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Thomas F. Purdon, MD, FACOG

Dr. Purdon is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona. He is also the consultant in Gynecology to the United Community Health Centers of Arizona.

Dr. Purdon is a recent Past-President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), as well as a Past-President of the advocacy group, OB-GYNS for Women’s Health. He has served on the governing board for the Jacobs Institute for Women’s Health. His research contributions have been made in the areas of hormone therapy, estrogen therapy in surgically induced menopausal women, and in dysfunctional uterine bleeding for the Surgical Treatment Outcomes Project. Special interest areas include management of abnormal uterine bleeding, hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation.

Given his life-long commitment to improving the health outcomes for women, he speaks frequently to the national medical community on the management of abnormal uterine bleeding, risk assessment strategies for breast cancer, the continuing controversy over hormone therapy, and umbilical cord blood banking. Dr. Purdon also serves as a consultant for United Community Health Centers, a community-based group of primary care clinics in Southern Arizona that cares for women of all socio-economic levels.

He has recently been chosen as “Best Doctors in America for 2007-2008” and “Best Doctors in Tucson.” He is frequently asked to speak and conduct surgical teaching sessions on endometrial ablation in the United States as well as in Mexico, Central and South America.

Dr. Purdon is a leader in highlighting primary care initiatives for Ob/Gyns. He is the current Co-Chair (joint with AAFP) of the AAFP-ACOG liaison committee and served in this role for ten years. He served on the ACOG presidential task force for the re-evaluation of scope and content of primary care for the Ob/Gyn.

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