EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Dee Fenner, MD

(President)

Christos Coutifaris, MD

(President-Elect)

Ronald Alvarez, MD

(Secretary)

Barbara Goff, MD

(Assistant Secretary)

Marcelle Cedars, MD

(Treasurer)

Maureen Phipps, MD

(Immediate Past President)

Donald Dudley, MD, AAOGF

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE​

Melissa Simon, MD

James Segars, MD

Abimbola Famuyide, MD

Donna Johnson, MD, AAOGF

Wanda Nicholson, MD, AAOGF

Angeles Alvarez-Secord, MD, AAOGF

Dee Fenner

Dee Fenner is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children at the University of Michigan.  She holds a joint appointment as Professor of Urology. As a Missouri native, she attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan followed by a fellowship in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Urogynecology at the Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale.   

In 2001, Dr. Fenner returned to the University of Michigan where she continues her work in female pelvic floor dysfunction and medical education.  She is nationally recognized as an expert in defecation disorders, surgical education, and reconstructive surgery.  She has received research funds from the NIH and has served on several NIH study sections, organizing, and oversight committees.  In addition, her research has been supported by private donors and industry.  Working with a multidisciplinary team, her major contributions have been on understanding how birth injuries impact pelvic floor disorders and developing new and novel treatments for accidental bowel leakage. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

She is the Past-President of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Urogynecologic Society.  As Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Board for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology, she was instrumental in obtaining official recognition of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery from the American Board of Medical Subspecialties.  In addition, Dr. Fenner provided a decade of service on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ending in 2021.

At the University of Michigan, she has served on numerous committees including the Admissions Executive Committee, the Operating Room Oversight Committee, ACAPT Committee for the University of Michigan Medical School, the Leadership Development Advisory Board and many others.  Dr. Fenner has received numerous awards for her contributions as a physician surgeon, educator, and leader.  Most notably, in 2011 she was awarded the “Continence Champion” by the National Association for Continence, in 2014 she was given the Sarah Goddard Award by the University of Michigan for Leadership in the advancement of women.  In 2015 she was recognized with the Life Time Achievement Award by the American Urogynecologic Society and in 2017 she was the recipient of the prestigious Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Lifetime Achievement Award. The University of Michigan again recognized Dr. Fenner in 2019 with the the Rudi Ansbacher Leadership Award for Support of Women in Healthcare.

Christos Coutifaris

Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD, is the Celso Ramon Garcia Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Clinical Director of Penn Fertility Care from 1998 to 2018. Dr. Coutifaris has directed basic and clinical research programs in reproduction under continuous NIH grant support for 30 years. He has been a member of several Federal Advisory Committees including the Reproductive Endocrinology Study Section of the NIH. He served on the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was President of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, was on the Executive Board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and served as President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

 

Ronald D. Alvarez

Ronald D. Alvarez, M.D., M.B.A, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds the Betty and Lonnie S. Burnett Endowed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1987 and his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology in 1990, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He received his M.B.A. in 2013 from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He remained at UAB after completion of his fellowship and rose to the rank of Professor and Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair in the UAB Division of Gynecologic Oncology, for which he served as Director from 2003-2014. He was also Vice-Chair of the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology until his transition to VUMC in 2016. He was the recipient of several NCI and other industry funded grants in support of his research in gene therapeutics for ovarian cancer and cervical cancer vaccines, including projects funded by the UAB Ovarian Cancer SPORE and the Johns Hopkins/UAB Cervical SPORE. In 2013, he served as President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. He now serves as secretary treasurer for CUCOG, secretary of AGOS, and Chair of the NRG Oncology Research Strategy Committee. He was Director of Gynecologic Oncology Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2014-2018 and now serves as an ABOG at-large Director. Dr. Alvarez and his wife of 42 years, Denise, have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren.

Barbara Goff

Dr. Barbara Goff received her MD at the University of Pennsylvania and did her residency at Harvard Medical School.  She did her gynecologic oncology fellowship at the Massachusetts General hospital and then joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She became the director of the division of gynecologic oncology at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in 2005.  Her major research focus has been in early detection of ovarian cancer, surgical skills training, novel therapeutics, survivorship and quality outcomes research in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Dr. Goff is an active gynecologic oncologist performing large numbers of surgical cases, administering chemotherapy, and supportive care for gynecologic cancer patients. Dr. Goff became the president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology in 2013.  She served as a Deputy Editor for the journal Gynecologic Oncology for 15 years and she is the Editor of the Gynecologic Oncology section of Up to Date. In the Fall of 2017, she became the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington.  Dr. Goff is the PI of the UW K-12 WRHR training grant. She leads a group of over 120 clinicians and scientists and oversees the only academic obstetrics and gynecology residency in the WWAMI  (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region.

