About AMWA – Board of Directors & Staff

Roberta E. Gebhard, DO

Governance Chair 2021 – 2022

Dr. Roberta Gebhard is 2010 founder and current chairwoman of AMWA’s Gender Equity Task Force. The mission of AMWA GETF is to accomplish gender equity as a fact of life for women physicians. Dr. Gebhard and her AMWA GETF Co-chair Dr. Linda Brodsky were awarded the prestigious Women Physicians Congress Josephine Giambalvo Scholarship for the 2012/2013 grant cycle to fund their research on the work habits of women physicians. The paper from this research was recently submitted to The Lancet for publication. Under her leadership, the AMWA GETF published an article Workplace Bullying Among Family Physicians: A Gender Focused Study, in the Journal of Women’s Health in September of 2016.

Dr. Gebhard has been very active in AMWA during her career, receiving the AMWA Bertha Van Hoosen Award at the 2015 AMWA Centennial Meeting for her dedication to the mission and vision of AMWA. She served as National Secretary 2014 through 2016 and 2017 through 2018. She has been Vice President of Membership, Regional Governor, National Program Committee Chair and has served several terms on AMWA’s Board of Directors. She is currently the AMWA representative to CARE and Vision 2020. CARE is an international non-government organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls around the world. Vision 2020 is a Drexel University initiative committed to achieving women’s economic and social equality. She has also represented AMWA/MWIA (Medical Women’s International Association) to United Nations Women for the past four years. In September 2014 Dr. Gebhard was recognized with the AMWA Commitment to Excellence Award.

A Board Certified Family Practitioner and Educator, Dr. Gebhard is on the University at Buffalo Medical School Admissions Committee where she has served since 1998 in various capacities. She is a Society of Teachers of Family Medicine member, and previously served as the STFM Group-On Women Co-chair, was on the STFM Group-On Procedures, and was author of two chapters in the current edition of Pfenninger and Fowler’s Procedures in Primary Care: Treatment of Burns, and Use of the Woods Lamp. She also co-authored an article: Required Procedural Training in Family Medicine Training: A Consensus Statement, which was published in Family Medicine in September 2008.

Dr. Gebhard was born in Buffalo New York and graduated from Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, NY in 1976. She attended State University of New York College at Fredonia, and graduated 1980 with a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology. She attended graduate school at SUNY Buffalo Roswell Park Memorial Institute in the Natural Sciences Department 1980-1982, and graduated from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. She completed an Osteopathic Rotating Internship at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital’s in 1987, and an Allopathic Family Medicine Residency at Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program in 1990 where she received the LITZ Foundation Award for Outstanding Participation in Community Practice at graduation.

After graduation, Dr. Gebhard worked for the Indian Health Service in Wolf Point, MT where she received the Employee Personnel Management Systems Award for Excellence. She later transferred to the National Health Service Corps in Kenton, Ohio where she served until 1995. Dr. Gebhard then relocated back to western NY working at Health Care Plan, a staff-model HMO in Grand Island, NY until accepting a position at SUNY at Buffalo Family Medicine Department where she worked as Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine for 12 years. She received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award at the Upper West Side Family Health Center in 2005.

She accepted a position at the VA in Erie, PA as Hospitalist, and later at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, NY where she worked as a Hospitalist for seven years. She recently left a position as Associate Director of the Masonic Care Community in Utica, NY to move back to Grand Island to be closer to family, and devote more time to AMWA.

Dr. Gebhard is active politically and advocates in Washington, DC for women’s rights and gender equity, as well as funding for women and girls throughout the world. She is happily married to Greg her soul-mate of 34 years who is a man of good conscience; she is proud of her three adult sons who are also men of good conscience, and her daughter who is a women’s rights activist as well as a senior at SUNY College at Geneseo.

National Secretary, American Medical Women’s Association
AMWA Executive Board Member
Member AMWA Board of Directors
Co-Chair AMWA Gender Equity Task Force

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