University of Rochester

EVENT: Forum Examines How Women's Leadership is Changing Medicine

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Sanctuary of the Interfaith Chapel on River Campus.

ADMISSION: Admission to the Stanton/Anthony Conversations is free; the Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Luncheon is $40 per person or $275 for a table of eight.

September 5, 2003

The ascent of more women into leadership positions in medicine over the past two decades is affecting how medicine is practiced.

When Dr. Bernadine Healy, for example, became the first woman to head the National Institutes of Health in 1991, she established the Women's Health Initiative to study diseases that affect women. Part of the Initiative's work was the first scientific study of hormone replacement therapy, which found enough harmful side effects to not only terminate the study last year, but also put a brake on HRT prescriptions.

An upcoming program at the University of Rochester will examine how women's emergence in medicine has changed health care for women and had an impact on both women's and men's medical care.

"Onward and Upward: How Women's Leadership is Changing Medicine" will be the topic of this year's Stanton/Anthony Conversations. The public forum, sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership at the University, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Sanctuary of the Interfaith Chapel on River Campus.

The Conversations will include a discussion by a panel of nationally known experts on how American researchers have started looking beyond reproductive differences in developing medical treatments and the implications of this research for women's and men's health. Audience members will have an opportunity to present questions to the panelists.

Prior to the forum, a luncheon celebrating the birthday of Eleanor Roosevelt will be held at noon in the River Room of the Chapel.

Panel members are:
Phyllis Greenberger, president and chief executive officer of the Society for Women's Health Research. Greenberger spearheaded the Institute of Medicine report, "Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter?" Her work and leadership on the boards and advisory committees for many health-related associations and institutions has earned her an Achievement Award from the Journal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine and recognition as one of the 20 most influential women in medicine by The Medical Herald.
Marianne Legato, professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University and founder and director of the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine. Legato is the author of the award-winning book The Female Heart: The Truth About Women and Heart Disease and two other books on gender-specific medicine, What Women Need to Know and Eve's Rib. She is the founder and editor of The Journal of Gender Specific Medicine for the scientific community and Gender and Health for the general public. In addition to conducting cardiovascular research, Legato is a practicing internist.
Vivian Pinn, director of the Office of Research on Women's Health and associate director of Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. After becoming the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1967, she trained in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, taught at Harvard Medical School, and was on the medical faculty at Tufts and Howard universities. She recently led a national effort to reexamine priorities for women's health research for the 21st century.
Susan Wood, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health. From 1990 to 1995, Wood worked for the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, an organization of members of Congress who advanced legislation promoting legal, economic, and health equity for women. She helped develop and promote the Women's Health Equity Act and was involved with many policy initiatives and legislative proposals for biomedical research, women's health, family planning, and health care reform.

Keynote speaker for the Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Luncheon earlier in the day is Ellen More, professor of history and medical humanities at the Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. More, who received her master's degree and doctorate in history from the University of Rochester, is curator for an upcoming exhibit at the National Library of Medicine, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians." She will speak on the history of women in medicine.

Admission to the Stanton/Anthony Conversations is free; the Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Luncheon is $40 per person or $275 for a table of eight. Reservations are required and should be made by Wednesday, Oct. 8, online at or by calling (585) 275-8799.