Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, MBA, MACP
President/CEO of the Center for Women in Academic Medicine and Science
Over her 35 years in academic medicine, Dr. Mladenovic has served in several leadership roles, all of which have given her a broad understanding of the multitude of issues that shape the trajectory of women’s careers in medicine and science. She is passionately committed to advancing opportunities for women to flourish in academic medicine. She currently serves as President, Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research. Prior to her current position, Dr. Mladenovic was Executive Vice-President and Provost at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), where she developed creative faculty and science initiatives, a new school of public health, an interprofessional rural campus, and a university-wide partnership in Southeast Asia. Previously she held positions as senior associate dean at two institutions, and as chairman or chief of medicine. The creation of mutually beneficial partnerships between the academic health center and its communities were the hallmark of her efforts.
Dr. Mladenovic graduated from the University of Washington and its medical school. She trained in internal medicine and hematology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Stanford University, and the University of Washington, where she also served as chief resident. For 18 years, she had an NIH/VA funded laboratory focused on hematopoietic cell differentiation. Nationally, she held leadership roles in the APM, ABIM, ABMS, ASH, ACGME, and SUSME. She holds an MBA from the University of Miami, and is a certified mediator. Currently she also serves on a university board and those of two start-ups. She and her husband of 42 years have four adult children.
Joanne M. Conroy, MD
CEO and President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Organizations with diverse leadership teams perform better financially. So it is a bit confounding why it has taken so long to achieve equity in leadership, especially in healthcare. It is not a pipeline problem: Women make up more than 50 percent of physicians in training, and 78 percent of the entire healthcare workforce. It is not an ambition gap: Women in healthcare are just as interested in advancing in their careers, but less likely to be promoted. The “motherhood penalty” for women with children (stereotypes and biases about working mothers) is real.
We don’t want to simplify the challenge by just asserting that women make better leaders than men. Instead, we want to stress that greater representation by women and attention to the environment at the top of an organization allows everyone to be empowered, engaged, included, and respected in their pursuit of improving health and health care for the greater community.
Before Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dr. Conroy served as CEO of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass. Prior to her leadership role at Lahey, Dr. Conroy served for more than five years as chief health care officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. Before that, she worked at the not-for-profit Atlantic Health System in Florham Park, N.J., where she served as chief medical officer for four years; as vice president, academic affairs for three; and executive vice president for another three. Prior to these roles, Dr. Conroy served as senior associate dean, chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, and vice president for medical affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and her medical degree from MUSC, where she completed her residency in anesthesiology.
Julie A. Freischlag, MD
CEO, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Why I am passionate about women in academic medicine?
I look at how things are accomplished in the best way by using a mosaic—people of different ages, genders, backgrounds, ethnicities, and specialties. Women make up at least half of the new doctors we are training; therefore, encouraging many women to go into academic medicine is critical in order to get the best involved.
Dr. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as chief executive officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network; the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic, and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5 billion. Dr. Freischlag became interim dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine in July 2017 and was formally appointed as dean in February 2018.
She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards and an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America. She was named a Triad Power Player and Most Admired CEO in 2018 and by the Triad Business Journal. In addition to serving in various national and international leadership roles, she has mentored students, residents, and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership, and work-life balance, to women succeeding in health professions. Dr. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader, and a national voice for improving health and health care.
In addition to her responsibilities as CEO and dean, she continues to see patients in the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and serves on the boards of the Aga Khan University Board of Trustees, University of Illinois Health Advisory Council, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Board of Visitors, the Council of Deans of the American Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Academic Health Centers Board of Directors.
Dr. Freischlag serves on the board of Piedmont Triad Partnership, Winston-Salem Business Inc., Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, and the Winston-Salem Alliance. She is also currently serving as the community campaign chair the March of Dimes March for Babies.
Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc
President, Rush University and Chief Academic Officer, Rush University System for Health
Dr. Gabriel is president of Rush University. She previously served as dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. Having started her career at Mayo Clinic as a resident physician, Dr. Gabriel continued there as a physician, researcher, educator, and leader for nearly 30 years, culminating in her promotion to dean of Mayo Medical School in 2012.
Her research, largely funded by the National Institutes of Health, has resulted in more than 250 original, peer-reviewed publications addressing the costs, causes, and outcomes of rheumatic diseases. Dr. Gabriel is past president of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and has served on many national committees, including the NIH Advisory Council of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; chair of the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee; and as founding chair of the Methodology Committee of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is a member of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Gabriel has received many honors and awards, including the ACR Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award and the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award.
Dr. Gabriel completed her undergraduate education at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan Medical School before earning her medical degree at the medical school. She completed her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in rheumatology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She also holds a master’s in clinical epidemiology from McMaster University, and completed executive education courses at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Valerie Parisi, MD, MPH, MBA
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, USF Health, and Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine
In 1975, on the first day of Dr. Parisi’s residency in general surgery, residents were told to report to the surgeon’s lounge. When she did so with the other 13 male first-years, she was told to go to the nurse’s lounge instead. The nurses gave her a set of scrubs and sent her to the patient restroom to change. Needless to say, it was humiliating, and she never forgot the experience. This drove her passion for women to be visible and be heard in academic medicine.
