New Website Showcases Women Leaders Across Johns Hopkins Medicine

Women leaders featured on the website include, clockwise from top left: Barbara Fivush, Annette Donawa, Mary Myers, Janice Clements, Karen Horton and Tina Cheng.

Photos by Keith Weller

Published in Dome - January/February 2019 Dome

At Johns Hopkins Medicine, women have always played a crucial role in advancing scientific research, clinical care and medical education. Now, a new website — — showcases many of the women who are helping to lead the institution into the future.

The site features short biographies of 31 leaders across Johns Hopkins Medicine. Visitors can learn what drew the women to the institution, what keeps them here, their proudest accomplishments and their advice for women aspiring to lead. The site also contains links to important Johns Hopkins resources, including the Office of Women in Science and Medicine, the Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine and a timeline tracing the history of our more than 250 female professors.

The website was developed by the marketing and communications team under the guidance of Janice Clements, vice dean for faculty and professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology, neurology and pathology.

“There have always been important female leaders at Johns Hopkins, but they haven’t always been well recognized,” says Clements. “This website serves as a platform to share the life stories of some of the amazing women who currently lead our great institution.”

The website focuses on two audiences: potential recruits and current employees.

“We want recruits, particularly women, to know that Johns Hopkins is an inclusive organization where they will find the opportunity to do their best work, grow and lead,” says Clements. “For faculty and staff, the site reflects the pride we can all share in the richness of talent and diversity that makes Johns Hopkins such a wonderful place to work.”

For this website, women with the following titles at the school of medicine were invited to participate: director, vice dean, associate dean, assistant dean, senior associate dean, executive vice chair and vice chair. For the health system, presidents and executive and senior vice presidents were invited.

Faculty and staff members involved in recruitment are urged to include a link to the site in their communications. Everyone is encouraged to share the pages on social media — include the hashtag #HopkinsWomen to show your pride in this amazing group of women.

Photo shows women leaders featured on the website, including clockwise from top left: Inez Stewart, Lee Daugherty Biddison, Lisa Ishii, Jacky Schultz, Geraldine Seydoux and Deidra Crews.
Women leaders featured on the website include, ​clockwise from top left: Inez Stewart, Lee Daugherty Biddison, Lisa Ishii, Jacky Schultz, Geraldine Seydoux and Deidra Crews.

Empowering Women in Academic Medicine

Leaders in the Department of Medicine have taken targeted approach to empowering and recruiting women trainees, with positive results.

A photo shows Gail Berkenblit, Rachel Levine and Heather Sateia in the Mary Elizabeth Garrett Boardroom.

13 Women Faculty Members Graduate from New Executive Leadership Program

The program is offered through the Office of Women in Science and Medicine, and in collaboration with the Office of Talent Management.

Image 2018-12-14_09-50-37-172_resized

Surgeons Recognize the Obstacles, Progress of Women in Surgery

Nita Ahuja, chief of surgical oncology, reflects on the field as it pertains to women.