Women’s Faculty Awards honor achievements in service, education, research and patient care

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

May 24, 2017
  Women’s Faculty Committee co-chair and award presenter Tatyana Shteinlukht, MD, PhD (second from left), with (from far left) Tryggve Fossum accepting on behalf of his wife, award-winner Lynn Li, MD; and award-winners Sherry Pagoto, PhD; Nancy Byatt, DO; Stephanie Carreiro, MD; and Rachel Gerstein, PhD
 

Women’s Faculty Committee co-chair and award presenter Tatyana Shteinlukht, MD, PhD (second from left); with (from far left) Tryggve Fossum accepting on behalf of his wife, award-winner Lynn Li, MD; and award-winners Sherry Pagoto, PhD; Nancy Byatt, DO; Stephanie Carreiro, MD; and Rachel Gerstein, PhD 


Six UMass Medical School faculty were recognized for their individual achievements and contributions to the advancement of women in science and health care in the areas of community service, education, clinical practice, mentorship, science and health, and early career development at the 2017 Women’s Faculty Awards luncheon. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Women’s Faculty Committee of the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, the 17th annual event was held Tuesday, May 23.

Keynote speaker Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, the Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine and associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatry, discussed the “EMPOWER: Empowering Mid-Career Professional Women for Executive Roles Summit” attended by 48 women faculty at UMMS. Dr. Moore Simas also noted that UMMS is now home to 11 ELUMS, women who have completed the ELAM program. She chose to develop the EMPOWER Summit as her own ELAM capstone project in order to focus on leadership development. Research for the project revealed that ELAM is considered “the gold standard” for academic leadership training nationwide, and that UMMS is a leader in supporting faculty participation in the intensive year-long program.

“I chose to focus on leadership development because it is no longer about the pipeline, but about leakage and blockage of the pipeline in terms of what comes out of it,” said Moore Simas. She noted that, while by the time she began medical school women comprised at least 50 percent of entering medical students, they still hold less than 25 percent of leadership roles in academic medicine.

Awards were presented by Women’s Faculty Committee co-chair Tatyana Shteinlukht, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry. Each awardee shared brief remarks, expressing gratitude for the support they have received at UMMS—from their departmental colleagues to institutional leadership.

Women’s Faculty Committee founding member Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA, the Barbara Helen Smith Chair of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, professor of medicine and associate vice provost for gender & equity, recounted the rising ranks of women faculty, department chairs, deans and provosts at UMMS.

2017 Women’s Faculty Awards

Outstanding Community Service Award
Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health

Sarah Stone Excellence in Education Award
Rachel Gerstein, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems

Early Career Achievement in Science and Health Award
Stephanie Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Women in Science and Health Achievement Award
Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, associate professor of psychiatry and obstetrics & gynecology

Excellence in Clinical Services Award
Lynn Li, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine

Outstanding Mentor to Women Award
Sherry Pagoto, PhD, professor of medicine

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