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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Beaumont women physicians look to inspire future leaders

     Rochester, Mich. – The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine's (OUWB) chapter of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science is partnering with the school's chapter of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) to offer students a glimpse into how women have attained leadership roles at Beaumont Health System, as well as how these inspirational figures are helping to advance the organization.

     On Monday, Nov. 11, the "Women in Medicine: Celebrating Beaumont's Women Pioneers" panel discussion and networking event will allow aspiring students to connect with four physician leaders who were the first females in their fields with the Beaumont Health System.

     Four Beaumont Health System physicians, all of whom are also OUWB faculty members, will share their experiences and insight relative to becoming organizational leaders. They include:

  • Darlene Fink-Bennett, M.D. – first female department chair (nuclear medicine);
  • Kimberly Les, M.D. – first female orthopaedic surgeon;
  • Peggyann Nowak, M.D. – first female ENT surgeon, and;
  • Dana Zakalik, M.D. – first female oncologist.
     "At OUWB, we are building a culture that recognizes and supports the advancement of our faculty including women in leadership roles," said Linda Gillum, OUWB associate dean for academic and faculty affairs and associate professor of biomedical sciences.

     "These doctors really are the pioneers in their fields and patients at Beaumont have greatly benefited from their leadership."

     The goal of "Women in Medicine: Celebrating Beaumont's Women Pioneers" is to help advance leadership opportunities for women in medicine by addressing the challenges they face and how these challenges can be overcome. Participants will also be obtain information about professional growth opportunities and support available to them.

     The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont, Royal Oak Administration Building West classrooms A1 and A2. The panel discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m.

     Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Kim Martin at (248) 370-4639 or The reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 8.

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