Duke Medical School Dean to speak at WISMAC lecture

By Lin Lofley

Dr. Nancy Andrews, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, will speak Feb. 6 at UT Southwestern Medical Center as the Ida M. Green Distinguished Visiting Professor Honoring Women in Science and Medicine.

Dr. Nancy Andrews

Dr. Andrews, also Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology at Duke, will present the 2013 Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC) Lecture at 4 p.m. that day in the Excellence in Education Foundation Auditorium on the North Campus. She will speak on “The Secret Life of the Transferrin Receptor.” Dr. Andrews was set to deliver the WISMAC Lecture in 2011, but was unable to travel to Dallas because of that year’s ice storm.

The first female Dean of Duke’s medical school, Dr. Andrews investigates diseases of iron levels, including anemia in chronic disease and genetic hemochromatosis, a disease of iron overload.

She 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, a hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and a research fellowship in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Andrews is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also is a past investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

WISMAC annually hosts a distinguished female scientist/physician who visits campus for a two-day professorship and lecture. WISMAC is an institutional committee comprised of appointed representatives of the faculty, staff, fellows, and student body whose goal is to promote representation and recognition for women in all campus activities. 

The Southwestern Medical Foundation sponsors the distinguished visiting professorship, established in honor of Ida Green, the wife of Texas Instruments co-founder Cecil H. Green. Both are now deceased. Mrs. Green was a great supporter of opening career paths for women in science and medicine and provided a major bequest to the Foundation.