In honor of Douglas R. Knab, M.D. (February 26, 1930 to June 24, 2016), founding Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, USU SOM, and founding Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, USU SOM.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology community was saddened to learn of the passing on June 24, 2016, of Douglas R. Knab, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret), Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology, USU. Dr. Knab’s vision, leadership style, and commitment to excellence in scholarship were recognized locally and nationally, having a highly significant impact in all areas with which he actively engaged.
Already stationed at the Naval Hospital Bethesda as a gynecologic oncologist and the Obstetrics and Gynecology service Chief, in 1976 he was appointed the founding Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at USU. He recruited nationally known faculty including CAPT Robert Cephalo as Vice Chair at Bethesda Naval Hospital and COL Robert Park as Vice Chair at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Under his leadership the Department flourished with the development of subspecialty fellowship programs in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in his early years as well as continuing to support the two residency training programs at Bethesda and Walter Reed. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1983, he successfully competed for his position as civilian chair at USU, a role which he continued until 1992. When the need was identified, he stepped forward to assume the duties as the first Associate Dean for Graduate Medicine Education at USU in addition to his duties as Department Chair.
Dr. Knab’s additional roles in the National Capital Area included serving as the Consultant Physician to the President for Obstetrics and Gynecology (White House) and Consultant to the Office of the Attending Physician for Obstetrics and Gynecology, United States Capital. He served actively in a number of leadership roles at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Already Chair of the Armed Forces District of ACOG, he became Chair of the ACOG Council of District Chairs representing all Districts of the College.
Following his retirement from the USU in 1992, he and his wife Dorothy moved to the St. Petersburg, FL, area where he maintained a teaching role at the University of South Florida as a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Tampa Bay Research Institute, and a Member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at the Eckerd College. The funeral service for Dr. Knab was held on July 1, 2016, in Florida.