He has taught medicine at the Mexico National University for more than 50 years. He was the chief editor of Ginecología y Obstetricia de México, Mexico’s prominent obstetrics and gynecology scientific magazine.
He has published many scientific articles and book chapters.
A Fellow with ACOG since 1972 and a co-founder of ACOG’s Mexico section in District VII, Dr. Fernández-del Castillo has been a remarkable promoter of ACOG membership and annually assists in ACOG’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. Since 1995, he has sat on ACOG’s International Affairs Committee.
Kelly A. McCue, MD
Dr. McCue is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Davis, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Permanente Medical Group in Sacramento and Roseville, CA. Her clinical practice also focuses on minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She conceptualized and aided in development of a multispecialty familial cancer program that supports care for patients with an increased risk of breast, ovary, and uterine cancer.
Advocacy for women plays an important role in Dr. McCue’s life. Since her residency, she has served in various leadership roles with ACOG and the California Medical Association (CMA). She currently serves as the District IX secretary and co-chair of the District IX Committee on State Legislation. She also recently became vice chair of CMA’s Counsel on Legislation and advocates globally regarding the relationship between reproductive health and the environment.
ARMED FORCES DISTRICT
Peter Nielsen, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired
Dr. Nielsen is professor and vice chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, and the obstetrician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
In 2016, after 29 years of service with the Army, Dr. Nielsen retired. His military leadership experience included two tours as deputy commander of a deployed combat support hospital in Baghdad, and 12 years of service as an obstetric–gynecologic consultant to the Army surgeon general, regional chief medical officer, and hospital commander. Among his numerous military awards are the Mologne Award for military academic excellence, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Dr. Nielsen has been an ACOG Fellow since 1994 and has served in ACOG section, district, and national leadership positions, including Armed Forces District secretary, treasurer, and chair, as well as chair of the ACOG Presidential Task Force on Collaborative Practice. Dr. Nielson also has been a residency program director and department chair. He was awarded two patents and received the Missouri Hospital Association Visionary Leadership Award in 2015 for his statewide leadership supporting the Ebola crisis while serving as hospital commander of the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.
George D. Wendel Jr., MD
Dr. Wendel became the executive director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) on Jan. 1, 2017. He joined the ABOG staff as assistant to the director of evaluation in 2012 and, a year later, became director of Maintenance of Certification. He has been a member and director of the ABOG Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and was a member of ABOG’s Board of Directors from 2004-2012.
Previous to his positions with ABOG, Dr. Wendel was a professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the maternal–fetal medicine division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was the associate residency program director and then program director at Parkland Memorial Hospital from 1992-2012.
A member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Review Committee from 2007-2012, Dr. Wendel also served as its chair from 2009-2012. He was a task force member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Duty Hours Task Force and served on its Board of Directors from 2011 until 2012.
Washington C. Hill, MD
Dr. Hill is the past president and chief of the medical staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, where he also is past chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and medical director of labor and delivery.
After 12 years of private practice in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Hill completed a fellowship in maternal–fetal medicine at the University of California–San Francisco and Children’s Hospital of San Francisco and a research fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute. He was the first investigator to show that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) could be cultured from the human placenta. He served as chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, educating minority medical students and residents, before becoming director of maternal–fetal medicine and the Perinatal Center of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. As a member of the National Medical Association, he has developed a scholarship fund through the obstetrics and gynecology section for deserving minority medical students.