Kelly Culwell, MD, MPH, Joins WomanCare Global as Chief Medical Officer

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SAN DIEGO, March 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WomanCare Global is pleased to announce that Kelly Culwell, MD, MPH, has joined WomanCare Global as Chief Medical Officer.

"Dr. Culwell is a tremendous asset to WomanCare Global as a leader and a clinician and we are so pleased that she is joining our team," said Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global. "She will lead the medical team responsible for our key program initiatives, EECO and MAX, and will work to ensure that we deliver against our mission of providing safe, reliable, affordable and effective reproductive healthcare products to healthcare providers and the women they serve around the world."

As a trained gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Culwell has worked extensively, both in research and practice, to break down the barriers between women and their access to reproductive health services, including contraception and safe abortion. Dr. Culwell is a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Diego and Davis campuses, and has published widely in journals including Contraception, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her work includes the development of global guidelines for clinical practice and frequent lectures for medical students and healthcare providers. Dr. Culwell completed her medical training and residency at the University of California, Davis and University of California, San Diego, respectively. She earned a Master of Public Health from Northwestern University, where she also completed a fellowship in family planning and contraception.

Dr. Culwell was a Medical Adviser and then Consultant to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and prior to that, she served as a Medical Officer with the World Health Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to serving as WomanCare Global's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Culwell will continue to serve in her current role as Senior Medical Advisor for EngenderHealth and as the Medical Director of the Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, a position she has held since August 2013.

About WomanCare Global

Meeting the vast unmet demand for family planning and enabling women to choose whether and when they'll have children requires investing in cost-effective, innovative approaches. WomanCare Global's mission is to provide access to reproductive health solutions for women and girls around the world. Leveraging our medical, social and commercial expertise, we have built a sustainable value chain that enables us to reliably deliver high-quality products and point of care services, resulting in more informed providers and more family planning options for women and girls. WomanCare Global is a global non-profit healthcare company focused on women's reproductive health and our model is to redirect financial surplus achieved from sales in developed countries to under-served markets to eliminate economic and geographic barriers and thereby increase impact. For more information, please visit

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