Every year, Physicians acknowledges two outstanding doctors with the William K. Rashbaum, MD, and George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Awards. We are pleased to announce the 2015 recipients: Dr. Phillip Stubblefield and Dr. Lisa Perriera.
Phillip Stubblefield, MD, is our 2015 Rashbaum Award winner. Dr. Stubblefield graduated from Harvard Medical School. He trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Hospital for Women. After residency, he worked at the Preterm Clinic in Boston, then returned to the Boston Hospital to start a residency rotation in abortion services with Dr. Kenneth Ryan. He is past president of the Planned Parenthood League of MA (PPLM), and of the National Abortion Federation. As chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine, he cofounded a fellowship in Family Planning program with Dr. Lynn Borgatta. He was consultant to Orientame in Bogota, Colombia, from its founding in 1978. He is author of more than 140 journal articles and 10 text books. Presently he is Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at Boston University. Dr. Stubblefield has been an abortion provider since beginning residency in 1970 and is still a provider at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, PPLM and Women’s Health Services of Boston.
Lisa Perriera MD, MPH, is our 2015 Tiller Award winner. Dr. Perriera started her medical career at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with the knowledge that she wanted to be an abortion provider. She completed her obstetrics/gynecology residency at New York University School of Medicine and went on to complete a fellowship in family planning at the University of Pittsburgh. Her mission after fellowship was not only to provide abortions but to teach residents, medical students, and legislators why safe, dignified abortion and contraceptive care saves women’s lives. She carried out this work at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2009 to 2015, and will continue this work as the Ryan Residency Training Program Director at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award
The William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award honors a physician who provides outstanding abortion services and serves as an inspirational leader for colleagues, residents, and medical students.
2014: Carol Ball, MD
2013: Eve Espey, MD
2012: Linda Prine, MD
2011: Curtis Boyd, MD
2010: Carolyn Westhoff, MD
2009: LeRoy Carhart, MD (with video from the event)
2008: Mildred Hanson, MD
2007: George Tiller, MD
2006: Shalom Press, MD
The George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award
The George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award recognizes a physician early in their career who provides abortions while demonstrating leadership and courage, even in the face of adversity.
Dr. Rashbaum Remembered
William K. Rashbaum, MD, (1926-2005) was a gifted obstetrician and gynecologist, an inspirational teacher, a passionate advocate for a woman’s right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, and a co-founder of this organization.
As a young physician, Dr. Rashbaum was regularly called upon to attend to women who had been seriously injured by illegal abortions. Following the legalization of abortion, he performed abortions in New York City and trained hundreds of medical students, residents, and doctors how to do so.
Dr. Rashbaum had a reputation for speaking his mind, but his patients knew him as a gentle and compassionate man who would hold their hands during difficult times. Dr. Rashbaum died in 2005.
Dr. Tiller Remembered
Dr. Tiller (1941-2009) was a family physician who provided abortions for more than 30 years, specializing in later procedures. He trained at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then served as a United States naval flight surgeon in California before returning to Wichita to begin his private practice. His patients soon made it clear that providing abortion was an integral part of their health needs.
Dr. Tiller was tremendously active with reproductive rights and health organizations while providing critical services to women in need. Despite continual harassment and violence, he advocated tirelessly for the women he served. A former Physicians for Reproductive Health board member, Dr. Tiller mentored colleagues from around the country. He provided compassionate and quality care to women in difficult situations.
On May 31, 2009, Dr. Tiller was killed by an anti-abortion protestor.