2015 Hettie Butler Terry Community Service Award
Ronald W. Orso, MD, FACS
Ronald W. Orso was born in Bessemer, Alabama on December 26, 1945. He attended Bessemer Junior High School and graduated from Ensley High School in 1964. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Alabama in 1968 and was admitted to The University of Alabama School of Medicine. He graduated from medical school in 1972 and was accepted for an ObGyn residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital. He is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
He has been in private practice in Birmingham for thirty-nine years as a founding and senior partner of Birmingham Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC. He is also a part-time Staff Physician for Med-Help Urgent Care. He has served as President of the Caduceus Club and on the Caduceus Club Board of Directors. He has served as President of the Medical Staff at Trinity Medical Center and as President of the Trinity Medical Center Executive Committee.
Dr. Orso is a past President and Vice President of the Jefferson County Medical Society. He is currently serving as the Medical Director of ExpectCare Hospice. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and is an adjunct instructor for The University of Alabama School of Nursing. He served thirty-two years in the Alabama Army National Guard and retired as a Colonel in 2005. During his years of service, he served in Operation Desert Storm and as Chief Medical Officer of the 109th Evac Hospital in Birmingham.
His passion has become volunteering at M-Power Ministries in Birmingham, a faith based organization that provides free medical care and free medicine to indigent populations. He ran a two week M-Power clinic after the 2011 tornadoes in Pratt City, Alabama and continues to serve that ministry on a monthly basis. He has been married to his wife, Diane, for forty-two years. They have three children Jennifer, John, and Jordan, and have been blessed with eight grandchildren. He was nominated by Dr. Pink Folmar.