ACOG HALL OF FAME

Take this opportunity to meet the latest class in the ACOG Hall of Fame. Be sure to get photos and autographs.

All Hall of Fame appearances will be in the ACOG Innovation Rodeo.

Nancy C. Chescheir, MD

In the ACOG Innovation Rodeo Friday, April 27, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Earned a degree in zoology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Earned MD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Editor-in-Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
  • Is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Served as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2005–2008
  • Past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Served on the ACOG Committee on Obstetric Practice, the Committee on Scientific Program, and the Patient Education Committee, twice
  • Editorial task force members of the College’s Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month (Editions 3, 4, and 5)
  • Served on the editorial committees for High Risk Pregnancy (John T. Queenan, Editor) and the Guidelines for Perinatal Care (Ed. 7)
  • Has authored more than 75 journal articles and chapters related to prenatal diagnosis, maternal-fetal surgery, patient safety and quality, and international health

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John J. Sciarra, MD, PhD

In the ACOG Innovation Rodeo Saturday, April 28, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

  • Attended Yale University; received MD and PhD from Columbia University
  • Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University
  • Serves as a member of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood and Vice President of the International Academy of Human Reproduction
  • Served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Northwestern University Medical School and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 1974–2003
  • Served as Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Served as Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 1985–2007
  • Served as Secretary-Treasurer and President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, President of the American Society for Maternal and Neonatal Heath, President of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and as a member of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Served as President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), 1991–1994
  • Founding Editor of the Global Library of Women’s Medicine
  • Was awarded honorary fellowship of obstetrics and gynecology societies in Italy, Russia, India, Israel, Japan, and China
  • Has written more than 200 scientific papers and authored or edited 16 books

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Baha M. Sibai, MD

In the ACOG Innovation Rodeo Saturday, April 28, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Professor, Department of the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
  • Serves as Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship program
  • Is a leading authority in the care and treatment of women with preeclampsia, eclampsia, pre-term birth, rare obstetric syndromes, medical and surgical disorders in pregnancy, and medical and obstetric emergencies during pregnancy and childbirth including postpartum hemorrhage
  • Is a founding member and past president of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
  • Was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension and Pregnancy
  • Served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1995–2013.
  • Is an internationally recognized researcher and clinician in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The McGovern Medical
  • Has an extensive history of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control
  • Has published more than 650 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and has edited several textbooks

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Catherine Yvonne Spong, MD

In the ACOG Innovation Rodeo Sunday, April 29, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

  • Received medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Serves as Deputy Director of NICHD at National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Editor, William’s Obstetrics, Management of High Risk Pregnancy, Protocols of High Risk Pregnancy, and Stillbirth: Prediction, Prevention and Management
  • Holds several patents for neuroprotective agents that help prevent fetal injury
  • Began career as Maternal–Fetal Medicine Fellow at Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • Served as Acting Director of NICHD and the inaugural NICHD Associate Director for Extramural Research
  • Director of the NICHD Division of Extramural Research
  • Chief of NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch
  • Served on the ACOG Committee on Obstetric Practice for more than a decade
  • Areas of expertise include areas of expertise are maternal and child health, emphasizing prematurity, fetal complications, and improving child outcomes
  • Received the Society for Maternal–Fetal Medicine Achievement Award, the UMKC Alumnus of the Year Award, and a Surgeon General’s Certificate of Appreciation for her work on prematurity.

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2017 Hall of Fame

Hailing from Tustin, California, Dr. John E. Buster, MD attended Stanford University before the University of California at Los Angeles Medical School. Dr. Buster directed the research team that performed history’s first embryo transfer from one woman to another resulting in a live birth. He practiced for 50 years and served as chair of many committees for ACOG during that time; he was also awarded a permanently endowed lectureship by ACOG, the John E. Buster, M.D. lectureship on cutting edge reproductive medicine, which is given annually.

Dr. Roger K. Freeman, MD attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco after completing an undergraduate degree at Pomona College. With 34 years of practice, he has held various committee positions at ACOG, including Chairman, Task Force on Cesarean Delivery Rates; Chairman, Committee on Obstetrical Practice; Vice Chair, Health Care Commission; and Chairman of the Health Care Commission. Dr. Freeman has authored numerous articles and three books, and serves on many national and local OB/GYN and perinatal organizations.

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Dr. Ralph Hale, MD has a passion for the history of obstetrics and gynecology, and the ACOG History Museum at ACOG Headquarters in Washington, D.C. is named for him. Dr. Hale became the first Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Hawaii Medical School in 1974. He has served on the US Olympic Committee for 12 years, the Editorial Board of the Green Journal, and on several ACOG committees. Most notably he is a former ACOG executive vice president.

Dr. Donald R. Ostergard, MD is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He received his medical degree from University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and has been in practice for almost five decades. He has served as Course Director and Speaker at ACOG annual meetings. During his gynecological and urogynecological career, Dr. Ostergard founded the American Urogynecological Society with 4 others and is a Past President. He also co-founded the International Urogynecology Journal, and has published 9 books.

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