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Jack Ludmir, MD, to Lead AHA's Section for Maternal and Child Health

Jack Ludmir, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital, and vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology and director of obstetrical services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is the 2011 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Maternal and Child Health.  The governing council is a 15-member body comprised of CEOs and senior executives from the nation's women's and children's health care providers.  As chair, Dr. Ludmir will lead the section's governing council on public policy issues concerning women and children's health, hospitals serving that patient population and AHA member service strategies. 

Dr. Ludmir is an accomplished and highly respected physician who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to educational advancement and to the practice of evidence-based medicine.  Dr. Ludmir has 30 years of experience in maternal and child health and has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University for 25 years.  He has been a teacher and mentor for residents and fellows in OB/GYN care and for students learning advanced medical Spanish.  He spearheaded several quality and patient safety improvement initiatives in obstetrics, including the successful introduction of Philadelphia's only laborist practice - a unique care-giving model that focuses on providing in-hospital labor and delivery care. 

For his efforts to improve and transform the University of Pennsylvania Health System's obstetrical services, Dr. Ludmir was awarded the Alfred Stengel Penn Health System Champion Award.  The award recognizes a Penn Medicine physician who has made significant contributions toward the clinical integration of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, along with a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of quality care. 

Dr. Ludmir is a tireless advocate for making high quality care available to the most vulnerable and has been director of the Philadelphia task force to ensure prenatal care for the uninsured and underserved.  Additionally, Dr. Ludmir is president of Women and Children's Health Services, a not-for-profit organization decided to providing care for women in the greater Philadelphia area.  His commitment also extends to Latin America where he is coordinator for the Dominican Republic Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and is an evaluator of the standards and quality of maternity care in several Latin American countries.  For these efforts he has been recently awarded ACOG's Award for Outstanding District Service.

Dr. Ludmir completed his residency and fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Patricia Warner, executive director of University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital in Ann Arbor, will serve as chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2012.  Nancy Crawford, senior vice president of Medical Staff Services for Woman's Hospital, in Baton Rouge, La., is the immediate past chair.  Current AHA board member, Kathleen Stanford, RN, DBA, chief nursing officer and senior vice president for Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver, Colo. is the 2011 Board Liaison to the Council.

Also elected to three-year terms expiring in 2013 on the governing council: 

  • Kevin Churchwell, MD, chief executive officer, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.;
  • Kristin H. Feliciano, vice-president of children's services, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore;
  • Deise Granado-Villar, MD, chief medical officer, Miami Children's Hospital
  • Carolyn Nelson-Becker, division chief and administrative director of UTMB's Regional Maternal & Child Program, Galveston, Texas;
  • Karen Teitelbaum, executive vice president/COO, Sinai Health System, Chicago.

About the Section for Maternal and Child Health

AHA's Section for Maternal and Child Health supports women's and children's hospitals as they build systems of care to improve the health status of their communities. The Section is guided by a governing council composed of leaders representing some of the country's leading hospitals and maternal and health providers.

Governing council members serve as elected representatives of their member peers. They advise the AHA on member service strategies, public policy issues, advocacy positions, and emerging issues, as well as serve as a channel back to the maternal and child health field.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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