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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. Travis
Elizabeth L. Travis, Ph.D., FASTRO
, was elected chair of Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Steering Committee at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is the 2014 recipient of The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award by The American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). More


  • Gigi Lozano, Ph.D

    Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, Ph.D.
    chair and professor of Genetics

    Dr. Lozano has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in recognition of her contributions to medical science and health care. More

  • Dr. Komaki

    Ritsuko Komaki, M.D.
    professor of Radiation Oncology

    Dr. Komaki 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. 

  • Dr. Kai Cao

    Kai Cao, M.D.
    professor of Laboratory Medicine

    Dr. Cao was elected the Bone Marrow Transplantation Councilor of the Texas Transplantation Society at its 2014 meeting in San Antonio, Texas. More

  • Dr. Valerae Lewis

    Valerae Lewis, M.D.
    chair ad interim and professor of Orthopaedic Oncology

    Dr. Lewis has been appointed chair ad interim of Orthopaedic Oncology, a new academic department in the Surgery division.

  • Diane Bodurka, M.D.

    Diane Bodurka, M.D.
    vice president of Medical Education & professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

    Dr. Bodurka was accepted as a Fellow in the 2014-2015 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

  • Joya Chandra, Ph.D.

    Joya Chandra, Ph.D.
    associate professor of Pediatrics

    Dr. Chandra received the 2014 Texas Business Women's Award.

  • Bonnie Glisson, M.D.

    Bonnie Glisson, M.D.
    professor of Thoracic/Head & Neck Medical Oncology

    Dr. Glisson received the 2014 Texas Business Women's Award.

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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