Dr Ralph Hale is the FIGO’s Honorary Treasurer.
Dr Hale has long been a leader among his fellow obstetrician-gynecologists, and has devoted his career to furthering women’s health around the world.
He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1960. Following his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, he began his medical career at the University of Hawaii, where in 1975 he was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a position in which he served until he joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as Executive Vice President in 1993. He served in this role until 2011.
Dr Ralph Hale has been extensively involved in FIGO activities for almost 20 years, and has served on the Executive Committee for 16 years. He was Chair of the Organizing Committee for the XIX Cape Town Congress in 2009 and was responsible for the management of all aspects of the meeting, except for the scientific program. He also served on many FIGO committees, including the program committee and scientific committee for at least two FIGO congresses; selection committees for the present CEO, the PCO and future meeting sites; and the committee to twin with lesser developed societies. When called upon, Dr Hale also has served as FIGO’s designated representative in place of FIGO officers at professional gatherings such as the Pan American Health meeting.
Dr Hale is accustomed to managing budgets and personnel due to his previous position as Executive Vice President of ACOG, where he handled a budget of over $40 million and managed more than 200 employees. During his tenure, Dr Hale ably led more than 58,000 members across North America and beyond.
Dr Hale is devoted to a woman’s true well-being, as evidenced by his interest in programs and research in women and exercise. He developed a health curriculum for undergraduates and served as team physician for women’s sports at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Among his more than 200 publications are many research articles on the effects of exercise. Dr Hale also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee for 16 years and was Vice President from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, he was Chef de Mission in charge of the U.S. Olympic Team for Atlanta. In addition, Dr Hale has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.