About this Blog

The President’s Blog is the official blog of ACOG’s President. It is primarily authored by the current president and also occasionally features posts by guest bloggers at the request of the President. The President’s Blog focuses on providing information for ACOG members on key initiatives, programs, and topics of interest to ob-gyns and the related medical community.

Statements or opinions expressed on this blog reflect the views of the contributor, and do not reflect the official views of ACOG unless otherwise noted.

About the Current President

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.

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  1. I have a wish. That when you called the ob/gyn medical office that it doesn’t take 15 days to get an appointment. I would like to make sure that every young women can be prepared to start her family when she has control over her own life. I believe there needs to be many more ob/gyns in The United States and I feel that a strong case can be made for the amount of medical professors in ob/gyn needs to increase. Now that the medical field has made so many new ways of birth control they need to be more available to people who need them. The amount of obstacles for patients to obtain proper ob/gyn health care is too large at the moment. In my perfect world there would be an abundant number of places and people ready to assist women in family planning. She would live in a world where she could access birth control everyday. In order for this perfect world to exist there needs to be more ob/gyn doctors. I would like it to be known and stated that there is a large need for a career in ob/gyn. Based on information gathered by William Rayburn, chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico. There is a shortage of ob/gyn residents. I urge that more programs can be set up to ensure full staff coverage of womens health clinics in the United States. I am asking for a grant/internship to further clarify how this shortage can be resolved and to hopefully aid in the process to providing womens health care across The United States.

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