Michele Barry wins 2018 Elizabeth Blackwell Medal

MICHELE BARRY, senior associate dean for global health and professor of medicine and tropical diseases, has been awarded the 2018 Elizabeth Blackwell Medal for contributions to women in medicine. Barry is also a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Woods Institute for Environmental Studies.

In October 2017, Barry created and led the inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health Conference at Stanford. The conference convened more than 400 women and men from 65 countries and 250 organizations to focus on women in global health leadership.

Michele Barry
Michele Barry

Barry and her team at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health are continuing to build on momentum from the conference to launch a new, larger initiative to help women rise in leadership ranks.

During the first 30 years of her career at Yale University, Barry helped spearhead the first maternity rights for faculty and co-wrote a “Bill of Rights” for women to endorse gender parity for women in medicine. She came to Stanford in 2009.

The Blackwell Medal is presented by the American Medical Women’s Association annually to the female physician who has made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of women in the field of medicine. Founded in 2015, the association is the oldest multi-specialty organization of women physicians. The Elizabeth Blackwell Medal was created as a tribute to the first woman awarded a medical degree from an American medical school.

Barry is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and National Academy of Sciences. She sits on the NAM Board on Global Health. She is the 2019 chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and is a recipient of the Ben Kean Medal, given every three years to the outstanding tropical disease educator in the United States.

Visit the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health website for more.