“The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

Tom Gellhaus, MD ACOG's 67th President

Tom Gellhaus, MD
ACOG’s 67th President

“The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.” ~Jonas Salk

This past Tuesday I was awarded a great opportunity to do more: I became ACOG’s 67th President. As the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more and be empowered to make a difference in health care.

When I began my presidency, I ventured that we can make a difference in the next generation of health care through three main initiatives: global health, advocacy and new resident education models.

Integral work on this was started under our immediate past-president, Dr. Mark DeFrancesco. His leadership has helped our members adjust to the changing environment of medicine and improve care on critically important issues, including obesity and smoking. I would also like to thank past-president Dr. John Jennings for all of his years of service, forward thinking and guidance. As ACOG president, I vow to continue the work on collaborative care models and efforts to improve physician satisfaction started by our past presidents. Specifically, due to a future with fewer ob-gyns, it is critical workforce issues are addressed by potential changes to our current resident education programs. By researching, studying and developing alternative training and education models, ACOG will be better prepared to meet the needs of future ob-gyns.

My desire to work with global health was inspired long ago when my wife, Melanie, and I served on a medical mission in the Dominican Republic. From there my interest in global women’s health has only grown. Through global partnerships and collaborations, I envision a future of working together to increase the quality of health care provided to women in other countries. We must encourage, enable and empower more residents to receive incredible learning experiences like mine, which will hopefully inspire them to become lifelong advocates for global health care.

I also urge ACOG members to get involved with our legislative and political work, which is another important presidential initiative of mine: All In For Advocacy, a program launched by ACOG’s government affairs team in 2015. By being an ACOG advocate, every member can care for their patients, their practices and the specialty of ob-gyn.

So, let’s continue to make a difference in health care. Let’s empower each other and move into the future of our ob-gyn specialty: The Next Generation of Health Care.

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About Tom Gellhaus, MD

Tom Gellhaus, MD is ACOG President through 2017. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Gellhaus graduated from Yankton High School in Yankton, South Dakota, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Following residency, he entered private practice in Davenport, Iowa and after 20 years in private practice, he returned to academic medicine at the University of Iowa. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Gellhaus has served in many ACOG positions at the local, regional, national and international levels. Dr. Gellhaus’ interests are in the areas of health care advocacy and policy. He has also been very involved and active in global healthcare. He has completed the McCain Fellowship, a month long in-depth experience in advocacy, at ACOG in Washington, D.C. in 1999. In 2001, he was a Primary Care Policy Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has remained active in Advocacy and Policy as a member of ACOG’s Government Affairs Committee and the Ob/Gyn PAC. Dr. Gellhaus has also been very active in leading groups on short-term medical and surgical mission projects for the last 20 years. He has done numerous presentations about these short-term medical and surgical mission projects throughout the United States.

3 thoughts on ““The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

  1. It’s was a true honor for me to meet Dr Gellhaus.
    May God lead you in your idea to lead this association.

  2. I have worked with Dr Gellhaus on many mission trips as well as in the hospital setting. He has always been very kind to his patients and had their best interests at the top of his list. To say the least, it was a delight to work with him as he had a great sense of humor and always had everyone laughing. I feel that ACOG is very fortunate to have Dr Gellhaus as their president and know he will do a great job.

  3. Congratulation as the new president. It will be good if during your tenure, global health initiative expands to reach west African from where I saved to attend ACOG 2016 ,so that developing countries like Nigeria my country will benefit from wealth of experiences found in US.
    Dr Okangba Blessing C. MD,FWACS
    Lagos, Nigeria

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