- To support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine
- To promote education and research in women’s health
Lunchtime Seminar Series
FOCUS sponsors a Lunchtime Seminar Series that covers topics related to:
- women's health research
- professional development for academic physicians
- current medical issues ("hot topics" in health care)
This interactive one-hour format provides School of Medicine faculty with diverse perspectives on a variety of medical and career development topics; offers opportunities for faculty presentations to Penn colleagues from multiple departments and with various areas of academic expertise; and promotes networking within the School of Medicine, the Hospital, and across the University. The Seminar Series is popular and well-attended by men and women faculty.
Sessions on women's health research are presented by multidisciplinary speakers with expertise in a variety of women's health issues including, e.g., breast cancer, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, lung cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The portion of the Series devoted to professional development includes such topics as time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, managing a laboratory, balancing work and family, presentation skills, financial planning, mentoring, writing for publication, and "promotion 101." Finally, a host of timely, controversial medical topics are presented in what is essentially a "Grand Rounds" for the Medical School. These sessions include such topics as concerns about the avian flu epidemic; the complexities of coping with medical malpractice; how to reduce the number of uninsured while balancing cost issues; the effects of sleep deficit; and autism spectrum disorder, to list a few.
Presenters generally include faculty from the School of Medicine as well as from other Schools across the University. Speakers may include anthropologists, bioethicists, economists, lawyers, medical historians, sociologists, psychologists, as well as physicians and researchers, all of whom offer fresh perspective to a broad range of medical and professional development topics.
2013 - 2014 Current Seminar Series
*Note: FOCUS is in the process of planning additional presentations for the Seminar Series so please check here for updates.
Kevin G.M. Volpp, MD, PhD
Staff Physician, Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute
Co-Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Care Management at Wharton School
Behavioral Economics and Health
Dr. Volpp will describe ways in which behavioral economics differs from standard economics in delineating ways in which people are predictably irrational and the implications for intervention design before talking about choice architecture and the use of defaults, health incentives and benefit design, and the use of wireless devices and behavioral economics engagement strategies through automated hovering.
BIO: Dr. Volpp’s work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. These studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Aging as well as the National Heart Lung, Blood Institute; the National Cancer Institute; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders; the CDC;VA Health Services Research and Development; the US Department of Agriculture; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Hewlett Foundation; the Commonwealth Foundation; the Aetna Foundation; Mckinsey; CVS Caremark; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Humana; Aramark; and Discovery (South Africa).
NOVEMBER 14, 2013 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor South Tower Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)
Amita Sehgal, PhD
John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Fun Facts about Sleep and Other 24h Rhythms
The talk will describe, in very general and basic terms, how an internal timing system drives rhythms of behavior and physiology, how this system coordinates its timing to that of environmental cues (light and food), and what the consequences might be of disruption to this system. The talk will also discuss the regulation of the drive to sleep, and possible functions of sleep. The focus will be on prevailing ideas and models in the field, rather than on data from the Sehgal laboratory.
BIO: Dr. Sehgal is the John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She has also been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1997. Dr. Sehgal received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University, working with Dr. Moses Chao, and conducted her postdoctoral work with Dr. Michael Young at Rockefeller University. A major focus in her laboratory is the cellular and molecular basis of circadian rhythms, using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. Her laboratory also developed a Drosophila model for the study of sleep, which has been adopted by laboratories worldwide, and is rapidly providing insight into the regulation and function of sleep. Dr. Sehgal has received many awards and honors for her work, including the Michael Brown Junior Faculty and Stanley Cohen Senior Faculty Research Awards from Penn Medicine, and the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the Sleep Research Society. In 2009, Dr. Sehgal was elected to the Institute of Medicine and in 2011 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level
(*Reserved for women only, please)
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
The Work-Life Challenge -- Tapping into the Wisdom of Others
This interactive session offers participants an opportunity to share concrete strategies for addressing the challenge of what can sometimes feel like competing priorities.
*The FOCUS WIM SERIES
A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities.
