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Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble 70F Honored by Medical Students

Friday, March 13, 2009

Hampshire College alumna Vanessa Northington Gamble 70F is one of six distinguished women honored with a Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

The award pays tribute to Dr. Gamble's demonstrated leadership and lifelong commitment to the field of medicine and public health.

"I have dedicated so much of my career to teaching and mentoring others," Dr. Gamble stated. "Knowing that the Women Leaders in Medicine Award is chosen by a group of medical students makes this honor particularly special to me."

Vanessa Northington Gamble
Dr. Gamble is University Professor of medical humanities at The George Washington University.

Throughout her extensive career, she has focused on equity and justice in health care and authored numerous articles and book chapters on these issues. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Gamble developed the nation's first course on the history of race, American medicine, and public health, and founded the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Medicine.

She also chaired the committee that took the lead role in the successful campaign to obtain an apology in 1997 from President Clinton for the infamous United States Public Health Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Her Division III (senior project) at Hampshire College was a thesis on the Tuskegee Study.

Dr. Gamble received her bachelor's degree in medical sociology from Hampshire and her medical and doctorate degrees in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gamble also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Women Leaders in Medicine Awards and Reception Ceremony is sponsored by AMSA, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and the Committee of Interns and Residents.

Photo courtesy of George Washington University/Jessica McConnell

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