The Lamar Soutter Library is pleased to highlight nine of the exhibit's women
physicians whose careers have been influenced in some way
by their association with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Included below are very small excerpts that include the UMass Connection of each of these
Also included are three Local Legend nominees with UMass Connection. As a companion gallery to the
Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women
Physicians exhibition at the National Library of Medicine,
in Bethesda, Maryland, Local Legends highlights the contributions of women
physicians in rural and urban towns and cities throughout America. Nominated by a Congressional
representative, each extraordinary local legend has made a positive, enduring
contribution to the health care of their community and our country.
Dr. Lucy M. Candib
After receiving her medical degree
from Harvard Medical School in 1972, Dr. Candib completed
her family practice residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
in 1976. Dr. Candib has taught and practiced family medicine ever since at the very
site of her residency - the urban neighborhood Family Health Center of Worcester.
An exceptional researcher, educator, author and physician,
Dr. Candib received the Outstanding Primary Care Research, Generalist Physician Initiative
award in 1997 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Dr. Christine Cassel
A renowned expert in geriatric medicine and medical ethics, Dr. Cassel
graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1976. In 1995 Dr. Cassel became
the first woman chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in 1996 the first woman
president of the American College of Physicians. Currently she is the President and CEO of the American
Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation.
Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble
Dr. Gamble received her doctor of medicine degree in 1983 from the University of
Pennsylvania, and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Massachusetts
Medical Center. A physician and historian of medicine, Dr. Gamble chaired the Legacy
Committee of the Tuskegee Syphillis Study in 1997. Dr. Gamble holds appointments at both the
National Center for Bioethics in Research & Health Care at Tuskegee University and at the Department
of Health Policy and Management at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Maxine Hayes
Dr. Hayes received her doctor of medicine degree from the State University of New York
at Buffalo. Then, while earning a master of Public Health degree at Harvard University,
she worked as a consultant to Project COPE, a program sponsored by the University
of Massachusetts at Worcester to offer pediatric health care information to mothers of
infants born in prison. Currently, Dr. Hayes is an Associate Professor at the School of
Public and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, and a faculty member of
the Department of Maternal-Child Health in the School of Public Health.
Dr. Susan Veronica Karol
Dr. Karol attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed
her general surgical residency at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester.
Dr. Karol was the first woman of the Tuscarora Indian Nation of Sanborn to become a
surgeon, and in 1996 she became the first woman to be made Chief of Surgery at Beverly
(Massachusetts) Hospital, the position she currently holds.
Dr. Susan Potts Sloan--"Local Legend"
Dr. Sloan graduated from medical school at the University of Minnesota in 1998 and
completed a residency in internal medicine at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield,
Massachusetts in 2001. She was appointed assistant professor of medicine at the
University of Massachusetts and then coordinator of resident ambulatory education at
Berkshire Medical Center. In 2002, Dr. Sloan returned to Tennessee to take up the
position of associate director of an internal medicine program at East Tennessee State
Dr. Sloan's Tennessee "Local
Dr. Paula L. Stillman
Dr. Paula Stillman is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine. While
teaching pediatrics at the University of Arizona in the 1970s, she trained and used "patient
or "standardized patients" as a reliable way to evaluate
her students' clinical competence. When Dr. Stillman moved to the University of Massachusetts
Medical School in Worcester in 1982, she was able to organize a standardized patient
consortium among area medical schools to train volunteers. Her system, Objective Structured
Clinical Evaluations (OSCE) has been replicated in medical schools across the country.
Dr. Lani Graham--"Local Legend"
A Board-certified Family Practice physician, licensed to practice in both Maine and Georgia, Dr. Graham
her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and an MPH
from the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans.
She completed a residency in Family Practice at the University of Massachusetts Medical
Dr. Graham's Maine "Local
Dr. Nancy Dickey--"Local Legend"
Nancy Dickey received her M.D. and residency training at the University of Texas Medical
School at Houston. In 1997 Dr. Dickey was elected the first female president of the American Medical
Association - one of her first recommendations a proposed patient's bill of rights.
She has received honorary degrees from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Florida Atlantic University,
1998 was the Commencement keynote speaker and an honorary degree recipient at the University of
in Worcester. Dr. Dickey is currently President and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Texas A&M
System Health Science Center.
Dr. Dickey's Texas "Local