BIO: Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey. Bridging the Gaps provides health related service in underserved communities while training community responsive health and social service professionals. The Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed a Bridging the Gaps Clinical Scholars program which is made up of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. At the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tuton is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. She is the Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes both advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Dr. Tuton is a co-investigator on the NIH RO1, “Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial,” one of only 14 grants awarded to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women's careers in science and medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity, she is co-leader of both the community and leadership curricular components.
DECEMBER 16, 2013 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level
Angela Lee Duckworth, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
True Grit: Why Effort is as Important as Talent
In this presentation, Dr. Duckworth provides an overview of the importance of effort to human achievement. She reviews evidence that grit, defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, is unrelated to talent yet predicts success outcomes. The presentation concludes with suggestions for cultivating grit in both children and adults.
BIO: Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict achievement. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children which was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Martin Seligman. Angela’s research has demonstrated that grit, defined as the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals, predicts success particularly well in challenging contexts. For instance, in prospective longitudinal studies, grit predicts surviving the arduous first summer of training at West Point and reaching the final rounds of the National Spelling Bee, retention in the U.S. Special Forces, retention and performance among novice teachers, and graduation from Chicago public high schools, over and beyond domain-relevant talent measures such as IQ, SAT or standardized achievement test scores, and physical fitness. Her current research on grit focuses on its cognitive and motivational antecedents (e.g., growth mindset, need for meaning and purpose). Angela’s research has also pointed to the importance of self-control, defined as the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses in the face of momentary temptations. For example, more self-controlled children earn higher report card grades, even controlling for baseline performance, relative to their more impulsive peers. Likewise, self-control predicts higher standardized achievement test scores, more reliable school attendance, better physical health, and fewer risky behaviors. In collaborative work with schools and other psychologists, Angela has demonstrated that simple metacognitive strategies can improve emotion regulation, classroom and studying behavior, and objective measures of academic performance (e.g., report card grades, attendance). In addition to field interventions, her current work on self-control focuses on situational influences on self-control in both children and adults. Angela’s publications have appeared in Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Developmental Psychology, the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology and Personality Science, among other peer-reviewed journals. Her research findings have reached a broader audience through popular press features in the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today, Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Forbes, Education Week, the Chronicle of Higher Education, PARADE magazine, as well as several books including Paul Tough’s influential bestseller “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.” Angela was awarded an early career award from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
JANUARY 16, 2014 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level
Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Director of Obesity Unit, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
Director of Diabetes Research Center Mouse Phenotyping Core
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Much Ado about Obesity
Obesity is characterized by excessive fatness associated with increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, fatty liver, sleep apnea, cancer and other diseases. Research aimed at improving the assessment of body fat, taking into account factors such as age, sex, physical fitness, blood markers and metabolic parameters, will help determine the true impact of obesity on disease susceptibility and death.
BIO: Dr. Ahima is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a BSc from the University of London, MD from the University of Ghana, and PhD (Neuroscience) from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Jacobi Medical Center, in New York, Dr. Ahima moved to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, for subspecialty training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Flier. Dr. Ahima served as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard prior to moving to Penn in 1999. He received an Owl Club Teaching Award at Tulane University School of Medicine, Leo Davidoff Award at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Pfizer Postdoctoral Award at Harvard Medical School, and the Albert Stunkard Founder's Award at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ahima is board certified in Internal Medicine, and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and The Obesity Society. Dr. Ahima serves on review committees of the National Institutes of Health, and is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He is a past associate editor of Gastroenterology, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and is currently a co-editor of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Year in Diabetes and Obesity, and associate editor of Molecular Endocrinology. His research is focused on central and peripheral pathways involved in energy homeostasis, and glucose and lipid metabolism. Dr. Ahima is an attending endocrinologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, director of the Obesity Unit of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, and director of the Penn Diabetes Research Center Mouse Phenotyping Core.
JANUARY 23, 2014 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 8th Floor South Tower Seminar Room --SCTR 08-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)
Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD
Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Moving the Needle Forward on Inclusion and Diversity at PSOM
This presentation will present initial findings regarding the current state of the culture and relevant programs at PSOM and seek feedback from participants regarding the future of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Following the session, participants will be asked to respond to a survey to prioritize and propose initiatives that will impact strategy.
