Dr. Haywood Brown is completing a 14 year tenure as Chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on June 30, 2016. During his tenure as Chair, the department grew in size and stature and has built upon a national and international reputation for excellence in clinical care, education and research. One of the most notable accomplishments is department’s establishment and recognition as an academic leader in Global Women’s Health. The department established one of the first Global health fellowships in an academic center in the United States in conjunction with the Duke Global Health Institute and now has established relationships in education and research in several East African countries.
Dr. Brown will continue on the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and will focus on his commitments to clinical care, education, research, mentoring and international women’s health.
In May 2016, Dr. Brown became President-Elect of the American Congress/College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Brown will become the 68th President of ACOG at the Annual meeting in San Diego in May 2017. Duke University has a rich history for producing ACOG Presidents. All three of the prior Chairs of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have held this position including F. Bayard Carter, Chair (1931-1964), ACOG President (1953-1954), Roy T. Parker, Chair (1964-1976), ACOG President (1975-1976), and Charles B. Hammond, Chair (1980-2002), ACOG President (2002-2003).
“Leading the department of OB GYN at Duke for the past 14 years has been the highlight of my 30 year academic career.” It is now my honor and privilege to step forward and to continue my leadership and legacy as a Duke OB Gyn Chair by serving as ACOG President. I look forward to using this national platform to advance policies that promote and advance women’s health care in the United States and internationally.” Dr. Brown has indicated that he also looks forward to having the time to dedicate his clinical and research attention to perinatal health disparities locally, nationally and internationally.