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

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.”

  

Physicians Applaud Governor Cuomo’s Move to Secure Access to Reproductive Health

In response to Governor Cuomo’s action to secure access to reproductive health care in New York, Dr. Anne Davis, Consulting Medical Director at Physicians for Reproductive Health made the following statement:

“I want to thank Governor Cuomo for taking action to secure women’s reproductive health care in New York state. By requiring health insurers to cover contraception without burdensome and expensive co-pays, Governor Cuomo has taken a big step to solidify the birth control wins in the Affordable Care Act and shows support for good medical care. These new rules will not only help women with birth control costs and create fewer trips to the pharmacy, they also make abortion more affordable for some women. Governor Cuomo’s policy will cement New York state as a national leader for women’s health. I am proud to practice medicine in a state that reaches for medical progress, no matter what happens on the federal level in the years ahead.”

  

Physicians Say that Blocking Tom Price’s Nomination Is the Only Thing to Do for the Health of the Country

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

“The nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) is an aggressive attack against reproductive health care. Over and over, Rep. Price has been a staunch and rigid opponent of women’s health and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during his time in Congress.

As physicians, we are appalled by his voting record in Congress. 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 shows that he does not understand what women need from their doctors. He cosponsored legislation that would have made abortion illegal nationwide in almost all cases, he voted to allow hospitals the right to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even in life-threatening cases, and he voted to limit medical students from being trained in abortion care. Rep. Price puts politics before medicine.

Rep. Price’s plan to repeal the ACA means dropping coverage of contraception without burdensome co-pays. Under the ACA, women have been able to afford FDA-approved methods of birth control, which allows women and health care providers to find the best method for each woman. We’ve seen big changes after ACA coverage of birth control, including the lowest abortion rate in decades. Contraception helps everyone, because when women can plan the timing and spacing of pregnancies, their own health and the well-being of their families improve. It’s difficult to comprehend how a medical professional could work to withhold birth control—something so beneficial to women that the Centers for Disease Control lauded it as one of the signature health achievements of the 20th Century.

Beyond women’s health, the allegations that Rep. Price profited from health-related stock trades while serving as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and sponsoring bills regulating the health care industry raise serious concerns. Can Rep. Price uphold the ethical standards and good judgment that the American people expect of their public officials?

The leader of HHS needs to understand and apply evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes for everyone, not make them worse. Rep. Price favors damaging legislation that creates harmful restrictions, which especially target young women, women with low incomes, women of color, and immigrant women—communities that already suffer from health disparities and inequalities. We believe these women need our best care and that Rep. Price won’t join us to work toward that goal.

Rep. Price would take the health care of this country backward.”