Message from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation was founded on the belief that knowing the historical past is a powerful force in shaping the future. Over the past 20 years, we have made significant accomplishments in promoting the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences.

The Foundation's Research Fellowships are offered in conjunction with the The Archives for Women in Medicine (AWM) at Countway Library's Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. To date, we have supported seventeen researchers there and continue to elevate the caliber of individual we support to help the history of women in medicine reach greater audiences.

The Maria Cerny Brabb Scholarship Program awards deserving female medical school students with funds to support their education, thereby helping to build the history of women in medicine into future generations. Since the program’s inception in 2001, 33 young women were awarded funds through this program to pursue their dreams of a career in the field of medicine.

We also bring cutting-edge digital technology and processing to our Oral History Project. Our goal is to build a viable collection that provides both a way to hear women pioneers share their stories in their own words, and also a resource that can support researchers and other institutions that might want to leverage the knowledge.

Of course, we have the Alma Dea Morani Award which we present annually to to a woman who has left a significant mark on history and pivotally advanced the future of medicine, while also making significant contributions outside of medicine. Including our 2018 awardee, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, we have inducted 20 women into this unique sisterhood.

We believe that our connection to the experiences of those who came before helps to define the present and future of medicine. The Foundation is celebrating 20 years by joining in conversation with 20 women leaders in all aspects of medicine to understand their stories and how their experiences will shape the next generation. I cannot tell you how excited I am to unveil the complete list at the 2019 Alma Dea Morani award presentation – along with what I hope is an exciting development for this longstanding award.

Lastly, I encourage you to join me as a member of the 1849 Society. This is a pivotal extension of our sisterhood that helps to ensure our legacy continues.

It remains an honor and a privilege to serve as president of this organization.


Julia A. Haller, MD
President, Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation
Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital