Dr. Vanessa Cullins is Vice President for External Medical Affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and is responsible for leadership and administration of the Medical Affairs Division. Dr. Cullins has extensive clinical and administrative experience in reproductive health. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she served as vice president and medical director of EngenderHealth, where she provided oversight and direction of technical teams responsible for providing technical support for reproductive health service delivery in over 25 countries.
For several years in the 1990s, Dr. Cullins worked simultaneously as an attending physician in the Ob/Gyn Department of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, as an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and as acting director of the Bureau of Adolescent Reproductive and Women's Health for the city of Baltimore.
Dr. Cullins serves on a number of subcommittees and advisory boards, including the Obstetrics Subcommittee of the New York State Department of Health, and is chair of the International Subcommittee, American Medical Women's Association, Reproductive Health Initiative.
A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Cullins received her MD and MPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cullins has been extensively involved with research in contraception and reproductive health and is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles on new developments in this field. She has given presentations about her research at scientific and professional meetings and provides peer review for several medical journals.