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Dr. Patty Robertson Receives Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women on March 28, 2011

Patricia Robertson, MD

The 2011 Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women faculty category has been awarded to Dr. Patty Robertson (left). A long time faculty member of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Dr. Robertson is well known as a physician devoted to women's health and empowering women through teaching and research and a staff member dedicated to developing improved child care and lactation programs at UCSF. Dr. Robertson is also the Director of Medical Student Education in our Department and holds the Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology Education in our Department shared jointly with the Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF. She was honored by the Chancellor at the presentation ceremony on Monday, March 28, 2011 at noon in Toland Hall.

The award has been given since 1994 to recognize exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women at UCSF beyond the scope of an individual's job, area of research, or student training. Each year the honored individuals are selected and both women and men who excel in one or more of the following criteria are eligible to be nominated for this award: elevating the status of women on campus; improving campus policies affecting women; participating in career and academic mentoring for women; generating and disseminating knowledge on women's health through research, teaching, and Public presentations; and/or advancing the admission, recruitment, and upward mobility of women at UCSF.

Throughout her 26-year career at UCSF, Robertson has generated and disseminated knowledge on women's health through research, extensive teaching, and lectures which she delivers nationwide. She participates extensively in career and academic mentoring for women, and helps to advance the admission, recruitment, retention, and upward mobility of women at UCSF. 

As director of medical student education and volunteer clinical faculty members in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, she significantly improves women's lives through her leadership and dedication to teaching women's health to the next generation of physicians and inspiring them to advance women's health in their own careers. 

Since 1994, Robertson has served on committees at all levels including the Chancellor's Advisory Committees on the Status of Women and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. She was chair of the "Take Our Daughters to Work" Committee and currently represents the Academic Senate on the system-wide Student Mental Health Oversight Committee, thus helping improve the lives of women at UCSF and throughout the UC system. 

Dr. Patricia Robertson, Lesbian Health Matters, UCTV

As founding co-director of the Center for Lesbian Health Research at UCSF and co-editor of the first comprehensive lesbian health textbook, Lesbian Health 101: A Clinician's Guide, and by organizing a symposium for researchers and clinicians on lesbian health, her non-compensated work to improve the lives and health of lesbians, an underserved women's group, is impressive. In 2006, Dr. Robertson presented Lesbian Health Matters as part of the UCSF Women's Health Today lecture series. This program was recorded for telecast by UCTV and has drawn over 130,000 viewers since its premier showing. It continues to be one of the most popular programs in the UCTV library.

Robertson goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide extensive mentoring for students interested in women's health careers throughout their tenure at UCSF. She also formally and informally mentors women faculty through her course on "The Inside Scoop on Getting Promoted: Secrets from the Dean's Office." She gives presentations to UCSF faculty on "Faculty Well-Being" and participates in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Mentoring Workshop on diversity and how to mentor GLBT faculty effectively. Robertson also advises junior faculty in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences on work-life balance which is particularly important to those who are young mothers. 

In 2008, Robertson distributed 50 percent of her Endowed Chair funds to faculty, fellows, and residents to develop innovative medical education proposals and the other half to support the Women's Health Undergraduate Research Internships Program to increase the diversity of pre-med students interested in women's health, to keep them in the pipeline until medical school, and to provide undergraduate research experience in women's health, which translates to stronger medical school applications. 

Robertson has dedicated her career and worked tirelessly to serving and improving women's academic, research and training lives at UCSF and beyond.      

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