Diversity Accomplishments & Recognition

UVA has been recognized as a Diversity Champion

Logo: Diversity Champion 2017


Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. Known for visionary leadership, Diversity Champions are institutions that set the standard for thousands of other campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion. They develop successful strategies and programs, which then serve as models of excellence for other institutions. Diversity Champion schools exceed everyday expectations, often eclipsing their own goals.

Our SNMA Chapter has been selected by the Seven Society as the 2017 winners of the James Earle Sargeant Award.

This award recognizes an organization that has worked consistently to benefit the University community.

“The UVA Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has successfully realized the association’s national mission here in Charlottesville, VA. The organization’s efforts in community outreach, academic programming, and mentoring relationships have become an integral part of the medical student experience and the overall culture of the UVA Health System. In addition, these sustainable programs have helped break down boundaries between the School of Medicine and the surrounding community. The UVA Chapter has truly been an agent of change here at the University and its recent recognition as chapter of the year within its region was very well-deserved. Indeed, the UVA Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has been and will continue to be a student organization the University is proud to call her own.”

Dr. Randolph Canterbury,Photo: Dr. Randolph Canterbury, UVA
named a recipient of the
2017 John T. Casteen, III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award

Dr. Randolph Canterbury: Changing the Face and Culture of Medicine at UVA

Now senior associate dean for education in the School of Medicine, Canterbury first came to UVA in 1980 to serve his residency in internal medicine and psychiatry. Over the years, he has held several leadership roles, chairing the psychiatry department, and, in 2014, serving for a year as interim dean of the Medical School.
But it was his role in overhauling the admissions process that has changed the face and culture of medicine at UVA.
After becoming associate dean of admissions  in 2003, he saw that the percentage of medical students from underrepresented groups was unacceptably low. He restructured the admissions committee, bringing together a more diverse team and broadening the criteria for considering applications to include more students from different backgrounds, eventually expanding the idea of diversity to include LGBT students, who had largely been overlooked, as well as women and students of color.
The percentage of medical students from underrepresented backgrounds increased from less than 6 percent to 26 percent over a decade, and it continues at about that level. At the same time, the overall performance of UVA medical students and their academic credentials improved dramatically.
“Our data suggest, indeed, increasing diversity increases academic excellence in medical education,” wrote the members of the School of Medicine Diversity Consortium.
Canterbury has been invited to give presentations about UVA’s success to other groups, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, and his work has been referenced in medical education literature, wrote alumnus Dr. Michael Moxley, now medical director at Georgetown University, who was the UVA School of Medicine’s assistant and then associate dean for diversity and medical education from 2009 to 2014.
The sustainable and quantifiable results are only part of the story, however, according to his nominators. They emphasized “the passion for and the dedication to diversity that Dr. Canterbury exemplifies each and every day.”
Together with the first assistant dean for diversity he hired, they traveled around the state and the country to speak to and recruit students, even in high schools. He established a retreat for the admissions committee on cross-cultural sensitivity, diversity and inclusion. Canterbury met individually with all the Medical School applicants invited for an interview, memorizing their names, schools and hometowns.
“These actions put them at ease, so that they could be their best and authentic selves and shine in their interviews. Written comments from School of Medicine Admissions surveys noted this, again, and again,” wrote his Diversity Consortium nominators.
The UVA chapters of the Student National Medical Association and Latino Student Medical Association, among several others, also supported Canterbury’s nomination.
In their letter, the student representatives of these associations wrote, “Our community of students is supportive and loving of each other. We feel that we have a voice, and Dr. Canterbury created an admissions process to make this a reality. So Dr. Canterbury’s vision is what has allowed us to grow and thrive in this community.”
“It has been very exciting and gratifying to have played a role in helping our school become more diverse and achieve a higher degree of excellence in medical education,” Canterbury said.

