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Vanessa Cullins, M.D.

Vanessa Cullins

Dr. Vanessa Cullins is vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and is responsible for leadership at the intersections of medical services, communications, and public policy. She works across departments and divisions to assist in development of multifaceted coordinated approaches to health care information, approaches, and improved medical services access. 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 both director for reproductive health policy and acting director of the Bureau of Adolescent Reproductive and Women's Health for the Baltimore City Health Department.

Dr. Cullins serves on a number of subcommittees, advisory boards and boards of directors, including the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologist’s Well Woman Task Force, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and Reproductive Health Technologies Project. In 2012, Dr. Cullins was the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Grand Rounds Lecturer for the Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Kelly Society, and in 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Medical Alumna Award for the Class of 1983, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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 service delivery issues 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 has provided peer review for several medical journals.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Vanessa Cullins, please call the PPFA media team at 212-261-4433.

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