Hoping to make the world a better place, Magda Van Hoyweghen has dedicated her life to general surgery. She began her journey by earning a diploma from Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Presentatie in Belgium in 1953 and an MD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1966, and by completing surgical residencies in New York City between 1966 and 1970 and between 1967 and 1971. She then participated in a fellowship with the John L. Madden Surgical Society. These were big achievements because there weren’t too many female surgeons at this time. She was moved by her ability to help others, and in 1972, she decided to go where her skills were needed most: Africa.
During Dr. Van Hoyweghen’s 25-year stay, she worked as a general surgeon and medical mission sister in the referral government hospital of Mwanza, Tanzania; Juba, South Sudan; Attat, Ethiopia; and Serabu, Sierra Leone. In 1981, she obtained a permanent position as a senior surgeon in the Kamuzu Central Hospital of Lilongwe, Malawi, where she remained until 1993. Dr. Van Hoyweghen then became a member of the general government of the Medical Mission Sisters and was stationed in Nairobi, Kenya. While there, she also served the surrounding nations of South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Swaziland.
Education | Home Economics
Renowned for her expertise in education, home economics and health care, Allamay Anderson has been thriving as a professional development consultant in New York City since 1978. She started her career as a school food service dietitian for the New York City Board of Education from 1968 to 1988, and in 1988, she transitioned to become a home and career skills teacher at Louis Armstrong Middle School. A year later, Ms. Anderson joined the staff of Manhattan High School as a special education teacher, where she stayed for six years before becoming as AIDS resource coordinator. Ms. Anderson also garnered experience as a partner of Masiba Building Corp., owner of AEA Development Service, and executive board member of the School Education Alumni Association at Fordham University. From 2014 to 2018, she lent her services as an elementary school math and literary tutor at Kalamazoo Public Schools.
When Ms. Anderson isn’t working, she enjoys being active in her community. She is currently a leadership member of the Western Michigan University Life Long Learning Academy Center for Gerontology, where she has been since 2011. Prior to that, she was an assistant presiding partner of the Dynamic Investors Club from 1996 to 2007, and a member of the Long Island 28 Episcopal Cursillo in 1991, as well as a general vestry member and a vestry member of youth ministries for the Grace Episcopal Church from 1982 to 1985 and from 1996 to 1999, respectively. In 1983, Ms. Anderson was a member of the Kwanza Advisory Committee Urban Coalition in Puerto Rico, and from 1980 to 1983, she was an officer of the New York City Community Development Agency. She was also involved with the League for Better Community Life in the ‘70s.
Encouraged by her parents to pursue medicine, Maria Lourdes Banaad-Omiotek has dedicated more than 25 years to the field. She determined early on that she didn’t want to do surgery, and discovered family medicine while looking into alternatives. She quickly realized she had found her niche. Now, Dr. Banaad-Omiotek is using her expertise in her role as an attending physician at Family Doctor-Family Healthcare, a subsidiary of Presence Health, in Illinois. She has been there since 2004, and is responsible for meeting with and treating patients on issues related to family preventative care. Additionally, Dr. Banaad-Omiotek recently added the position of director of the scholarship program at Ateneo de Manila University to her resume. Previous positions include research assistant in the Department of Hepatology at Rush University Medical Center and doctor at the G.D. Banaad Clinic.
To prepare for her endeavors, Dr. Banaad-Omiotek earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Ateneo de Manila University in 1989 and an MD from UERMMMCI in 1993. She then completed an internship, a residency in internal medicine, and a chief residency at Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and a residency in family medicine and a chief residency in family medicine at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Further, she became certified in family medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine, Inc., licensed to practice medicine in the state of Illinois, and a diplomate of both the Philippine College of Physicians and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
Health Care | Education
Coming from a family of doctors, Mahpareh Mostoufizadeh decided to follow in their footsteps at the young age of 17. She had always had a good sense of leadership and the ability to remain focused on goals, so the field seemed a natural fit. Dr. Mostoufizadeh cares deeply for her patients and students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and at the Jefferson Hospital of the Allegheny Health Network. She has served the former as a clinical assistant professor of pathology since 1989 and the latter as the director of laboratories since 1987. She has also been the chairperson of the Blood Utilization and Transfusion Committee and a member of the Medical Executive Committee at the Jefferson Hospital for many years.