Dr. Gregory Townsend received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into DiversityGraphic: Giving Back Award

Dr. Gregory Townsend received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities. Dr. Gregory Townsend will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion.Photo: Two people together in a garden

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Dr. Gregory Townsend due to his ongoing engagement within his community as well as his advocacy in the School of Medicine. Dr. Townsend encourages a broad sense of inclusion and also embraces the breadth of diversity within the education realm. Dr. Townsend has been a role model of inclusivity and has advanced the vital mission of creating a more diverse environment at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Townsend has been outspoken in increasing all forms of diversity that includes disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, race/ethnicity, nationality, and other social dimensions that are important for the School and academic medicine. Dr. Townsend exemplifies the qualities of a great community leader as he promotes a vibrant energy for change in all areas of both his personal and professional life.

“The Giving Back Award is being awarded to leaders of institutions of higher education who exemplify what it truly means to ‘give back’ to others,” says Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “These administrators are role models, and we honor their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in their communities.”

A call for nominations for the Giving Back Award was announced in October 2016. Award recipients include administrators of both community colleges and baccalaureate-granting institutions. For more information about the 2017 Giving Back Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.

Photo: Dr. Fern Hauck and Charles Lewis

Dr. Fern Hauck and Charles Lewis
were both awarded the
2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
University of Virginia Health System Award

Established in 2013, Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award is presented annually to a student, faculty or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and teachings, in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness, in accordance with the institution’s mission and values.

Check out NBC’s coverage of the event here.

“The Marcus L. Martin Distinguished Professorship of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine”
created by the Board of Visitors

Photo: Marcus L. Martin MD

Dr. Martin is a native of Covington, Virginia, who earned his bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology (1970) and chemical engineering (1971) from North Carolina State University. While at N.C. State, he was the first African American to play varsity football and was a founding member of their Board of Visitors. He was a member of the charter class of Eastern Virginia Medical School and the first African American graduate; he took his medical degree in 1976.
Dr. Martin was commissioned by the U.S. Public Health Service and later served as general medical officer at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Cincinnati in 1981 and held a series of staff and administrative/teaching posts at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where he also served on the Pastoral Care Committee.
Dr. Martin is professor and past chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University. He held the chair position from July 1996 to December 2006. Dr. Martin also served as the clinical director of the summer program for underrepresented pre-med students, the Summer Medical Dental Education Program (formerly MAAP). He was the first African American to head a clinical department at the University.
During his tenure in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Martin established the Emergency Medicine Center for Education, Research and Technology Board and the Life Saving Techniques course for medical students which uses computerized human patient simulation.
Dr. Martin has published widely in journals and has contributed textbook and book chapters in his area of medical expertise. In addition, Dr. Martin has served as Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Equity, and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity. On July 25, 2009, Dr. Martin was appointed Interim Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity. On April 1, 2011, Dr. Martin was appointed Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity.
Dr. Marcus Martin’s passion for outreach is well known and much appreciated in the community. Dr. Martin serves on the Chaplaincy Service Pastoral Consultation Committee. He was a Board Member for 12 years and past president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). He is past president of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors. He received the 1994 Emergency Medicine Residents’ Joseph F. Waeckerle Founders Award. He is the recipient of the 2008 SAEM Diversity Interest Group Leadership Award, named the Marcus L. Martin Leadership Award in his honor. Dr. Martin serves as co-chair of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, and his office coordinates numerous committees and councils in support of diversity and inclusion as well as the annual Charlottesville Community Health Fair and the annual Community Martin Luther King Celebration.
In service to the University and community, Dr. Martin serves on numerous committees and boards. He is the principal investigator for the NSF grant- funded Virginia-North Carolina Alliance, leading an alliance of nine Virginia and North Carolina institutions whose goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students receiving science, technology, engineering, and math degrees.

Jordan Hall to be renamed in honor of
Dr. Vivian Pinn

Photo: Dr. Vivian Pinn

Last week, the Board of Visitors voted to rename Jordan Hall in honor of Dr. Vivian Pinn, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Class of 1967. Having recognized the service of Dean Harvey Jordan for more than 45 years – and as we refurbish our central research facility – this is an opportune time to create a new representation of UVA’s inspiring medical education and research. Along with the renaming of Jordan Hall, we will also commission a Nobel Atrium to honor the Nobel laureates in medicine who did pioneering work at UVA.
Our goal is to provide a shining light into our bright future, reflecting the accomplishments of modern day luminaries who provide us with stellar examples of what persistence, diligence, teamwork and creativity can achieve. As a group of School of Medicine leaders discussed for whom Jordan Hall should be renamed as part of this effort, Dr. Pinn was the consensus choice.
Honored for her work as a physician, scientist, researcher and scholar, Dr. Pinn embodies the values, character and skills of a leader whom  we want our students and faculty to emulate as we strive to improve the human condition. She was the sole female and minority member of the Class of 1967 at the UVA School of Medicine. She had an illustrious career at both Tufts Medical School and at Howard University College of Medicine, where she became the first African-American woman to chair Howard’s Department of Pathology. Dr. Pinn served as the first director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, and during her time at NIH instituted a national project to re-examine priorities for the women’s health research agenda in the U.S.
She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1995 and received special recognition from the American Association of Medical Colleges in 2011 for her exceptional leadership to improve health and career opportunities for women and minorities. In 2012, she earned the first Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health from the Congress on Women’s Health. Earlier this year, she was named to Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame.
Dr. Pinn has been honored on multiple occasions by UVA. In 2005 she became the first African-American woman to give the University’s Commencement Address, and in 2010 the School of Medicine named one of its advisory colleges for medical students in her honor.

Logo: Excellence in DiversityThe University of Virginia received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine will be featured, along with 30 other recipients, in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“Our plan is to shift the responsibility for diversity and inclusiveness onto all administrators, faculty, staff, researchers, and students within the School of Medicine.”
– Greg Townsend, MD
UVA School of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected UVA’s School of Medicine based on the institution’s success on how it values, engages, and includes diverse faculty, staff, students, patients, and suppliers. More than a short-term project or a narrow initiative, UVA’s School of Medicine has a comprehensive approach that requires fundamental transformation of the School’s culture by embedding and practicing inclusion in every effort, aspect, and level of the institution.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

For more information about the 2016 Health Professions HEED Award, click here.

 Shannon Moonah, MD, has received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Harold Amos Medical Faculty Photo: Shannon Moonah, MDDevelopment Program Award

The School of Medicine’s Shannon Moonah, MD, has received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Award in recognition of his work in medical school and residency. The award is offered to faculty members of historically disadvantaged backgrounds with the intention of helping them achieve a senior rank in academic medicine and, in turn, furthering diversity in the realm of medicine.

Award recipients serve as a support network and role models for underrepresented populations as they progress through academic medicine. Moonah joins three other people at the UVA School of Medicine who have received the award previously, including the school’s dean, David S. Wilkes, MD.

“I am truly honored that I was selected for this award and am so humbled to be in such an elite company,” Moonah said. “The award is a reflection of the strong mentorship that I have and continue to receive.”

image_previewDr. Michael D. Williams will head the University of Virginia Center for Health Policy

Williams is a surgeon at the UVa Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery. As director of the center, he will oversee a joint effort of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Medicine and the public health sciences department to provide nonpartisan research and analysis to policymakers. The center also provides students with opportunities for real-world experience.

Dr. Janet V. Cross, has been appointed to the position of Photo: Dr. Janet V. CrossAssistant Dean for Graduate Research and Training

Previously, Dr. Cross served as Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Research and Training.  She will continue the work of spearheading diversity recruitment/retention for the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) graduate program, leading training initiatives across Grounds for the Responsible Conduct of Research, directing the summer research programs in the School of Medicine, and providing general educational and logistical support for the BIMS and Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) graduate programs.  Dr. Cross’ activities in these areas add great value to the School of Medicine’s educational mission.

Pamela Sutton-Wallace photographed in the studio/Chapel Drive, Thursday May 8 2014.

UVA’s Medical Center CEO, Pamela Sutton-Wallace, received an award from Modern Healthcare magazine; “10 Minority Executives to Watch

Sutton-Wallace, 46, was the first African-American and the first woman to be hired for her position. Since joining the organization in July 2014, she has focused on increasing diversity through new and strengthened community partnerships. She was a recipient of Modern Healthcare’s Up & Comer award in 2007.


Kristen A. Atkins, M.D., Honored by UVM College of Medicine Medical Alumni AssociationPhoto: Kristen A. Atkins, M.D.

Distinguished Academic Achievement Award

Kristen A. Atkins, M.D.’96
Associate Professor, Pathology and Residency Program Director
University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia

A world-renowned pathologist, Dr. Atkins is associate professor of pathology and pathology residency program director at the University of Virginia. She is a co-author of a textbook on breast pathology, has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, and is conducting leading edge research on radiology and pathology correlations to aid in better triaging women with in determinant risk breast lesions for surgery or observation.

Dr. Joel Anderson is the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. UVA Health System Award.

Photo: Dr. Joel AndersonEstablished in 2013, the Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award is presented annually to a faculty or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and teachings, in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness, in accordance with the institution’s mission and values.

During Dr. Anderson’s time at the University of Virginia, he has consistently sought out opportunities to engage in activities and strategies related to diversity efforts. As a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Nursing from 2009 to 2012, he volunteered as a member of the School’s Diversity Committee. In 2010 Dr. Anderson played an active role as part of a grass-roots effort led by students, faculty, and staff to raise awareness of the concerns and experiences of the LGBTQ community following a series of teen suicides that garnered national attention. He was later invited by Dean Fontaine to serve as one of the School’s representatives on the Community MLK Celebration Planning Committee, a role in which he has continued to serve since joining the School of Nursing faculty in 2012.
In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Anderson collaborated in the organization and hosting of events related to nursing history. Dr. Anderson is currently working with Professor Barbra Mann Wall on a nursing history event highlighting the contributions of Black nurses during the Civil War through a screening and discussion of the up-coming PBS series ‘Mercy Street’.
Dr. Anderson’s program of research, regarding strategies for symptom management and caregiver support in dementia, explores health disparities among diverse populations. He and his colleagues were recently awarded a Change AGEnts Community Action grant to examine issues related to transitional care in racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities. He is involved in the development of an instrument to examine family quality of life in dementia and how this construct varies across populations, including African Americans and LGBTQ communities. Through his continuing diversity-related work at the University of Virginia, Dr. Anderson stands out as an exemplar of the ideals of Dr. King in terms of expanding cultural competence, addressing health care disparities, and fostering an environment of inclusiveness. Particularly, he has endeavored to expand the concept and perceptions of diversity while remaining true to the mission and values of the University of Virginia.

Photo: Dr. Linda DuskaDuska Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Research

Dr. Linda Duska has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Clinical Research, effective January 5, 2016. Dr. Duska is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, where she is fellowship director. Her research expertise is in clinical trials, particularly Phase I, and endometrial cancer. She is a member of the Faculty Senate and co-chair of the Committee on Women.
Previously, Dr. Duska served as Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Research. She will continue the work of supporting and enhancing all aspects of research and training in clinical investigation, including funding, space, compliance, and program development. This work is critical in carrying out the School of Medicine’s academic strategic plan and the Health System’s goal of increasing translational research.


Logo: Excellence in Diversity 2015

 We’ve been awarded the 2015 HEED Insight Into Diversity award again this year!

