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AMWA and the Women in Legacy Foundation Announce New Women in Medicine Lectureship

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation (WIMLF) are honored to announce a new annual lectureship which will highlight the impact women have made in the field of medicine and the medical sciences. This lecture will be held every year during September Women in Medicine Month.

September 7, 2022
7pm ET
Virtual Event


Featured Speakers:

Lucille (Lucy) Lester, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (retired), University of Chicago
Author, Women and the Practice of Medicine: A New History (1950-2020)







Danielle Ofri, MD, PHD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine, New York University Founder
Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review
Author, When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error








Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA
President, American Medical Women’s Association
Professor of Clinical Medicine, AU/UGA Medical Partnership








Connie Newman, MD, MACP, FAHA, FAMWA
Past President, American Medical Women’s Association
Board of Directors, Women in Legacy Foundation
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine





Speaker Biographies:

Lucille (Lucy) Lester, MD obtained an MD degree from the University of Chicago of Pritzker School of Medicine in 1972, one of 6 women in a class of 80. She completed pediatric residency and fellowship training at that institution, served 2 years as a clinical associate at the NIH- Pediatric Metabolism Branch, and then spent most of the next 30 years as a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Promoted to Professor, she served as Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center and as Section Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary division. She directed clinical studies of new therapies for children and adults with cystic fibrosis and asthma, and collaborated on NIH funded studies of the genetics of asthma. She has authored numerous publications and supervised the training of medical students and residents throughout her career; she retired in 2013. She now pursues her interests in the history of medicine and women’s studies.

Danielle Ofri MD, PhD, FACP is one of the foremost voices in the medical world today.  She’s a primary care internist at Bellevue Hospital at Bellevue Hospital and clinical professor of medicine at NYU, as well as founder/editor-in-chief of Bellevue Literary Review, and her writing appears in The New Yorker, the New York Times, as well as in The Lancet, and NEJM. She’s given several TED talks and performed at The Moth. Ofri is the author of six books about life in medicine; her latest is When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error.

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP is President of the American Medical Women’s Association and Professor of Medicine at the Augusta University / University of Georgia. She is past Executive Director of the Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.Over the course of her career, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber has led efforts to improve the health of women through outreach programs, statewide collaborations, and policy influence. She has held numerous leadership positions within AMWA and the American Medical Association. An inaugural Fellow of AMWA, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Connie Newman, MD, MACP, FAHA, FAMWA is an endocrinologist and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, and a graduate of Wellesley College and Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a past president and fellow of the American Medical Women’s Association, Master of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Heart Association, and the New York Academy of Medicine.  Dr. Newman is an appointed member of the FDA Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee and co-editor of a new medical textbook, How Sex and Gender Impact Clinical Practice: An Evidence Based Approach to Patient Care.

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