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

The national Marion Spencer Fay Award 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.

The nomination period for the 2022 Marion Spencer Fay Award is closed. The honoree will be announced this summer and the Marion Spencer Fay Lecture and Award will be presented in the fall (date and location TBA). Please continue to visit this page for updates.

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


Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Named 2021 Marion Spencer Fay Award Recipient

Marion Spencer Fay Award recipient Consuelo Wilkins with Lynn Yeakel

The annual Marion Spencer Fay Award was presented to Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership on Thursday, November 4, 2021, in Philadelphia. Wilkins presented a lecture at 4:30 p.m. immediately followed by the award presentation.

Wilkins is the senior vice president and senior associate dean for health equity and inclusive excellence, and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was honored with the 2021 Marion Spencer Fay Award for her groundbreaking accomplishments in advancing innovative, high-impact health equity work spanning research, education and health delivery; her pioneering approaches to engaging underrepresented populations in research; and her contributions to community-engaged research and health equity that will positively impact health outcomes for generations.

Learn more about Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI

2021 Marion Spencer Fay committee


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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