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 - May
Dr. Kim-Anh Do
Kim-Anh Do, Ph.D., professor and director of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core in the Prostate Cancer SPORE, has recently been appointed chair in the Department of Biostatistics.
WFP congratulates the five recipients of the 2012 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards. Three awards were given to women: Shine Chang, Ph.D., professor of Epidemiology; Varsha Gandhi, Ph.D., professor of Experimental Therapeutics; and Dihua Yu, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Molecular and Cellular Oncology.
Michelle Barton, Ph.D.
professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr. Barton was appointed dean of The University of Texas GSBS at Houston. She serves jointly in the position with Michael Blackburn, Ph.D., professor and vice chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UTHealth Medical School.
Gigi Lozano, Ph.D.
chair and professor of Genetics
Dr. Lozano received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the GSBS at The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.
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).
Linda Elting, Dr. P.H.
professor of Biostatistics
Dr. Elting received the 2012 Texas Business Women’s Award.
Karen Lu, M.D.
professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Lu recently completed the yearlong Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program.
Vivian Porche, M.D.
professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Dr. Porche was selected to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
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.
Periodic analysis of data relevant to status of women faculty at MD Anderson
A Global Need for Women’s Biotech Leadership
Smith-Doerr, L et al, Nature Biotechnology, 29(10); 948-949, 10/2011