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January 28, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Margherio
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Engage in a discussion about contemporary barriers women in medicine face including biases in speaker introductions at professional meetings, the minority tax, scholarship and grant funding, elected leadership positions, and gender disparities in the workplace.


This session will explore the following questions:

  • What opportunities should women in medicine be aware of?
  • What steps can we take to overcome these barriers?

Dr. Elisabeth I. Heath, MD FACP: Professor of Oncology and Medicine at Wayne State University SOM

Dr. Elisabeth I. Heath serves as the Associate Center Director of Translational Sciences and leads the Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. She is the medical director of the Infusion Center and is director of prostate cancer research. She is an active clinical and scientific member of Karmanos and is a professor of Oncology at WSUSOM. She earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, completed her internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital, and completed her medical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Heath has a distinguished career as a prostate cancer researcher, serving as the Patricia C. and E. Jan Hartmann Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research. Her focus is in conducting clinical and translational research trials in genitourinary oncology with critical attention to the area of health disparity, particularly with regard to the poor accrual of minority patients to prostate cancer clinical trials. She has received many awards for her work, including the WSUSOM Physician’s Golden Heart Award in 2011 and being named Crain’s 2019 Health Care Hero.

For more information about this event, please contact Katherine Obudzinski at 2487278072 or