Committees

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Ruth Landau, M.D., Chair
Edward Yaghmour, M.D., Vice Chair
Grant C. Lynde, M.D., M.B.A.
Ronald George, M.D., FRCPC
Lisa R. Leffert, M.D.
Klaus Kjaer, M.D., M.B.A.


The Executive Committee acts with the authority of the Board of Directors for urgent or sensitive matters. Responsibilities include determining the agenda for Board meetings, tracking the progress of committees, and reviewing the annual independent audit.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Grant C. Lynde, M.D., M.B.A., Chair
Edward Yaghmour, M.D., Vice Chair
Michaela K. Farber, M.D., M.S.
Klaus Kjaer, M.D., M.B.A.
Ruth Landau, M.D.


The Finance Committee determines the return on investment of new projects, clarifies revenue streams, reviews ongoing cash flows, proposes the annual budget, presents the annual financial report, and oversees industry relationships.

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Klaus Kjaer, M.D., M.B.A., Chair
Ronald George, M.D., FRCPC, Vice Chair
Alexander J. Butwick, M.B.,B.S., FRCA, M.S.
Ruth Landau, M.D.
Lisa R. Leffert, M.D.
Edward Yaghmour, M.D.


The Governance Committee oversees nomination, election, and orientation processes; coordinates the charters of committees, projects and special interest groups; maintains policies, procedures, and bylaws; interfaces with the management staff; and periodically assesses governance structure.

MEMBER VALUE COMMITTEE
Edward Yaghmour, M.D., Chair
Ronald George, M.D., FRCPC, Vice Chair
David Gambling, M.B., B.S., FRCPC
Grace Lim, M.D. M.S.
Greg Palleschi, M.D.


The Member Value Committee defines and works to enhance membership value, promotes membership development, oversees the recruitment of new members, reports on membership feedback and trends, and recommends strategies for SOAP’s online presence.

INTERSOCIETY COMMITTEE
Lisa R. Leffert, M.D., Chair
Jamie D. Murphy, M.D.
Brendan Carvalho, M.B., B.Ch., FRCA
Rachel M. Kacmar, M.D.


The Intersociety Committee defines best practices in collaboration with other professional societies and initiatives related to optimizing maternal and fetal safety. The committee oversees the Centers of Excellence program; consensus statements, practice advisories, and interim recommendations; and intersociety councils.

ANNUAL MEETING & LIVE EVENTS COMMITTEE
Heather C. Nixon, M.D., Chair
Grace Lim, M.D. M.S., Vice Chair
Thomas T. Klumpner, M.D.
Rebecca D. Minehart, M.D., M.Ed.


The Annual Meeting & Live Events Committee oversees live in-person events and virtual programming. The committee evaluates and recommends virtual platforms, proposes scientific and social programs, evaluates in-person meeting venues, and defines opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
May Pian-Smith. M.D., M.S., Chair
Allison J. Lee, M.D., M.S., M.B.B.S., Vice Chair
Michaela K. Farber, M.D., M.S.
David Gambling, M.B., B.S., FRCPC
Daniel Katz, M.D.


The Education Committee manages asynchronous online educational content, CME offerings, program innovation (e.g., simulation, professional development), fellowship curriculum updates, resident recruitment, and patient educational materials.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE
Phil Hess, M.D., Chair
Brian T. Bateman, M.D., M.Sc., Vice Chair
Melissa E. Bauer, D.O.
Pamela Flood, M.D.
Cynthia A. Wong, M.D.


The Research Committee directs research related to the optimization of maternal and fetal health. Oversight includes output of the research network, grants, mentoring and review of research abstracts and case studies for the Annual Meeting.