Andrews set for WISMAC lecture

By Aline McKenzie / Holidays 2010

Dr. Nancy Andrews, dean of the Duke University School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics, will speak at UT Southwestern on Feb. 2, as the Ida M. Green Distinguished Visiting Professor Honoring Women in Science and Medicine.

Dr. Andrews’ lecture, “Forging an Understanding of Iron Disorders,” will be held at 4 p.m. in the Excellence in Education Foundation Auditorium in the Simmons/Hamon Biomedical Research Buildings (NB2.102).

Dr. Nancy Andrews

Each year, UT Southwestern’s Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC) hosts a distinguished female scientist/physician who visits campus for a two-day professorship.

Dr. Andrews, the first female dean of the Duke medical school, investigates mammalian control of iron levels and diseases of iron levels, including anemia in chronic disease and genetic hemochromatosis, a disease of iron overload.

“Nancy Andrews is a stellar example of a successful female physician-scientist who has excelled at every stage of her career,” said Dr. Susanne Mumby, assistant dean in the
UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, associate professor of pharmacology and co-chair of WISMAC. “Since assuming the position of dean of the medical school at Duke, she has successfully recruited three women as chairs of major departments, including the Department of Medicine.”

Dr. Andrews earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, her doctorate in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston, her hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and her research fellowship in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Andrews is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and a past investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

WISMAC is an institutional committee that comprises appointed representatives of the UT Southwestern faculty, staff, fellows and student body. The group’s goals are to promote representation and recognition for women in all campus activities and to provide inspiration to junior faculty and trainees. The Southwestern Medical Foundation sponsors the distinguished visiting professorship, established in honor of Ida Green, the late wife of Texas Instruments co-founder Cecil H. Green. Mrs. Green was a great supporter of opening career paths for women in science and medicine and provided a major bequest to Southwestern Medical Foundation.

More information on WISMAC and the visiting professorship is available at