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AMWA & WIMLF Present: Women in Medicine Transforming Health Care

The mission of the American Medical Women’s Association is to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care.  The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation aims to preserve and promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences.

Together we are working to preserve and promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences. Our new Annual Lectureship will celebrate and connect all to the legacy that empowers the future of women in medicine. The program will be held every year during September, Women in Medicine Month.

Our inaugural Lecture will be presented in Fireside Chat format with AMWA President Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA facilitating a discussion with special guest speakers Drs.  Lucille (Lucy) Lester and Danielle Ofri, MD, PHD, FACP.

An introduction to the program will be provided by AMWA Past President and Member, WILF Board of Directors, Connie Newman, MD, MACP, FAHA, FAMWA.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | Virtual by Zoom, 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Pacific


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)

In 1972, out of a University of Chicago of Pritzker School of Medicine graduating class of 80, Dr. Lester was one of 6 women. She completed a 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
Clinical Professor of Medicine, New York University Founder
Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review
Author, When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error

Dr. Ofri 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, 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 Grossman School of Medicine


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