Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is a dedicated group of men and women from around the United States who donate their time, talents and resources to further the goals of The Exxcellence Foundation.
Frank W. Ling, MD
Frank W. Ling, M.D., is a partner in Women’s Health Specialists, PLLC. He was previously in full-time academic medicine, developing clinical and research interests in primary care of women, pelvic pain, and medical education. He has previously held positions including the President of both the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), as well as Chairman of the Board for ABOG.
Larry J. Copeland, MD
Larry J. Copeland, M.D., is the William Greenville Pace III and Joann Norris Collins-Pace Chair for Cancer Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Medical Center- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. He served as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 13 years. He has been President of ABOG, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, and the Felix Rutledge Society and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for ABOG and is President-elect of AGOS. In addition, he has received multiple teaching awards and received the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Deborah A. Driscoll, MD
Deborah A. Driscoll, M.D., is the Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Director of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health. Dr. Driscoll is board certified in ob-gyn and clinical genetics. She is the principal investigator of NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) career development program at Penn. Dr. Driscoll is president of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and president of the Council of University Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Driscoll was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010.
James E. Ferguson II, MD, MBA
James E. Ferguson, II (Jef), M.D., MBA, is The W. Norman Thornton, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He previously held the John W. Greene Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky from 2002-2009. His research has focused on the pharmacologic treatment of preterm labor, techniques of prenatal diagnosis, the effects of periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes, and the consequences of intimate partner violence.
He was elected as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2007 and also serves as an examiner for the oral examinations. He serves as the Treasurer for The Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Health Care.
Larry C. Gilstrap, III, MD
Larry C. Gilstrap, III, M.D., was the Director of Evaluation of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2006-2010 before becoming its Executive Director in 2010. Prior to coming to ABOG he was the Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Executive Board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Arnold P. Advincula, MD
Arnold P. Advincula, M.D., FACOG, FACS, is the Levine Family Professor of Women’s Health & Vice Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center and Chief of Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. Dr. Advincula brings extensive experience in treating complex and challenging cases of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and pelvic masses. He is an internationally recognized leader in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and a pioneer in the use of state-of-the-art robotic technology for advanced pelvic surgery.
Anita K. Blanchard, MD
Anita K. Blanchard, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago where she also serves as the Residency Program Director. In addition to being recognized as an outstanding educator, she has broad scholarly, administrative, and clinical responsibilities both locally and nationally. A leader in the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, she is currently Chair of the Foundation Committee which oversees the highly successful Pearls of Exxcellence program which appears on the Foundation website.
Susan Credle, BA
Susan Credle, BA, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide, Chicago, IL. Since joining Leo Burnett in 2009, Susan has spearheaded a creative renaissance at the agency through an eye for new top talent, a commitment to work that benefits brands and the world, and a vision for clients that always looks beyond a single campaign or ad.
Susan’s leadership, inspiration and in-the-trenches contributions have led to legacy-respecting yet forward-looking campaigns like McDonald’s Happy Meal Happy Tales, Kellogg’s Special K What Will You Gain When You Lose?, Secret’s Mean Stinks anti-bullying campaign and, one of the most beloved and awarded platform ideas, Allstate’s Mayhem.
Philip J. DiSaia, MD
Philip J. DiSaia, M.D., is the Dorothy J. Marsh Chair in Reproductive Biology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Irvine, UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA. He is also Chairman of NRG Oncology.
Dr. DiSaia has dedicated the past 40 years of his professional life to the study of ovarian carcinoma and other gynecologic cancers, and in identifying better methods for prevention, early diagnosis & treatment. He has published extensively and is specially noted for his books "Clinical Gynecologic Oncology" and “Danforth's Obstetrics & Gynecology." Clinical Gynecologic Oncology is in its’ 8th edition.
Norman F. Gant, MD
Norman F. Gant, M.D., served as the Executive Director of ABOG for 17 years. He previously was the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. In addition to serving as President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and the Southwestern Gynecologic Assembly, his many honors include Fellowship in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, the Career Achievement Award of The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and establishment of The Gant/ABOG Anniversary Fellowship at the IOM.
Kenneth H. Kim, MD
Kenneth H. Kim, M.D., serves the Assistant Residency Director at the University of North Carolina. He serves in numerous leadership roles for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), and other organizations in his subspecialty field. In addition to his clinical interests which include robotic surgery, he has received numerous departmental, institution, and national teaching awards.
Michael T. Mennuti, MD
Michael T. Mennuti, M.D., is the William Goodell Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Chair of the department for 18 years. For the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), his numerous positions included national President, Secretary, as well as former Chair of District III. He was a Director for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and also served as Vice President, and Director of the Maternal-Fetal Subspecialty Division. He is the immediate Past President of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF), an organization that provides research training and scholarships to young scholars in the specialty.
Gerard G. Nahum, MD
Gerard G. Nahum, M.D., is the Vice-President, Global Development, General Medicine, Women’s Healthcare, Long-Acting Contraception, Medical Devices, and Special Projects for Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. His extensive experience includes successful careers in private practice, academic medicine, and with the Food and Drug Administration. He has helped to create and currently directs the Corporate Interest Council for the Foundation.
Susan M. Ramin, MD
Susan M. Ramin, M.D., holds the Emma and Henry Meyer Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is professor and vice chair for Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also director of the Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program. She earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Ramin has served as a board member of The Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Health Care since 2011.
Vivian E. Von Gruenigen, MD
Vivian E. von Gruenigen, M.D., is Professor at Northeastern Ohio Medical University, System Medical Director Women’s Institute, Summa Health System and Endowed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals. She has received numerous teaching and research awards from multiple institutions. Her most recent honor was the Richard Ireland Award at the World Congress Leadership Summit on Business of Women’s Health. Her research, which focuses on cancer survivorship and patient-related outcomes, has been funded by the government, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. She is founder of the blog SummaFlourish.™