Each year at MSFC’s Conference on Family Planning, Medical Students for Choice presents the MSFC Alumni Award to former MSFC members in recognition of the positive impact they have had on abortion care for the women in their communities. This year’s recipients are Dr. David Eisenberg and Dr. Debra Stulberg.
Dr. David Eisenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis and the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. Dr. Eisenberg entered medical school planning on a career in orthopedics but refocused his career toward women’s health after discovering MSFC. He led the MSFC chapter at the University of Alabama, Birmingham before going to Northwestern University to complete both his residency and his Fellowship in Family Planning. As an ob/gyn in St. Louis, Dr. Eisenberg is one of only a handful of physicians providing abortion care in Missouri. He has been targeted online and at his home for being a physician of conscience, fulfilling what he feels is his professional obligation to the patients he serves.
Dr. Debra Stulberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Stulberg joined MSFC as a student at Harvard Medical School and became one of MSFC’s Regional Coordinators in her clinical years. Defying Harvard convention, she chose to pursue a residency in family medicine back in her hometown of Chicago where she quickly learned her residency program was merging with a Catholic-affiliated healthcare company. Dr. Stulberg faced, and overcame, incredible barriers to training in abortion care while a resident. These obstacles led her to found the Midwest Access Project, an organization based in Chicago which is dedicated to providing abortion training to medical students, residents, and mid-level clinicians in the Midwest. Since 2007, 150 people have been trained through the Midwest Access Project. As a teacher, trainer, and researcher, Dr. Stulberg has truly distinguished herself among her peers.
As an organization we are incredibly humbled to be surrounded by alumni who are leading voices in the reproductive health movement, and who have courageously answer the call to be committed, compassionate abortion providers.