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UC Physicians Among Four Ohioans to Receive National Award
Published May 2004
Four distinguished women physicians from Ohio now have one more
distinction to add to their impressive resumes: they have been named
The Local Legends program, a partnership between the American Medical
Women's Association (AMWA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM),
asks U.S. senators and members of Congress to nominate outstanding
women physicians from their state or district for this unique honor.
Local Legends is a companion project to an exhibition created by the
NLM titled Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women
Physicians. The project spotlights these women, their lives, their
achievements, their dreams and the challenges they faced in becoming
The Local Legends from Ohio are Clara Bloomfield, MD; UC's Evelyn Hess,
MD, MACP, MACR; UC's Beatrice Lampkin, MD; and Mary Jo Welker, MD.
The honored Ohio women were officially recognized in February at the
AMWA annual meeting in San Diego, California. A Local Legends Web site
(www.locallegends.org) has been launched, and a DVD created by
McNeil-Lehrer Productions for the National Library of Medicine and AMWA
will be released next year.
Evelyn Hess, MD
Dr. Hess is currently professor of medicine in the Division of
Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine. She graduated from
University College in Dublin, Ireland. In his nominating letter, Rep.
Rob Portman commented that Dr. Hess's body of work "stands as a living
testament that one person can make a difference in the quality of life
for many individuals." Named one of the Cincinnati Enquirer's "Women of
the Year" in 1999, Dr. Hess has received numerous awards and was listed
in the 2004 edition of "Best Doctors in America."
Beatrice Lampkin, MD
Dr. Lampkin is professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medical Center, Division of Hematology/Oncology, and the UC
College of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Alabama and
trained at the Medical College of Virginia, Cincinnati Children's and
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Nominating Dr. Lampkin, Rep. Rob
Portman said "her efforts in these programs have profoundly impacted
the city of Cincinnati as well as the state of Ohio."
The AMWA is an organization of 10,000 women physicians, residents and
medical students dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving