ST. LOUIS -- Raul Artal, M.D., chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at Saint Louis University, was appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Liaison Committee of Obstetrics and Gynecology (LCOG).
|Raul Artal, M.D.|
LCOG is an umbrella committee for all women's health specialty and sub-specialty organizations. It serves as the coordinating and advisory board to the obstetric and gynecologic organizations and to three related government agencies.
"My selection as chair of this prestigious group is humbling and came as a complete surprise. This committee could have a sweeping impact on the health of women," said Artal, who also is director of obstetrics and gynecology at SSM St. Mary's Health Center and a SLUCare obstetrician.
"LCOG is a think tank that provides strategic direction to women's health care. In the coming years, our profession will continue to work to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth and are stricken with gynecologic cancer."
Artal, who assumes the position in March, also predicted minimally invasive gynecologic surgery will become increasingly common in the coming years.
Artal currently serves on a World Health Organization panel that is studying how to make pregnancy safer around the world. He chaired the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' scientific program committee, which was responsible for planning the organization's 2011 professional conference.
He was named a Health Care Hero by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2010 and is internationally recognized for his expertise in high risk pregnancy.
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease and heart/lung disease.