Barbara Atkinson, M.D., to present 2012 Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship

Barbara Atkinson, M.D.

Barbara Atkinson, M.D. – former executive vice chancellor and executive dean of the Kansas University Medical Center and former chair of pathology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – will be the featured speaker of the 2012 Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship at noon on Sept. 27 in Theater C at the School of Medicine. Atkinson will tell her story during her talk titled, “Evolution of a Career in Leadership: a Personal Story.”

Atkinson graduated Jefferson Medical College in 1974 and entered the field of pathology as a professor of pathology, researcher and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1978 until 1987, she was director of the Cytopathology Laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from 1987 to 1994 before moving on to Hahnemann University. In 1996, she became Annenberg Dean of the MCP Hahnemann University.

Atkinson left Pennsylvania in 2000 to join the University of Kansas School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She continued to climb the ranks. In 2002, she became executive dean and vice chancellor for clinical affairs and in 2005, she became the School’s first female executive vice chancellor.

Throughout the years, Atkinson has received multiple awards for her outstanding work in the medical community, has published and edited several books and articles and been a member of multiple professional organization.

For more information on the Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship, contact Marilyn Pesto, director of the Sirridge Office of Medicine Humanities and Bioethics, at 816.235.5882 or


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