The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (GWMFA) is pleased to announce a leadership transition in the Division of Midwifery. Whitney Pinger, CNM, FACNM, the visionary founder of midwifery at GWMFA, is stepping down from her role as Division Director after 9 years of service to the GWMFA. She is passing the helm to national leader Maria Christina “Tina” Johnson, CNM, FACNM effective January 1, 2019.
Since joining the MFA in 2010, Ms. Pinger has helped build GW Midwifery from a new practice to a nationally-respected program with 13 midwives and a more than 70 deliveries per month. Over this period, she has been instrumental in working with the team to develop the innovative GW Model of Collaborative Care that has earned local as well as national renown. She is an expert in midwifery and has led important initiatives such as primary cesarean prevention, increasing rates of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Her strong advocacy for normal birth and collaborative practice infuse her teaching and her midwifery practice. Ms. Pinger created the innovative interdisciplinary GW Midwifery Fellowship. Her attention to clinical care, education, and research has contributed to the careers of countless students, fellows, residents, medical faculty, nurses, and peers. Under Ms. Pinger’s leadership our midwives have achieved a 6% cesarean delivery rate and a natural childbirth rate of 82%. Ms. Pinger has also been an influential co-leader of the GW Vaginal Breech Initiative.
Following the transition, Ms. Pinger will focus on strategic initiatives, practice expansion, and innovative inter-professional education models to serve the needs of our patients. She will continue to offer clinical, administrative, and educational mentorship to the midwives, residents, fellows, and students, and share her expertise nationally. Ms. Pinger has recently been accepted into a Doctorate of Midwifery program.
Ms. Tina Johnson joined the GWMFA in January 2018. She brings 20 years of experience as a midwife and is the former Director of Midwifery Services at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore. Most recently, she was the Director of Midwifery Practice, Education and Global Outreach at the American College of Nurse-Midwives, where she provided national and global leadership on women’s health, evidence-based practice, maternity care workforce, health policy and legislation. She has expertise in quality improvement, cesarean prevention, physiologic birth and collaborative practice. She is a published author, a peer reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and other journals, and has given numerous professional presentations during the course of her career. Ms. Johnson’s vision for the Division includes better serving the women and families of the greater DC area by expanding access to evidence-based, satisfying midwifery care, improving and streamlining services, reducing disparities, and continuing to develop and mentor the clinical leaders of our future.
Through this transition the Midwifery Faculty will continue to thrive and expand upon the exceptional GW Model of Collaborative Care, helping to move the Midwifery Division and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in new and exciting directions.