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. Lauren Byers
Lauren Averett Byers, M.D., assistant professor of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology, is the 2013 recipient of the Sidney Kimmel Scholar Award.
Valerae Lewis, M.D.
section chief and associate professor of Orthopaedic Oncology
Dr. Lewis was elected president of the Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA). Dr. Lewis is the first African American woman to be president of a regional or national orthopaedic association.
Ellen Gritz, Ph.D.
chair of Behavioral Science
Dr. Gritz was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame for her significant contributions to the advancement of women and improved quality of life for Houstonians.
Diane Bodurka, M.D.
vice president of Medical Education & professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Bodurka received the 2013 UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.
Carrie Cameron, Ph.D.
assistant professor of Epidemiology
Dr. Cameron received the 2013 UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.
Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, Ph.D.
chair and professor of Genetics
Dr. Lozano is the recipient of the 2013 AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship.
Lois Ramondetta, M.D.
professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Ramondetta received the 2013 Kathryn S. Stream Award for Excellence in Women's Health.
Elizabeth Travis, Ph.D.
associate vice president of Women Faculty Programs
Dr. Travis was elected the 2012-13 President of WESH, Women Executives in Science and Healthcare (formerly SELAM).
Dr. Zwelling has an in-depth conversation with Dr. Travis and Dr. Chandra about the importance of women in science and academic medicine and stereotypes, challenges, and solutions to closing the gender gap that currently exists in American science. This is part of the Cancer Newsline podcast series.
Women in Science – part 1
Women in Science – part 2
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.
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.
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