Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Women Faculty Organization

Awards & Honors

Congratulations to WFO member Diane Dudas Sheehan, ND, on being first author in the most recent publication: Pulmonary Implications of Pediatric Spinal Deformities, written with Dr. Grayhack!

Visiting Scholar Lectureship 2019

On December 11, 2019, Jessica J. Kandel, MD was honored as the Women Faculty Organization's 2019 Visiting Scholar. She presented the lecture “Serendipity – Adventures in Translational Research.” 

Dr. Jessica Kandel is the Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Chicago Medical Center Comer Children's Hospital, Mary Campau Ryerson Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Pediatric Surgery. She is a member of University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, and specializes in the treatment of pediatric cancers, including Wilms tumor, neuroblastoma and hepatoblastoma, as well as vascular anomalies (hemangiomas, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations). 

WFO Past-President Jindan Yu, MD, PhD, has been named Assistant Director for Education and Training at the Lurie Cancer Center. In this new role, Yu will report to the Associate Director for Education and Training, John Crispino, PhD, supporting efforts to coordinate the cancer center’s extensive professional education and training programs. Congratulations!

Please join us in congratulating Women's Health Research Institute Director, vice chair for research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecologyand dean of the Graduate SchoolTeresa Woodruff, PhD, who was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. This prestigious honor is considered one of the highest achievements in the field of health and medicine. Members are chosen by their peers due to their professional accomplishments and commitment to service.

The Department of Medicine is thrilled to announce Cybele Ghossein, MD, Professor in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, where she will lead efforts to enhance faculty engagement, development, and the successful alignment of our distinctive aims as academicians, clinicians, researchers, and educators.

Visiting Scholar Lectureship 2018

On October 22, 2018, Judith S. Currier, MD was honored as the Women Faculty Organization's 2018 Visiting Scholar. She presented the lecture “Driving without a Map: Finding your way in the World of Academic Medicine.” Dr. Currier is professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine. She is also the division chief for Infectious Diseases and the associate director of the UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE). Congratulations to Dr. Currier!

You may view Dr. Currier's lecture here. (Northwestern NetID required)


Above: Judith Currier with WFO Chair Erin Hsu. Below: Judith Currier with WFO steering committee members Susan Cohn and Lisa Hirschhorn.


You're invited to a Women Physician Networking Event on July 18 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art. If interested, Email Denise Rooney ( to RSVP. It is hosted by Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and NU FSM Medical Alumni Association.

Congratulations to WFO Co-Chair, Erin Hsu, PhD, on her recent interview featured in the June 2018 Northwestern Medicine Breakthroughs Newsletter!

Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine 2018

The second annual Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine was presented to Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, DrPH, Solovy Arthritis Research Society Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Clinical Research Unit. Dr. Ramsey-Goldman was honored by the WFO on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, with the award presentation in Baldwin Auditorium, then a short talk by Dr. Ramsey-Goldman, followed by questions and answers. Afterwards, a brief reception with refreshments was held in the Ryan Family Atrium. Congratulations to Dr. Ramsey-Goldman!



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Marina Zelivyanskaya Named Office for Research Star

WFO Co-Chair, Marina L Zelivyanskaya, DVM, a biological safety specialist in the Office for Research Safety, was honored at a staff-appreciation event in October 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Zelivyanskaya!


Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine 2017

The Inaugural Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine was awarded on May 30, 2017 to Amy Paller, MD. Congratulations to Dr. Paller!

The Women Faculty Organization of Feinberg School of Medicine has announced the inaugural winner of the first Paula H. Stern Award for Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine, established by the Department of Pharmacology in conjunction with the WFO. The award is in honor of Dr. Paula Stern’s 50 years of scientific accomplishments and dedicated service to FSM, and it will be given annually to an FSM woman faculty member who has exhibited successful basic, translational or clinical research, strong leadership at a local, national and/or international level in her field, and as an exemplary role model inspires and mentors trainees and/or junior investigators. After careful evaluation, the committee selected Amy Paller, MD, Chair of the Department of Dermatology, and Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology. Congratulations to Dr. Paller!

Paula Stern Award Group Photo

Pictured above L-R: WFO Co-Chair Susan Cohn, MD, Paula Stern, PhD, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Bill Lowe, MD, Kathleen Green, PhD, Al George, MD, Amy Paller, MD, WFO Ex-Officio Linda Van Horn, PhD


Dr. Paller is pictured above at the ceremony with WFO Chair Susan Cohn


2017 Paula Stern Award Winner Amy Paller, MD was featured in the October 2017 Edition of Northwestern Medicine Breakthroughs. Read the interview here.

Research Day 2017

Research Day 2017

On April 6, 2017, Northwestern held the 13th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day. Above, winners of the Women's Health Research Awards, Luis Blanco, Jr., MD, and Deborah Ikhena, MD, MPH (featured here with Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Studies, Rex Chisholm, PhD, and WFO Chair, Jindan Yu, MD, PhD). Congratulations to our winners! Read more here!

