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Recognized for Leadership

By Doug Boyd

Dr. Lesly Mega, a longtime professor of psychiatric medicine at East Carolina University, has received the inaugural Brody Women Faculty Advocacy Award.

The award was announced April 23 at a Brody School of Medicine faculty meeting and April 28 at the annual Women in Medicine Conference at the Brody Medical Sciences Building.


Mega, who joined the faculty in 1982, specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is nationally recognized as a leader in the professional development of women physicians and medical students.

She founded the local branch of the American Medical Women’s Association, established and chaired the Women in Medicine Committee at ECU and helped create the National Center of Excellence in Leadership in Academic Medicine at ECU. She also co-founded the Pitt County domestic violence program and served on its board for many years.

Mega was named a “local legend” by the National Library of Medicine in 2007 for her work in psychiatric medicine and her advocacy for women in medicine and was a recipient of American Medical Women’s Association’s highest honor, the Bertha VanHoosen Award, for her exceptional leadership and service.

She is past president of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association, women liaison officer to the Association of American Medical Colleges and a vice chair of diversity at the medical school.

The Brody Women Faculty Advocacy Award was established in 2008 and recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership in promoting, encouraging or implementing policies to facilitate the professional development of women faculty and/or students.

This page originally appeared in the May 1, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at