Nov. 16, 2023 — Women at the UF College of Medicine lead clinics, provide compassionate care for their patients, advance scientific discoveries and guide the next generation of clinicians and scientists.
In celebration of these accomplishments, UF Women in Medicine and Science, a faculty group within the College of Medicine office of faculty affairs and professional development that supports professional development and provides a community for female faculty, hosted its annual UF Women in Medicine and Science Celebration Nov. 9.
During the reception, faculty reflected on their personal and professional achievements with a slideshow presentation, faculty who were promoted in 2023 were recognized and two women were honored with an inaugural accolade called the Diamond Award, which recognizes faculty for their professional excellence, contributions as role models and outstanding leaders and impact on UF and beyond.
Among the various honors recognized at the event, 32 women received promotions — including five achieving tenure — 19 women received research funding from the National Institutes of Health and two women rose to senior level leadership positions, in addition to many other professional recognitions and awards.
This year’s Diamond Award honorees were Kayser Enneking, M.D. ’86, a professor in the department of anesthesiology with a joint appointment in the department of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, and Maryam Rahman, M.D., M.S., an associate professor in the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery, both of whom received a ceramic plate crafted by local artist Jacqueline Collett. The winners were honored for their academic accomplishments as well as their intangible accomplishments related to their roles as mentors, ability to balance family responsibilities and community involvement.