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Institute for Women's Health and Leadership Marion Spencer Fay Award

Nina Schor, MD, PhD, Named 2022 Marion Spencer Fay Award Recipient

2022 Marion Spencer Fay honoree Nina Schor, MD, PhD

The annual Marion Spencer Fay Award will be presented to Nina Schor, MD, PhD, by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership on Thursday, November 3, 2022, in Philadelphia. Schor will present a lecture, "Development Is Forever: A Career in Science and Medicine," at 4:30 p.m., immediately followed by the award presentation and reception.

Schor is the deputy director and acting scientific director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Learn more about Nina Schor, MD, PhD

She is being honored with the 2022 Marion Spencer Fay Award for her transformative, uniquely impactful ongoing research and leadership contributions in neurology and neuroscience; for her work on building and sustaining innovative systems and programs designed to expand the understanding of neurological disease mechanisms that enhance patient access to cutting-edge therapies; for her work in inspiring and empowering the full diversity of the neuroscience workforce; and for her demonstrated commitment to mentorship.

The national Marion Spencer Fay Award, now in its 59th year, is presented annually by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership to an outstanding woman physician and/or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator and/or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium to support the recipient’s work.

Please contact Janine Barber at jkb48@drexel.edu or 215.991.8194 for more information.

The Marion Spencer Fay Award

Marion Spencer Fay, PhD

The Marion Spencer Fay Award is a national award to honor achievement and excellence in medicine and science and is presented to a woman of distinction, innovation and leadership. Past Marion Spencer Fay Award honorees include Julie Overbaugh, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of Duke University's School of Medicine. Learn more about past honorees.

Marion Spencer Fay, PhD, was dean and president of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1946 to 1963. The National Board for Women in Medicine established an award in her name in 1963 to recognize her pioneering leadership.

This national award is given annually to a woman physician and/or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator and/or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential.

Formerly administered by the National Board for Women in Medicine, the award continues under the guidance of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine, which maintains the traditions of the Woman's Medical College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania that reflect a 160-year legacy of excellence.

  • The award recipient is selected from nominations submitted to a special committee, appointed by the Institute, dedicated to the principles of the Marion Spencer Fay Award.
  • The presentation ceremony is attended by distinguished academic, medical and scientific leaders and the award includes a $10,000 honorarium to support the recipient's work.


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