Women in Medicine Awards
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 an individual 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.
Janet V. Cross, PhD, appointed as the School of Medicine’s new Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Research and Training, effective July 1, 2015. In this position, Dr. Cross will work with the Associate Dean for Graduate and Medical Scientist Programs predominantly in the areas of diversity recruitment and retention, training in the responsible conduct of research, individual development plans for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, 1st year student oversight, curriculum, and program evaluation and data collection for the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) graduate program.
Dr. Cross received an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. She came to UVA in 2002 as a Research Associate and has moved up the ranks to her current position as Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. She has been heavily involved in education in the School of Medicine; among her many academic roles, she serves as Director of the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease Graduate Program, one of the admissions co-chairs for the BIMS graduate program, and an academic advisor to our graduate students. She is also a gifted teacher, which was recognized in 2011 with a Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award and selection into the Academy of Distinguished Educators. Finally, Dr. Cross runs an active research program focused predominantly on cell signaling and the immune tumor microenvironment in breast cancer. In this capacity, she has mentored 4 PhD candidates and numerous undergraduate students.
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).
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.
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 SOM Committee on Women has funds to help sponsor participants, through a cost-sharing arrangement with the department of the participant.