William K. Rashbaum, MD
William K. Rashbaum, MD, was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Reproductive Health until 2004. He was associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He was also on the faculty of Cornell University School of Medicine. He was an attending obstetrician at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx and Beth Israel Medical Center and New York Hospital in Manhattan. As a young physician, Dr. Rashbaum was regularly called upon to attend to women who had been seriously injured by illegal abortions. Dr. Rashbaum died May 2, 2005, at the age of 79.
To honor his memory, every year Physicians for Reproductive Health awards one physician the William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award, which honors a doctor who provides outstanding abortion services and serves as an inspirational leader for colleagues, residents, and medical students.