Honoring Women in Academic Medicine and Their Achievements

Women in Academic Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Committee of Interns and Residents at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the annual Evening of Fellowship on January 23, honoring recent successes and achievements of the Miller School’s women faculty.

The event began with networking among attendees from various departments, including many chairs and center directors. The group was welcomed by Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Services, who chaired the event and the nominating committee, as well as Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Director of the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education and vice president of Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM).

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., interim Dean of the Miller School, also welcomed the attendees, congratulated the honored faculty and recognized WIAM for all of their efforts. The evening culminated with special recognition of women faculty, including those who were promoted in 2016-2017.

The honorees for the evening included:

Katherina Walz, Ph.D. , Research Associate Professor, Human Genetics

Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Violet Lagari-Libhaber, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Paola Lichtenberger, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Michele Morris, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine

Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology

Deborah Heros, M.D., Professor of Clinical Neurology

JoNell Potter, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology

Raquel Goldhardt, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Sara Wester, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Michaela Schneiderbauer, M.D., M.B.A., Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

Judy Schaechter, M.D., Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Wacharee Seeherunvong, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Elizabeth Felix, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., Award Tenure – Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Tatiana Perrino, Psy.D., Associate Professor, Educator Track of Public Health Sciences

The recipients of the 2017 Women in Academic Medicine awards:

Kara M. Cavuoto, M.D., Ophthalmology, Excellence in Mentorship Award

Carolyn Abitbol, M.D., Pediatrics/Nephrology, Excellence in Mentorship Award

Lilian Abbo, M.D., Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease, Excellence in Leadership Award

Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Emergency Medicine, Excellence in Leadership Award

Christine Curry, M.D., Ph.D., OBGYN, Trailblazer Award

Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D. Internal Medicine/Nephrology, Career Achievement Award

Nanette Vega, M.A., Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Excellence in Service Award

Committee on Interns and Residents Awards

Resident award: Nicole Beaton Sur, M.D., Neurology

Fellow award: Zeina Hannoush, M.D., Endocrinology

WIAM strives to assure that the Miller School of Medicine promotes an environment that values every member of our school community, and simultaneously provides the resources necessary to fulfill a commitment to our women faculty.

WIAM is currently soliciting nominations for president and vice president for 2017-2018. If you are interested, please contact Nanette Vega, Executive Director of Programs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at 305-243-7156 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please visit for more information or contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 305-243-7156.

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