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Release Date: 07/20/2015

Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, of Wrentham, MA, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England, was elected to serve on the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG) through 2017. Dr. Phipps is also chair and Chace-Joukowsky professor in the department of obstetrics & gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research in women's health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health.

Dr. Phipps now serves on a six member executive board as an at-large member. She joins Laurel Rice, MD, CUCOG president, University of Wisconsin Medical School and Public Health; Haywood Brown, MD, president-elect, Duke University Medical Center; Daniel Clarke-Pearson, MD, secretary and treasurer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Deborah Anne Driscoll, MD, immediate past president, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; and David Chelmow, MD, member at large, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

“I am honored to represent chairs from across the country and our faculty locally to continue to promote leadership development, academic pursuits, innovative care models and clinical input into financial reform. We are facing significant challenges in medicine and being part of developing solutions, advocating for patients and providers as well as keeping physicians informed is critically important to our future success.”

Dr. Phipps received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Boston College. She earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She completed her masters in public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program.

She has led numerous initiatives at Brown, Women & Infants Hospital, and in Rhode Island including leading the effort for the Brown/Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Rhode Island Task Force on Preterm Birth. Her research and academic activities involve collaborations across departments, hospitals, and state agencies.

Nationally, Dr. Phipps has been chair of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, is an associate editor for the leading specialty journal, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is currently serving on the US Preventive Services Task Force. Phipps has been recognized on numerous occasions as an outstanding teacher and mentor, including being recognized nationally with the American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology Mentor Award for District I (National Recognition Award), the Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence in Teaching Award (National Recognition Award), and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award (National Recognition Award). Phipps' broad interest in women's health has been geared toward improving the health of underserved women. In addition to excellence in clinical care and research, she is dedicated to training the next generation of women’s health providers.

The corporation is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of supporting leadership development in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Its main purpose is to promote and encourage the development of an excellent medical student, resident and fellow as well as clinical practice, research and advocacy for women’s health.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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