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Distinguished Professors of Women and Medicine

Each year during the SGIM annual meetings, the WAMTF has sponsored the Distinguished Professor of Women and Medicine (formerly Distinguished Professor in Women’s Health).  Presenters have spanned the breadth of women’s health with presentations promoting women’s health research, the practice of women’s health, women’s health education, advocacy, policy, and the careers of women in medicine.

2017 Distinguished Professor of Women and Medicine 

Laurie C. Zephyrin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. 

Dr. Zephyrin is the Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, Veterans Health Administration. She helps leads VA’s network of federal, academic, and community providers who care for 1.5 million Veterans at community-based (non-VA) facilities. She provides leadership in the areas of member eligibility and services, network development, provider relations, quality and utilization management, care integration, medical claims processing, and revenue collections. 

Dr. Zephyrin is a board-certified physician with experience in health systems, health policy and population health.  Her work in health systems and healthcare delivery has focused on translating evidence based research into effective policy and practice, with the overall mission of ensuring high quality healthcare for all populations, especially vulnerable populations.  Dr. Zephyrin has served as the national Director of Reproductive Health in the Office of Women's Health Services.  As the national Director of Reproductive Health, she is responsible for leading systems change through innovative partnerships and leading the direction and development of new strategies, policies and initiatives to optimize reproductive health care delivery.  She is considered a leading expert and strategist in health systems and women’s health.  

Dr. Zephyrin is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the New York University School of Medicine, Associate Faculty at NYU’s College of Global Health and provides clinical care to women Veterans at the New York Harbor Veterans Administration Health Care System.  Previously, as a faculty member at Columbia University School of Medicine, she provided clinical care in underserved communities and led research addressing the risk benefit of steroid use in preterm labor.  She has led global initiatives addressing health systems access for women in East Africa and South Africa.  

Dr. Zephyrin was honored as a White House Fellow, an American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Awardee, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  Dr. Zephyrin completed her post-doctoral training at Harvard’s Integrated Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital).  She holds a BS in Biomedical Sciences from the City College of New York, an MD from the New York University School of Medicine, and an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University.


Past Distinguished Professors of Women and Medicine 

2016 - Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc                                                                                                                                     2015 - Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE                                                                                                                                           2014 - Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH                                                                                                                                                   2013 - Karen Freund, MD, MPH                                                                                                                                                     2012 - Carol S. Weisman, PhD                                                                                                                                                       2011 -  Ann Nattinger, MD                                                                                                                                                               2010 - Carolyn Clancy, MD                                                                                                                                                             2009 - Wendy Levinson, MD                                                                                                                                                         2008 - Roberta Ness, MD, MPH                                                                                                                                                     2007 - Deborah Grady, MD, MPH