UVA Health Celebrates Women in Medicine Month

September 12, 2023 by

Kelly Wingerter, MD, and Patricia Rodriguez-Lozano, MD

Kelly Wingerter, MD, (left) and Patricia Rodriguez-Lozano, MD are two of the incredible women faculty we are celebrating in September.

September is Women in Medicine Month, an annual celebration recognizing the significant accomplishments of women in medicine along with the issues impacting women’s health and women in the medical profession. This year, UVA Health embraces the theme of “Celebrating Women in Medicine: Bold Thinkers, Courageous Innovators,” and is taking this opportunity to honor all of our female team members in medicine and science who are playing an important role in supporting our mission of transforming health and inspiring hope in our local communities and beyond.

Here at UVA Health, we are proud that women are well represented throughout our organization including in leadership roles. Through our School of Medicine and School of Nursing, we are also committed to empowering the next generation of women working in healthcare to carry forward our mission.

Better representation across genders, gender identities, and gender expressions among UVA Health team members leads to better patient outcomes for all. As we celebrate Women in Medicine Month, we highlight our female physicians, researchers, nurses, healthcare providers, and staff who are playing an integral role in advancing women’s health advocacy, ensuring comprehensive care for women, and consistently demonstrating bold and innovative thinking to support and deliver superior quality, patient safety and outcomes.

In honor of Women in Medicine Month, our Office of Diversity and Community Engagement is sponsoring the following events where everyone is welcome to attend:

Friday, Sept. 29 | Claude Moore Medical Education Building, Auditorium (3110) and Virtual

UVA Health Storytellers Series: Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, MPH, AGSF, FACP | 1-2 p.m. | Dr. Archbald-Pannone serves as Medical Director, Geriatrics Outpatient Clinic and a School of Medicine Associate Dean for UVA Student Affairs. She also is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and the American College of Physicians. | Registration only required for virtual event.

Diversity Dialogue with Dr. Downs | 2-3 p.m. | UVA Health Chief Diversity and Community Engagement Officer Tracy M. Downs, MD welcomes guest speaker Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, MPH, AGSF, FACP to discuss the theme for Women in Medicine Month. Facilitated by Melody Pannell, Director of Diversity and Community Engagement. | Registration only required for virtual event.

In addition, we encourage everyone to tune in to UVA Health’s social media and other communication channels throughout September to get to know some of our outstanding team members, their personal stories and remarkable “superpowers” during Women in Medicine Month!


Tracy M. Downs, MD
Chief Diversity and Community Engagement Officer, UVA Health

Marianne Baernholdt, RN
Dean, UVA School of Nursing

Wendy Horton, PharmD
Chief Executive Officer, UVA University Medical Center

J. Scott Just, MD
Chief Executive Officer, UVA Physicians Group

Melina R. Kibbe, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine

Erik Shannon
Chief Executive Officer, UVA Community Health

K. Craig Kent, MD
Chief Executive Officer, UVA Health

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