Consulting Medical Director Anne Davis, MD, MPH

Dr. Anne DavisDr. Anne Davis is an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Her research interests include new hormonal contraceptives, how women use contraceptives, and contraception in women with medical problems.

Dr. Davis is director of the Kenneth Ryan Family Planning Fellowship at Columbia University, of which she is a graduate. Frequently interviewed by the media, she is a vocal advocate for reproductive choice. She served on the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health from 2002 to 2008.

Dr. Davis is now our consulting medical director and the first person to hold that position.

Dr. Davis in the News

Runners Raise Money for Physicians

Runners at the fundraising race

On the beautiful sunny morning of September 22, 16 of our supporters—doctors, medical students, residents, staff, and friends—ran the Fifth Avenue Mile for Physicians for Reproductive Health. This inspiring, dedicated group raised a combined $16,575. Congratulations all, and thank you!

And they’re not the only ones running for reproductive health. In June, Leadership Training Academy Fellow Dr. Rebecca Mercier participated in an Iron Man triathlon—raising $3,000 for Physicians—and later this month Physicians Board member Dr. Jill Meadows will be biking 40 miles in honor of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Anyone can help us raise funds in creative ways. If you have an idea and want help creating your own personalized fundraising page on our website, please contact database and events manager Daniel Bayer

Dr. Anne Davis: Let Doctors Be Doctors

Dr. Anne DavisOur consulting medical director Dr. Anne Davis spoke to Salon about the bad science behind “fetal pain” abortion bans and the reality of why women need later abortions:

“When you’re sitting in your office with a woman who is 22 weeks into a pregnancy with a severe fetal anomaly — she’s depressed, she’s stressed and now she’s worried, ‘Is my baby going to feel pain?’ It’s just another thing these women have to struggle with. And why? These are created concerns. They are not based in science, they are based in politics….

“Real situations in real life are very different than what we’re hearing from politicians. The whole debate — the way the whole thing is framed — is very shaming to patients. Let’s bring respect back into it. Treat people with respect. Have compassion for patients. Do what’s right for them.”

Read the entire article here.