Officers 2016-2018

Lee Learman MD, PhD - President

Dr. Lee Learman, the 2016-2018 SASGOG President, received his MD and PhD degrees at Harvard University and completed OB/GYN residency at UCLA. He served for 14 years on the faculty at UCSF, where he was Professor of OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences, Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Director of Curricular Affairs for GME, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Academy of Medical Educators. Dr. Learman then served for 7 years as the Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and Chair of OB/GYN at Indiana University before transitioning to his current position:  Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Academic Affairs at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

Dr. Learman has shown a career-long commitment to professional service in such roles as ABOG oral examiner, ACGME OB/GYN RRC and Milestones Working Group member, APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program faculty and advisory committee chair, and NBME/USMLE Management Committee member.  His completed service to ACOG includes OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY editorial board member, CREOG Program Chair and CREOG Council Chair.  In addition to peer review duties for multiple journals Dr. Learman is currently the OBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGIC SURVEY’s editor-in-chief for gynecology.  With over 70 peer-reviewed publications Dr. Learman’s research interests include hysterectomy and alternative treatments, studies of patient preference and clinical decision-making, and topics in learner assessment and curriculum development. His clinical niche is the comprehensive assessment of women with chronic pelvic pain.  Dr. Learman and his wife, Beverly, are making the transition to empty-nester status in the wiles of south Florida, where they look forward to welcoming heat-seeking family and friends!

Amy Young MD - President Elect

Dr. Amy Young is the inaugural Chair of the Department of Women's Health, and a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.  She was most recently the Abe Mickal Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. At LSU she also served as the Center Director of Surgical Services of the Interim LSU Public Hospital, Vice President of the LSU Healthcare Network (HCN) Board of Directors, and chair of the LSU HCN Clinical Practice Leadership Group. She is the recipient of the 2013 Leadership Award at the Interim LSU Public Hospital.

A nationally known educator, Dr. Young is the immediate past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. She has served Texas as Vice-Chair and Chair of District XI of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Amy Young received her MD from University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed an OB/GYN Internship at Emory University School of Medicine and OB/GYN residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She served as Baylor faculty from 1993 – 2011. At Baylor, Dr. Young rose to become Executive Vice Chair of the OB/GYN Department and was granted the Henry and Emma Meyer Endowed Chair for Education in OB/GYN which she held from 2006 until June 2011 when became Abe Mickal Professor and Head of Department of OB/GYN at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her national roles have included serving as District XI Chair of ACOG, ABOG oral board examiner, past president of APGO and member of USMLE Committee (National Board of Medical Examiners). Dr. Young has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer throughout the United States. In addition to educational research, Dr. Young has a wide range of clinical research experiences. She provides gynecologic services to the greater New Orleans area.

Nancy Gaba MD - Immediate Past President

Nancy Gaba received her MD degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she also completed her residency. She has served on the faculty at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1997. Dr. Gaba has held many leadership positions. She has been the Residency Program Director, and served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO from 2007-2014. She has also been the Division Director for General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair of the Department. Dr. Gaba became the Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I Dodek Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at GW in March 2014. Her national roles include ABOG oral examiner, faculty on the CREOG School for Program Directors, faculty in the APGO Surgical Education Scholars Program, as well as service on numerous other national committees. Dr. Gaba’s clinical interests include hysteroscopy, menopause management, and cervical dysplasia. She is dedicated to her role as an educator and mentor, and has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious Donald F. Richardson award and the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award.

Todd Jenkins MD - Secretary and Membership Committee Chair

Dr. Todd Jenkins is the Director of the Division of Women’s Reproductive Healthcare at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). He has worked as an academic general OB/GYN on the faculty of the University of California-Irvine and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.  Dr. Jenkins holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration with a focus in leadership and operations.  He is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG) and serves as an Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  Previously, he served as a member of ACOG Gynecology Practice Bulletins Committee as well as an AAGL Curriculum Committee.  As part of his training, he completed a AAGL Fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Lisa Keder MD, MPH - Treasurer

Lisa Keder, MD, MPH is Director of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. After completing her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, she worked as the Director of the Women’s Health Program at the Ohio Department of Health. She then attended medical school at the Ohio State University, followed by residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. During her fellowship in family planning she completed a master’s degree in public health focusing on epidemiology. She currently serves as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, performs grant review for the Society of Family Planning, and is a member of the Gynecology Practice Bulletin Committee for ACOG. At her home institution, she is recipient of numerous teaching awards, chairs the Credentials Committee and maintains an active practice. Dr. Keder’s clinical and research interests focus on contraception, abortion and early pregnancy evaluation. 


