Dr. Judith F. Baumhauer, associate chair of Academic Affairs, Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center was honored today by the Women's Council of the Rochester Business Alliance as the recipient of its 2012 ATHENA Award.
Baumhauer was chosen from among 15 finalists for her professional leadership, extensive community service and personal leadership in the community.
In nominating Baumhauer for the award, University of Rochester Medical Center CEO Dr. Bradford Berk cited her numerous trailblazing leadership roles. She is the first woman to serve as president of two key organizations - the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and the Eastern Orthopaedic Association. And when she assumes the presidency of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - she is currently president-elect - she will be the first woman in that role, as well.
"Dr. Baumhauer has a seat the table as the nation considers the future of health care reform, quality and cost effectiveness," Berk wrote. In her leadership roles, she "helps lead the direction of the organizations and their missions to educate and mentor a combined 35,000 member physicians, and to protect the public with the highest quality of orthopaedic care."
Baumhauer was also credited with expanding services and technology, as well as the number of patients served by UR Orthopaedics. Center, as well as her role as a mentor and coach to faculty and medical students alike. In October 2011, she was honored by URMC with the Marvin J. Hoffman Faculty Mentor Award for "recognition in teaching, research and mentorship." She also served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1997 to 2004
"She has coached countless medical students and residents on the challenges of juggling a demanding surgery schedule, research responsibilities, and a rich life outside of work," Berk wrote. "Women gravitate to her for her mentorship because of her status in the profession, keen networking abilities and a humble, light hearted personality."
Among her community service accomplishments: Serving as a volunteer surgeon in Vietnam in 2010 and 2011, volunteering as a teaching surgeon in India in 2011; volunteering as the on-call orthopedic consultant for the Rochester LPGA since 1999 and conducting diabetic food screenings and community education as asked.
The ATHENA Award is given annually by the Women's Council to a local professional woman who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service and the professional advancement of women. The 15 finalists were chosen from nominations made by the community, which were independently reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee in accordance with the award criteria and the key areas of accomplishment it seeks to recognize: professional achievement, community service and support/mentoring of other women. Individual evaluations were tabulated and summarized, and the results were presented to the committee for selection of the recipient.