President’s Message





On the evening of June 6, 1868, a group of physicians gathered at the office of Dr. Albert H. Smith located at 113 S. Broad Street. They met in response to a letter from Drs. George Pepper and Smith who identified them as leaders in the care of women in the Philadelphia area and invited them to meet and consider the formation of a society to advance the study of obstetrics and the diseases of women and children. Those in attendance included Drs. Lewis Rodman, Francis Gurney Smith, Jr., Elwood Wilson, Lewis D. Harlow, Thomas G. Morton, Robert P. Harris, D. Murray Cheston, James F. Wilson, and William Goodell. At the end of the meeting a committee was appointed to draw up a constitution and develop a set of bylaws for the Society. A second meeting followed on June 19, 1868 and was attended by 28 physicians. At the conclusion of the evening, The Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia was formally organized and elected Dr. Francis Gurney Smith, Jr. our first president. On May 10, we will gather at The College of Physicians for our Sesquicentennial Gala. The evening will celebrate the vision of our founders and the commitment of our membership over the subsequent 150 years to the promulgation of that vision. Our speaker for the evening is Anthony P. Tizzano, M.D. who has been hard at work for more than a year preparing a wonderful presentation examining the contributions by Philadelphia physicians to the care of women and children since our founding. Dr. Tizzano is a member of the clinical faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine. He recently served as Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Family Health and Surgery Center in Wooster, Ohio. He is the recent President of the Cleveland Medical Library Association and Advisor to ACOG’s Jacobs Library for the History of Obstetrics and Gynecology in America. He has lectured widely and authored articles and book chapters on contraception and history of obstetrics and gynecology. An avid collector, he holds one of the most unique private collections of medical artifacts and medical books in the country. In this edition of the newsletter you will find more information regarding the evening, as well your invitation to attend. It is my sincere hope that you will be able to join us for this very special occasion. As I conclude my year as your President, I would like to take this opportunity to offer a special word of thanks to all the members of the Society’s governing Council, our Executive Secretary, the Sesquicentennial Committee, and all of our members, for your commitment to our mission “To embrace our legacy, foster collegiality, and share expertise to improve the health of women in Philadelphia and beyond”. It has been my distinct honor to serve as President of the Society and I sincerely thank the Society for the privilege to do so.


George Neubert, M.D