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Friday, October 3, 2014
Nancy Tarbell, MD, Harvard Medical School (HMS) dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs and past director of the MGH Center for Faculty Development and the Office for Women’s Careers, has been selected to receive the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2014 Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award.
This award recognizes Tarbell’s record of academic leadership and her career-long commitment to developing medical leaders. Since 1995, this award has recognized 20 individuals and 15 women in medical education programs. Tarbell is a longstanding advocate for faculty development initiatives, including mentoring programs for junior faculty and numerous efforts on behalf of women and minorities. She recently led the HMS-wide Task Force on Faculty Development and Diversity, which has defined and prioritized development and diversity enhancements within the HMS community, providing a foundation for new opportunities for faculty and trainees.
“I benefited greatly from the mentorship of Dr. Sam Hellman while he was chair of the Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy,” said Tarbell. “He mentored deeply and intuitively and continues to be an extraordinary leader today. He gave me opportunities when there were few women role models. I hope that I have shared like opportunities with the many young men and women whom I have taught.”
Tarbell also recently received one of three 2014 Gold Medals bestowed by the American Society of Radiation Oncology. The Gold Medal is the society’s highest honor and is awarded to members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of radiation oncology through research, clinical care, teaching and service.
An internationally recognized expert in pediatric oncology, particularly pediatric brain tumors, Tarbell is consistently listed in The Best Doctors of America and serves on the national Children’s Oncology Group Brain Tumor Committee. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2002 and has authored more than 300 original publications and book chapters.
“I feel fortunate to be able to take care of children with cancer, and I am proud of the multidisciplinary team approach,” said Tarbell. “This prestigious award is as much about our team’s care of our patients as it is about the academic and research contributions we have made.”
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