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Annual Tana Grady-Weliky, MD Lecture

Dr. Tana Grady-WelikyThe Tana Grady-Weliky, MD Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine is an endowed lecture established in 2011 to honor Dr. Grady-Weliky, former University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Senior Associate Dean for Education and Department of Psychiatry faculty member. It is part of the Diversity Seminar Series and is held annually.

Dr. Grady-Weliky touched many students, residents, fellows and faculty through her dedication to medical education, her commitment to women and diversity in medicine and her passion for psychiatry. She strived for excellence in everything that she did. Dr. Grady-Weliky was nationally recognized as an expert in medical student education and in the treatment of women’s mental health disorders. We honor her memory and her indomitable spirit for education through this annual lecture.

The 2024 guest speaker is Dr. Michele Harper, an emergency medicine physician and writer. The lecture will be held on March 12, 2024 from 12-1 pm. For more information, please register for the event here.


Past Lectures

Past lectures are available online. If a link does not work for you, you may need to install Silverlight, a free plug-in from Microsoft. Available lectures include the following:

February 12, 2022

Tina PouissantGuest Lecturer: Tina Young-Poussante, MD, FACR
Lionel W. Young Chair for Radiology, Boston Children's Hospital 
Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School

February 12, 2020

Dr. Deborah German

Guest Lecturer: Deborah German, MD
Vice President for Health Affairs and Founding 
Dean of the College of Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
-Leadership and the Future of Academic Medicine:  What Will it Take?

February 6, 2019

Dr. Reshma JagsiGuest Lecturer: Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine 

#metoo: Navigating Sexual Harassment, Power Differentials, and Gender Inequity in Academic Medicine

January 25, 2018

Dr. Marleece BarberGuest Lecturer: Marleece, Barber, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Director of Health and Wellness
Lockheed Martin Corporation

From the Bedside to C-Suite: My Path to Champion for Workplace Health and Well-Being

February 10, 2017

Karin Muraszko, MDGuest Lecturer: Karen Muraszko, MD
Chair and Julian T. Hoff, MD, Professor of Neurological Surgery
Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Professor of Plastic Surgery
University of Michigan Health System

Leadership Development in a Neurosurgical Residency

April 5, 2016

Guest Lecturer: Brenda LeeBrenda D. Lee, MEd
Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

You Can't Have a High Back Chair - Indelible Encounters and Obstacles to Institutional Credibility

January 30, 2015

Dr. Eve J. HigginbothamGuest Lecturer: Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD
Vice Dean, Inclusion and Diversity
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Professor of Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

What Would Martin Luther King Say About Health Care Today?

January 31, 2014

Hilda Hutcherson, MDGuest lecturer: Hilda Hutcherson, MD
Associate Dean of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

"Good Girls Don't"Sexual health disparities in communities of color

January 25, 2013

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MDGuest lecturer: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Director, Brain Tumor Surgery Program, Johns Hopkins Bayview
Director, Pituitary Surgery Program
Johns Hopkins Hospital

When the Sun Comes Up


To contribute to this memorial lecture to advance women and diversity in medicine, in Dr. Grady-Weliky’s honor, gifts can be made to:
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations
300 East River Road, Box 278996
Rochester, NY 14627-8996
By calling: 1-866-673-0181 or online at University of Rochester Annual Giving Programs (indicate the Tana Grady-Weliky Lecture Fund in the “other give designation” box).