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Women Faculty Programs

With leadership and faculty, cultivating an inclusive culture
where women physicians and scientists choose to be.

Women Faculty Programs is committed to recruiting, advancing and retaining a diverse faculty of women by:

  • Ensuring that policies do not inadvertently disadvantage women
  • Creating a better work-life environment
  • Nominating women faculty for prizes and awards
  • Increasing number of women leaders
  • Providing career development and mentoring programs
  • Reviewing faculty salaries annually
  • Hosting women physicians and scientists to give scientific and women-in-science talks
  • Promoting institution-wide gender-balanced participation
  • Reviewing status of women faculty annually

Woman Leading the Way

Dr. Valerae Lewis
Valerae Lewis, M.D.,
was appointed chair of newly created department, Orthopaedic Oncology. More


  • Banu Arun, M.D.

    Banu Arun, M.D.
    professor of Breast Medical Oncology

    Dr. Arun received the 2015 Texas Business Women's Award.

  • Kelly Hunt, M.D.

    Kelly Hunt, M.D.
    professor of Breast Surgical Oncology

    Dr. Hunt was appointed chair ad interim of newly created department, Breast Surgical Oncology.

  • Rebecca Howell, Ph.D.

    Rebecca Howell, Ph.D.
    associate professor of Radiation Physics

    Dr. Howell was elected as a fellow of the American Association of Physicists (AAPM) in Medicine.

  • Cindy Schwartz, M.D.

    Cindy Schwartz, M.D.
    professor of Pediatrics

    Dr. Schwartz is the newly appointed Division Head ad interim of Pediatrics.

  • Vivian Porche, M.D.

    Vivian Porche, M.D.
    professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

    Dr. Porche received the Samuel J. Hassenbusch III, M.D., Ph.D., Physicians Referral Service (PRS) Leadership and Institutional Service Award.

  • Wei Yang, M.B.B.S.

    Wei Yang, M.B.B.S.
    professor of Diagnostic Radiology

    Dr. Yang was appointed chair of Diagnostic Radiology.

  • Suzanne Craig, DVM

    Suzanne Craig, DVM
    professor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

    Dr. Craig was elected president of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners.

Sponsors for Women

Dr. Travis’ response to The New York Times article, She’s (Rarely) the Boss, was published online in the Letters to the Editor section on February 4, 2013. Click here to read Sponsors for Women.

Legends and Legacies: Personal Journeys of Women Physicians and Scientists at MD Anderson Cancer Center


“Legends and Legacies” features the inspirational stories of 26 accomplished women physicians and women scientists on the faculty of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. More.


2016 Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award

The Office of Women Faculty Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center is requesting nominations for the 2016 Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award, which recognizes an individual – female or male –  who has made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of women in cancer medicine and cancer science.

To guarantee consideration, the complete nomination package should be submitted electronically in PDF format by Friday, October 2, 2015, to Women Faculty Programs at The nomination is not considered fully submitted until you receive an e-mail confirmation from Women Faculty Programs; confirmations will be sent within two business days.

For questions, please contact:
Abby Mitchell, M.B.A.
Project Director, Women Faculty Programs
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The 2012 AAMC-GWIMS Leadership Development Award

MD Anderson’s Women Faculty Programs received The 2012 Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Leadership Development Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The award was presented to Elizabeth L. Travis, Ph.D., FASTRO, associate vice president of Women Faculty Programs, at the AAMC Annual Meeting on November 6, 2012. 

Since the first award in 1995, this prestigious award has recognized the contributions of more than 30 individuals and organizations for advancing women leaders in academic medicine. MD Anderson’s Women Faculty Programs was elected as the 2012 organizational  recipient for its commitment to advocating for the professional advancement of women in medicine and science. Read Dr. Travis’ acceptance remarks.

Hot Topic

Sponsorship: A Path to the Academic Medicine C-suite for Women Faculty?
Elizabeth L. Travis, Ph.D., Leilani Doty, Ph.D., and Deborah L. Helitzer, Sc.D.
Academic Medicine. 2013;88(10):1414-1417

Metrics Matter

Periodic analysis of data relevant to status of women faculty at MD Anderson

Does gender of a leader make a difference? (pdf)

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