The University of Arizona National Center of Excellence in Women's Health is pleased to announce that four UA women physicians have been recognized as "Local Legends" and were honored last week at the American Medical Women's Association annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.
This prestigious national honor has been bestowed upon women physicians who have demonstrated commitment, originality, innovation or creativity in her field of medicine, according to the association.
* Nationally, 139 women were nominated by a member of Congress -- six of those are from Arizona (four of whom are from the UA). Nominated by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., the Local Legends from the UA are:
Tamsen Bassford, MD, chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine; associate professor of clinical family medicine and clinical obstetrics and gynecology, UA College of Medicine.
Mindy Fain, MD, program director, Geriatric Medicine Training Program; associate professor of clinical medicine, UA College of Medicine.
Jessica Moreno, MD, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, UA College of Medicine.
Kathryn Reed, MD, professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; director, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UA College of Medicine.
The Local Legends recognition is a companion project to an exhibition created by the National Library of Medicine titled, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians." The exhibition, at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., through April 2005, eventually will travel throughout the country.
Last year, the University of Arizona received the prestigious designation as a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (CoE), a major federal initiative to advance women's health care. With funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Women's Health, the new UA CoE seeks to improve the health and wellness of all Arizona women, with attention to the special health issues of Hispanic and American Indian women. The UA National Center of Excellence in Women's Health has several key areas - clinical care, research, community outreach, education, leadership, and evaluation.