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Herschel W. Lawson, MD

Women's Health Policy Consultant, Assistant Clinical Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Lawson is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist with almost 40 years of clinical practice experience in both private and public settings. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lawson retired in January, 2009, from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and from the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA. At CDC, he served as Medical Director of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for more than ten years and as a clinical consultant to other CDC Cancer Division program activities since 1993. Dr. Lawson completed his Ob-Gyn residency at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in 1973, and is an alumnus of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (1988) at CDC. Besides 12 years of private OB-Gyn practice in Portland, OR, he was a general medical officer and Ob-Gyn in the Indian Health Service, and a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health at the CDC. Dr. Lawson graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1963 and it’s Medical School in 1967. He is author or co-author of five textbook chapters, several World Health Organization and International Agency for Research in Cancer publications, more than 75 scientific articles published in both CDC and peer-reviewed journals on reproductive health, cancer screening and early detection, and HPV vaccine use, and numerous abstracts of presentations made in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Dr. Lawson received several USPHS individual and group awards during his government service and in 2012 received the ASCCP Meritorious Service Award for various accomplishments.  Dr. Lawson is a member of ASCCP and currently serves on the Program Committee and as co-chair of the accreditation subcommittee. 

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