The Alma Dea Morani, MD Renaissance Woman Award

The Alma Dea Morani Award is our most prestigious form of recognition, given to a woman who has left a significant mark on history and pivotally advanced the future. Our community of awardees is second to none, with achievements that often break entirely new ground. We are proud to name the discovery of the breast cancer gene, the appointment of the first woman president of the American Psychiatric Association, and the founding of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia among the many milestones our awardees have attained.

Specifically, this award will honor an outstanding woman physician or scientist who has

  • Furthered the practice and understanding of medicine in our lifetime and made significant contributions outside of medicine;

  • Utilized her own determination and spirit to carry herself beyond traditional pathways in medicine and science; and,

  • Challenged the status quo with a passion for learning.


20th Annual Alma Dea Morani Award Presentation

Friday, October 18, 2019 - Hosted by: The New York Academy of Medicine

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Past Award Recipients

2019 - Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH
Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology and of Medicine, and Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center

2018 - Margaret Hamburg, MD
President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine

2017 - Carol Greider, PhD
Director of Molecular Genetics and Biology at Johns Hopkins University Medical School

2017 - Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD
President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

2016 - Paula Johnson, MD, MPH
President, Wellesley College and Executive Director and Chief of the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital

2015 - Mary-Claire King, PhD
American Cancer Society Research Professor of Genetics and Medicine (Medical Genetics) at the University of Washington

2014 - Deborah German, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean, College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida

2013 - Florence P. Haseltine, PhD, MD
Emerita Director, Center for Population Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Public Health (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health

2012 - N. Lynn Eckhert, MD, MPH, DrPH
Interim Dean of the Lebanese American University in Beirut and Director of Academic Programs at Partners Healthcare International in Boston; Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing and Adjunct Professor in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

2011 - Rita Charon, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine

2010 - Marjorie S. Sirridge, MD ⚚︎
Professor of Medicine, Emerita, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

2009 - Carol C. Nadelson, MD
Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Partners Office for Women’s Careers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

2008 - Ellen R. Gritz, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science and Olla S. Stribling Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

2007 - Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH
Editor-in-chief of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association

2006 - Mary Guinan, PhD, MD
Dean, School of Public Health UNLV

2005 - Audrey E. Evans, MD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2004 - Christine E. Haycock, MD, FACS ⚚︎
Former Professor Emeritus of Surgery, New Jersey Medical School at University Hospital

2003 - Mary Ellen Avery, MD ⚚︎
Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics, Emerita, Harvard Medical School

2002 - Carola B. Eisenberg, MD
Lecturer in Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

2001 - Barbara Barlow, MD, FACS
Director of Surgery, Columbia University, and Director, Injury Free Coalition for Kids

2000 - Alma Dea Morani, MD, FACS ⚚︎
First Woman accepted into the Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

⚚ Deceased