Irene Malaty, M.D., is an associate professor in the UF department of neurology who completed her neurology residency in 2007 and a fellowship in movement disorders in 2008 at the UF College of Medicine.
“When I first interviewed for a neurology residency around 2003, I remember noticing that I hadn’t met any women faculty that day. I naively thought that they must have been busy and not interviewing that day, until I realized there really were no female neurologists on the faculty,” she says. “Luckily, I didn’t see that as a deterrent. Over the 15 years that followed, I have been happy to see tremendous faculty expansion, and now about one in three of our neurologists are women. Although there is still disparity, the growth is certainly encouraging.
“After 50 years of the Florida Society of Neurology, I am honored to be its first female president. I would like to see diversity in gender, expertise, geography and culture continue to be incorporated to strengthen our field clinically and in leadership. It’s striking that it took 50 years for that to happen, but it speaks to the evolution of the field becoming more inclusive and to women stepping into more leadership positions,” she says. “It’s an exciting sign of the times.”