University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Celebrating Women in Medicine

An exhibition that opened at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on March 2, 2007, told the history of the American women who have practiced medicine over the past two centuries.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, Md., and the American Library Association, Chicago, Ill., organized the exhibition with support from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the American Medical Women’s Association. The traveling exhibition was based on a larger exhibition that was displayed at the NLM from 2003 to 2005.

“Changing the Face of Medicine” included two interactive kiosks that offered access to the NLM Web exhibition and to the accompanying NLM’s” Local Legends” Web site. The University of Virginia Health System’s nationally-recognized honorees were Drs. Karen S. Rheuban, Laurel W. Rice, and Diane G. Snustad. Dr. Vivian Pinn, Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, was also featured in the exhibit. Dr. Pinn was the only African American and the only woman in her class to graduate from the UVa School of Medicine in 1967. Drs. Pinn, Snustad, and Rheuban are pictured above.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Gretchen N. Arnold, Associate Dean and Interim Library Director.  “Although ‘Changing the Face of Medicine’ focuses on women in medicine, its lessons about persistence, dedication, and courage in one’s life choices speak to everyone – men and women and young adults – and to people in all lines of work.”

The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library sponsored and co-sponsored free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition.

Event Photos

Women in Medicine Roundtable

CFOM Launch, March 2, 2007

Our Physicians

Click to view bios: Dr. Laurel Rice, Dr. Diane Snustad, Dr. Karen Rheuban, and Dr. Vivian Pinn.

Panel, Keynote & Reception: March 2, 2007

A panel discussion was held from 3:45-4:45 pm, followed by a Keynote address by Dr. Vivian Pinn, M.D., Ph.D., from 5-6pm. A reception followed in the Health Sciences Library.

The Exhibit

The exhibit was on display in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library from March 2-April 13, 2007.

Resources

Featured Physicians at the University of Virginia

Devoting her career to the understanding and treatment of gynecological cancers, Dr. Laurel Wysong Rice personifies the University of Virginia Cancer Center mission of “changing the future of cancer.”

Click here for her full biography from the National Library of Medicine.

As the Claude Moore Chair of Geriatrics at the University of Virginia (UVA), Dr. Diane Gail Snustad serves the Charlottesville community at the UVA Geriatric Clinic and the Colonnades Health Care Center. Dr. Snustad says: “I give medical students and residents a role model of a human being able to balance full-time academic work, a family, a marriage, and a sense of humor.”

Click here for her full biography from the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Karen Schulder Rheuban is playing a key role in 21st-century medicine, using telemedicine to provide the best health care has to offer to rural communities. Dr. Rheuban is currently professor of pediatrics (pediatric cardiology), senior associate dean for Continuing Medical Education, and medical director of the University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine.

Click here for her full biography from the National Library of Medicine.

In her role as director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Vivian Pinn was in the position to ensure that women’s health was a high priority at NIH. Dr. Pinn was the only African American and the only woman to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine Class of 1967.

Click here for her full biography from the National Library of Medicine

Images of our physicians are courtesy of Medical AlumNews magazine, renamed Vitals, of the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association Medical School Foundation. For more information or to make comments or suggestions, please contact a member of Historical Collections.