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The Thomas A. Leonard Memorial Lecture is a prestigious talk given at WAPC’s Annual Conference. Thomas Leonard, a highly respected obstetrician and professor at UW Madison, was a founder of the Perinatal Foundation. Today, scholars from around the world are invited to speak on a wide range of innovative topics in perinatal health. 

Past Thomas A. Leonard Memorial Lectures 
  • 2022 | Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH on “Black Reproductive Health: Getting at the Root Cause of Inequity”
  • 2021 | Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS on “Shared Decision Making in Periviable Counseling”
  • 2019 | Karol Kaltenbach, PhD on “Treatment for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Considerations for Mother and Child”

  • 2018 | Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH on “Human Trafficking and Pregnancy: Improving the Health Care Response Where Vulnerabilities Collide”
  • 2017 | Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD on “Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism”
  • 2016 | M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH on “Level of Maternal Care: The new “Toward Improving the Outcomes of Pregnancy”
  • 2015 | Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, PhD on “The Early and the Ancestral Microbiome”

  • 2014 | Sabrina Craigo, MD on “Perinatal Transport in 2014”

  • 2013 | Debra B. Selip, MD on “The Late Preterm and Early Term Brain: Physiology, Pathology, and Outcomes”

  • 2012 | Peter H. Cherouny, MD on “Decreasing Elective Deliveries Prior to 39 Completed Weeks”

  • 2011 | Rosemary White-Traut, PhD, RN, FAAN on “Developmental Interventions for At-Risk Infants”

  • 2010 | Ellen Hodnett, RN, PhD, FCAHS on “Evidence-Based Care: Challenges in Implementing Cochrane Reviews”

  • 2009 | James W. Collins, Jr., MD, MPH on “New Insights into the Racial Disparity in Pregnancy Outcomes: A Life Course Perspective”

  • 2008 | Judith S. Mercer, PhD, CNM, FACNM on “Umbilical Cord Clamping: First, Do No Harm”