Dr. Parisi joined USF Health in September 2015 as the senior associate vice president of academic affairs, and vice dean of faculty affairs, Morsani College of Medicine.
At age 16, Dr. Parisi entered the first seven-year medical degree class offered at Brown University and received her M.D. She completed her ob/gyn residency at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado. Her academic background is enhanced by an MPH in maternal and child health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Among her many accomplishments as a nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, Dr. Parisi was the director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the board from 1998-2008; chair of the University of North Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1997 to 2004; dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch from 2004-2006; vice dean of clinical affairs at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2007; and dean and professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Wayne State University School of Medicine from 2009 until 2014. Dr. Parisi served as the chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Parisi was the first woman to be named dean of a medical school in the state of Texas.
In 2010, Crain’s Detroit Business named her one of its “Women to Watch.”
Vivian Pinn, MD
Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center, NIH
Former Director (Retired), Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH
As the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Pinn worked to ensure the inclusion of women and minorities in NIH-funded research; to educate and impress upon the scientific community the importance of sex differences in research and health care; and to develop programs and policies to advance women in biomedical careers. Dr. Pinn served as director from 1991 until her retirement in August 2011. She also was NIH’s associate director for research on women’s health from 1994-2011. She served as an NAM (IOM) representative on the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine from 2012-2017.
Before the NIH, Dr. Pinn was professor and chair of the Department of Pathology at Howard University. Previously, she held teaching appointments at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School. At Tufts she was assistant dean for student affairs and an advocate for minority students.
Dr. Pinn earned a scholarship to Wellesley College, graduated in 1962, and enrolled in medical school at the University of Virginia. As the only African-American and only woman in her class, she was doubly distinguished. While Dr. Pinn intended to become a pediatrician, she developed a passion for research during a summer internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Pinn is past president of the National Medical Association. She received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women’s Association in 1995, the year she was elected to the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
Dr. Pomeroy is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing support for medical research. She is chair of the board of directors for CWAMS where she is an inspiring voice for the culture change needed to ensure that women thrive as leaders in academic medicine.
Dr. Pomeroy was previously vice chancellor and dean of medicine at University of California, Davis Health System, and she held past faculty and leadership positions at University of Minnesota and University of Kentucky. As an infectious disease physician, she passionately advocates for patients with HIV/AIDS. She has a special interest in health care policy, with a focus on the importance of social determinants of health. Dr. Pomeroy is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Pomeroy earned bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. She obtained an MBA from the University of Kentucky (UK) and is honored as a member of the UK Gatton School of Business Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School.
She currently serves on the board of trustees for Morehouse School of Medicine and the board of directors for Sierra Health Foundation, Foundation for Biomedical Research, Science Philanthropy Alliance, and New York Academy of Medicine. She is a member of the board of directors for Becton-Dickinson Co. and for Haemonetics Corp.
Deborah Powell, MD
Dean Emerita, University of Minnesota Medical School
Dr. Powell is dean emerita of the University of Minnesota Medical School and professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she coordinates the medical school pathology curriculum. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Powell instituted the medical school’s Flexible M.D. program, an individualized model of medical education designed to be more adaptable to students’ career and learning goals.
Dr. Powell served as chair of the AAMC Board of Directors from 2009-10 and was the first female chair of the AAMC Council of Deans in 2004. She received the AAMC 2013 Abraham Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education Award. She is currently working on a pilot study of a new model for training medical students who want to go into pediatrics in a competency-based model that combines UME and GME. It is being tested in four U.S. medical schools, currently including the University of Minnesota. Dr. Powell was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000. Prior to moving to Minnesota, she was executive dean and assistant vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She also served as chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Powell has long been committed to supporting careers of women in academic medicine, mentoring both junior and senior women and as dean, involving Minnesota in the Brandeis C-Change project and working with AAMC Women in Medicine.
Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG
President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine
Dr. Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she serves as both the president and dean, and before that served as dean and executive vice president of MSM.
Prior to joining MSM, Dr. Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers. Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.
Dr. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital.
She holds membership in many organizations and boards, including the National Academy of Medicine; board of directors for Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine; board of directors for The Nemours Foundation; board of directors for UnitedHealth Group; and the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans.
Dr. Montgomery Rice is married to a fellow Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus, Melvin Rice Jr. They have two children, Jayne and Melvin.
Phyllis Wise, PhD
CEO and President, Colorado Longitudinal Study
Dr. Wise is CEO and president of the Colorado Longitudinal Study. She has been a passionate advocate for public research universities and the role they must play in meeting society’s greatest global challenges. With over thirty years of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, among other funding agencies, Dr. Wise’s research focuses on women’s health issues and how hormones influence learning and memory and protect the brain against neurodegeneration.
As chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and interim president and provost at the University of Washington, she led the development of shared visions and strategic plans that positioned these institutions for future decades.
Dr. Wise received her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She holds honorary degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Birmingham (England). She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Wise has significant corporate and foundation board experience and has served on the boards of directors of Nike and the First Busey Corp. In the non-profit sector, she serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the RAND Health boards of advisors. She was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal and has received several awards that recognize her leadership in education, including the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Leadership Award and the Chang-Lin Tien Educational Leadership Award.