About Us

The Brody Women Faculty Committee consists of women professionals at the Brody School of Medicine. The committee aims to increase institutional effectiveness by supporting the recruitment, retention and promotion of female professionals. The BWFC is a welcoming community of women who work to improve awareness of issues of particular interest to women, track information about women faculty at the Brody School of Medicine, support current and future women professionals through mentorship, and offer programming on leadership, career development, and women’s perspectives

Our Mission and Bylaws

Our mission is to support the professional development and advancement of women professionals at the Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) through advocacy, mentoring, education, and collaboration. Our goals are to:

  • support women professionals and the leadership of the school
  • augment professional skills and enhance career development
  • create a work environment supportive of women professionals
  • aid in the recruitment and retention of women professionals
  • foster a culture of equity, diversity, and collegial respect
  • raise awareness of contributions made and challenges faced by women professionals
  • advocate for policies supportive of our mission
  • enhance and facilitate relationships with internal and external groups in addressing common areas of interest

BWFC Bylaws


The Brody Women Faculty Committee was created as a result of the work of the Advisory Committee for Women in Medicine, established in 2004 by Dean Cynda Johnson to address the needs of female faculty. That Committee’s 2005 report, written by Dr. Virginia Hardy and Dr. Lesly Mega, recommended the re-establishment of a Women in Medicine committee to promote networking, celebrate accomplishments, and share information of relevance to women professionals. Since its inception, the BWFC has grown in membership and has expanded the scope of our initiatives and activities.


Committee Chairs

2016-2017: Suzanne Lea, PhD

2015-2016: Lisa Domico, PhD

2014-2015: Ruth Little, EdD

2013-2014: Folashade Jose, MD

2012-2013: Jamie DeWitt, PhD

2011-2012: Barbara Muller-Borer, PhD

2010-2011: Janet Malek, PhD

2009-2010: Lorita Rebellato, PhD

2008-2009: Rachel Roper, PhD

2007-2008: Elaine Cabinum-Foeller, MD

2006-2007: Kaye McGinty, MD and Maria Clay, PhD

2005-2006: Virginia Hardy, PhD and Valerie Gilchrist, MD