Jackson, Mississippi Doctor Elected President of the American College of Obgyn

Dr. Jeff Livingston

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced in a press release its 72nd president. Dr. J. Martin Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, will represent US obstetrician-gynecologists' premier professional membership organization.

Dr. J. Martin Tucker is a well-known leader in Mississippi. According to the University of Mississippi Medical Center website, Dr. Tucker served the community's needs at Jackson Healthcare for Women. He worked as a community Obgyn and maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

He graduated college from the University of Mississippi and then completed medical school and his Obgyn training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He left Jackson for a few years to complete fellowship training in high-risk pregnancy at the University of Alabama.

After fellowship training, he moved back home to Jackson to work at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and stayed for the next thirty years. He is passionate about teaching medical students and resident physicians to prepare the next generation of doctors. He has served on the UMMC’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Education Committee since 2006. He has also served as the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology chair.

Dr. Tucker is on the medical staff at Jackson's St. Dominic Hospital and served as the medical director of obstetrical services and chief of the Woman's Hospital staff. He also worked as a community physician in Flowood, Mississippi's Merit Health Woman's Hospital. While continuing his medical practice, he also chaired the Mississippi Infant Mortality Task Force and the Council on Legislation for the Mississippi State Medical Association.

During his career, he became involved in leadership roles for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He served two three-year terms as an executive board member and filled the office of ACOG secretary from 2016-2019.

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists was founded in 1951. The organization serves 60,000 members. To help address local issues, ACOG is composed of 12 districts and 98 local sections. Each district and section represent distinct geographic areas of North and South America.

The mission of ACOG is "the advancement of women’s health care and the professional and socioeconomic interests of our members through continuing medical education, practice, research, and advocacy."

ACOG lists its role as producing "practice guidelines for providers and educational materials for patients, providing practice management and career support, facilitating programs and initiatives aimed at improving women’s health, and advocating on behalf of members and patients."

Practicing Obgyns, like me, turn to ACOG to help stay up-to-date on the latest scientific evidence and practice guidelines.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, much was unknown about how SARS-CoV-2 affecting pregnancy. Frontline Obgyns depended on ACOG publications to help us work the frontlines. Much remains unknown about the novel coronavirus’s effects on pregnant women and babies. ACOG helped frontline health workers understand that research shows most pregnant women with Covid-19 do well but have an increased risk of ICU admission and preterm labor.

On December 11, 2020, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued an interim recommendation allowing vaccination of those 16 years and older, but the guidance did not include specific recommendations during pregnancy. Pregnant women were not included in initial Covid-19 vaccine trials.

On December 13, 2020, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a strong response advocating for the inclusion of pregnant women in a practice advisory. ACOG was clear in its clinical guidance: pregnant and breastfeeding people should not be left out

These advocacy statements by ACOG help private practice physicians provide guidance and counselor through evidence-based data. The newest research shows Covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy are safe for mom and baby.

In Dr. Tucker's ACOG acceptance speech, he reflected on ACOG's role in helping frontline workers during the pandemic stating, "The events of the past year quickly brought challenges and changes that none of us could have anticipated. But we adapted. I have to think in large part we adapted because we care. We care about our patients, we care about medicine, we care about women's health care, we care about the future, and we care about each other."

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Dr. Jeff Livingston is nationally recognized thought leader, speaker, writer, blogger and practicing physician who is considered an expert in the use of social media to educate patients, using new and innovative technology to improve care outcomes and the patient experience. He is a prating Obgyn and serves as the CEO of MacArthur Medical Center. Dr. Jeff is the co-founder of the health website Medika.life and an active blogger on Medium.

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