Allan Rosenfield, MD, FACOG

2006 Kenneth J. Ryan, MD, Physician Leadership Award Winner

“More than 500,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related complications. This is not acceptable. We don’t need a new vaccine or drug, or other technologies; we just need to put in place what we already know.”
Lifestyles Magazine, April 2005

Dr. Allan Rosenfield served as Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for over twenty years, starting in 1985. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was a member of numerous scientific and professional organizations and has served on the boards and/or committees of a wide range of international, national, state, and local health-related organizations.

Dr. Rosenfield was a member of the boards of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and served on advisory committees to other national foundations. He served as president of the New York Obstetrical Society, chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health, chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of WHO’s Human Reproduction Programme, and chair of the Boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, EngenderHealth and the Guttmacher Institute. For 10 years, Dr. Rosenfield was chair of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Advisory Council. He is currently chair of amfAR’s Program Board. In addition, Dr. Rosenfield was a founder of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.

Dr. Rosenfield’s research, teaching and advocacy, are world renowned. As a result, he has received honors that include awards from the Government of Thailand, the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, the American Public Health Association (the Martha May Elliot and Carl Schultz Awards), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (the Margaret Sanger Award). He has written extensively on domestic and international issues in the fields of population, women’s reproductive health, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, human rights, and health policy, and has developed major global initiatives on maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS.

PRCH mourned the loss a great advocate, colleague and friend when Dr. Rosenfield passed away in 2008.