8th Annual Women Leaders in Medicine Awards

Women Leaders in Medicine Award

The Women Leaders in Medicine (WLIM) awards were created by AMSA in 2007 to recognize women physicians and educators who are changing the face of medicine through their lives, their professions, or their teaching. These women deserve recognition for their accomplishments and dedication to fostering tomorrow’s women leaders in medicine.

Medical and premedical students are encouraged to fill out the online nominations form and tell us about an inspiring woman who has influenced the student's medical career. They could be professors that you’ve had or they could be women who you have never met but have impacted your careers through their amazing work.

Many of our past award recipients have considered their Women Leaders in Medicine award a truly meaningful honor because it comes directly from the voices of students. At AMSA, we hope to give back some recognition to these amazing women in addition to generating awareness about the importance of fostering leadership in medicine that promotes healthy change and equality in care and professional opportunity for all physicians-in-training.

We hope you will join us at AMSA’s National Convention in Washington, DC, February 26 - March 1, 2015 as we celebrate the winner/s of this award.

Congratulations to the 2015 winners!

This year AMSA students acknowledge four leaders who are helping to shape the next generation of physicians.

Dr. Mary Gardner, Dr. Leana Wen, and Dr. Pamela Wible. Four amazing physicians who are changing the face of medicine through their lives, their professions, or their teaching. Four women being recognized for their accomplishments and dedication to fostering tomorrow’s women leaders in medicine at AMSA’s 65th Annual Convention.


Mary F. Gardner, M.D.
, is an obstetrician-gynecologist in New Orleans, Louisiana, who has fought for women’s health and women’s rights her whole life. She became an abortion provider because she knew that it was the right thing to do. In Louisiana, where abortion providers are not looked upon kindly, she has faced much discrimination, protests at her house, threats against her safety, and yet still continues her work diligently and tirelessly. She makes a promise to all of her patients that she will be with them both in the good times and bad, and faces them without judgment and acts both professionally and compassionately. She makes sure they get the best and most affordable treatment and medicine.

Dr. Leana WenLeana S. Wen, M.D., M.Sc. , is the recently appointed Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department where she oversees the longest continuously operating health department in the United States. Most recently, Dr. Wen has been an attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. A professor of Emergency Medicine at the School of Medicine and of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, she co-directed GW’s Residency Fellowship in Health Policy, co-led a new national collaboration on health policy and social mission with Kaiser Permanente, and served as founding director of Who’s My Doctor, a campaign calling for radical transparency in medicine. The former AMSA president is author of the critically-acclaimed book When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. Dr. Wen has given four popular TED and TEDMED talks on patient-centered care, public health leadership, and health care reform.

Dr. Pamela WiblePamela L. Wible, M.D., is a family physician and pioneer in the ideal medical care movement. In 2004, Dr. Wible left assembly-line medicine and held town hall meetings where she invited citizens to design their own ideal clinic. Open since 2005, her innovative practice has inspired physicians to create ideal clinics nationwide. Her model is now taught in medical schools and undergraduate medical humanities courses and is featured in the Harvard School of Public Health’s newest edition of Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration, a textbook examining major trends with the potential to change the dynamics of health care. Dr. Wible is author of Amazon’s top-rated Pet Goats & Pap Smears: 101 Medical Adventures to Open Your Heart & Mind, and is coauthor of two award-winning anthologies. When not treating patients in her community clinic, Dr. Wible devotes her time to medical student and physician suicide prevention.

Past Award Recipients

2013 Women Leaders in Medicine Award Recipients

  • Katherine Chretien, MD
  • Carolyn Clancy, MD
  • Petra Clark-Dufner, MA
  • Sophie Currier, MD, PhD
  • Laura Tosi, MD

2011 Women Leaders in Medicine Award Recipients

  • Gloria Bachmann, MD, UMDNJ-RWJ
  • Margaret Bia, MD, Yale Univ
  • Jane H. Brice MD, MPH, Univ of NC
  • Sandra Moutsios, MD, Vanderbilt
  • Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Yale Univ
  • Lynne Richardson, MD, Mount Sinai
  • Grace Rozycki, MD, Emory Univ
  • Susan Wood, PhD, Past Asst. Commissioner for Women’s Health & FDA Director of the Office of Women’s Health

Award Recipient, Dr. Jane Brice