This award recognizes effective leaders and outstanding contributions performed by a Fellow on behalf of their districts.
Tina Clark-Samazan Foster, MD, MPH
In the first half of her career, Dr. Foster worked in safety net hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino in Southern California. During this time, she developed inter-professional training programs for medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. She then moved east for the fellowship program in Vermont.
Dr. Foster is a program director for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, a unique residency focused on the improvement of health and health care services. She also is the vice chair of the Preventive Medicine Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She teaches in multiple programs at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where she also is involved in research on shared decision making.
Dr. Foster is active in the ongoing development of the International Coproduction of Health Network, focusing her work on building communities of practice. Dr. Foster has served as secretary-treasurer, vice chair, and chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ New Hampshire section and has represented District I on the Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.
Eva Chalas, MD
Dr. Chalas, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in gynecologic oncology, is the physician director of the Center for Cancer Care; professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and the chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at New York University’s Winthrop University Hospital, where she practices, caring for women with gynecologic cancer or complex gynecologic problems.
A steadfast supporter of women’s health, Dr. Chalas is involved in clinical research and has published and lectured extensively, particularly on prevention and treatment of types of gynecologic cancer. She and her family, along with her partners, patients, and health care team, have a long history of participating in community events regionally and nationally, working to increase awareness of women’s cancer, and raising funds to support research aimed at prevention, early detection, and effective therapy.
She has held the leadership positions of governor at the American College of Surgeons, secretary-treasurer of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and served on the board of Foundation for Women’s Cancer. She also has been a member of numerous ACOG committees and served as chair of ACOG District II, where she led efforts to create educational materials for the “Focus on Female Cancer” initiative.
James S. Manley, MD
Dr. Manley served as a maternal-fetal medicine physician at Christiana Care Health System in Philadelphia, where he remained for 13 years. He also held faculty positions at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Manley is board certified in maternal-fetal medicine and in obstetrics and gynecology, with a special interest in preterm labor syndrome.
In 2005, Dr. Manley left Christiana Care Health System to create the Delaware Center of Maternal and Fetal Medicine. He and his two partners merged with Christiana Care Health System in 2007 to form the Delaware Center of Maternal and Fetal Medicine of Christiana Care, where he currently serves as a managing partner and vice president. He is also the director of the OBGYN Ultrasound Program.
Dr. Manley is married to Dr. Dawn Cesarini Manley, also an obstetrician-gynecologist. They have four sons.
David W. Doty, DO
Dr. Doty is medical director for Anthem, Inc. in Kentucky.
With ACOG, Dr. Doty has served as chair and vice chair of the Kentucky section. During this time, he was instrumental in combining the Kentucky section with the Kentucky Medical Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a member of ACOG’s District V executive committee for the past 11 years, he has served as treasurer and chair, and currently as immediate past chair. He was also a member of the Program Committee and Nominating Committee and as District V chair, Dr. Doty served on the executive board. He has been chair of the National Audit Committee and vice chair of the National Committee on Finance for four years, and he has been a member of the National Committee on Compensation, National Council of District Chairs, the Committee on Coding and Nomenclature, and on the Executive Committee as representative to the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.
Dr. Doty has been secretary for the Kentucky Medical Society for 23 years and is a member of the American Medical Association. In addition, he has served many other professional societies, including the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecology, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Octavio R. Chirino, MD
Dr. Chirino is a generalist in obstetrics and gynecology with special interest in hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and vaginal surgery. In recent years, his passions have been in women’s wellness, with a focus on menopause, hormone therapies, nutrition and exercise counseling, and nutritional supplementation. He continues to serve on the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Hospital as a clinical instructor, lecturer, and consultant to the chair and program director.
Dr. Chirino has served as president of the St. Louis Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society. He was on the Council of the Missouri State Medical Association for several years, and has been on the editorial review board of Missouri Medicine since 1999. He served as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Hospital St. Louis for 14 years. Dr. Chirino has been active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Missouri section for 12 years, and served as chair of the Missouri section from 2013 through 2016. He had the honor of serving as District VII chair of the council of section chairs from 2015 to 2016. He now serves the ACOG Missouri Section Advisory Council as immediate past chair.
Robert H. (Bob) Palmer Jr., MD
In July 1988, Dr. Palmer began private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Port Angeles, Washington. There, he developed a collaborative practice with three certified nurse-midwives and a nurse practitioner. He has served as chief of obstetrics at Olympic Medical Center. In December 2004, he took a position as a gynecologist at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, where he served until July 2012, when he began working as an obstetric hospitalist for the Obstetrix Medical Group. In July 2016, he began serving as an obstetric hospitalist at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.
Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1990, Dr. Palmer has been an ACOG Fellow since 1991. He has held leadership positions within ACOG since 1998, when he was elected as the vice chair of the Washington section, and in 2001 he was elected chair. He served three-year terms as ACOG District VIII secretary, treasurer, and vice chair and is currently chair, serving on ACOG’s executive board. In July 2016, Dr. Palmer was elected the chair of the ACOG Council of District Chairs.
Kimberly D. Gregory, MD, MPH
Dr. Gregory is vice chair of Women’s Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she also is division director and fellowship director for maternal-fetal medicine. She is a professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with a joint appointment at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her research interests include developing maternal quality indicators and patient reported outcome measures for childbirth, patient safety, obstetric health care utilization, appropriate cesarean delivery rates, complications of labor and delivery, and maternal morbidity and mortality. She has received federal and foundation funding for her research and has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.
Dr. Gregory has served in various leadership positions, including but not limited to the U.S. Public Health Services Prevention Task Force, the Institute of Medicine Committee on Preventive Services for Women, the Board of Directors for the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Maternal Mortality Review Committee, California Technology Assessment Forum, the National Quality Forum Reproductive Health Measures, and numerous health and public policy committees at state and national levels. With the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, she has served as regional section chair as well as on various committees, including those developing Practice Bulletins.
Kimberly Carter, MD, MPP
Dr. Carter moved to Austin after residency and was in private practice until joining the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, where she serves as the lead for the vulvodynia and vulvar disease specialty clinic in the Department of Women’s Health. In addition to vulvodynia, she has a special interest in prevention of teenage pregnancy.
Dr. Carter recently served as president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, where she worked to engage more obstetrician-gynecologists in statewide public policy issues involving women’s health through a variety of methods. With this work, she also has more closely aligned the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists with the Texas Medical Association, focusing on issues such as the Zika virus, maternal mortality, opioid addiction, and cytomegalovirus prevention through vaccination programs.
Dr. Carter has been recognized by Best Doctors in America and received the National Patient’s Choice Award in 2008 and 2009. She is very active in the Austin community and sits on several boards, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
J. Kell Williams, MD
After a few years in private practice, Dr. Williams joined the full-time faculty at Wayne State University. In 1982, he began working at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he is currently a professor and director of the Division of Gynecologic Specialties. Early in his career, Dr. Williams’s primary academic interest was in obstetrics, having completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of South Florida. Since then, he has concentrated his academic efforts on gynecology and primary care for women. Much of his research is on cancer detection, menopausal therapy, contraception, and evidence-based medicine. In the past 20 years, Dr. Williams has been invited to lecture on contraception, menopause, and evidence-based medicine in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Brazil, and Singapore.
With the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Williams has served on the National Continuing Medical Education Committee and the District XII (Florida) Advisory Council. He is currently the national program chair for ACOG’s Annual Meeting. He has been a member of the Florida ACOG Advisory Committee continuously since 1987 as well as the Junior Fellow Advisor for 20 years. Dr. Williams is a past president of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society and serves on numerous state and national committees.