The University of Virginia has named Dr. David S. Wilkes as dean of the UVA School of Medicine.Photo: Dr. David S. Wilkes

A board-certified specialist in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine,Dr. David S. Wilkes is executive associate dean for research affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His five-year appointment as UVA’s dean begins Sept. 15. Wilkes will succeed Dr. Randolph J. Canterbury, who has served as interim dean since November 2014.
“Dr. Wilkes is a nationally recognized physician scientist in the field of lung immunology who has guided the academic research programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine through a period of renewal and growth,” said Dr. Richard P. Shannon, UVA’s executive vice president for health affairs. “His medical expertise, combined with his skill as an administrator, makes him an ideal fit as our next dean to lead our biomedical research renaissance.”
Wilkes has worked at Indiana University since 1992. In addition to his role as executive associate dean, he also serves as the university’s assistant vice president for research and as director of the Strategic Research Initiative for the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health, as well as director of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Initiative.
He has co-authored more than 100 research papers, holds six U.S. patents and is co-founder and chief scientific officer of ImmuneWorks Inc., which researches and develops treatments for immune-mediated lung diseases that include lung transplant rejection and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Wilkes’ commitment to education includes serving as national director of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2013 and earning the Alvin S. Bynum Mentoring Award from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for his work in mentoring students outside the classroom.
“Dr. Wilkes has demonstrated leadership and acumen in medical research and education,” President Teresa A. Sullivan said. “He understands the important role academic medicine plays in the life of a comprehensive research university and is well suited to lead the School of Medicine to greater heights of excellence. We look forward to welcoming him and his wife Toni to Charlottesville and the University community.”
“Dr. Wilkes has excelled as a mentor, researcher and educator,” said John D. Simon, UVA’s executive vice president and provost. “His well-rounded abilities make him an excellent fit as the next dean of the School of Medicine.”
Wilkes said he was drawn by the chance to work at UVA and with the Health System’s leaders, including Shannon and Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, chief executive officer of UVA Medical Center. He is looking forward to partnering with them to continue strengthening the Health System in all its facets.
“My goal is that we excel in all three areas of our mission – research, education and patient care,” he said. “I want us to be the place to be among academic medical centers.”
Wilkes received a bachelor of science degree from Villanova University; a medical degree from Temple University; completed his residency at Temple University Hospital; and completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is also a military veteran, having served three years as a major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps.


Society of Clinical Psychology’s Diversity PositionPhoto: J. Kim Penberthy, PhD

J. Kim Penberthy, PhD was just elected to the the Committee on Diversity of the Division for the Executive Committee of Society of Clinical Psychology.

Photo: Dr. Susan M. Pollart 2015 Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award

This year’s Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award recipient is Dr. Susan M. Pollart, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development and Ruth E. Murdaugh Professor of Family Medicine.
From the letter nominating Dr. Pollart to receive this award, “Dr. Pollart embodies the spirit and intent of the award through her excellence in leadership, mentoring, community service, and commitment to continuous learning. Dr. Pollart is a stalwart advocate of helping faculty, housestaff, students, and, in particular, women and minorities continue to grow and reach their potential within the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine.”
This award is made annually to a woman at UVa by means of a pan-university nomination and selection process. Recipients are selected on the basis of excellence in work that makes a direct and significant impact on the core academic enterprise of the University, and for outstanding service to the University, within and beyond the expectations of her position. Recipients receive $1,000 for professional or personal development. Click  here for full award information.

Photo: Bernadette Goudreau, MDClass of 1954 Community Service Award

Bernadette Goudreau, MD is the 2015 recipient of the Class of 1954 Community Service Award.
Established by the Class of 1954 and presented annually to a fourth year UVA medical student who has performed outstanding community service in the Charlottesville area, including surrounding counties. Determination of the award recipient is based on the quantity and quality of service and the student’s impact on the community. The award is presented each year at graduation.

Photo: John Edward Jones Memorial Scholarship Award John Edward Jones Memorial Award

The John Edward Jones Memorial Award was endowed by the School of Medicine Class of 2012 to honor the memory of their classmate who died in a tragic caving accident during his second year at UVA.  It recognizes outstanding medical students entering their third year of medical school who have demonstrated leadership efforts to eliminate health care inequalities and to address the educational, health care and societal needs of minorities.  The recipients  also embody John’s traits of compassion, service, and professional excellence. Shaunte McKay and Tamara Saint-Surin, were this  years winners of the 2015 John Edward Jones Memorial Scholarship.

