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

Trump budget damaging to public health

In response to the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut nearly $18 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services’ budget, including $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health, Consulting Medical Director Dr. Anne Davis at Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:

“At a time when the future of health care in our country is at risk, the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts key agencies responsible for improving our nation’s health. The National Institutes of Health is the backbone of the best medical research in the United States, and cutting their funding would have disastrous immediate and long-term effects on public health. President Trump’s proposed budget would disrupt medical progress that benefits all Americans.” 

Physicians for Reproductive Health supports the Women’s Health Protection Act

Today, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would create much-needed federal protections against state-level restrictions on reproductive rights, was reintroduced in Congress. Dr. Anne Davis, Consulting Medical Director of Physicians for Reproductive Health, released a statement in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act’s reintroduction:

“We need a federal law like the Women’s Health Protection Act that prioritizes the health and safety of women over politics. More and more states are trying to pass restrictions that erase women from decisions about their own health care and take away their access to that care—the Women’s Health Protection Act would put a stop to these dangerous attacks. It would cement access to comprehensive reproductive care for all women, whether they live in Texas or New York, and keep politics out of the exam room. As physicians, we work every day to make sure all of our patients receive the high-quality health care they need in a safe, compassionate environment. It is critical to the lives and health of our patients that this bill passes to ensure access to the full range of reproductive health care services across the country.” 

Statement on the confirmation of Tom Price as HHS Secretary

In response to the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price as HHS Secretary, Physicians for Reproductive Health Consulting Medical Director Dr. Anne Davis issued the following statement:

“As physicians who care for women, we are deeply disappointed that Tom Price has been confirmed as the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). During his time in Congress, Price was a staunch and rigid opponent of comprehensive women’s reproductive health care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

We hope Tom Price will use the many opportunities afforded to him as HHS Secretary to promote the best medical evidence and improve health outcomes for patients. The ACA’s requirement for health plans to cover preventive care, such as contraception, has been a resounding success, as well as an important step to address health disparities. The days of paying extra fees or high out-of-pocket costs for birth control should remain a thing of the past. The ACA has also brought coverage of childbirth, assistance with breastfeeding, well-child visits, and so many other essential parts of protecting maternal and child health.

Our physicians promise to be bold advocates for evidence-based medicine so that Americans do not lose this vital coverage and are able to get the care they need. We urge Secretary Price to stand up for patients and their families.” 

Physicians for Reproductive Health urges Senate to reject Trump Cabinet nominees

As the confirmation processes of the new administration’s anti-choice Cabinet nominees move forward, it is critical that Senators vote against the nominations of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for U.S. Attorney General, Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). All three nominations form an alarming pattern of appointments by the new administration that pose a direct attack on women’s health. In response, Dr. Anne Davis, Consulting Medical Director of Physicians for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement:

“Sen. Sessions brings an alarming record of extreme hostility toward patients and reproductive health care providers. He has repeatedly voted against an amendment that would prevent perpetrators of violent crimes against abortion providers from evading fines by filing for bankruptcy. He also opposed the creation of a ‘Women’s Health Care and Clinic Security and Safety Fund’ that would provide safety measures for reproductive health providers and clinics. Patients and clinic staff need protection from violence and harassment and Sen. Sessions’ strong anti-abortion positions call into question his ability to protect us. Sen. Sessions also has a troubling history of racism and bigotry that rightfully causes great concern for many of us, our patients, and their communities.

Rep. Price puts politics before medicine. Instead of voting for medically sound policies that prioritize the well-being of patients, Rep. Price’s votes have threatened the health of women around the country and shown that he does not understand what women need from their doctors. We expect the leader of HHS to understand and apply evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes for everyone, not make them worse.

Betsy DeVos, who would to lead the federal government’s education programs, supports abstinence-only sex education – proven ineffective time and time again. She also supports crisis pregnancy centers that deliberately mislead patients about their pregnancy options including abortion.

We strongly urge Senators to stand up for the health and rights of their constituents and vote against the confirmations of Sen. Sessions, DeVos, and Rep. Price. The health and well-being of our nation depends on it.”