BIO: Dr. Eve Higginbotham is the inaugural Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Pennsylvania, a position she assumed on August 1, 2013. She is also Co-Founder and Director of ROI Squared, LLC and formerly Visiting Scholar in Health Equity at the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Louisiana State University Eye Center and fellowship training in the subspecialty of glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Higginbotham is a past Trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is the past president of the following organizations: the Maryland Society Eye Physicians, the Baltimore City Medical Society, and the Harvard Medical School Alumni Council. She is a current member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, the Defense Health Board of the Department of Defense, the Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the MIT Corporation, and the Board of the AΩA Medical Honor Society. She also chairs the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Higginbotham is a past member of the NEI Data and Safety Monitoring Committee, former Chair of the Planning Committee NEI National Eye Health Education Program, former Treasurer of the American Glaucoma Society, former Editorial Board member of the JAMA Ophthalmology and Vice Chair of the National Eye Institute-supported Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study, a multicenter, randomized clinical trial. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited four ophthalmology textbooks.
FEBRUARY 20, 2014 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level
Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD
Director, Maternal, Child and Family Health
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Reproductive Health Priorities in Philadelphia
This discussion will first provide a summary of city-wide and neighborhood reproductive health concerns affecting residents of Philadelphia. This will be the starting point for a discussion of health priorities and potential strategies to improve reproductive health care.
BIO: Sara B Kinsman, MD, PhD is the Director of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health (MCFH). MCFH’s mission is to improve the health of residents of Philadelphia with a focus on women, children, teens and parents. MCFH provides service, promotes education and supports policies that enhance knowledge of and access to reproductive health services, preconception health education, prenatal care and effective parenting practices that assure infant safety, promote optimal child development and instill resiliency through adolescence. Integral to all MCFH’s activities is focus on reducing racial and economic health disparities. Combined, these efforts aim to lead to healthier families whose children will become vital members of society and work to strengthen communities throughout Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Dr. Kinsman was faculty at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kinsman’s interests include understanding how adolescents make decisions related to chronic health risks including cigarette smoking, alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors. Her clinical work has focused on supporting multidisciplinary care for high-risk adolescents. Dr. Kinsman recently co-edited an American Academy of Pediatric textbook with Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg entitled: “Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development.”
MARCH 11, 2014 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level
Mariell Jessup MD, FAHA, FACC, FESC
Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Medical Director, Penn Heart and Vascular Center
A Volunteer’s Path to FulfillmentAchieving success in what was once a male-dominated field of cardiology
Challenges for the future
Biggest mistakes, best lessons
BIO: Dr. Jessup is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Associate Chief-Clinical Affairs, Cardiovascular Division of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Penn Medicine. Dr. Jessup received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Medical Degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital and a Cardiovascular fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jessup’s focus throughout her career has been on the optimal management of patients with heart failure, including the appropriate selection of patients for heart transplant or ventricular assist devices (VADs). The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s cardiac transplant program is one of the largest in the country, averaging more than 50 patients transplanted annually. Over 1200 patients who have undergone transplant are followed in the ambulatory care center. In addition, the program has utilized over 400 VADs in the past 5 years alone, exclusive of the patients who have been recently implanted with permanent VAD replacement devices. As Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Penn, she works with a multi-disciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, nurse practitioners, and nurses to deliver collaborative, cutting-edge care to patients in the beautiful, new Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Jessup has been a member of the committee to revise ACC/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Heart Failure, published in 2001 and most recently in 2005. She was the Chair of the ACC/AHA Guidelines focused update for heart failure published in March, 2009. She is now the Vice-Chair of that same committee. Dr. Jessup served on the American Heart Association’s Council of Clinical Cardiology Program Committee, and was a member-at-large on the AHA annual meeting’s program committee. She served for two years as the Chair of the Committee for Scientific Sessions Program of the AHA. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the national AHA and became President of the American Heart Association in June of 2013. She completed a 4-year term as an ABIM representative for the Residency Review Committee-Internal Medicine of the ACGME, and a 6-year term on the ABIM’s Cardiovascular Board. She has now joined the Board of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant cardiology secondary subspecialty, and is the Chair as of June, 2012. She served as the Co-chairman of the ISHLT’s Heart Failure Council, and served on the Board of Directors of the ISHLT for 3 years. She was a member of the Executive Council of the Heart Failure Society of America, and recently served as the secretary for the HFSA. She is on the Steering committee of the INTERMACs registry for ventricular assist devices. Dr. Jessup has published numerous articles as well as editorials, reviews, chapters and reports from committees on heart failure, as well as heart transplant. She has been recognized by The Best Doctors in America and in Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Docs issue.
