DALLAS, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Board of Directors has named Wilma I. Larsen, MD, as an Associate Executive Director beginning March 1, 2017. In this new role, she will focus on directing the certification and Maintenance of Certification examinations and assessment processes.
Dr. Larsen is currently the Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple, Texas. She also is an Associate Professor and the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) fellowship program director in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Texas A & M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine.
"Dr. Larsen has shown great leadership as an educator and clinician, and she shares our commitment to establishing certification standards and processes to help assure that diplomates have the knowledge and skills to provide high quality care," said Dr. Deborah A. Driscoll, MD, President of the ABOG Board of Directors. "Her participation in ABOG exam development and as a specialty and subspecialty certification examiner will be invaluable as we strive to maintain excellent assessment programs."
"Dr. Larsen has shown great leadership throughout her military, academic and clinical career," said Dr. Larry Gilstrap, MD, ABOG Executive Director. "Her clinical expertise as a specialist and FPMRS subspecialist and strong academic research background will help us move forward to serve our diplomates and ultimately their patients."
"ABOG has provided an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to our profession in a new and unique way," said Dr. Larsen. "We must always aspire to have meaningful and relevant assessments in the fast changing world of modern Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health Care. I share ABOG's commitment to continuing to develop high standards for certification to ensure that women in our country receive high quality care."
Dr. Larsen is board certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both general Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She is also a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).
About Dr. Larsen
Dr. Larsen is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. She completed her medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and her residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Larsen has been the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and numerous other awards for her military service.
Dr. Larsen has served as the Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army for Women's Health as well as the Department Chair of Tripler Army Medical Center. She has served on numerous committees for the ACOG and currently sits on their Executive Board as a Fellow-at-Large.
She has a specific interest in Quality and is the Principal Investigator at Baylor Scott and White for the American Urogynecologic Society Quality Improvement and Outcomes Research Network. Dr. Larsen is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Urogynecological Association.
She serves as an examiner in both the general OB GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery oral certification examinations.
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is an independent, non-profit organization that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States. Founded in 1930, the ABOG is one of 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Based in Dallas, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the certifying body for 45,000 diplomates in the United States and Canada. ABOG oversees a continuous Maintenance of Certification process.
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