Douglas Laube ’66

2011 Distinguished Citizen Award

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Douglas Laube's exemplary life and career have been woven around three parts—physician, teacher, and volunteer.

As a physician, Laube—who has a medical degree from the University of Iowa—is a nationally recognized expert in obstetrics and gynecology. He was named president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2006.

Last spring Laube was selected as one of ten Jefferson Science Fellows for 2010–11. He has spent the year working for USAID in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health and in the Office of Maternal and Child Health of the Bureau for Global Health, where he is providing policy consultation on international maternal health programs.

As a teacher—for 17 years at the University of Iowa's medical school and 13 years as chair of the University of Wisconsin's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology—Laube won numerous teaching awards.

His devotion to education was such that he earned a master of education degree in health science education in order to improve his teaching. Throughout his years in academic medicine, Laube has volunteered at maternal, walk-in, and free clinics. He has been instrumental in developing educational programs in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan, and consulted on a project with six Central American countries on medical residency curricula.

Recently, he has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Health to address maternal health issues and also has volunteered with Physicians for Reproductive Choice and the Centering Health Care Institute.

"To me, Doug embodies the idea of a life of service," wrote classmate John Gregor Mihelic ’66. "He has put his training and knowledge into service to the worldwide community. We are all the beneficiaries."