Prior to her current endeavors, Dr. Mostoufizadeh garnered experience as an instructor in pathology at Harvard Medical School and as a fellow in pathology at Harvard Medical School. This was preceded by a residency in clinical pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital through the Veterans Administration and the Boston Healthcare System on the West Roxbury Campus, a fellowship in perinatal and obstetrics pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a fellowship in gynecologic pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital through the General Hospital Corporation, a senior residency in hematopathology, surgical pathology and cytopathology at St. Vincent Hospital at the University of Massachusetts, a residency in atomic pathology at St. Vincent Hospital at the University of Massachusetts, and a rotating internship in major medicine at MacNeal Hospital in Illinois. Her professional designations include an MD from the Tehran University School of Medicine and licensure in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maine, as well as certification in both clinical pathology and anatomic pathology from the American Board of Pathology.
After suffering a medical scare as a child, Thelma Mathis Evans felt inspired to help others in the same manner she was helped. Her doctors worked really hard to ensure she left the hospital happy and healthy, and she wanted to pay it forward. Dr. Mathis Evans had also realized how nice it would be to have that kind of impact on a person’s life, and thus earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology, with honors, from the University of Illinois in 1967 and an MD from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1969. She continued her education as an intern and resident at the University of Illinois Hospital between 1969 and 1971 and as a fellow in pulmonary medicine at the facility between 1971 and 1973.
Dr. Mathis Evans’s first professional position was medical director of the acute care unit at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, where she advanced to become the assistant to the director of emergency services two years later. She then served as a staff physician for Health Specialists, AT&T (Western Electric), Health First, Inc., and Michael Reese Health Plan, and as a tuberculosis control officer in the infectious disease section of the Chicago Department of Health. Other roles include member of the advisory board of Advocate Professional Group, member of the board of directors for the Advocate Health Care Network, and instructor of Rush Medical College. What set Dr. Mathis Evans apart from her peers was the time she took with her patients; she gave them as long as they needed and didn’t watch the clock, meaning she put in a lot more hours. Although she retired in 2017, she is proud to have bettered the lives of more than 3,000 people over the years.
Education | Health Care | Research
Looking for a path that would allow her to pursue her wide array of interests, Rosemary A. Stevens decided to dedicate herself to academia. That decision paid off, as, more than five decades later, she continues to contribute to the field. Since 2005, Dr. Stevens has served as a DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar of Social Medicine and Public Policy in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and since 2001, she has served as a professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the latter school in 1979 and has held a number of positions over the years, including professor of history and the sociology of science, senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Stanley I. Sheerr endowed term professor. Previously, she has worked as an academic visitor at LSE, an assistant professor and professor at Yale University, a visiting lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University, and a guest scholar at The Brookings Institution.
Dr. Stevens steadily grew to become an accomplished and respected voice in her professional community, covering research topics like the organization of specialization in modern American medicine, the history of medical practice in England, and the self-regulatory structures of the medical profession. She has published her findings in a variety of articles and books, most recently, “A Time of Scandal: Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding and the Making of the Veterans Bureau,” in 2016. Notable publications also include “The Public-Private Health Care State,” “Welfare Medicine in America,” “Medical Practice in Modern England: The Impact of Specialization and State Medicine,” “In Sickness and in Wealth: American Hospitals in the Twentieth Century,” “American Medicine and the Public Interest,” and, “Foreign Trained Physicians and American Medicine,” among others. In 2006, she co-edited “History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In.”
