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Ellen R. Gritz, PhD
Ellen R. Gritz, PhD

SBM Member Ellen R. Gritz, PhD Receives Award

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine (FHWIM) recognized SBM Member and Fellow, Ellen R. Gritz, PhD, on October 1, 2008, as the 2008 Alma Dea Mornai, MD, Renaissance Woman Award recipient. Dr. Gritz is professor and the founding chair of the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

"Dr. Gritz is a significant advocate for preventive medicine, as well as a driving force in cancer research," notes Barbara Atkinson, MD, FHWIM President. Dr. Gritz is an established leader in cancer prevention and control research and an internationally known investigator. She holds a long record of distinguished activity within the medical field; she is a member of multiple advisory councils, Boards of Directors, and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine.

In order to be recognized with this prestigious award, a woman must: have provided a uniquely valuable influence in medicine and the sciences; challenge the status quo and embrace the unknown with a passion for learning; be determined and spirited beyond the traditional pathways; and posses a dedication to service that has enhanced the practice and understanding of medicine and humanities in our lifetime.

SBM extends its warmest congratulations to Dr. Gritz for this noteworthy achievement.