Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture, 2000

2000 Dr. Luella Klein

Luella KleinDr. Luella Klein delivered the second annual lecture in the Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lectureship on Women in the Health Professions series. Her talk, titled " Birth Control: Are Women on the Right Track?" took place on October 11, 2000. Dr. Klein is the Charles Howard Candler Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a subspecialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has a long time interest in women's health care issues and reproductive health policy.

She received her BA (summa cum laude) and MD degrees at the University of Iowa and her Obstetric and Gynecological specialty training at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by a Fulbright Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of London in England.

Dr. Klein has been in private practice and was the Assistant Director of Clinical Research at Bristol Laboratories. She was Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine from 1986 to 1993, the first and only woman to be named chair in the Emory School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Maternal and Infant Care Project, the Comprehensive Care Program for high-risk obstetric patients at Grady Memorial Hospital. She is Vice President of Women's Health of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Luella Klein has received awards from the Georgia Perinatal Association, the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, an Atlanta Women History Maker Award, the American Medical Women's Association Elizabeth Blackwell Award, the Emory Medal, the Daggett Harvey Award of the Chicago Maternity Center and Northwestern University, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Distinguished Service Award, the Georgia Commission on Women's Award, Georgia Women Pioneers in Health Care 1998 and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jacobs Institute 1998.

Dr. Klein has been President of the Atlanta Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the Society of Maternal and Infant Care Project Directors, and been President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is currently Director of Women's Health Issues for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Klein is Past President, former Vice President of Atlanta's Planned Parenthood, member and former Chair of the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) Board of Directors and past member of the National Academy Sciences Committee for the Study of Prevention of Low Weight Births, a member of the Southern Governor's Task Force on Infant Mortality and the National Institutes of Health Content of Prenatal Care Committee. She is a member and Past Chair of the Maternal and Infant Health Committee of the Medical Association of Georgia, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Berlex Foundation, a member of the Board of Family Health International, member and Past Chair of the Governing Council and Policy Committee of the Maternal and Infant Health Section of the American Hospital Association and Past Member of the ABOG and its Maternal Fetal Medicine Division. Dr. Klein is is also a past member of the Medical Education Foundation and Executive Committee of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.