Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, a staff physician and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is a recipient of the 2008-2009 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award. The Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at HMS sponsors the award, which was recently presented at the thirteenth annual Awards Ceremony, held at the Tosteson Medical Education Center at HMS.
Woolhandler teaches clinical medicine to residents and medical students at Cambridge Health Alliance’s Cambridge Hospital (CHA) campus, where she maintains a primary care practice. As CHA’s Director of Faculty Development and Academic Promotions, she assists faculty members in honing their writing and teaching skills and plays a key role in developing their research for publication in major peer-reviewed journals. She also serves as co-director of HMS’s General Medicine Faculty Development and Fellowship Program. Additionally, Woolhandler is a noted health policy expert who has authored more than 50 research articles on health care access and financing.
The A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award honors the memory of A. Clifford Barger, who devoted his career to bringing out the best in those who studied, trained, and worked at HMS. Each year, HMS faculty members, house officers, fellows, and students nominate mentors who have provided sponsorship and supported personal and professional development. A selection committee, with representatives from HMS and its affiliated hospitals, carefully reviews all nominees’ mentoring qualities and chooses the award recipients.