Maureen E. Farrell, MD

Dr. Farrell received her undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  She then went on to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.  Her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at Naval Medical Center San Diego.  She has been a comprehensive obstetrician gynecologist in 29 Palms CA, Camp Pendleton CA, Rota Spain and is presently serving as the OBGYN Residency Program Director at Naval Medical Center San Diego.   She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a Voluntary Clinical Instructor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California San Diego.  Her interests within the field of OBGYN are medical education, intimate partner violence, PCOS and vaginal surgery.  She is an active member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Rebecca McAlister MD

Rebecca P. McAlister, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in 1979 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loyola Affiliated Hospitals in Chicago, IL in 1983. She joined the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSOM) in 1987as a generalist. Dr. McAlister was Residency Program Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University from 1994-2009. She has been active in medical education in OBGYN at a national level, serving on the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Council for Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) from 1998 through 2005 and as Vice Chair of CREOG from 2002 through 2004. She continues involvement with multiple CREOG task forces and committees. Since 2004, she has been the program chair for the annual CREOG School for Program Directors. She was a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2005-2012 serving as Vice Chair from 2009-2012. She has served as Chair of the ACGME Milestones committee for OBGYN from 2009 to 2011 and as a member of the ACGME Milestones implementation committee in 2012. She is an active member of SASGOG and serves on the Editorial Board for ABOG Pearls of Exxcellence. Dr. McAlister is a professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at WUSOM. She has been the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) since 1997, overseeing 87 accredited graduate medical education training programs and approximately 1,100 trainees at the medical center. Her research interests are in medical education and the physician workforce.

Hope Ricciotti MD - Communication Committee Chair

Dr. Hope Ricciotti is the Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.  She rose internally in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to her current role as Department Chair, with prior roles of the Division Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair for Education, and Vice Chair.  She practices obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ricciotti is the Co-Chair of the Resident as Teacher Interest Group for the Harvard Medical School Academy, the OBGYN Clerkship Committee Chair, and a member of the Harvard Medical School Curriculum Committee. Her academic interests include resident-as-teacher and leadership curriculum development and training, and culture change in academic medicine. Her clinical interests are in reducing health care disparities, and she practices obstetrics, advanced contraception, and ambulatory women’s health care.  She has published manuscripts on innovative use of open space for enhancing the culture of academic medicine (Academic Medicine, 2014); the disparity in representation of women in leadership roles in obstetrics and gynecology (Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2015, 2016); objective structured teaching evaluations (OSTE) and innovative curricula for training residents as teachers (Medical Teacher, 2012, MedEdPortal 2013, 2015).  She has authored textbook chapters and edited books in OBGYN and women’s health.  She is a highly sought-after speaker and has given presentations throughout the United States and China on leadership, culture, and medical education in academic medicine. She also educates the lay public, and is the Editor-in-Chief for Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Harvard Health Publications and is a regular blogger for the Harvard Health Blog. She is the co-author, along with her chef-husband, of five health-related cookbooks, and was a member of Oprah’s women’s health tour.

Adrianne Dade MD

Dr. Adrianne Dade works at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Generalist Section. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago. Currently, Dr. Dade also serves as the Associate Residency Program Director. She practices general Obstetrics and Gynecology with specific interest in preventative medicine, abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, normal pregnancy, and daVinci Robotics.  Dr. Dade organizes and leads the daVinci simulation program for the University of Chicago OB/Gyn residents.  Dr. Dade has a special interest in medical education with a current focus on resident education and interprofessional relations.  She is a former APGO Scholars and Leaders Fellow.  Dr. Dade is also a University of Chicago MERITS Fellow, which is a program that focuses on medical education and research.  Dr. Dade is an ABOG Oral Board Examiner. She serves on the APGO Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the University of Chicago-Wide Student Disciplinary Committee.

