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MedTalks is a program designed to connect current graduate students with School of Medicine Alumni who are working outside of academic settings to network and share advice. We are always looking for PhD or MD-PhD volunteerings.

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MedTalk: Let’s Talk - Women Physician-Scientists in Academia, Industry and Beyond

April 3, 2019 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.

1812 Ashland Avenue, Suite 110
Baltimore, MD 21205

Andrea Cox, M.D.-Ph.D. ’98, Director, M.D.-Ph.D. Program and Professor of Medicine invites current M.D.-Ph.D. and Ph.D. students to attend a lively, moderated discussion with a panel of distinguished alumnae currently working in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. This is a unique opportunity to gain career insights from successful alumni, socialize and establish ongoing connections. Refreshments, light lunch and networking will follow the panel discussion. 
Students are encouraged to prepare questions in advance.

RSVP by March 27


Caitlin Bowen

Caitlin Bowen is an M.D.-Ph.D. student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is currently working towards completing her Ph.D. in the Institute of Genetic Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Hal Dietz. Her work focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of aortic dissection in vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. In addition to her cardiovascular research, she also advocates for the advancement of women in science and medicine and serves as a student leader for the Association of Women Student M.D.-Ph.D.’s and the American Medical Women’s Association.

Caitlin Bowen


  • Lisa Dunkle Scheffler, M.D. ’72

    Lisa Dunkle Scheffler, M.D. ’72, is the Program Lead for Respiratory Infections in Clinical Research & Development with Protein Sciences, a Sanofi Company. From 2011 to 2018, she served as Chief Medical Officer for Protein Sciences following a 20+ year career in the pharmaceutical industry. The Lisa Dunkle Scheffler, M.D., Endowed Scholarship was established in 2016 by Dr. Dunkle Scheffler in appreciation for the medical education she received at Johns Hopkins. She is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Council and serves as Class of 1972 Representative. She and her husband, Richard, live in Connecticut.

    Lisa Dunkle Scheffler
  • Melissa S. Pessin, M.D.-Ph.D. '91

    Melissa S. Pessin, M.D.-Ph.D. '91, is the Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and her M.D., Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Pessin did a post-doctoral fellowship with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Greengard and her residency in Pathology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. She is board certified in Clinical Pathology, as well as Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Pessin is a Fellow of both the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

    Melissa S. Pessin
  • Crystal Watkins, M.D.-Ph.D. '03

    Crystal Watkins, M.D.-Ph.D. '03, graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County as part of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She received both her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Molecular Neuroscience. Her thesis work was featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal and led to a patented discovery and proposed clinical trial for diabetic nerve disorders. Dr. Watkins is currently the Director of the Memory Clinic in the Neuropsychiatry Program at Sheppard Pratt and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on using brain imaging and blood markers to understand the aging brain and detect dementia at earlier stages.

    Crystal Watkins
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