We are delighted to honor the contributions of the recipients of the Society of Family Planning’s annual awards held during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Los Angeles from October 19-21, 2019. 

Dr. Uta Landy is the recipient of the Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of a career dedicated to advancing the science of abortion and contraception and to supporting others to do the same. Uta Landy, PhD, has worked in the field of family planning since 1970 as an international consultant, researcher, counselor, administrator, writer and advocate. She referred women out of the country to obtain legal abortions and worked in one of the first abortion clinics in NYC after legalization in 1971. She consulted for IPAS to establish the first abortion clinic in Austria after abortions were legalized there in 1975 and became the ED of NAF after one year of its founding where she focused on establishing standards and gaining recognition for the innovative work of NAF outpatient services. In 1999, she founded the Ryan Residency training Program and began to direct the national Fellowship in Family Planning at the UCSF. To date, the Ryan Program has established 100 family planning rotations in teaching hospitals and trained close to 7000 residents. The Fellowship in Family Planning has created a system of preparing physicians to be leaders in complex family planning, including clinical services, teaching, research and advocacy in the fields of abortion and contraception. Of the initiatives she says, “Beyond the impact on future practitioners and leaders, our programs have helped transform the medical establishment and many of its leaders, not only to acknowledge the importance of family planning and safe abortion to women’s health, but to become passionate advocates themselves and on behalf of their organizations.” Dr. Landy also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholics for Choice.

This year we will be honoring two individuals with the Society of Family Planning Beacon of Science Award: Dr. Daniel Grossman and Dr. Maria Rodriguez.

This new award is in recognition of marked, visionary contributions towards just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science.

Daniel Grossman, MD received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and an MD from Stanford University. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is currently the Director of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a research program in the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, where he is also Professor. His research includes both clinical and social science studies aimed at improving access to contraception and abortion in the US, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as evaluating the impact of integrating reproductive health and HIV services. He is also a Senior Advisor at Ibis Reproductive Health, with which he co-leads the Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group. Dr. Grossman has published over 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and his writing has also appeared in outlets such as the Guardian, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. Of his research he says, “I have looked for opportunities to disseminate research findings in the courts, with legislators, and with the general public. If my role can be seen as a beacon, it is to shine a light on the evidence our field has generated and ensure that it gets used by policymakers and professional organizations to improve care.” Dr. Grossman serves on committees for organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization, and he has been an expert witness in several legal challenges to restrictive abortion laws, including Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Maria I. Rodriguez, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Medical Director for the state of Oregon’s Title X program. She is Deputy Editor of the Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group, newly housed at OHSU. She completed medical school and residency at OHSU (2004, 2008), and a fellowship in family planning at UCSF. As part of her fellowship, she completed a Master’s in Public Health at UC Berkeley (2010). Following her fellowship, she spent five years working for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She serves as co-chair on the state of Oregon’s Medicaid Advisory Committee and ACOG’s LARC working group. Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on the intersection of medicine, policy and economics. She is specifically interested in generating information to help guide evidence based reproductive health policy both domestically and internationally and says, “We have the privilege and responsibility to improve the health of the communities we care for. The disparities and underlying systemic factors observe in the clinical care I provide drive me to conduct research that connects the divide between policy, economics, and health.” She has expertise in cost effectiveness, health systems and policy research, systematic reviews and GRADE methodologies. Dr. Rodriquez is currently looking at the impact of health care reform in Oregon on family planning services, including an evaluation of direct provision of hormonal contraception by pharmacists.

Dr. Alisa Goldberg has been selected to receive the Society of Family Planning Mentor AwardAlisa Goldberg, MD, MPH received her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. She completed a Family Planning Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and received a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. While at UCSF, she served as Medical Director of the Women’s Options Center at San Francisco General Hospital and an NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Scholar. Upon returning to Boston, she founded and currently directs the Division of Family Planning and Family Planning Fellowship program at BWH and similarly founded and directs the Department of Research at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). She has served as the Chair of the Clinical Policies Committee for the Board of the National Abortion Federation and currently serves on the Family Planning Fellowship Advisory Board. Her research has focused on the use of misoprostol and mifepristone for abortion care, increasing postabortion contraceptive utilization and evaluating clinical interventions that can both improve the quality of abortion and contraceptive care as well as expand access. Mentoring bright young physicians who choose to dedicate their careers to this work brings her much professional joy, and she says of her mentees, “I am fortunate to mentor some of the most dedicated, talented and amazing people whose collective impact on improving women’s lives and shaping the future of our field is inspiring. I am thankful for all the opportunities the Society has given me to advance my career and pay it forward.”

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