The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will honor five of the most prominent female health specialists for their contributions to the field of women’s health: Dr. Patricia O’Neill, Dr. Anusha Laxman, Drs.
Christine O’Donnell, Ann E. Whelan and Mary E. Cawley, and Dr. Janine M. Sorensen.
Dr. Sorenson, a physician, is currently serving as chair of the NIH Women’s Health Initiative.
The Women’s Cancer Foundation is honored to welcome Dr. Kaveh Khalil, a cancer specialist and member of the Cancer Council of the American Cancer Society, to its board of directors.
Drs Khalil and Sorenesen were awarded the 2011 Women’s Leadership Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The Center for Women in Health and Science, an international nonprofit organization, is honored by the NIH to honor its members for their pioneering work in women’s healthcare.
The Center is also honoring Dr. Maria Cusano, who will receive the 2015 Women in Cancer Leadership Award.
Dr Cusan is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medicine and is the founding director of the Center for Woman Health.
The National Institutes for Health (NIRS) is celebrating the life and work of Dr. Nancy R. Smith, whose life-saving innovations led to the birth of the first modern breast-cancer screening, the first mammogram in the U.S. and the first in the world.
Dr Smith was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on the development of the screening test.
Dr. Smith was born in 1871 in Westport, Connecticut.
She joined the Army in 1902 and served as an officer in the First World War.
She was commissioned in the Army Nurse Corps in 1918, and in 1920 became the first woman to graduate from medical school.
She earned her M.D. in 1922 and an M.P.A. in 1924.
Dr, Smith was a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in New York and served in World War II.
Dr Smith was recognized for her contributions to cancer research and the prevention of breast cancer and was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 1987.
In the late 1990s, she joined the Center on Breast Health and Development, a private foundation dedicated to increasing the health and longevity of women.
The U.N. Population Fund, a U.K.-based charitable organization, has also announced the appointment of Drs Catherine T. Dickson, an expert in maternal and child health, and K.T. Vellum, an infectious disease expert.
Dr Dickson has been recognized for decades for her pioneering work on maternal health issues, including her work in maternal mortality and child mortality, and she is the author of numerous best-selling books. Dr Vell