Marcelle Cedars

Marcelle Cedars is Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at UCSF. Dr. Cedars is funded by the NICHD and NIA in her focused areas of research including ovarian aging and assisted reproduction. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team for the current ASPIRE study (Assessing the Safety of pregnancy In the CoRona virus pandEmic) to develop a 10,000-woman national cohort to study the impact of first-trimester exposure to SARS-COv-2 on pregnancy and childhood health. She has served as an Associate Editor for Fertility and Sterility, and Editorial Board for Human Reproduction Update and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Infertility. She was the Chair of the FDA Reproductive Devices Committee. She has been a standing member of NIH study sections and served on international study sections for Canada and Europe. She is currently the President of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

Maureen G. Phipps

Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, FACOG, is the CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is Professor Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

 

Prior to joining ACOG as CEO, Dr. Phipps served as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research in Women’s Health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She led numerous initiatives at Brown and Women & Infants Hospital and in Rhode Island, including directing the Brown and Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and leading the Rhode Island Task Force on Premature Birth.  Her research and academic activities involve collaborations across departments, hospitals, and state agencies. Dr. Phipps was the principal investigator or co-investigator in numerous projects and programs funded through the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. Dr. Phipps’ broad interest in women’s health is geared toward improving the health of women, their families, and communities with a specific focus on under resourced and vulnerable women. She continues to be dedicated to training the next generation of women’s health leaders in addition to excellence in clinical care and research. 

Donald Dudley

Donald Dudley, M.D., is currently the William T. Moore Professor and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia.  He completed a B.A. degree in microbiology at the University of Texas in 1976 and then his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1984. Dr. Dudley completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa in 1988 followed by a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Utah from 1988-1991. He remained at Utah on faculty until 1999, when he moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he served as a professor until 2014.  In 2014 Dr. Dudley moved to the University of Virginia, where he became MFM division director and started the MFM Fellowship.  He is currently the obstetrics co-chair for the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative, the CDC-recognized perinatal quality collaborative for Virginia. His special interests are in the immunology of normal and abnormal pregnancy, the pathophysiology of preterm birth, recurrent pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and clinical perinatology.  Dr. Dudley was the President of American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society in 2017 and currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation.

Melissa A. Simon

Melissa A. Simon, MD MPH  is the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology, Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation and the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative.  She serves as the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement.

She is an expert in implementation science, women’s health across the lifespan, minority health, community engagement and health equity. 

She has been recognized with numerous awards for her substantial contribution to excellence in health equity scholarship, women’s health and mentorship, including her recent election to the National Academy of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians.  She has received the Presidential Award in Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentorship and is a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She is a former member and current consultant to the US Preventive Services Task Force and serves on the NIH Office of Research in Women’s Health Advisory Committee. 

Abimbola Famuyide

Abimbola Famuyide, MBBS, is Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota and a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon. Dr. Famuyide serves as chair of Mayo Clinic Rochester Personnel Committee and Vice Chair of Peoples and Culture Committee.  He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London. He is the President-elect of the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG) and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), is a member of their qualifying examination committee and an oral board examiner.  He is on the governing council of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS). Dr. Famuyide is an Editorial Board member of the Green Journal (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (JMIG). He has published peer-reviewed manuscripts, and non-peer reviewed articles in leading journals including the Harvard Business Review. His areas of interest include outcomes research in abnormal uterine bleeding,  benign gynecologic endoscopic surgery and obstetric safety.

Donna Johnson

Dr. Donna Johnson was born and raised in rural SC. She attended Furman University and received her M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of California Dan Diego. Dr. Johnson is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MUSC. She serves as a board member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Foundation and AAOGF. Her clinical and basic studies have resulted in the publication of dozens of scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters on topics ranging from severe preeclampsia to immunological disorders that complicate pregnancy. She has won over 20 teaching awards.

Angeles Alvarez Secord

Dr. Angeles Alvarez Secord, M.D., M.H.Sc., is a Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology with Honors from Carroll College and graduated AOA with Honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. Upon completing her oncology fellowship in 2001, she accepted a faculty position within the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Duke. Dr. Secord has received awards and grants from Duke University Medical Center, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, American Association of Obstetrics and Gynecologic Foundation (AAOGF), Kay Yow Cancer Fund and V Foundation for Cancer, NIH, and DoD for her research in ovarian and endometrial carcinoma. She is currently the Director of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Trials, the Associate Director of Clinical Research, Gynecology Oncology, and one of the Principal Investigators for NRG Oncology at the Duke Cancer Institute. In addition, she serves as a member on the NRG Oncology Group Developmental Therapeutics Committee, NRG Ovarian Cancer Committee, NRG Early New Investigator Committee Vice-Chair, GOG Foundation Education and Mentoring Co-Chair, and AAOGF Scholar Chair and is dedicated to mentoring future oncology leaders. Dr. Secord has served on the National Cancer Institute Ovarian Cancer Task Force. Dr. Secord’s research interests include development of novel therapeutics and biomarkers in gynecologic cancers, novel clinical trial designs, the role of obesity in gynecologic malignancies, and the development of patient-centric composite clinical endpoints. Dr. Secord is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as being an active member of the SGO, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society, and International Gynecologic Cancer Society. Dr. Secord has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed articles along and has been the recipient of numerous clinical trial and basic research grants.