Rochester Athena Winner and URMC Orthopaedist Honored at International Athena Event

October 11, 2012

Judy Baumhauer, M.D.

Judith F. Baumhauer, M.D. M.P.H., winner of the 2012 Rochester Athena Award, was selected from a pool of more than 6,000 past and present Athena award recipients, as one of 30 for special recognition at the Athena International Leadership Summit in Chicago.

The Diamond Anniversary Celebration of 30 years of Athena leadership takes place Oct. 15 and 16, and will showcase a broad representation of accomplished women and Athena winners from various professions and geographic regions. Athena International was founded in 1982.

Baumhauer is a professor of Orthopaedics and associate chair of Academic Affairs at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and was chosen to represent the top Athena leadership award recipients. She will be among good company: Athena is presenting global awards to Micki King, an Olympic gold medalist in springboard diving (1972) and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and Laurel Bellows, president of the American Bar Association.

In July, Baumhauer completed her presidency of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), the first woman to lead the society since its 43-year history. Later this month, Baumhauer steps into the presidency of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), which governs 30,000 orthopaedists nationwide and establishes educational standards for orthopaedic residents. 

Each achievement honors her ascent in medicine and leadership among professional women.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected for this Athena International recognition. I really couldn’t have advanced my leadership roles over the past 17 years without support from my orthopaedic department chair, faculty, and the University of Rochester Medical Center leadership,” Baumhauer said. “URMC has a terrific mentoring environment for young faculty, residents and students. I am proof of that. I’m thankful to the Women's Council of the Rochester Business Alliance for recognizing my efforts and starting this ball to really roll. Rochester is full of amazing women leaders in business, medicine, and education. I’ll be shouting the Rochester name from the leadership platform in Chicago."

Baumhauer won the 26th annual Athena Award in Rochester, on Jan. 19, 2012. The Women’s Council of the Rochester Business Alliance sponsors the award locally, celebrating professional excellence, community service, and mentorship of young professionals.

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