October 4, 2002

Gabbe presides over national meeting

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Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently presided over the 21st annual meeting of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. Gabbe is the society’s president for the second year, something which is unprecedented in the history of the society’s presidents.

The society is a combination of The American Gynecological Society, founded in 1876, and The American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, founded in 1888. The groups joined 21 years ago.

Gabbe’s presidential address was titled “Burnout in Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention.”

Vanderbilt’s Alastair J.J. Wood, professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, participated in a panel discussion on conflicts of interest speaking on “Conflicts of Interest in Research.” Wood also presented the society’s Joseph Price Oration, established in 1929. The title of his lecture was “Will We Prescribe by Genotype.”

Wood was also inducted into the society as an Honorary Fellow.

Dr. Pat Temple, Gabbe’s wife, spoke at the spouse’s reception on “Reflections on Being a Spouse in Academic Medicine.”