Marygrace Elson MD

Marygrace Elson, MD received her AB from Vassar College and her MD from the  University of Illinois College of Medicine.  She completed her residency at University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She has served on the faculty of University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine for 15 years, having previously served on the faculty at University of Wisconsin followed by 12 years of private practice in California and Illinois.  At University of Iowa Dr. Elson served as Division Director for General Obstetrics and Gynecology 2000-2010 and ObGyn clerkship director from 2007-2010.  In 2010 she earned a Master of Medical Education degree from University of Iowa.  Since 2010 Dr. Elson has served as residency program director and Vice Chair for Education of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Iowa where she is a Clinical Professor, on the William C. Keettel Chair.  Dr. Elson is an ABOG oral examiner and has served on ACOG’s Professional Liability committee.  She has been an ACOG McCain legislative fellow for ACOG District VI and serves as the ACOG District VI Legislative Chair.  She worked on the CREOG Milestones Implementation Tools Taskforce.   She has given invited faculty development workshops in the areas of teaching procedural skills, cultural sensitivity, and observing learners.

Eduardo Lara-Torre MD

Eduardo Lara-Torre, MD received his MD at the Monterrey Institute of Technology School of Medicine in Monterrey Mexico. He completed an internship at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston Massachusetts and his residency in OB/GYN at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at the University of Louisville. Following residency, he practiced in an underserved community in Delaware for a few years before returning to Academics. He is currently the Interim Chair of the Carilion Clinic/Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine. He has served in a variety of roles during his current tenure at this institution including Associate Director and then Program Director of the Residency program and Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs. Currently he is an Associate Professor of OB/GYN and Pediatrics. He has served in a number of regional and national roles in multiple organizations including Past National Board Member of ACOG, memebere of the Bylaws, Underserved, Adolescent health and nominations committee and current Junior Fellow Advisor for District IV. He also served as the Vice President of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG). He has been an ABOG oral board examiner since 2010 and continues to be involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education medical student and resident mentorship and research. He practices Academic General OBGYN and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology in Roanoke, VA.

Jody Stonehocker MD

Jody Stonehocker, MD completed her medical training at the University of California, San Francisco and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico. Following residency, she entered private practice as a generalist OB/Gyn where she worked on the South San Diego border followed by a more traditional practice setting in Albuquerque for nearly seven years, before returning to the University of New Mexico as faculty in 2012. At UNM, Dr. Stonehocker is an academic generalist and an education leader in the Department, with roles including Assistant Medical Student Clerkship Director and Residency Program Director. Dr. Stonehocker sits on the Department Executive Committee.  She excels in mentoring medical students and residents, designing curricula.  Fulfilling her passion for care of underserved women and social justice, she serves as Medical Director of a multi-site, federally funded (Title V and Title X) clinic system that serves mainly low-income, immigrant women who do not qualify for insurance coverage. In this role she supervises a team of Advanced Practice Clinicians, provides direct patient care, develops clinical practice guidelines and facilitates an environment that supports multiple levels of learners (RN, NP, CNM, medical students and residents).  Dr. Stonehocker looks forward to serving on the Board and inspiring upcoming generations of academic generalists in career success and satisfaction.

Chris Zahn MD

Christopher M. Zahn, MD, is Vice-President for the Practice Activities Division at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He provides leadership and direction of ACOG’s development of clinical policies and guidelines, including oversight of ACOG’s Immunizations Department. Dr. Zahn was Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). He is a graduate of USUHS, and completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, followed by a residency in anatomic pathology and fellowship in gynecologic pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Zahn is Board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Anatomic Pathology, and served as a staff physician in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Zahn has served in numerous roles in ACOG, as well as a Section and District officer. Dr. Zahn is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and recently served on the ACGME Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Past Board Members

May Blanchard Anita Blanchard
Diana Curran David Chelmow
Elena Gates W. Chuck Hitt
Laurie Swaim Tony Ogburn
Patrice Weiss L. Chesney Thompson
Mary Dolan