Driven by her mission of providing the best patient care possible, Jean A. Balz spent more than three decades as a physician’s assistant before retiring. She started in the position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and moved between NMCSD, Fargo Clinic-MeritCare, and the Gunderson Health System before settling down at the Marshfield Clinic in 1999. Ms. Balz remained there until the end of her professional career in 2011. Over the years, her responsibilities entailed coordinating patient data and interacting with various staff members, patients, and their families. She is proud to have built a reputation for standing up for what she believed in, regardless of whether it was the popular opinion, and for advocating for what was best for her patients.
When Ms. Balz wasn’t working, she was very active in her community. She authored numerous research papers, and served in roles like district vice commander, district adjutant, county commander, and post commander for Post Four of the American Legion, as well as treasurer of the Aid Association for Lutherans. Some of her other notable positions included youth adviser for the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson Grant Project through the City of Fargo, adviser of the Explorer Scouts, member of the Disaster Board for Fargo-Morehead City, adviser and member of the board of directors for St. Luke's Medical Explorers Post through the Boy Scouts of America, and member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity International. Additionally, Ms. Balz has been a council member for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a volunteer leader of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and deputy medical examiner for Marathon County.
Health Care | Writing
Believing in a mission greater than herself, Deborah Reese Potts set out to make the world a better place as a mental health therapist and a school counseling coordinator. She specialized in guiding adolescents, and is particularly proud of having individuals come back to her and tell her that they are doing well and following their dreams. Her most recent role was that of mental health therapist for Baylor Scott & White Health, which she held from 2010 until her retirement in 2016.
In addition to her health endeavors, Ms. Potts also connected with others through writing. She authored the children’s book, “Ocean Surprises,” in 2009, and is currently working on a more adult book, “Three Forks.” The former uses “a raging storm as a metaphor for the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity,” and the latter is about growing up in South Texas, blending ethnic groups, and navigating the blurry line between good and evil. She attributes her longevity and success to her parents, who taught her the importance of working hard, education, and giving back. Her professional designations include a Master of Science in educational counseling from Baylor University. If Ms. Potts could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to do a lot of research, be in the know, listen, and care deeply.
Believing that there is no obstacle too large to overcome, Marcia Louisa Goodman has led an impressive and well-rounded career. She started out working for the Social Security Administration and Medicare for approximately five years beginning in 1967, and continued on to become a registered nurse for nine and a half years and a laboratory technician for the American Red Cross for 15 years. Dr. Goodman joined the health care field because of her strong desire to make people’s lives better; she loved it when patients called and told her how much better they felt after treatment. Her nursing specialty was cardiology.
In addition to her medical endeavors, Dr. Goodman was the assistant director of "The Championship Season" on Broadway and has worked with some of Broadway's brightest stars. She has also been involved with a soap opera, “Another World," appeared in a production of "The Taming of the Shrew," and managed a community theater. Further, Dr. Goodman has experience in electronics, and has even rebuilt military computers. She connects with peers through the American Diabetes Association and the Supreme Council of the Order of the Amaranth. Her professional designations include registered nurse and PhD and honorary MD from Yale University.
Health Care | Education
Involved in a rapidly changing field, Carol Lindsley has deftly kept up with developments and maintained her reputation as an expert in pediatrics over the past three and a half decades. She loves how exciting the field is; she finds she learns something new every day, and is able to better the lives of children and their families on a consistent basis. Dr. Lindsley currently uses the experience she accrued in her role as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has served in that position since 1989, and previously served the school as the director of the Mid-America Pediatrics Rheumatology Program. Other notable positions include director of the American Board of Pediatrics, directorship of the American College of Rheumatology, member of the Leadership Group of the Arthritis Foundation, and master of the American College of the Rheumatology. To reach more of her peers, she authored numerous articles for professional journals, and was one of four editors of the textbook, “Pediatric Rheumatology.
Dr. Lindsley initially majored in biological sciences, and after talking to school representatives, she was convinced that pediatrics was the right path to pursue. Children are resilient, and have an inherent ability to recuperate that she greatly appreciates. With the help of some female mentors on the school board, Dr. Lindsley obtained an MD from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1968, and became certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1973.