Plenary Speakers

Dr. Lisa Harris, University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson, University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine Dr. Jody Lori, University of Michigan School of Nursing Dr. Eddie Mhlanga, Global Doctors for Choice Dr. Willie J. Parker, West Alabama Women’s Center Dr. Iqbal Shah, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Lisa Harris

 Dr. Lisa Harris is an obstetrician-gynecologist and Associate Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine. She has been in practice for more than 20 years, and has directed Michigan Medicine’s Fellowship in Family Planning since its inception in 2005.

In her research Dr. Harris examines issues at the intersection of clinical obstetrical and gynecological care and law, policy, politics, ethics, history, and sociology. She has focused in particular on abortion stigma, patient-centered miscarriage management, long-acting reversible contraception, and racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in access to infertility care and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson

 Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D. served as Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children at the University of Michigan from 1993-2017.  He remains an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Professor, Women’s Studies, and Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development.  His education and training have been at the University of Michigan, University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins. He is author of over three hundred articles, chapters and books and has served on numerous editorial boards, study sections, professional committees, societies and boards.

Dr. Johnson has received the Distinguished Service Award (ACOG), the Distinguished Merit Award (FIGO), the Allan Rosenfield award for lifetime achievement in Family Planning from the Society for Family Planning, and he is an elected member of the (US) National Academy of Medicine.  His honorary fellowships include FWACS, FICS, FRCOG and FGCS. His research interests are fetal behavior and assessment, principles of prenatal care, global health ethics and international academic capacity building.

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