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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) distinguished Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award honors SMFM members who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Recruiting and mentoring individuals from diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds towards advancement in the field of maternal-fetal medicine. Diversity in this context is broadly understood to include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, or disability. 

  • Promoting equity and inclusion through the intentional creation of policies, procedures, and practices that empower all voices to participate in decision-making. Strong candidates may significantly contribute to creating a more justice-oriented culture at the department, institution, or national level.

  • Leading research or policy work that expands and embraces our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

                                                                                                                    Award Recipients

Dotun Ogunyemi, MD                                  Frank Chervenak, MD                             Elly Xenakis, MD
2023                                                                2022                                                            2021

Allison Bryant Mantha, MD MPH                Laura Riley, MD                                    Washington Hill, MD 
2020                                                                   2019                                                       2018

Now accepting award nominations!
The 2024 award will be presented to the winner at SMFM's 2024 Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD (near Washington, DC). To nominate one or more worthy individuals, please submit a brief statement of no more than 250 words via email to SMFM's Senior Director of DEI & Engagement, Allison Wainick, at This statement should clearly outline the ways in which the nominee represents excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion, as described in the above areas. Nominations are due by Monday, November 27.

Following nomination, the nominees will then be contacted to ask for their contact and demographic information and a recent copy of their CV. Members of the SMFM Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce will review statements and select the winner. Questions? Please contact Allison Wainick.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award is open to all members of the Society regardless of nationality or citizenship, who have mentored students at a U.S. institution. All SMFM members are eligible to receive the award, regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender, practice setting, etc. Nominations will be accepted annually from individuals at all career stages, including students, residents, and fellows.

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