APRIL 21, 2014 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level
Emily F. Conant, MD
Professor, Chief of Breast Imaging
Vice Chair of Faculty Development
Department of Radiology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Am I dense? The good, the bad and the ugly - When breast cancer screening meets state legislature
On January 1, 2014, Pennsylvania was the 13th state to enact legislation requiring that each woman screening with mammography be notified of her breast density. What does this new legislation mean to individual women? to health care providers? This talk will focus on what's new in multi-modality breast cancer screening.
BIO: Dr. Conant graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1984 and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology in 1989 from the University of Pennsylvania. She had subspecialty training in both Pulmonary and Breast Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1989 she began on staff at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In 1996 she returned to the University of Pennsylvania as Associate Professor of Radiology and Chief of the Division of Breast Imaging. Dr. Conant is a Professor of Radiology and Associate Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Division Chief of Breast Imaging at Penn, which performs over 25,000 studies per year, and is actively involved in multi-modality breast imaging research focusing on the detection, characterization and staging of breast cancer. Areas of specific interest include "personalized breast cancer screening" and the incorporation of digital breast tomosynthesis in breast cancer screening to reduce the number of false positive recall cases and the quantification of breast texture and density for incorporation in individual risk stratification.
MAY 6, 2014 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level
Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS(hon), FAAN, FRCN
Professor of Nursing and Sociology
Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
Serendipity vs. Planning: Different routes to leadership
Dr. Meleis will discuss some of the paradoxes that women face in their journey toward leadership. Examples are balance vs. integration; planning vs. serendipity and power vs. empowering. Also, Dr. Meleis will explore ways by which challenges may become opportunities for growth. Personal milestones and turning points will be shared from Dr. Meleis’ own transitions toward leadership and how she has come to use a justice and equity framework to shape her work.
BIO: Dr. Afaf I. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Prior to coming to Penn, she was a Professor on the faculty of nursing at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of California San Francisco for 34 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, the American Academy of Nursing, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; a member of the Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Advisory Committee, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholars program, the George W. Bush Presidential Center Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council, and the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health; a Board Member of CARE, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health; and chair of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation for Health Professional Education and the Lancet Commission on Women and Health. Dr. Meleis is also President Emerita and Counsel General Emerita of the International Council on Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) and the former Global Ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
Dr. Meleis' research scholarship is focused on the structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and immigrant and women’s health. She has mentored hundreds of students, clinicians, and researchers from Thailand, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Colombia, Korea, and Japan. She is the author of more than 175 articles in social sciences, nursing, and medical journals; over 40 chapters; 7 books; and numerous monographs and proceedings.
Dr. Meleis is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, as well as honorary doctorates and distinguished and honorary professorships around the world. Awards she has received include the Egyptian Presidential Honorary Award for Excellence and International Contributions in Nursing; an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from the Linköping University, Sweden; the Global Citizenship Award from the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia; the Sage Award from the University of Minnesota; The Dr. Gloria Twine Chisum Award for Distinguished Faculty at University of Pennsylvania, which is awarded for community leadership and commitment to promoting diversity, and the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Massachusetts. More recently, Dr. Meleis received the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International Distinguished Leadership Award based on her outstanding work in the global healthcare community, the Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Phyllis N. Stern Distinguished Lecture Award, from the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and she was inducted into the UCLA School of Nursing Hall of Fame for her work in advancing and transforming nursing science. She is also the 2013 recipient of the National League of Nursing (NLN) President’s Award for her national and international contributions to health care, the nursing profession and nursing education, and the 2013 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) Distinguished Nurse Award for her demonstrated leadership characteristics and rendered distinguished service to the nursing profession throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the global community. Dr. Meleis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alexandria (1961), earned an MS in nursing (1964), an MA in sociology (1966) and a PhD in medical and social psychology (1968) from the University of California, Los Angeles.