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    Honoring a Visionary Women’s Health Champion: UCSF’s Nancy Milliken, MD

    Nancy Milliken, MD, the Founding Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), recently announced that she is retiring in 2022. She is Vice Dean Emerita of the UCSF School of Medicine and Professor Emerita, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and reproductive Sciences.

    Her achievements are many. In 1996, Dr. Milliken led a multidisciplinary team in successfully competing for one of the first National Centers of Excellence (CoE) in Women’s Health designations by the Federal Office of Women’s Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Under her leadership, the UCSF CoE has developed multiple partnerships within USCF and the communities it serves and galvanized support for initiatives with impact locally, nationally, and globally.

    The CoE’s success, highlighted in this issue of the San Francisco Bay Times, has included: advancing research in women’s health, implementing models of comprehensive women-focused clinical care, promoting partnerships with women and their communities on relevant health issues, designing women’s health curricula for the training of the next generation, and developing leadership potential and opportunities for women.

    Dr. Milliken earned a B.A. from Harvard, cum laude, and then went to Stanford to do pre-medical courses before entering Duke University Medical School where she received her M.D. degree in 1981. She completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, after which she moved to San Francisco to do a two-year fellowship in medical ethics as part pf the UCSF Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

    Dr. Milliken has received UCSF and national recognition for her accomplishments in advancing women’s health. UCSF recognition includes the Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women, Diversity Champion, Award for Exceptional Leadership and Achievements in Establishing Innovative Women’s Healthcare Models, and the 150 Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award.

    Community recognition of Dr. Milliken includes the Blue Cross of California’s Community Service Award, Hunters Point Family’s Women’s Warrior in Building Healthy Communities for Young Women, Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women’s CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), Women’s Human Right’s Award for Health, and the Academy of Women’s Health 2015 Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health.

    We would also like to now add recognition by the San Francisco Bay Times, given Dr. Milliken’s work that has benefited not only LGBTQ women over the years—including members of our team—but also women throughout the entire Bay Area. While we will miss her at UCSF, we know that her talented teams will honor her legacy and continue to strengthen and evolve the many efforts she initiated. 

    Published on May 5, 2022