The American Medical Women’s Association’s (AMWA) highest honor—the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal—has been bestowed upon one of NYMC’s own: Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., FAMWA, FRSPH, associate professor of public health practice, health policy and management, clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine and global health program director. Named in honor of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine, the medal is awarded annually to a female physician who has made the most outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine. Dr. Murthy received the award at AMWA’s 101st Annual Meeting held March 10-13 in Miami.
As an international leader in global women’s health, activist and a tireless advocate for women in medicine, Dr. Murthy fits many of the award’s criteria including serving as a leader in women’s health in the area of public policy, health care delivery, research, medical education, patient care and application of basic sciences to health care, influencing the role of women in medicine and demonstrating commitment, originality, innovation, and creativity in her field of medicine. Dr. Murthy is the first Indian-born American to receive this award since its inception in 1949.
Dr. Murthy is a trained obstetrician and gynecologist who has practiced medicine and public health for the past 28 years in various countries. She serves as the Medical Women’s International Association NGO alternate representative to the United Nations, and also serves as a member of the Executive Council of the NGO Status of Women Committee of New York at the United Nations. Dr. Murthy is widely published and is the author and editor of Women’s Global Health and Human Rights. She has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences and at the United Nations. She works tirelessly to promote safe motherhood and other health initiatives focused on improving women’s health in India, Malawi, Nepal and Grenada. Dr. Murthy freely shares her passion for global and maternal health with medical and public health students. She can frequently be seen working with them to collect supplies for various causes and accompanying them to conferences at the United Nations.
“It is amazing and extremely gratifying to be recognized with such an honor for work that comes naturally to me and that I truly enjoy,” said Dr. Murthy. “This is a proud moment for me.”
Dr. Murthy is also proud of Caroline Mullis, right, School of Medicine Class of 2017, who received the 2016 AMWA Outstanding Regional Director Award at the annual meeting. As a medical student, Ms. Mullis became an active member in AMWA, serving as the 2014-2015 branch co-president and subsequently the AMWA 2015-2016 Region 2 director.