Distinguished Professional Woman Award

2016 Distinguished Professional Woman (DPW) Award recipient is


A heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Hecht on her achievements.
Read more about Dr. Hecht here.

The Distinguished Professional Woman (DPW) Award was established in 1984 to honor exceptional women. In 2014, this award was redesigned to recognize only women employed at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) that will now include a cash award. The CSW is currently seeking nominations for women who:

Nomination Packet Must Include the following REQUIRED documents: 

  1. Nomination Reply Form - Please make sure the Nomination Reply Form is filled out with all requested information. Nominations will not be considered in the selection process if the form is not fully completed. 
  2. One to two page letter using the definitions above to explain why you think your nominee qualifies to receive the DPW Award.
  3. Biographical Sketch and/or CV or Resume of nominee (your nominee must be aware of the nomination and approve of the submission).
  4. Three (3) one page recommendation letters for your nominee.

Please submit all nominations to Martha (Kathy) Rodgers via email at Kathy.Rodgers@uth.tmc.edu or via mail at the Office of Academic & Research Affairs, 7000 Fannin, Suite 1565D (interoffice: UCT 1565D), Houston, TX 77030.

Questions regarding applications may be directed to Wanda (Dennie) Clemons, Chair of the CSW, via email at Wanda.D.Clemons@uth.tmc.edu.


1984 Sarah Weddington, JD 2004 Mary desVignes-Kendrick, MD, MPH, FAAP

1985 Carolyn Leach Huntoon, PhD

2005 Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD
1986 Kathryn J. Whitmire 2006 Nancy Dickey, MD
1987 Wilhelmina Ruth Fitzgerald Delco 2007 Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, AGSF, FACP
1988 Benjy F. Brooks, MD 2008 Cheryl L. Perry, PhD
1989 Judith G. Novak, RN, MEd 2009 Ellen Gritz, PhD
1990 Lois Moore, RN, BSN, MEd 2010 Susan H. Landry, PhD
1991 Patricia Buffler, PhD 2011 award suspended this year
1992 Ruth Hartgraves 2012 award suspended this year
1993 Patricia L. Starck, DSN, RN, FAAN                        2013 Millicent Goldschmidt, PhD
1994 Mae C. Jemison, MD 2014 award suspended this year
1995 Doris Laune Ross, PhD 2015 Angela L. Stotts, PhD
1996 (TIE) Margaret L. Kripke, PhD
1996 (TIE) Dianna Redburn, MD
2016 Jacqueline T. Hecht, PhD
1997 Michele G. Curtis, MD 2017
1998 Diana S. Natalicio, PhD 2018
1999 LuAnn Aday, PhD 2019
2000 Anna Steinberger, PhD 2020
2001 Juliet V. Garcia, PhD 2021
2002 Melinda Hill Perrin 2022
2003 Irma Gigli, MD 2023