Margaret Johnson Bia, MD

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); Senior Transplant nephrologist

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Years active at Yale: 1978-present

Dr. Bia is being recognized for her excellence in medical education, her leadership in transplantation, and her advocacy for women’s issues. A self-taught transplant specialist, she became the Yale School of Medicine’s first director of transplant nephrology in 1984, a post she held until 2001. She was recognized with the “Pioneer in Transplant” award from the National Kidney Foundation in 2004. She was the first woman invited to join the Nephrology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), where she served from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Bia served another 11 years on the ABIM’s Self-Assessment Nephrology Committee. 

In medical student education, she directed the renal module from 1985 to 1998, becoming director of all the modules (the pathophysiology course) from 1998 to 2002. She created the Clinical Skills Program in 2001 and ran the program until 2014.

Dr. Bia has won numerous teaching awards including: The Bohmfalk teaching prize for clinical sciences; the Francis Blake teaching award (twice); the dean’s award for exceptional contributions to the school; the Leah Lowenstein teaching award (twice); the AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award; and the House-Staff Teaching Award. Most recently, she was honored with a named teaching prize, the “Dr. Peggy Bia Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching,” given to residents by the third-year class for outstanding teaching on the internal medicine clerkship. 

She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. For decades Dr. Bia has been active on The Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM) and senior faculty committees, which promote issues that affect women.