Casteen Award for Diversity EffortsPhoto: Joel Hockensmith

For his leadership in the University of Virginia community in developing initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion, Joel Hockensmith, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics, is one of the 2015 recipients of the John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award.


Image: University in Health Management certificateInstitute for Diversity in Health Management

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works closely with health services organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic
minorities in health services management. The Institute’s mission is to increase the number of minorities in health services administration to better reflect the increasingly diverse communities they serve, and to improve opportunities for professionals already in the health care field. To accomplish this, the Institute has designed several initiatives to generate significant long-term results through educational programs, summer internships, professional development and leadership conferences.

UVAHS’ 2015 MLK AwardPhoto: Marcus Martin, MD

The award — presented annually to a School of Medicine, School of Nursing or Medical Center faculty or staff member who best embodies King’s values — recognizes exceptional abilities in areas of cultural competence, healthcare disparities, and/or fostering an environment of caring, diversity and inclusivity.
“This is a well-deserved recognition,” said Marcus Martin, MD, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, who presented the award at a Jan. 19 ceremony, “and Dorrie’s effort in support of diversity, equity and inclusion is greatly appreciated by the Health System, the University of Virginia as a whole and the greater Charlottesville community.” (more…)

Photo: Sharon L. Hostler, MD.2014 Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award

This School of Medicine award, facilitated by the SOM Committee on Women, recognizes professional achievement and leadership qualities in a faculty member who exhibits excellence in areas including clinical care, teaching, scholarship, mentoring, research, leadership within or outside of the SOM and through this excellence fosters a better environment for women.
The award was named in recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of Sharon L. Hostler, MD. Dr. Hostler is a model leader, serving as chair of the Committee on Women from 1989-1995. Her efforts at achieving gender equity resulted in the seminal publication on the Status of Women in the School of Medicine (1990) and the Update on the Status of Women (1996).  For further information or to make a nomination, please contact the Chair of the Committee on Women, Dr. Nina Solenski

Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award

This award is sponsored by the UVa Women’s Center and made possible by the generosity of alumnus David A. Harrison III. Honors the high degree of professionalism, creativity, and commitment that characterized Elizabeth Zintl’s significant contribution to the University of Virginia. Also recognizes that such leadership is found in many areas and positions within the academic community.
This award is made annually to a woman at UVa by means of a pan-university nomination and selection process. Recipients are selected on the basis of excellence in work that makes a direct and significant impact on the core academic enterprise of the University, and for outstanding service to the University, within and beyond the expectations of her position. Recipients receive $1,000 for professional or personal development. Click  here for full award information.

Women’s Center Distinguished Alumnae Award

The award was established to recognize a female graduate of the University of Virginia who has demonstrated excellence, leadership and extraordinary commitment to her field, and who has used her talents as a positive force for change. Each year, we celebrate the honoree’s accomplishments with the community via a Distinguished Lecture and a public reception. Click here for full award information.

AAMC National Meetings and Awards for Women in Medicine

Annual Professional Development Meetings include the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar and the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar.
The AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) website provides information on other Awards, Publications, Statistics and Benchmarking and resources.
The SOM Committee on Women has funds to help sponsor participants, through a cost-sharing arrangement with the department of the participant. Please contact Committee Chair Dr. Nina Solenski, for further information.

 2007 AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Program Award

This award recognizes individual and organizational contributions to advancing women leaders in academic medicine. Since the first award in 1993, these prestigious awards have recognized 16 individuals and (only) seven medical school based women in medicine programs. The AAMC WIMS Award webpage has full information.

In 2006-07, FLP programs served 1143 participants (some attended more than one session), in more than 120 programs, earning 5372 CME credits. The School of Medicine was nominated for this award by Dearing Johns and Christine Peterson, with assistance from Dean’s Office personnel Elizabeth Graham, Juliet Trail, and Addeane Caelleigh.