Congratulations to WFO member Karla Satchell, PhDProfessor of Microbiology-Immunology, who was named co-director of the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Feinberg. Read more here!

Judy Moskowitz, PhD, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, has been elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. The Academy is the honorary senior scientist society for those whose research exists at the interface of behavior and medicine. Election to this society is reserved for those with national and international behavioral medicine research excellence. Judy joins the other eminent senior investigators in this field, all of whom have been elected to membership through a highly selective process. This is a distinguished group of scientists, and it’s a sign of Judy’s success. Read more here!

Sandra Sanguino, ’93 MD, ’96 ’99 GME, MPH, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, has received the Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). Read more here!

Congratulations to WFO committee member (and Immediate Past Chair) Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and former WFO committee member, Christine Pellegrini, PhD, former Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Behavioral Medicine), for publishing a manuscript that aims to identify an evidence-based minimum physical activity threshold to predict improved or sustained high function for adults with lower limb joint symptoms. Read more here!

Kenzie Cameron, PhD/MPH, Research Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine, and WFO committee member, was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). Read more here!

WFO committee member Karla Satchell, PhD, Professor of Microbiology-Immunology, was elected by her peers as a 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of her scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science. Read more here!

Paula Stern, PhD, Honored at the 2016 WFO Fall Meet & Greet

Paula Stern Honored at 2016 WFO Meet & Greet

At the 2016 WFO Fall Meet & Greet, Paula Stern, PhD, was honored with a Plaque in recognition of her dedication and leadership as a WFO Charter Member, Chair, and Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science. WFO Chair, Jindan Yu, MD, PhD, presented the award on behalf of the WFO. Thank you and congratulations, Dr. Stern!

Joan Brugge, PhD, Presented with 2016 Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Award

Joan Brugge

Joan Brugge, PhD, Director of the Ludwig Center at Harvard Medical School, was given the Annual Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Award by Feinberg’s Women Faculty Organization. Read about the 2016 Distinguished Woman in Medicine and Science Lecture

Kenzie Cameron, PhD/MPH, named 2016 Mentor of the Year

Kenzie Cameron Mentor of the Year 2016

WFO committee member Kenzie Cameron, PhD/MPH (Research Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics / Department of Medicine) was chosen as one of only two 2016 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award winners. Congratulations to Dr. Cameron!

ChicagoCHEC Announces Kenzie Cameron, PhD/MPH, as 2016 Grant Recipient

The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) Catalyst & Incubator Grant Program is pleased to announce WFO committee member Kenzie Cameron, PhD/MPH, of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine, as a 2016 grant recipient. Congratulations to Dr. Cameron!

Congratulations to Angela Pfammatter, PhD, who served as Lead Author on a recent paper

WFO committee member Angela Pfammatter, PhDResearch Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Behavioral Medicine), served as Lead Author on the paper, "mHealth Intervention to Improve Diabetes Risk Behaviors in India: A Prospective, Parallel Group Cohort Study." Congratulations to Dr. Pfammatter! Read More.

Congratulations to the Research Day 2016 Women's Health Research Finalists and Award Recipients!

Research Day 2016             Research Day 2016

Congratulations to the finalists and award recipients for Women's Health Research as presented at the 2016 Research Day. The finalists are listed below in abstract order.


(Above: Winners of the Women's Health Research Awards, Natasha Lewis, MD, and Katarina Kotnik Halavaty, PhD, featured here with Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Studies, Rex Chisholm, PhD, and WFO Immediate Past Chair, Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD)

Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Research, Basic Science

Katarina Kotnik Halavaty, Ph.D.
P.I. Thomas J. Hope, PhD
Efficacy of a tenofovir disoproxil fumarate intravaginal ring in a pigtail macaque model challenged with a high dose simian-HIV

Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Research, Clinical Research, Education or Public Health

Natasha Lewis, MD
P.I. Linda Ernst, MD, MHS
Placental pathologic features in fetomaternal hemorrhage detected by flow cytometry

Congratulations to Lifang Hou, MD, PhD, appointed to the Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel!

Lifang Hou, MD, PhD   Blue Ribbon Panel

WFO committee member Lifang Hou, MD, PhDAssociate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention), was selected as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel to help guide the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Congratulations to Dr. Hou! Read More.

Congratulations to Paula Stern, PhD, recipient of the Louis V. Avioli Foundation Award!

Paula Stern, PhD  American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)

WFO committee member Paula Stern, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, received the 2015 Louis V. Avioli Foundation Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). Congratulations to Dr. Stern! Read More.

Institute for Women's Health Research Monthly Forum

Women's Health Research Institute

The objective of these monthly forums is to present the current links and implications between basic science and clinical research related to sexual dimorphisms, to encourage more sex- and gender-based studies, and to provide support and role models for emerging women's health scholars.