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Phyllis T. Bodel Lectureship

About Phyllis Bodel, MD

Phyllis Bodel, MD was a gifted scientist, a beloved mentor to students, and an international leader in the study of fever. She came to Yale in 1961 as a research assistant and later joined the faculty, where she conducted research on the experience of women in medicine, challenging the notion that women were less likely than men to persevere and succeed in their medical careers. Writing in the journal Clinical Medicine in 1972, she and co-author Elizabeth Short, MD '68, laid much of the conventional wisdom to rest. (Their work is described in the book Medicine at Yale: The First 200 Years, published in 2011.)

The data they collected led to an increase in the number of women admitted to YSM and better opportunities for women on the faculty. Dr. Bodel become the first director of the Office for Women in Medicine and Science — the first such office at an American medical school — and helped guide the medical school into a new era. Tenure rules were changed, allowing women more time to achieve tenure as they began families. Measures were put in place to correct gender disparities and to provide social and professional support. One example of this was increasing access to childcare.

The Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center has had a tremendous impact on the careers of faculty, students, and staff at the medical school by providing a safe and stimulating environment for their young children right on campus.

Learn more about Phyllis Bodel and the history of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science.

Phyllis T. Bodel Lectureship


Tene T. Lewis, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
“Discriminatory Stressors and Cardiovascular Risk among African-Americans”


Beth Levine, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
“Transcending Traditional Gender Roles in Academic Medicine”


Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
“Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism”


Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH, Professor, Section of Rheumatology, Yale School of Medicine
“Optimizing Variation in Healthcare”


Jessica L. Mega, MD, MPH, Cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
“Population and Precision Medicine: Implications for Treating Cardiovascular Disease”

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, M.D., Ph.D., MAS, Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine & Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California San Francisco
“Passion, Opportunity, Balance- Crafting a Career in Medicine”

Valerie E. Stone, M.D., Associate Chief, General Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital
“A Successful Strategy for Enhancing Primary Care IM Residents Entry into Primary Care Careers”

Beverly S. Mitchell, M.D., George E. Becker Professor of Medicine Director, Stanford Cancer Center, Stanford University
“New Insights into Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes”

Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., President of the Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
“Cardiovascular Insights from a Premature Aging Syndrome: A Transitional Story”

Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
“Overcoming Racial Disparities in Healthcare: The Role of Patient-Centeredness”

Judy E. Garber, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston and Director, Cancer Risk and Prevention Program
“Evolution of Clinical Breast Cancer Genetics”

Jan E. Patterson, M.D., FACP. FIDSA, Chair of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Infectious Disease University of Texas, San Antonio
“Decision Science to Inform Health Policy: The Case of HPB Infection and Cervical Cancer”

Sue Goldie, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Health Decision Science, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health|
“Decision Science to Inform Health Policy: The Case of HPV Infection and Cervical Cancer”

Katherine A. High, M.D., William H. Bennett Professor of Pediatrics Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
“Novel Therapeutic Approaches in Genetic Disease: Hemophilia As A Model”

Giselle Corbie-Smith, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Director, Program on Health Disparities, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Minority Participation in Research: Lessons Learned and Questions to be Answered”

Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, Seattle
“Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the U.S.: Update for the Globally Inclined Internist”

Diane E. Meier, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Geriatrics; Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
“Palliative Care in Chronic Illness”

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Director, Health Care Group, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
“Health Policy in the Aftermath of 9/11/01”
“Integrating Career and Family and the Importance of Mentoring”

Joann G. Elmore, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine, and Epidemiology, Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington School of Medicine
“Controversies in Breast Cancer Screening”
“Crossroads in My Medical Career: Finding Balance and Direction”

Sandra P. Daley, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean of Student Development and Community Affairs, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
“Post-Affirmative Action: The California Schools of Medicine Experience”

Mary Tinetti, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
“Falls in Older Persons: From Prediction to Prevention”
“Why Academics? Why Geriatrics?”

Marcia Angell, M.D., Executive Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Boston, MA.
“The Story of Breast Implants”
“Reflections on my Career in Medicine”

Patricia A. Gabow, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado and Manager (CEO) and Medical Director, Denver Health and Hospitals, Denver, Colorado
“America’s Safety Net: Past, Present,? Future”
“Mentoring: Life is a Series of Useful Lessons”

Juanita L. Merchant, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Michigan Medical Center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
“Growth Factors, Disease and Other Tales from the Crypts”
“Pathways and Pitfalls: Experiences of a Developing Academician”

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Managed Care; Blessing or Curse?"

Faith T. Fitzgerald, M.D., Vice Chair and Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis
"Bedside Teaching"
"Women as Heroes in Medicine"

June E. Osborn, M.D., Dean, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, and Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and, Chair, National Commission on AIDS
"AIDS, A Problem for the Whole Human Family"

Christine K. Cassel, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, and President, Physicians for Social Responsibility
"The Role of Physicians in the Prevention of Nuclear War"

Estelle R. Ramey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University School of Medicine
"Sex Hormones and Longevity: Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?"

Dorothy Hollingsworth, M.D., Department of Reproductive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, LaJolla, California
"Mothers and Babies, Antenatal Endocrinology: The Peripatetic Career of a Woman in Medicine"

Joan Steitz, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
"Autoantibody Probes for Mammalian Gene Expression"

Leah M. Lowenstein, M.D., Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"The Future for Women in Healthcare Professions: What are our Chances?"
"The Quick-Witted Survivors: Early Metabolic Responses to Loss of Renal Mass"

Margery Shaw, M.D., J.D., Institute of Law and Medicine, University of Texas
"Prenatal Medicine and Selective Abortion: Legal Issues Confronting Physicians and Parents"

Maxine Singer, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Dorothy Bainton, M.D., University of California, San Francisco
"The Role of Phagocytic Leukocytes in Host Defense"