HMSLXX: 70 Years of Women at HMS

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A celebration recognizing important milestones for women at HMS over the past 70 years, including the admittance of women students, creation of The Archives for Women in Medicine, appointment of the 250th woman as a full professor, and more.

Women Leaders: Progress and Promise

Moderator: Susan Okie, MD ’78, Journalist and Family Physician
Former Contributing Editor, New England Journal of Medicine
Former Medical Reporter and Former National Science Editor, Washington Post


  • Margaret Hamburg, AB ’77, MD ’83, Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Foreign Secretary of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
    Member, HMS Board of Fellows
  • Paula Johnson, AB ’80, MD ’84, MPH ’85, President, Wellesley College
    Founder and former Executive Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, BWH
    First Incumbent, Grayce A. Young Family Professorship in Women’s Health, HMS
  • Vivian Lee, AB ’86, MD ’92, PhD, MBA, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Utah
    Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine
    CEO, University of Utah Health Care

Women’s View at HMS: Then and Now

Moderator: Joan Reede, MD, MPH ’90, MS ’92, MBA, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, HMS
Professor of Medicine, HMS
Founder, Minority Faculty Development Program, HMS


  • Raquel Cohen, MPH ’45, MD ’49, Graduate from the first HMS class to include women (on video)
    Founder, North Suffolk Mental Health Center
    Former Superintendent, Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center
  • Patricia Donahoe, MD, Chief Emerita of Pediatric Surgical Services, MGH
    Director, Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories, MGH
    Marshall K. Barlett Professor of Surgery, HMS
  • Linda Heffner, MD, PhD, Former Chair, Joint Committee on the Status of Women, HMS
    Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine
    Former Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center
  • Kia Byrd, MD ’18, Vice President, HMS Chapter of the Student National Medical Association
    Co-Chair, HMS Women of Color in Medicine and Dentistry
    Multidisciplinary International Research Training Fellow, Chan School of Public Health

Women’s Health: In the Vanguard

Moderator: Maureen Connelly, MD, MPH ’95, Dean for Faculty Affairs, HMS
Assistant Professor of Population Medicine, HMS


  • Louise Aronson, MD ’92, MFA, Professor of Geriatrics, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
    Former Director, UCSF Optimizing Aging Program
    Author of A History of the Present Illness>
  • JoAnn Manson, AB ’75, MD,  MPH ’84, DPH ’87, Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, HMS
    Interim Executive Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, BWH
  • Nancy Oriol, MD ’79, Faculty Associate Dean for Community Engagement in Medical Education, HMS
    Former Dean for Students, HMS
    Founder, The Family Van

Dinner Keynote

Shirley Tilghman, PhD, President Emerita, Princeton University
Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Member, The Harvard Corporation