Steering Committees

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Edward (Ted) Yaghmour, M.D., FASA, Chair
Klaus Kjaer, M.D., M.B.A., Vice Chair
Ronald George, M.D., FRCPC
Grant C. Lynde, M.D., M.B.A.
Ruthi Landau, M.D.


The Executive Committee acts with the authority of the Board of Directors for urgent or sensitive matters. Responsibilities include determining the agenda for Board meetings, tracking the progress of committees, and reviewing the annual independent audit.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Grant C. Lynde, M.D., M.B.A., Chair
Klaus Kjaer, M.D., M.B.A., Vice Chair
Michaela K. Farber, M.D., M.S.
Emily Stockert, M.D., M.B.A.
Mahesh Vaidyanathan, M.D., M.B.A.


The Finance Committee determines the return on investment of new projects, clarifies revenue streams, reviews ongoing cash flows, proposes the annual budget, presents the annual financial report, and oversees industry relationships.

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Ronald George, M.D., FRCPC, Chair
Alexander J. Butwick, M.B.,B.S., FRCA, M.S., Vice Chair
Jennifer Dominguez, M.D.
Allison Lee, M.D.
Richard Month, M.D.
Ruthi Landau, M.D. (ex officio)


The Governance Committee oversees nomination, election, and orientation processes; coordinates the charters of committees, projects and special interest groups; maintains policies, procedures, and bylaws; interfaces with the management staff; and periodically assesses governance structure.

MEMBER VALUE COMMITTEE
Klaus Kjaer, M.D., M.B.A., Chair
Rayna Clay, M.D., Vice Chair
Ronald George, M.D., FRCPC 
Carlos Delgado, M.D..
Kathleen Smith, M.D.
Vibha Mahendra, M.D.
Feyce Peralta, M.D.


The Member Value Committee defines and works to enhance membership value, promotes membership development, oversees the recruitment of new members, reports on membership feedback and trends, and recommends strategies for SOAP’s online presence.

INTERSOCIETY COMMITTEE
Jamie D. Murphy, M.D., Chair
Lisa R. Leffert, M.D., Vice Chair
Brendan Carvalho, M.B., B.Ch., FRCA
Nicole Durko, M.D.
Rachel M. Kacmar, M.D.
Grace Lim, M.D., M.S.
Caitlin Sutton, M.D.


The Intersociety Committee defines best practices in collaboration with other professional societies and initiatives related to optimizing maternal and fetal safety. The committee oversees the Centers of Excellence program; consensus statements, practice advisories, and interim recommendations; and intersociety councils.

ANNUAL MEETING & LIVE EVENTS COMMITTEE
Heather C. Nixon, M.D., Chair
Rebecca D. Minehart, M.D., M.Ed., Vice Chair
David Gambling, M.D.
Thomas T. Klumpner, M.D.
Amy Lee, M.D.
Pervez Sultan, M.D.
Brandan Togioka, M.D.


The Annual Meeting & Live Events Committee oversees live in-person events and virtual programming. The committee evaluates and recommends virtual platforms, proposes scientific and social programs, evaluates in-person meeting venues, and defines opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Dan Katz, M.D., Chair
Allison J. Lee, M.D., M.S., M.B.B.S., Vice Chair
Jennifer Banayan, M.D.
Michaela K. Farber, M.D., M.S.
Clemens Ortner, M.D.
Grace Shih, M.D.
David Stahl, M.D.


The Education Committee manages asynchronous online educational content, CME offerings, program innovation (e.g., simulation, professional development), fellowship curriculum updates, resident recruitment, and patient educational materials.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE
Phil Hess, M.D., Chair
Cynthia A. Wong, M.D., Vice Chair
David Arnolds, M.D.
Jake Beilin, M.D.
Anthony Chau, M.D.
Grace Lim,  M.D., M.S.
Carolyn Weiniger, M.D.


The Research Committee directs research related to the optimization of maternal and fetal health. Oversight includes output of the research network, grants, mentoring and review of research abstracts and case studies for the Annual Meeting.